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Has anyone studied my Decatur County, Tennessee family before?

Message boards and online family trees can help you learn if someone is actively researching your ancestors. More than a dozen books or articles have been published about Decatur County's families. Descendants of some historic residents have had their DNA tested.

Main article: Decatur County, Tennessee



As of August 2010, a query for persons born in Decatur County, Tennessee at World Connect, results in more than 10,000 entries.

  • Decatur County, Tennessee History and Families. Paducah, Ky.: Turner's Publishing Co. Publisher's description.


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DNA has been collected from men claiming descent from the following Decatur County residents. Attempts have not been made to verify the lineages of those tested.
  • [Doss] Multiple descendants of Rev. John Wesley Doss, b. abt 1809 Virginia, resident of Decatur and Carroll counties, Tennessee. Y-DNA 37 and 67 Marker Tests, FTDNA (Kits 40282, 88650). Genetic signatures available online (labeled Jw-1 and Jw-2), genealogical description available online, courtesy: The Doss DNA Project, World Families. Matches have been found.


It is anticipated that this bibliography will eventually identify all known family histories published about residents of this county. Use this list to:

  • Locate publications about direct ancestors
  • Find the most updated accounts of an ancestor's family
  • Identify publications, to quote Elizabeth Shown Mills, about an ancestor's "FAN Club" [Friends, Associates, and Neighbors]



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