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Grundy County, Tennessee genealogy and family history research page. Guide to Grundy County (established 1844) genealogy, history, and courthouse sources including birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, wills, deeds and land records, Civil War records, Revolutionary War records, family histories, cemeteries, churches, tax records, newspapers, and obituaries.

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Founded: January 29, 1844
County Seat Altamont
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Quick Dates

Grundy County's civil records start the following years:[1]

Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1908  1850 1908 1850 1852 1838

County Courthouse

Grundy County Courthouse
Hwy 56 & 108;
Altamont, TN 37301
Phone: 931.692.3455 

County Clerk has marriage and probate records 1850.
Register of Deeds has land records. [2]

Grundy County Courthouse, Altamont, Tenn. Courtesy: Collection: County Court Houses, Flickr by Jimmy Emerson. Used by permission.

Grundy County Courthouse
Courthouse Circle, Grundy St.
Altamont, TN 37301
Phone: 1-931-692-3455

Grundy County Clerk
Marriage records
P.O. Box 215
Altamont, TN 37301
Phone: 1-931-692-3622

Grundy County Chancery Court Clerk
Probate records
P.O. Box 274
Altamont, TN 37301
Phone: 1-931-692-3455

Grundy County Circuit Court Clerk
Court records
P.O. Box 161
Altamont, TN 37301
Phone: 1-931-692-3368

County Register of Deeds
Land records
P.O. Box 35
Altamont, TN 37301
Phone: 1-931-692-3621

Hours:
Mon.-Fri. 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sat. 8:30 a.m.-noon

History

U.S. Attorney General Felix Grundy (1777-1840)

Middle Tennessee county in the Sequatchie Valley.

The county is named after U.S. Attorney General Felix Grundy (1777-1840).[3]

Parent County

1844--Grundy County was created 29 January 1844 from Coffee and Warren Counties.
County seat: Altamont[4]

County Pronunciation

  1. Hear it spoken[5] (female)
  2. Hear it spoken[6] (male)

Boundary Changes

"Rotating Formation Tennessee County Boundary Maps" (1777-1985) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website. They rely on AniMap 3.0 software.

Record Loss

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1853 and 1990 -- Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.
  • Lost census: 1890
  • Lost marriages: 1844 to 1849

For further information on researching in burned counties, see the following:

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Altamont Elkhead Mount View Summerfield
Barkertown Flat Branch Northcutts Cove Sweeton Hill
Beersheba Springs Freemont Palmer Tarlton
Bells Mill Gruetli-Laager Payne Cove Tatesville
Bergmantown Harrican (hist.) Pelham Torbet
Chestnut Grove Hixon Piedmont Tracy City
Clouse Hill Hobbs Hill Providence Valley Home
Coalmont Hubbards Cove Purdons (hist.) White City
Collins Lankford Town Sanders Crossing
Cumberland Heights Monteagle Sartain Springs
Dogtown Mount Olive Shadrick Hill

Neighboring Counties

Resources

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Getting Started

Use the free Search for Surnames at Mountain Press's website to quickly search a variety of published Grundy County biography, cemetery, court, marriage, probate, and WPA records. To determine which books are being searched, or to search each publication's index individually, click here. You are now equipped with a checklist of books to pull off the shelves at a genealogy library, or a wish list for your personal book collection.

Research Guides

  • Genealogical "Fact Sheets" About Tennessee Counties: Grundy County, courtesy: TSLA. (Identifies published county histories, published local records, census records, newspapers and local records on microfilm, and select manuscripts.)
  • "Grundy County Genealogical Research," The Middle Tennessee Journal of Genealogy and History, Vol. 5, No. 4 (Spring 1992). For possible FHL and online access, as well as indexes, see Periodicals.

African American

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Cemetery

  • Find A Grave can be searched by the name of a person or family to find where a person is buried. Usually gives birth and death dates often with a picture of the tombstone. May give obituaries, names of family members and links to their information in Find A Grave.
  • For a list of known cemeteries in Grundy County go to ePodunk.com

Census

1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 federal population schedules of Grundy County are available online. For tips on accessing census records online, see Tennessee Census. If you're having trouble finding your ancestors in online indexes, try checking printed indexes. Created by local experts familiar with the area's families, these indexes are often transcribed more accurately than nationwide online indexes.

See Tennessee Population Schedule Indexes: Fiche, Film, or Book for more information about statewide printed indexes.

See Grundy County, TN census assignments, including links to transcribed files. [The USGenWeb Census Project®]

1850

  • Goins, Sara A. and Norma D. Hobbs. 1850 Census, Grundy County, Tennessee.Dunlap, Tennessee: Goins and Hobbs Genealogy Service, 1986. FHL 976.878 X2g 1850
  • Sherrill, Charles A. Grundy County, Tennessee, Special Census records 1850-1880 : Agricultural schedules, Slave population schedules, Mortality Schedules, Products of Industry Schedules. Nashville, Tennessee: C.A. Sherrill, 1996. FHL 976.878 X2s

1860

  • Sherrill, Charles A. Grundy County, Tennessee, Special Census records 1850-1880 : Agricultural schedules, Slave population schedules, Mortality Schedules, Products of Industry Schedules. Nashville, Tennessee: C.A. Sherrill, 1996. FHL 976.878 X2s
  • Wihelm, Mae K. United States Census, Grundy County, Tennessee, 1860.Dulap, Tennessee: Goins and Hobbs Genealogy Service, 19--? FHL 976.878 X2w 1860

1870

  • Sherrill, Charles A. Grundy County, Tennessee, Special Census records 1850-1880 : Agricultural schedules, Slave population schedules, Mortality Schedules, Products of Industry Schedules. Nashville, Tennessee: C.A. Sherrill, 1996. FHL 976.878 X2s
  • United States Census, Grundy County, Tennessee, 1870.Dunlap, Tennessee: Goins and Hobbs Genealogy Service, 19--?. FHL 976.878 X2u 1870

1880

  • Scanned census images [in the USGenWeb Archives]
  • Sherrill, Charles A. Grundy County, Tennessee, Special Census records 1850-1880 : Agricultural schedules, Slave population schedules, Mortality Schedules, Products of Industry Schedules. Nashville, Tennessee: C.A. Sherrill, 1996. FHL 976.878 X2s

1890 Lost, but a subtitute is available:

  • Sistler, Byron H. and Barbara Sistler. 1890 Civil War Veterans Census, Tennessee. Evanston, Illinois: Byron Sistler and Associates, 1978. FHL 976.8 X2s 1890

1900

  • Wilhelm, Mae K. United States Census, Grundy County, Tennessee, 1900.Dunlap, Tennessee : Goins and Hobbs Genealogy Service, 19--?. FHL 976.878 X2w 1900

1910

  • Scanned census images [in the USGenWeb Archives]
  • Hobbs, Nora D. and Sara A Goins.United States Census, Grundy County, Tennessee, 1910.Signal Mountain, Tennessee : Mountain Press , 19-?. FHL 976.878 X2g 1910

Church

Court

Family Histories

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]

General

As of August 2010, a query for persons born in Grundy, Tennessee at World Connect, results in more than 19,000 entries.

  • Grundy County Heritage Book. Free online index.
  • Tate, Dennis Armfield. Rebels, Saints and Sinners: An Ancestral History of the Southern States. Missoula, Montana: D. Tate, 2000. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 D2td. Surnames include Savage, Tate, Hicks, Christian, Lockhart, Davison, Pope, Pace, Davison, Martin, Fortenberry, Lambert, Evans, Worsham, Lowe, Maycock/Maycocke, Harris, Fort, McKenney, Watts, Chamblis, Walton, Harris, West, Pitman, Jordan, Champion, English, Reynolds, Corker and Northcutt.

Bibliography

  • [Brown] Brown, Rex Erwin. Brown and White Family Histories. [Fort Huachuca, Arizona?]: R.E. Brown, 1988. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 B812bre.
  • [Killian] Killian, J. Yates. The History of the Killian Family in North Carolina. Unknown: Unknown, 1955. FHL US/CAN Fiche 6019000; digital versions at Ancestry ($); and Heritage Quest Online ($).
  • [Sanders] Patton, David and Margie Ramey. A Grundy County Family: Ralph and Ola Dykes Sanders. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online.
  • [Tosh] Tosh, Alice. Tosh Family Genealogical Record, ca. 1835-1978. Typescript, microfilmed 1992. FHL US/CAN Film 1697649 Item 2.
  • [Willis] Sherrill, Charles A. Peter Willis of Tennessee and His Descendants. Cleveland, Tenn.: C.A. Sherrill, 1986. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 W679s.

Land

  • Grundy County Register of Deeds has Land Records from 1852 and is located at the Courthouse, P.O. Box 215, Altamont, Tennessee 37301-0215; Telephone: (615) 692-3621. Land and property records include transfer of real estate or personal property, mortgages, leases, surveys, and entries.
  • The Family History Library has microfilm copies of a general index to deeds, trust deeds, and miscellaneous record books 1859-1952; deed books 1852-1925; estate settlement book 1852-1895; land entry books 1869-1898; and meeting minutes from the Board of Equalization 1912-1953.

Law and Legislation

  • Tennessee State Library and Archives, Acts of Tennessee 1796-1850: Index to Names. January 25, 2005. [In addition to creating new laws, legislative acts were often required to obtain a divorce, grant legitimacy to a child, or for appointments to or grant payments for public service.] The TSLA has created an index to names that appear in these acts covering the years 1796 to 1850. To read more about this valuable resource Click here. The searchable index is available at the TSLA; another version is available at World Vital Records.

Local Histories

  • Raulston, J. Leonard and James Weston Livingood. Sequatchie: A Story of the Southern Cumberlands. Knoxville, Tenn.: University of Tennessee Press, 1974. FHL US/CAN Book 976.87 H2r.

Maps

The county is situated in the Sequatchie Valley

Military

Revolutionary War

The following Grundy County Revolutionary War records are available online through TNGenWeb:

War of 1812

Civil War

Civil War service men from Grundy County served in various regiments. Men often joined a regiment or a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are the military units that were formed in or had many men from Grundy County.

Confederate Soldiers

Additional sources for Civil War soldiers from Grundy County:

Newspapers

Many Tennessee newspapers are filmed and available at the TSLA. Most of these newspapers may be accessed by interlibrary loan to libraries within Tennessee, although there are some newspapers which are not available in or outside of Tennessee. For further information regarding interlibrary loan policies and newspapers not available for interlibrary loan click here. For a list of newspapers available at the archives for Grundy County click on the following towns:

Occupations

  • Miller, Alan N. Middle Tennessee's Forgotten Children: Apprentices from 1784 to 1902. Baltimore, Md.: Printed for Clearfield Company, Inc., by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 2004. FHL US/CAN 976.8 U2ma. Purchase at Genealogical.com. [Includes Grundy County.]
  • Tennesse Bureau of Agriculture, Statistics and Mines. Coal Mines and Mining--Tennessee. Nashville, Tennessee: A.B. Travel, 1883. Free digital copy.

Periodicals

Tap into the minds of local experts. Editors of genealogical periodicals publish unique sources that researchers who are new to their area would not likely discover. This type of material may be found in local, regional, or statewide genealogical society journals. The following periodicals cover this county:

Ansearchin' News
Genealogical articles with abstracts of records of Grundy County, Tennessee have been published in Ansearchin' News, the quarterly magazine of the Tennessee Genealogical Society. To view a list of these articles, visit their county index. To read digitized versions of the first 36 years of articles (Vols. 1-36), browse their archive or conduct a surname search. The Family History Library has a complete collection of the Ansearchin' News quarterly FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 B2a.
The Middle Tennessee Journal of Genealogy and History
Genealogical articles with abstracts of records of Grundy County, Tennessee have been published in The Middle Tennessee Journal of Genealogy and History, the quarterly of the Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society (23+ Vols.). To view a list of these articles, visit their online Index to Articles (1988-2005). Surname indexes are also available online for Vols. 2-22. The website also offers back issues for sale in paper and on CD. The Family History Library has a complete collection of this quarterly FHL US/CAN Book 976.85 D25m.
The Pathfinder
"Grundy County Historical Society was founded February 1988 in Tracy City, Tennessee. The Grundy County Historical Society will collect preserve, research, and interpret documents that connect us to the past." (web site).
The Family History Library has volumes beginning in 1996. FHL US/CAN Book, which includes links to digital versions of the volumes listed 976.878 H25p
To view a digital version of Volume 1, A.1 "Founding of Grundy County" FamilySearch Books Online and click here
To view a digital version of Volume 1, A "Marriages" FamilySearch Books Onlineand click here.
For further information see their website at: http://gchs.homestead.com/mainpage.html

Prisons

Learn if your Grundy County ancestors went to prison!

Probate

The Grundy County Court has responsibility for the probate records.

FamilySearch has placed scans of the following records online in the Tennessee, Probate Court Books, 1795-1927 collection. These are browse-only collections. Handwritten indexes may be found at the front or back of some volumes:

  • Wills, 1838-1966 (Vols. 1-3)
  • Bonds, Letters, 1901-1968
  • Claims against insolvent estates, 1865-1954
  • Inventories, 1857-1968 (Vols. 1-3)
  • Settlements, 1841-1860 (Vol. 1); 1885-1929 (Vol. B)

The following Grundy County probate records have been abstracted or indexed:

  • [1844-1900] Sherrill, Charles A. Grundy County, Tennessee Wills and Estates, 1844-1900. Chattanooga, Tennessee: C.A. Sherrill, 1986. Indexed. Contains wills, administrators and guardians settlements, estate settlements, and loose papers, with varying years for each record type. (FHL book 976.878 P28s.)
  • [1838-1861] Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. Index to Tennessee Wills & Administrations 1779-1861. Nashville, Tenn. Byron Sistler & Associates, Inc., 1990. FHL US/CAN 976.8 P22s. [Includes an index to this county's probate records.]

Taxation

Vital Records

The following publication is a good substitute source for local vital records:

  • Tate, Dennis and Blanche Tate. Vital Records from Grundy County, Tennessee Newspapers. [Missoula, Montana: D. Tate, 1998?]. FHL US/CAN Book 976.878 V2t.
Marriage

The original Grundy County marriage records are kept at the County Courthouse. Because of fire, marriages are lost in Grundy County until April 1850. The following publications, based on early newspapers, helps to alleviate this genealogical obstacle:

  • Lucas, Silas Emmett. Marriages from Early Tennessee Newspapers 1794-1851. Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 1978. FHL 976.8 V2L.
  • Tate, Dennis and Blanche Tate. Vital Records from Grundy County, Tennessee Newspapers. Missoula, Montana: D. Tate, 1998. FHL 976.878 V2t

The following Grundy County marriage records are microfilmed:

  • 1849-1986 - Available at the TSLA. Marriages 1817-1899 are available for interlibrary loan.
  • 1850-1960 - Available at the Family History Library. Some volumes are indexed.FHL 593022

The following Grundy County marriage records have been indexed:

  • 1844-1880 - Sherrill, Charles A. Grundy County, Tennessee, Marriage Records, 1844-1880. Cleveland Heights, Ohio: C.A. Sherrill, 1984. FHL 976.878 V28s
  • 1844-1880 - Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. Early Middle Tennessee Marriages. 2 vols. Nashville, Tenn.: B. Sistler & Associates, 1988. FHL Book 976.8 V2sb v. 2 ff. [Indexes names of brides and grooms, and marriage dates for weddings in this county for the specified years.]
  • 1850-1895 - Grundy County Marriage Index 1850-1895 in International Genealogical Index at FamilySearch - free.[7]
  • 1850-1874 - Marriage Records, 1850-1874, Grundy County, Tennessee.  Nashville: TSLA, Historical Records Project, 1939.  Typescript. FHL 24669 Item 2
  • Tennessee County Marriages, 1790-1950 - covers all counties in Tennessee.
  • Many county marriage records are indexed with images at Ancestry's Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002. ($)  Be aware that this index is not complete for many counties.
  • 1850-1874 - Marriage Records. [8]
  • 1849-1850 - Marriage Records: Early–1850. [9]
Divorce

In 1940 and 1941, W.P.A. workers pinpointed the location of Grundy County divorce papers in diverse manuscript collections, see:

  • W.P.A. Guide to Public Vital Statistics in Tennessee. Nashville, Tenn.: The Tennessee Historical Records Survey, 1941. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 A3gp.
Death

For deaths of Methodists in Grundy County between the 1830s and the 1920s, try:

Societies and Libraries 

Grundy County Historical Society
P.O. Box 1422
465 Railroad Ave.
Tracy City, TN 37387
Hours: Weekdays 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Saturdays by appointment

Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society
PO Box 330948
Nashville, TN, USA 37203-7507
The society serves the 40 counties of middle Tennessee of which Grundy County is one. It publishes The Middle Tennessee Journal of Genealogy and History, a quarterly containing articles of genealogical and historical interest. Little-known Tennessee records are published and indexed, along with family genealogies, Bible records and material submitted by members. There is an alphabetical Index to articles in the Journal 1988-summer 2005

Altamont Public Library
1433 Main Street
P.O. Box 228
Altamont, TN 37301
Phone: 1-931-692-2457

Tracy City Public Library
Main Street
Tracy City, TN 37387
Phone: 1-931-592-9714

Family History Centers


Web Sites

Wikipedia
Wikipedia has more about this subject: Grundy County, Tennessee

References

  1. "Earliest County Records," Tennessee State Library and Archives.
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Grundy County, Tennessee page 640, At various libr40ries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. "List of counties in Tennessee," Wikipedia.
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), 640. (FHL Collection Ref Book 973 D27e 2002). WorldCat entry.
  5. Voice of Lynnae Weller, Kingsport, Tenn. (2010).
  6. Voice of Gene Black, FamilySearch employee, former resident of Bristol, Tenn. (2010).
  7. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/d/d3/Igitennesseef.pdf.
  8. Orem, Utah: Automated Archives, 1994. (Family History Library compact disc number 9 part 2.) Does not circulate to Family History Centers.
  9. Orem, Utah: Automated Archives, 1992. (Family History Library compact disc number 9 part 229.) Does not circulate to Family History Centers.


 

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