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Pickett County, Tennessee genealogy and family history research page. Guide to Pickett County (established 1879) 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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Pickett County, Tennessee
Map
Map of the U.S. highlighting Tennessee
Location of Tennessee in the U.S.
Facts
Founded February 27, 1879
County Seat Byrdstown
Courthouse
Address Pickett County Courthouse]
1 Courthouse Square
Byrdstown, TN 38549
Phone: 1-931-864-3359 Adams County Website

Contents

Quick Dates

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

Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1934 1934 1914 1900 1934 1933

County Courthouse

Pickett County Courthouse, Byrdstown, Tenn

Pickett County Courthouse
1 Courthouse Square
Byrdstown, TN 38549
Phone: 1-931-864-3359

County Health Department has birth records.
County Clerk has marriage and probate records from 1935.
Clerk and Master and Clerk Circuit Court has divorce records.
Clerk Circuit Court has court records.
Register of Deeds has land records. [2]


Pickett County Clerk
Marriage and probate records
1 Courthouse Square, Suite 201
Byrdstown, TN 38549
Phone: 1-931-864-3879

Pickett County Register of Deeds
Land records
1 Courthouse Square, Suite 204
Byrdstown, TN 38549
Phone: 1-931-864-3316

Pickett County Circuit Court Clerk
Court records
1 Courthouse Square, Suite 100
Byrdstown, TN 38549
Phone: 1-931-864-3958

Hours:
Mon., Tues., Thurs., and Fri. 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Wed. and Sat. 8 a.m.-noon

History

Middle Tennessee county.

The county is named after "Tennessee state legislator Howell L. Pickett."[3]

Parent County

1879--Pickett County was established 27 February 1879 from Overton and Fentress Counties. Early records may be found under Overton and Fentress Counties.
County seat: Byrdstown [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 My Tennessee Genealogy website. They rely on AniMap 3.0 software.

Record Loss

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1934--Fire damaged records
  • Lost census: 1890
  • Lost marriages: 1879 to 1933 
  • Lost probate; 1879 to 1932

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

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Asbury Etter Okra
Barnes Fairview Parker
Bloomington Faix Plain Grove
Boom Green Brier Red Hill
Byrdstown Love Lady Smyrna
Cedar Grove Midway Star Point
Chanute Moodyville Static
Conley Crossroads (hist.) Mount Airy Sulphur Springs
Davidson Mount Union Sunset
Eastport Oak Hill Travisville

Neighboring Counties

Resources

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Research Guides

African American

United States African Americans go to Tennessee African Americans

Cemeteries

Tennessee cemetery records often identify birth, death, relationship, and military information, as well as religious affiliation.


  • 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.
  • Pickett Co. TN Cemetery Records, part of the TNGenWeb Cemetery Database, lists many cemeteries in the county, often with indexes and transcripts of the burials.
  • Charles A. Reeves Jr. has created a detailed map showing the locations of Putnam County cemeteries. It may be purchased for a small fee through his website.

Census

1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 federal population censuses of Pickett 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.

1890 - Lost, but substitutes are available:

  • Reed, Sue S. Enumeration of Male Inhabitants of Twenty-one Years of Age and Upward, Citizens of Tennessee, January 1, 1891, as Provided for by an Act of General Assembly of Tennessee, Passed January 15, 1891, and Approved January 22, 1891. 8 vols. Houston, Texas: S.S. Reed, 1989. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 X2r v. 6 1891. [Pickett County is included in Vol. 6.]
  • Sistler, Byron H. and Barbara Sistler. 1890 Civil War Veterans Census, Tennessee. Evanston, Ill.: Byron Sister and Associates, 1978. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 X2s 1890.

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 Pickett, Tennessee at World Connect, results in more than 16,000 entries.

Bibliography

Land

Local Histories

Maps

Military

War of 1812

  • Embry, Hermione D. "War of 1812 - Tennessee Pensioners on List - January 2, 1883," Ansearchin' News, Vol. 8, No. 2 (Apr. 1961):49-52. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 B2a v. 8 (1961); digital version at journal website. [Includes Pickett County pensioners (p. 50).]
  • Transcription typed and formatted by Harold Keisling. Third? Regiment Tennessee Militia, Capt. Wiley Huddelston's Company  Raised from men who were from Overton, Pickett and Fentress County, Tennessee. Courtesy: TNGenWeb

Civil War

Newspapers

Many Tennessee newspapers are filmed and available at 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 Pickett County click on the following town:

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 Pickett County, Tennessee records 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.
Overton County Historical Society Newsletter
"This newsletter, although called 'Overton County,' covers all the area in Overton, Fentress, and Pickett County, Tennessee." - Vol. 7, no. 4 p. 2
Family History Library has volume 1 - 8 FHL US/CAN 976.8684 B2n.
Indexed in PERiodical Source Index (PERSI)
For further information see Overton County Historical Society website: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~tnoverto/OCHS/index.htm

Probate

The Pickett County Court has responsibility for the probate records.

Taxation

Vital Records

Marriage

The original Pickett County marriage records are kept at the County Courthouse. Due to fire, the marriage records of Pickett County are lost until 1934.

The following Pickett County marriage records are microfilmed:

  • [1934-1995] Available at the TSLA.
  • [1934-1961] Available at the Family History Library. Some volumes are indexed.FHL 1928807 Includes index.

The following Pickett County marriage records are abstracted and/or indexed:

Pickett County is not included in Sistler's Early Middle Tennessee Marriages.

Death

  • Tennessee Deaths and Burials 1874-1955 at Record Search Pilot at FamilySearch. Name index with extracted death certificate information.  Search by surname then browse through the results. You may need to supply variant spellings of the names.

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

Societies and Libraries

Pickett County Public Library
1331 Beason Rd.
Byrdstown, TN 38549

Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society
PO Box 330948
Nashville, TN, USA 37203-7507
The society serves the 40 counties of middle Tennessee of which Pickett 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

Family History Centers

Web Sites

Wikipedia
Wikipedia has more about this subject: Pickett 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), Pickett County, Tennessee page 643, 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), 643. (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).


 

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