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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Tennessee]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Polk County'''
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'''Polk County, Tennessee''' genealogy and family history research page. Guide to '''Polk County''' (established 1839) 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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''[[United States|United States&nbsp;]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] &nbsp;[[Tennessee|Tennessee&nbsp;]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] &nbsp;[[Polk_County,_Tennessee|Polk County]]'' <br> East Tennessee county. Established 1839.
 
  
 
== Quick Dates  ==
 
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Polk County's civil records start the following years:<ref>''[http://www.worldcat.org/title/guide-to-public-vital-statistics-in-tennessee/oclc Guide to Public Vital Statistics in Tennessee]''. Nashville, Tenn.: The Tennessee Historical Records Survey (W.P.A.), 1941; [http://www.tn.gov/tsla/history/county/earlyrecords.htm "Earliest County Records,"] Tennessee State Library and Archives.</ref>  
 
Polk County's civil records start the following years:<ref>''[http://www.worldcat.org/title/guide-to-public-vital-statistics-in-tennessee/oclc Guide to Public Vital Statistics in Tennessee]''. Nashville, Tenn.: The Tennessee Historical Records Survey (W.P.A.), 1941; [http://www.tn.gov/tsla/history/county/earlyrecords.htm "Earliest County Records,"] Tennessee State Library and Archives.</ref>  
  
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== County Courthouse  ==
 
== County Courthouse  ==
  
[[Image:{{TNPolkcourthouse}}]]'''Polk County Courthouse<br>'''6239 Highway 411<br>Benton, TN 37307<br>Phone: 1-423-338-4522  
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[http://www.polkgovernment.com/polk-county-clerk Polk County Courthouse]<br>6239 Highway 411<br>Benton, TN 37307<br>Phone: 1-423-338-4522  
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Register of Deeds has land records.<br> County Clerk has marriage and probate records. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002),  Polk County, Tennessee page 643, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libr40ries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
 
<br>[http://www.polkgovernment.com/polk-county-clerk '''Polk County Clerk''']'''<br>'''Marriage and probate records<br>P.O. Box 158<br>6239 Hwy 411, #102<br>Benton, TN 37307<br>Phone: 1-423-338-4526  
 
<br>[http://www.polkgovernment.com/polk-county-clerk '''Polk County Clerk''']'''<br>'''Marriage and probate records<br>P.O. Box 158<br>6239 Hwy 411, #102<br>Benton, TN 37307<br>Phone: 1-423-338-4526  
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[http://www.polkgovernment.com/clerks-of-court '''Polk County Clerk of Court''']'''<br>'''Court records<br>P.O. Box 256<br>6239 Highway 411<br>Benton, TN 37307<br>Phone: 1-423-338-4524  
 
[http://www.polkgovernment.com/clerks-of-court '''Polk County Clerk of Court''']'''<br>'''Court records<br>P.O. Box 256<br>6239 Highway 411<br>Benton, TN 37307<br>Phone: 1-423-338-4524  
  
'''Hours''':<br>Mon.-Fri. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. {{RAOGKcourthouse}}
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'''Hours''':<br>Mon.-Fri. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  
 
== History  ==
 
== History  ==
 
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East Tennessee county.
  
 
The county is named after [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_K._Polk President James Knox Polk] (1795-1849).<ref>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Tennessee_county_name_etymologies "List of counties in Tennessee"], Wikipedia.</ref>  
 
The county is named after [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_K._Polk President James Knox Polk] (1795-1849).<ref>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Tennessee_county_name_etymologies "List of counties in Tennessee"], Wikipedia.</ref>  
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==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
  
[http://www.mytennesseegenealogy.com/tn-maps.html "Rotating Formation Tennessee County Boundary Maps"] (1777-1985) may be viewed for free at the My Tennessee Genealogy website. They rely on [http://www.goldbug.com/store/animap3.html AniMap 3.0] software.  
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For animated maps illustrating Tennessee county boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/tennessee/ "Rotating Formation Tennessee County Boundary Maps"] (1777-1985) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.  
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
  
'''1895, 1935'''--Fires damaged records  
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For a list of record loss in Tennessee counties see: [http://www.genealogyinc.com/tennessee/tn-counties/#courthouse Tennessee Counties with Burned Courthouses]
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{{Fire}}'''1895''' and '''1935'''--Fires damaged courthouse records.<ref name="TSLA">[http://www.tn.gov/tsla/history/county/lost.htm Lost Records: Courthouse Fires and Disasters in Tennessee] in ''Tennessee State Library and Archives'' in ''Tennessee Secretary of State'' (accessed 31 March 2014).</ref><br><br>
  
 
*Lost census: 1890  
 
*Lost census: 1890  
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*Lost probate: 1839 to 1872
 
*Lost probate: 1839 to 1872
  
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*[http://tnblog.arleneeakle.com/2009/04/13/when-the-records-are-gone/ Arlene Eakle, ''When the Records are Gone'' in Tennessee Genealogy Blog]
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*[[Burned Counties Research|Burned Counties Research in FamilySearch Wiki]]
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*[http://blogs.ancestry.com/circle/?p=2424 Michael John Neill, ''Burned Counties'' in Family History Circle]
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==== Getting Started  ====
 
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==== Cemeteries  ====
 
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Tennessee cemetery records often identify birth, death, relationship, and military information, as well as religious affiliation.  
 
Tennessee cemetery records often identify birth, death, relationship, and military information, as well as religious affiliation.  
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==== Census  ====
 
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1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 federal population censuses of Polk County are available online. For tips on accessing census records online, see [[Tennessee Census|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.  
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1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, and 1940 federal population censuses of Polk County are available online. For tips on accessing census records online, see [[Tennessee Census|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 [[Tennessee Population Schedule Indexes: Fiche, Film, or Book]] for more information about statewide printed indexes.  
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==== Church  ====
  
Church records include baptisms, marriages and burials, as well as information about family members and clues about family migration.&nbsp; For additional information about church records, religions, and religious archives&nbsp;in Tennessee, see [https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Tennessee_Church_Records Tennessee Church Records].  
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Church records include baptisms, marriages and burials, as well as information about family members and clues about family migration.&nbsp; For additional information about church records, religions, and religious archives&nbsp;in Tennessee, see [[Tennessee Church Records|Tennessee Church Records]].  
  
 
*Polk County Church Records
 
*Polk County Church Records
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/tennessee/ Maps of Tennessee (1777-1985)]
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
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Civil War service men from&nbsp;Polk 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&nbsp;Polk County.  
 
Civil War service men from&nbsp;Polk 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&nbsp;Polk County.  
  
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<u>Confederate Soldiers&nbsp;</u>
  
 
*[[2nd Regiment, Tennessee Cavalry (Ashby's) (Confederate)|2nd Regiment, Tennessee Cavalry (Ashby's)]] -&nbsp; CSA - Company A.  
 
*[[2nd Regiment, Tennessee Cavalry (Ashby's) (Confederate)|2nd Regiment, Tennessee Cavalry (Ashby's)]] -&nbsp; CSA - Company A.  
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*[[62nd Regiment, Tennessee Mounted Infantry (Rowan's) (80th Infantry)|62nd Regiment, Tennessee Mounted Infantry (Rowan's) (80th Infantry)]] - CSA - Company E.
 
*[[62nd Regiment, Tennessee Mounted Infantry (Rowan's) (80th Infantry)|62nd Regiment, Tennessee Mounted Infantry (Rowan's) (80th Infantry)]] - CSA - Company E.
  
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<u>Additional sources for Civil War soldiers from&nbsp;Polk County:</u>
  
 
*Wiefering, Edna et al. ''Tennessee Union Soldiers: of Bradley, McMinn and Polk Counties Serving in the 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 10th TN Cavalry 5th TN Infantry and 5th TN Mounted Infantry''. Cleveland, Tenn.: Cleveland Public Library (Tennessee), 1996. {{FHL|986572|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN&nbsp;Book 976.8 M28tus}}.  
 
*Wiefering, Edna et al. ''Tennessee Union Soldiers: of Bradley, McMinn and Polk Counties Serving in the 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 10th TN Cavalry 5th TN Infantry and 5th TN Mounted Infantry''. Cleveland, Tenn.: Cleveland Public Library (Tennessee), 1996. {{FHL|986572|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN&nbsp;Book 976.8 M28tus}}.  
*Worsham, William J. ''[http://www.archive.org/details/oldnineteenthten00wors Old Nineteenth Tennessee regiment, C.S.A. June, 1861-April, l865.] ''Knoxville, Tennessee: Press of Paragon Printing Co., 1902.&amp;nbsp; Free digital copy.  
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*Worsham, William J. ''[http://www.archive.org/details/oldnineteenthten00wors Old Nineteenth Tennessee regiment, C.S.A. June, 1861-April, l865.] ''Knoxville, Tennessee: Press of Paragon Printing Co., 1902.&nbsp; Free digital copy.  
 
*Genealogy Trails History Group, [http://genealogytrails.com/tenn/polk/Military%20index.html Polk County Tennessee Military Page], (accessed 1 Feb 2012).  
 
*Genealogy Trails History Group, [http://genealogytrails.com/tenn/polk/Military%20index.html Polk County Tennessee Military Page], (accessed 1 Feb 2012).  
*USGenWeb Archives, [http://www.usgwarchives.org/tn/polk/polmil.html Polk County Tennessee Archives], (accessed 1 Feb 2012).  
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*USGenWeb Archives, [http://www.usgwarchives.net/tn/polk/polmil.html Polk County Tennessee Archives], (accessed 1 Feb 2012).  
 
*Tennessee State Library and Archives, [http://tennessee.gov/tsla/history/military/pension171.htm Tennessee Confederate Pension Applications&nbsp;:&nbsp;Polk County], (accessed 1 Feb 2012). Includes soldier's name, county, pension #, unit or widow.  
 
*Tennessee State Library and Archives, [http://tennessee.gov/tsla/history/military/pension171.htm Tennessee Confederate Pension Applications&nbsp;:&nbsp;Polk County], (accessed 1 Feb 2012). Includes soldier's name, county, pension #, unit or widow.  
 
*United States Pension Bureau, [http://www.archive.org/stream/listpensionerso02buregoog#page/n386/mode/1up List of Pensioners on the Roll January 1, 1883: Giving the Name of Each Pensioner, the Cause for ...] (Washington Printing Office; 1883), (accessed 1 Feb 2012). Online at Internet Archive.&nbsp;Polk County, page 368-369.  
 
*United States Pension Bureau, [http://www.archive.org/stream/listpensionerso02buregoog#page/n386/mode/1up List of Pensioners on the Roll January 1, 1883: Giving the Name of Each Pensioner, the Cause for ...] (Washington Printing Office; 1883), (accessed 1 Feb 2012). Online at Internet Archive.&nbsp;Polk County, page 368-369.  
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:'''Polk County Historical and Genealogical Society Quarterly and Newsletter'''  
 
:'''Polk County Historical and Genealogical Society Quarterly and Newsletter'''  
:This quarterly has been in publication since 1995. For more information, visit the society's [http://www.tngenweb.org/polk/pchgs/index.html website]. Most issues are available at the Family History Library: {{FHL|654865|title-id|disp=FHL&nbsp;US/CAN&nbsp;Book 976.8875 D25p}}.<br>Index found in PERIodical Source Index [[Periodical Source Index (PERSI)|(PERSI)]]<br>Digital version of volume 12 available at [http://contentdm.lib.byu.edu/cdm4/document.php?CISOROOT=/FHSS&CISOPTR=50513&REC=3 Family History Archives.]
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:This quarterly has been in publication since 1995. For more information, visit the society's [http://www.tngenweb.org/polk/pchgs/index.html website]. Most issues are available at the Family History Library: {{FHL|654865|title-id|disp=FHL&nbsp;US/CAN&nbsp;Book 976.8875 D25p}}.<br>Index found in PERIodical Source Index [[Periodical Source Index (PERSI)|(PERSI)]]<br>Digital version of volume 12 available at {{FSbook|1384234}} - free.
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==== Probate  ====
  
 
*[http://www.tngenweb.org/polk/pchgs/polk_3.htm#wills Index to Polk County Wills 1894-1970], available online, courtesy: [http://www.tngenweb.org/ TNGenWeb Project].
 
*[http://www.tngenweb.org/polk/pchgs/polk_3.htm#wills Index to Polk County Wills 1894-1970], available online, courtesy: [http://www.tngenweb.org/ TNGenWeb Project].
  
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*Wills, 1873-1940s (3 vols.)
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*Wills, 1873-1940s (3 vols.)  
*Bonds, Letters, 1890-1965 (6 vols.)
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*Bonds, Letters, 1890-1965 (6 vols.)  
*Insolvent estate records, 1895-1932
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*Insolvent estate records, 1895-1932  
*Letters, 1903-1964
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*Letters, 1903-1964  
 
*Settlements, 1894-1936 (3 vols.)
 
*Settlements, 1894-1936 (3 vols.)
  
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==== Vital Records  ====
 
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See also [http://www.genealogyinc.com/tennessee/tn-vital-records/ How to order Tennessee Vital Records] or [http://www.genealogyinc.com/ordervitalcertificate/ order electronically online].
  
 
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== Societies and Libraries  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
  
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[http://www.tngenweb.org/polk/pchgs/index.html '''Polk County Historical &amp; Genealogical Society''']<br>P. O. Box 636<br>Benton, TN 37307  
 
[http://www.tngenweb.org/polk/pchgs/index.html '''Polk County Historical &amp; Genealogical Society''']<br>P. O. Box 636<br>Benton, TN 37307  
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{{Wikipedia|Polk County, Tennessee}}  
 
{{Wikipedia|Polk County, Tennessee}}  
  
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/tennessee/polk-county/ Polk County, TN History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
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*[https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/115437264392250624287 Tennessee Genealogy Network Community on Google+]
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*[https://www.facebook.com/groups/175655229162652/ Tennessee Genealogy Network Group on Facebook]
 
*{{FHL|Tennessee%2C+Polk|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}} (FamilySearch)  
 
*{{FHL|Tennessee%2C+Polk|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}} (FamilySearch)  
 
*[http://lists.rootsweb.ancestry.com/index/usa/TN/polk.html Mailing List: TNPOLK-L (Polk County, Tennessee List)] (RootsWeb)  
 
*[http://lists.rootsweb.ancestry.com/index/usa/TN/polk.html Mailing List: TNPOLK-L (Polk County, Tennessee List)] (RootsWeb)  
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*[http://lists.rootsweb.ancestry.com/index/usa/TN/misc.html#SE-TN Mailing List: SE-TN-L (Southeast Tennessee List)] (RootsWeb)  
 
*[http://lists.rootsweb.ancestry.com/index/usa/TN/misc.html#SE-TN Mailing List: SE-TN-L (Southeast Tennessee List)] (RootsWeb)  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~tnpolk2/ Polk County, Tennessee: "A Hidden Treasure"] (American Local History Network &amp; Tennessee Local History Network) '''Resources '''that will help you place your ancestors within the context of their local history.  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~tnpolk2/ Polk County, Tennessee: "A Hidden Treasure"] (American Local History Network &amp; Tennessee Local History Network) '''Resources '''that will help you place your ancestors within the context of their local history.  
*[http://boards.ancestry.com/localities.northam.usa.states.tennessee.counties.polk/mb.ashx Polk County, TN Family History and Genealogy Message Board] (Ancestry)  
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*[http://www.anrdoezrs.net/qh105mu2-u1HKJNRJOIHJJPJMKJK?sid=familysearchwikiBoards&url=http://boards.ancestry.com/localities.northam.usa.states.tennessee.counties.polk/mb.ashx Polk County, TN Family History and Genealogy Message Board] (Ancestry)  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/TN/Polk/ Polk County, TN Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/TN/Polk/ Polk County, TN Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)  
*[http://genforum.com/tn/polk/ Polk County, TN Genealogy Forum] (GenForum)  
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*[http://www.kqzyfj.com/41100y1A719PSRVZRWQPRQUXRWTR?sid=familysearchwikiGenForum&url=http://genforum.com/tn/polk/ Polk County, TN Genealogy Forum] (GenForum)  
*[http://www.tngenweb.org/polk/ Polk County, TNGenWeb] (USGenWeb)
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*[http://www.tngenweb.org/polk/ Polk County, TNGenWeb] (USGenWeb)
*[http://www.mytennesseegenealogy.com/tn-county-polk.html Polk County, TN History, Records, Facts and Genealogy] (MyTennesseeGenealogy)
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Polk County, Tennessee genealogy and family history research page. Guide to Polk County (established 1839) 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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Quick Dates

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

Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1908 1894  1908  1880  1894 1873 

County Courthouse

Polk County Courthouse, Benton, Tenn.

Polk County Courthouse
6239 Highway 411
Benton, TN 37307
Phone: 1-423-338-4522

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


Polk County Clerk
Marriage and probate records
P.O. Box 158
6239 Hwy 411, #102
Benton, TN 37307
Phone: 1-423-338-4526

Polk County Register of Deeds
Land records
P.O. Box 293
6239 Hwy 411
Benton, TN 37307
Phone: 1-423-338-3100

Polk County Clerk of Court
Court records
P.O. Box 256
6239 Highway 411
Benton, TN 37307
Phone: 1-423-338-4524

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

History

President James Knox Polk (1795-1849)

East Tennessee county.

The county is named after President James Knox Polk (1795-1849).[3]

Parent County

1839--Polk County was established 28 November 1839 from McMinn and Bradley Counties. Early records may be found under McMinn and Bradley Counties.
County seat: Benton [4]

County Pronunciation

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

Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating Tennessee county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Tennessee County Boundary Maps" (1777-1985) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss

For a list of record loss in Tennessee counties see: Tennessee Counties with Burned Courthouses

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1895 and 1935--Fires damaged courthouse records.[7]

  • Lost census: 1890
  • Lost deeds: 1839 to 1893
  • Lost marriages: 1839 to 1893
  • Lost probate: 1839 to 1872

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Apalachia Coletown Maggies Mill Postelle
Archville Columbus (hist.) McAllister Hill Probst
Austral Conasauga McFarland Reesetown
Ball Play Copperhill McGeetown Reliance
Belltown Delano McHarg Rymers
Belltown Hill Ducktown Newtown Servilla
Benton Farner Oak Grove Staffordtown
Benton Springs Fetzerton (hist.) Ocoee Stewardtown
Benton Station Grassy Creek Old Patty Sylco
Boonville (hist.) Grief (hist.) Oldfort Towee
Camp Ocoee Hambright Parksville Turtletown
Caney Creek Harbuck Patterson Mill Wetmore
Chable (hist.) Isabella Patty Willis Springs
Chanceytown Linsdale Pine Ridge

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 Polk County biography, court, land, and military 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

African American

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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.
  • Polk Co. TN Cemetery Records, part of the TNGenWeb Cemetery Database, lists many cemeteries in the county, often with indexes and transcripts of the burials.
  • Information on Polk County cemeteries, originally published in the Polk County Historical and Genealogical Quarterly, is available online, courtesy: TNGenWeb.
  • Inscriptions of Polk County, Tennessee Cemeteries. Free Lookups Available!

Census

1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, and 1940 federal population censuses of Polk 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 Polk County, TN census assignments, including links to transcribed files. [The USGenWeb Census Project®].

1840

1840 Revolutionary War Pensioners

1850

1850 Agricultural Census

  • Green, Linda L. Tennessee 1850 Agricultural Census. 2 vols. Woodbridge, Va.: L.L. Green, 2000. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 X2g v. 1 ff. [Polk County is included in Vol. 1.]

1860

1870

1880

  • Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. 1880 Census, Polk County, Tennessee. Nashville, Tenn.: Byron Sistler & Associates, 1991. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8875 X2s 1880. Free Lookups Available!

1900

  • Polk County Historical & Genealogical Society. Polk County, Tennessee 1900 U.S. Census. Benton, Tenn.: Polk County Historical and Genealogical Society, 2000. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8875 X2p 1900.

1910

  • Polk County Historical & Genealogical Society. Polk County, Tennessee 1910 U.S. Census. Benton, Tenn.: Polk County Historical and Genealogical Society, 2000. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8875 X2p 1910.

1920

1930

  • Presswood, Marian Bailey and Jo Ann Finnell. Polk County 1930 U.S. Census. Benton, Tenn.: Polk County Historical and Genealogical Society, 2003. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8875 X2p 1930.

Church

Church records include baptisms, marriages and burials, as well as information about family members and clues about family migration.  For additional information about church records, religions, and religious archives in Tennessee, see Tennessee Church Records.

  • Polk County Church Records
- Family History Library Catalog - Polk County Church Records
  • Church histories tell when a church started in the area, who the early members were, give data about church leaders, etc.
- Family History Library Catalog - Polk County Church History
  • If the records you need are not through the Family History Library, contact the church(es) in the area where your ancestor lived.  Two sites that give information about churches in Polk County are:
- List of Polk County churches with addresses and phone numbers (Yellowbook)
- List of Polk County churches (TN HomeTownLocator)

Baptist

  • [1879-1943] Old Friendship Baptist Church Records. Polk County, 1879-1943TSLA Reel #348 FHL 840019
  • [1879-1900] Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. Vital Statistics from 19th Century Tennessee Church Records. Nashville: Sitler and Associates, 1979. FHL 976.8 K29s vol.1   Index to original Old Friendship Baptist Church Records. Polk County, 1879-1943.

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 Polk, Tennessee at World Connect, results in more than 20,000 entries.

  • The Heritage of Polk County, Tennessee, 1839-1997. Benton, Tenn.: Polk County Historical and Genealogical Society (Tennessee), 1997. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8875 H2h.

Bibliography

  • [Baily] Baily Family Bible Records, ca. 1838-1958. MSS., FHL US/CAN Film 1697633 Item 8.
  • [Barnes] See Longley.
  • [Cantrell] See Longley.
  • [Curd]
  • [Hildebrand] Clemmer, Sudie, J.D. Clemmer, and George F. Mellen. Nancy Ward and the Hildebrand Family of Polk County, Tennessee: Reprinted Newspaper Clippings from the J.D. Clemmer Scrapbooks. Benton, Tenn.: Polk County News, 1962. FHL US/CAN Film 908921 Item 7.
  • [Hood] Hood, Dellmann Osborne. The Tunis Hood Family. Portland, OR: Metropolitan Press, 1960. Available at FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 H761h; digital version at Heritage Quest Online ($).
  • [Land] Land, Barbara and Gary Land. The Land's & the Staige's. 2 vols. [Ukiah, Calif.: B. & G. Land], 1994. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 L299L ff.
  • [Langley] See Longley.
  • [Longley] Matthews, Addah Longley. Genealogy, Curd-Longley, Cantrell-Barnes. North Newton, KS: Mennonite Press, 1966. Available at FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 C922g; digital version at Heritage Quest Online ($).
  • [Quintrell] Quintrell: Family Bible Records, 1830-1941. MSS., FHL US/CAN Film 1307616 Item 61.
  • [Ward] Bell, Annie W.B. Military and Genealogical Records of the Famous Indian Woman Nancy Ward. Typescript, 1961. FHL US/CAN Film 875418 Item 2.
  • [Ward] Clemmer, Sudie, J.D. Clemmer, and George F. Mellen. Nancy Ward and the Hildebrand Family of Polk County, Tennessee: Reprinted Newspaper Clippings from the J.D. Clemmer Scrapbooks. Benton, Tenn.: Polk County News, 1962. FHL US/CAN Film 908921 Item 7.
  • [Ward] Holland, Hubert G. Nancy Ward A/K/A Cherokee Rose and Beloved Woman. Typescript, FHL US/CAN Film 1750757 Item 14.
  • [Whitson] McDuffee, Ted Ransom. Duff to McDuffee on One Leaf: The Family History James H. Duff-McDuffee and Nancy Ann Whitson with Ancestors and Descendants. Knoxville, Tenn.: Tennessee Valley Pub., 1999. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 D873m.
  • [Young] Stein, Carl F. Some Descendents of James Pickens Young 1815: of Polk, Rhea, Hamilton, Blount, & Knox Counties, Tenn., Cherokee, & Gaston Counties, North Carolina. Family Group Sheets. FHL US/CAN Film 2055385 Item 2.

Land

Early Polk County Deed Books are lost. In 1970, TSLA microfilmed surviving Deed Books 1 to 10 (1897 to 1911), Trust Deed Books 1 to 4 (1894-1911) and a General Index (1897-1938). FHL copies: FHL US/CAN Films 1012141-1012149.

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.] 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 TSLA; another version is available at World Vital Records.

Local Histories

Maps

Military

Revolutionary War

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

Additional resources include:

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 Polk County pensioners (p. 50).]

Civil War

Civil War service men from Polk 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 Polk County.

Confederate Soldiers 

Additional sources for Civil War soldiers from Polk County:

Newspapers

A local volunteer through Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness is willing to do free obituary lookups in Polk County 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 Polk County click on the following cities or towns:

Occupations

  • Miller, Alan N. East Tennessee's Forgotten Children: Apprentices from 1778 to 1911. Baltimore, Md.: Printed for Clearfield Company, Inc., by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 2000. FHL US/CAN 976.8 U2m. Digital version at World Vital Records ($). Purchase at Genealogical.com. [Includes Polk County.]

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 Polk 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 Book 976.8 B2a.
East Tennessee Roots
Several genealogical articles with abstracts of Polk County, Tennessee records have been published in East Tennessee Roots (10 vols.). A subject index to these articles is available online. Surname indexes to Volumes 9 and 10 are also available online. The Family History Library has collected most issues of East Tennessee Roots FHL Book 976.8 D25e.
The Pellissippian
Several genealogical articles with abstracts of Polk County, Tennessee records were published in the The Pellissippian (25 vols., 1980-2004), the quarterly of the Pellissippi Genealogical and Historical Society. The society has posted tables of contents for all 25 volumes on their website. They also have back issues available for purchase. The Family History Library has acquired the first 20 volumes FHL Book 976.8 D25p.
Polk County Historical and Genealogical Society Quarterly and Newsletter
This quarterly has been in publication since 1995. For more information, visit the society's website. Most issues are available at the Family History Library: FHL US/CAN Book 976.8875 D25p.
Index found in PERIodical Source Index (PERSI)
Digital version of volume 12 available at FamilySearch Books Online - free.

Prisons

Learn if your Polk County, Tennessee ancestors went to prison!

Probate

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, 1873-1940s (3 vols.)
  • Bonds, Letters, 1890-1965 (6 vols.)
  • Insolvent estate records, 1895-1932
  • Letters, 1903-1964
  • Settlements, 1894-1936 (3 vols.)

Taxation

The original Polk County Tax Books 1893-1902 were microfilmed by TSLA in 1970. Copies of their films are also available at the Family History Library: FHL US/CAN Films 1012150-1012151.

Vital Records

See also How to order Tennessee Vital Records or order electronically online.

Marriage

The original Polk County marriage records are kept at the County Courthouse. In 1970, TSLA microfilmed Marriage Books 1 to 18 (1894-1970). FHL copies: FHL US/CAN Films 840021-840023, 1013614, 1012138-1012139.

Polk County's marriage records have been abstracted multiple times. As a guide to lead you back to the original sources, Blankenship's book surpasses the others for the early years, as she cites original volume and page numbers. The following is a list of these publications:

  • [1894-1907] Jones, Viola H. Marriage Records, Polk County, Tennessee, 1894 through 1907: Recorded in Volumes 1, 2, 3. Louisville, Tenn.: V.H. Jones, 1987. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8875 V2j. [Abstracts names of brides, grooms, and officiators, along with marriage dates.]
  • [1894-1907] Blankenship, Nelly M. Polk County Marriages: Vol. 4 Sept. 1894 - Sept. 1907, v. 1 - 4. Murfreesboro, Tenn.: F.M. Blankenship, 1992. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8875 V28b. [Abstracts names of brides, grooms, officiators, and bondsmen, dates of marriage, along with volume and page numbers and "extra" information.]
  • [1894-1970] Poteet-Pitts, Jennie Vee. Polk County, Tennessee Marriages 1894 through 1970. Louisville, Tenn.: V.H. Jones, 1995. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8875 V28p. Free Lookups Available! [Abstracts names of brides, grooms, and officiators, along with marriage dates for early marriages; greater detail for more recent marriages, including volume and page numbers.]
Divorce

In 1940 and 1941, W.P.A. workers pinpointed the location of Polk County divorce papers in diverse County Courthouse records, 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 Polk County between the 1830s and the 1920s, try:

Societies and Libraries

See also a List of Tennessee Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical & Genealogical Societies


Polk County Historical & Genealogical Society
P. O. Box 636
Benton, TN 37307

East Tennessee Historical Society
601 S. Gay St.
P.O. Box 1629
Knoxville, Tennessee 37901-1629
Phone: 1-865-215-8824
E-mail: eths@east-tennessee-history.org

Benton Public Library
Hwy 411
Benton, TN 37307
Phone: 1-423-338-4536

Family History Centers

Web Sites

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

References

  1. Guide to Public Vital Statistics in Tennessee. Nashville, Tenn.: The Tennessee Historical Records Survey (W.P.A.), 1941; "Earliest County Records," Tennessee State Library and Archives.
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Polk 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).
  7. Lost Records: Courthouse Fires and Disasters in Tennessee in Tennessee State Library and Archives in Tennessee Secretary of State (accessed 31 March 2014).