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Welcome to the Tennessee page,
the Volunteer State

Great Smoky Mountains viewed from Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
Most unique genealogical features:

Counties

Extinct or Renamed Counties:
State of Franklin | Caswell | Christiana | Cumberland (old) | James | Lewis (old) | Putnam (old) | Spencer | Tennessee | Wayne (old)

Click on the map below to go to a county page.
Lake CountyObion CountyWeakley CountyHenry CountyDyer CountyGibson CountyCarroll CountyBenton CountyLauderdale CountyCrockett CountyHaywood CountyMadison CountyHenderson CountyDecatur CountyTipton CountyShelby CountyFayette CountyHardeman CountyChester CountyMcNairy CountyHardin CountyStewart CountyHouston CountyHumphreys CountyPerry CountyWayne CountyMontgomery CountyDickson CountyHickman CountyLewis CountyLawrence CountyRobertson CountyCheatham CountyDavidson CountyWilliamson CountyMaury CountyGiles CountyMarshall CountyLincoln CountyMoore CountyBedford CountyRutherford CountyWilson CountySumner CountyMacon CountyTrousdale CountySmith CountyDeKalb CountyCannon CountyWarren CountyCoffee CountyFranklin CountyGrundy CountyMarion CountySequatchie CountyVan Buren CountyWhite CountyPutnam CountyJackson CountyOverton CountyClay CountyPickett CountyFentress CountyScott CountyMorgan CountyCumberland CountyBledsoe CountyHamilton CountyBradley CountyPolk CountyRhea CountyMeigs CountyMcMinn CountyMonroe CountyRoane CountyLoudon CountyBlount CountyAnderson CountyKnox CountySevier CountyCampbell CountyClaiborne CountyUnion CountyGrainger CountyHancock CountyHawkins CountyHamblen CountyJefferson CountyCocke CountyGreene CountySullivan CountyJohnson CountyWashington CountyCarter CountyUnicoi CountyTennessee county map.png

Major Repositories

Tennessee State Library and Archives · East Tennessee Historical Society · Germantown Regional History and Genealogy Center · West Tennessee Heritage Study Center · National Archives Southeast Region (Atlanta) · Allen County Public Library

Directory Containing Archivist Contacts for Each County in Tennesse

Early Migration Routes

Cumberland River · Mississippi River · Tennessee River · Avery's Trace or Nashville Road · Black Fox Trail · Bolivar and Memphis Trail · Catawba Trail · Chattanooga-Willstown Road · Cisca and St. Augustine Trail or Nickajack Trail · Cisco and Middle Tennessee Trail · Cumberland and Great Lakes Trail · Cumberland and Ohio Falls Trail · Cumberland Trace · Georgia Road (Federal Road) · Great Indian Warpath · Great South Trail · Great Trading Path · Great Valley Road · Jackson's Military Road · Jonesboro Road · Kentucky Road · Lower Warpath or West Tennessee Trail · Mississippi and Tennessee River Trail · Nashville-Saline River Trail · Natchez Trace or Chickasaw Trail  · Old Cherokee Path · Tennessee, Ohio, and Great Lakes Trail · Unicoi Trail · West Tennessee Chickasaw Trail · Wilderness Road

Topography

Did You Know?

  • Tennessee is informally segregated into three "Grand Divisions" that are topographically, politically, economically, and culturally different. East Tennessee even attempted to secede from the rest of the State during the Civil War.  See maps and details at the TNGenWeb site.
  • Did you know that at least 20 counties in Tennessee did not begin registering marriages until 1838? For more information, see Tennessee Vital Records.
  • In 1820, Tennessee's top three manufactured goods were whiskey, blacksmith's products, and flour. Learn more at Tennessee Occupations.
  • Listen to our complete collection of audio files of Tennessee county name pronunciations flavored with local accents.
  • Even though many 1820 East Tennessee census population schedules have been lost, manufactures schedules survive for most counties. A free online index is available at Lineages.

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