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If your ancestors were ever in court as defendants, plaintiffs, witnesses, or jurors, they may be in court records. They may have participated in cases of probate, naturalization, divorce, debt, adoption, guardianship, licenses, appointment to public office, taxes, civil and criminal lawsuits, property disputes, crimes, or any other matters brought before a court.  
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<br>If your ancestors were ever in court as defendants, plaintiffs, witnesses, or jurors, they may be in court records. They may have participated in cases of probate, naturalization, divorce, debt, adoption, guardianship, licenses, appointment to public office, taxes, civil and criminal lawsuits, property disputes, crimes, or any other matters brought before a court.  
  
 
Court records can establish family relationships and places of residence. They often provide occupations, descriptions, and other family history information.  
 
Court records can establish family relationships and places of residence. They often provide occupations, descriptions, and other family history information.  
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== Tennessee Supreme Court Records  ==
 
== Tennessee Supreme Court Records  ==
 
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Many surviving Superior Court case files are at the [[Tennessee State Library and Archives]] and are accessible through a card file in the Manuscript Reading Room. Extracts of cases between 1791 and 1820 are in:  
 
Many surviving Superior Court case files are at the [[Tennessee State Library and Archives]] and are accessible through a card file in the Manuscript Reading Room. Extracts of cases between 1791 and 1820 are in:  
  
*Sherrill, Charles A. ''Tennesseans in Court: 2,500 Early Settlers found in Supreme Court Reports, 1791–1820''. Mt. Juliet, Tennessee: Charles A. Sherrill, 1999. (Family History Library book [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=823502&disp=Tennesseans+in+court%20%20&columns=*,0,0 976.8 P2s];) &nbsp;Extracts contain names, places, the nature of the case being tried, and personal information included in the case. The volumes described by this book are at the [[Tennessee State Library and Archives]].
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*Sherrill, Charles A. ''Tennesseans in Court: 2,500 Early Settlers found in Supreme Court Reports, 1791–1820''. Mt. Juliet, Tennessee: Charles A. Sherrill, 1999. {{FHL|823502|item|disp=FHL book 976.8 P2s}} Extracts contain names, places, the nature of the case being tried, and personal information included in the case. The volumes described by this book are at the [[Tennessee State Library and Archives]].
  
'''''Digitized Supreme Court Records'''''<br>
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'''''Digitized Supreme Court Records'''''<br>When accessing these records online, view the book as a PDF file in Google Books.&nbsp; This will allow you to use the search feature to look for indivdual names or localities found within each court case.
  
*[1813-1818] Cooper, William F. ''[http://www.archive.org/details/tennesseereport02courgoog Tennessee Reports: Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Highest Courts of Law and Equity in the State of Tennessee]. ''St Louis: Soule, Thomas and Windsor, 1870. Free digital copy.&nbsp; Appendix with early cases.  
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*'''[1813-1818]''' Cooper, William F. ''[http://www.archive.org/details/tennesseereport02courgoog Tennessee Reports: Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Highest Courts of Law and Equity in the State of Tennessee]. ''St Louis: Soule, Thomas and Windsor, 1870. Free digital copy.&nbsp; Appendix with early cases.  
*[1816-1819] Bigelow, Melville M.[http://www.archive.org/details/tennesseereport02courgoog ''Reports of Cases Argued and Adjudged in the Supreme Court of Errors and Appeals of Tennessee: 3, 4, and 5 Haywood in One Volume, with Notes and References''].&nbsp; New York: Hurd and Houghton, 1870. Digital version at [http://books.google.com/books?id=MMoEAAAAYAAJ Google Books].  
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*'''[1816-1819]''' Bigelow, Melville M.[http://www.archive.org/details/tennesseereport02courgoog ''Reports of Cases Argued and Adjudged in the Supreme Court of Errors and Appeals of Tennessee: 3, 4, and 5 Haywood in One Volume, with Notes and References''].&nbsp; New York: Hurd and Houghton, 1870. Digital version at [http://books.google.com/books?id=MMoEAAAAYAAJ Google Books].  
*[1833] Yerger, George S.&nbsp; ''[http://www.archive.org/details/reportscasesarg01yerggoog Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee]. ''Nashville: Hall and Heiskell, 1834. Free digital&nbsp;copy.  
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*'''[1833]''' Yerger, George S.&nbsp; ''[http://www.archive.org/details/reportscasesarg01yerggoog Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee]. ''Nashville: Hall and Heiskell, 1834. Free digital copy.  
*[1836-1837] Yerger, George S. ''[http://www.archive.org/details/reportscasesarg00yerggoog Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee]. ''Nashville: Hall and Heiskell, 1891. Free digital copy.  
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*'''[1836-1837]''' Yerger, George S. ''[http://www.archive.org/details/reportscasesarg00yerggoog Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee]. ''Nashville: Hall and Heiskell, 1891. Free digital copy.  
*[1838-1839] Cooper, William F. ''[http://www.archive.org/details/tennesseereport01courgoog Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Highest Courts of Law and Equity in the State of Tennessee].&nbsp;'' St Louis: Soule, Thomas and Windsor, 1870. Free digital copy.  
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*'''[1838-1839]''' Meigs, J. ''[http://www.archive.org/details/reportscasesarg00meiggoog Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee]''. Nashville: S. Nye and Co., 1839. Free digital copy.
*[1839-1840] Humphreys, West H. [http://www.archive.org/details/reportscasesarg03tenngoog ''Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee'']. Nashville: J. George Harris, 1841. Free digital copy.  
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*'''[1838-1839]''' Cooper, William F. ''[http://www.archive.org/details/tennesseereport01courgoog Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Highest Courts of Law and Equity in the State of Tennessee]. '' St Louis: Soule, Thomas and Windsor, 1870. Free digital copy.  
*[1840-1841] Humphreys, West H. [http://www.archive.org/details/reportscasesarg00humpgoog ''Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee'']. Nashville: A.M. &amp; J.B. Rosborough, 1842. Free digital copy.  
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*'''[1839-1840]''' Humphreys, West H. [http://www.archive.org/details/reportscasesarg03tenngoog ''Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee'']. Nashville: J. George Harris, 1841. Free digital copy.  
*[1842] Humphreys, West H. ''[http://www.archive.org/details/reportscasesarg01humpgoog Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee].&nbsp;'' Nashville: W. F. Bang, 1843. Free digital copy.  
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*'''[1840-1841]''' Humphreys, West H. [http://www.archive.org/details/reportscasesarg00humpgoog ''Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee'']. Nashville: A.M. and J.B. Rosborough, 1842. Free digital copy.  
*[1843] Haynes, Milton A. ''[http://www.archive.org/details/southwesternlaw00courgoog South-western Law Journal and Reporter].&nbsp;'' Nashville: Cameron and Hall Publishers, 1844. Free digital copy.  
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*'''[1842]''' Humphreys, West H. ''[http://www.archive.org/details/reportscasesarg01humpgoog Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee]. '' Nashville: W. F. Bang, 1843. Free digital copy.  
*[1843-1844] Humphreys, West H. ''[http://www.archive.org/details/reportscasesarg02humpgoog Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee]''. Nashville: W. F. Bang, 1844. Free digital copy.  
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*'''[1843]''' Haynes, Milton A. ''[http://www.archive.org/details/southwesternlaw00courgoog South-western Law Journal and Reporter].&nbsp;'' Nashville: Cameron and Hall Publishers, 1844. Free digital copy.  
*[1844-1845] Humphreys, West H. [http://www.archive.org/details/reportscasesarg01tenngoog Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee]. Nashville: W.F. Bang, 1845. Free digital copy. Free digital copy.
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*'''[1843-1844]''' Humphreys, West H. ''[http://www.archive.org/details/reportscasesarg02humpgoog Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee]''. Nashville: W. F. Bang, 1844. Free digital copy.  
*[1846-1847] Humphreys, West H. ''[http://www.archive.org/details/reportscasesarg04humpgoog Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee.] ''Nashville, Tennessee: W.F. Bang and Co., 1847. Free digital copy.  
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*'''[1844-1845]''' Humphreys, West H. [http://www.archive.org/details/reportscasesarg01tenngoog Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee]. Nashville: W.F. Bang, 1845. Free digital copy. Free digital copy.  
*[1847-1848] Humphreys, West H. ''[http://www.archive.org/details/reportscasesarg04tenngoog Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee.]'' Nashville, Tennessee: W.F. Bang and Co., 1849. Free digital copy.
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*'''[1846-1847]''' Humphreys, West H. ''[http://www.archive.org/details/reportscasesarg04humpgoog Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee.] ''Nashville, Tennessee: W.F. Bang and Co., 1847. Free digital copy.  
 
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*'''[1847-1848]''' Humphreys, West H. ''[http://www.archive.org/details/reportscasesarg04tenngoog Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee.]'' Nashville, Tennessee: W.F. Bang and Co., 1849. Free digital copy.  
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*'''[1853-1854]''' Sneed, John L. ''[http://www.archive.org/details/reportscasesarg00sneegoog Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee]''. Nashville, Tennessee: M'Kennie and Brown Publishers, 1855. Free digital copy.
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*'''[1854-1855]''' Sneed, John L. ''[http://www.archive.org/details/reportscasesarg02sneegoog Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee]''. Nashville, Tennessee: M'Kennie &amp; Brown Publishers, 1856. Free digital copy.
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*'''[1855-1856]''' Sneed, John L. ''[http://www.archive.org/details/reportscasesarg01sneegoog Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee]''. Nashville, Tennessee: M'Kennie &amp; Brown Publishers, 1857. Free digital copy.
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*'''[1858]''' Head, John W. ''[http://www.archive.org/details/reportscasesarg05tenngoog Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee.]'' Nashville, Tennessee: J.O. Griffith and Co., 1860. Free digital copy.
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*'''[1858-1859]''' Head, John W. ''[http://www.archive.org/details/reportscasesarg00headgoog Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee]''. Nashville, Tennessee: J.O. Griffith and Co., 1860. Free digital copy.
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*'''[1859-1860]''' Head, John W. ''[http://www.archive.org/details/reportscasesarg01headgoog Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee]''. Nashville, Tennessee: J.O. Griffith and Co., 1866. Free digital copy.
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*'''[1860-1861]''' Coldwell, Thomas H. ''[http://www.archive.org/details/reportscasesarg127courgoog Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee]''. Nashville, Tennessee: S.C. Mercer, 1867. Free digital copy.
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*'''[1868]''' Coldwell, Thomas H.''[http://www.archive.org/details/reportscasesarg95courgoog Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee]''. Nashville, Tennessee: S.C. Mercer, 1869. Free digital copy.
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*'''[1868-1869]''' Coldwell, Thomas H. Reports of [http://www.archive.org/details/reportscasesarg252courgoog ''Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee.''] Nashville, Tennessee: S.C. Mercer, 1870. Free digital copy.
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*'''[1870,&nbsp;Eastern Division]''' Heiskell, Joseph B. ''[http://www.archive.org/details/reportscasesarg93courgoog Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee]''. Nashville, Tennessee: Jones, Purvis and Co., 1870. Free digital copy.
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*'''[1871-1872]''' Heiskell, Joseph B. ''[http://www.archive.org/details/reportscasesarg02tenngoog Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee]''. Nashville, Tennessee: Jones, Purvis and Co., 1871. Free digital copy.
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*'''[1870-1871, Middle Division]''' Heiskell, Joseph B. ''[http://www.archive.org/details/reportscasesarg176courgoog Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee]''. Nashville, Tennessee: Jones, Purvis &amp;Co., 1871. Free digital copy.
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*'''[1871, Eastern Division]''' Heiskell, Joseph B. ''[http://www.archive.org/details/reportscasesarg162courgoog Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee]''. Nashville, Tennessee: Tavel, Eastman, and Howell, 1874.
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*'''[1872, Eastern Division]''' Heiskell, Joseph B. ''[http://www.archive.org/details/reportscasesarg166courgoog Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee.]'' Nashville, Tennessee:&nbsp;Tavel, Eastman and Howell., 1873. Free digital copy.
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*'''[1872, Middle Division]''' Baxter, Jere. ''[http://www.archive.org/details/reportscasesarg131courgoog Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee.]'' Nashville, Tennessee: James Browne, 1878. Free digital copy.
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*'''[1872-1873, Middle Division]''' Baxter, Jere.''[http://www.archive.org/details/reportscasesarg110courgoog Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee]''. Nashville, Tennessee: James Browne, 1873. Free digital copy.
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*'''[1872&nbsp;Middle and 1874 Western&nbsp;Division]'''&nbsp;Baxter, Jere ''[http://www.archive.org/details/reportscasesarg197courgoog Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee]''. Nashville, Tennessee: Tavel, Eastman,&amp; Howell, 1880. Free digital copy.
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*'''[1873-1874, Middle Division]''' Baxter, Jere. ''[http://www.archive.org/details/reportscasesarg87courgoog Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee]''. Nashville, Tennessee: James Browne, 1878. Free digital copy.
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*'''[1875]''' Barclay, Wilbur F. ''[http://www.archive.org/details/cu31924024707048 A Manual of Tennessee Corporations&nbsp;: containing the Corporation act of 1875...with Notes from the decisions of the Supreme Court.]'' Nashville, Tennessee: University Press, 1892. Free digital copy.
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*'''[1874-1875, Eastern Division, 1874-1876 MIddle Division, 1876 Western Division]''' Baxter, Jere. ''[http://www.archive.org/details/reportscasesarg243courgoog Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee]''. Nashville, Tennessee: James Browne, 1880. Free digital copy.
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*'''[1874-1875, Middle Division]''' Baxter, Jere. ''[http://www.archive.org/details/reportscasesarg171courgoog Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee]''. Nashville, Tennessee: Tavel, Eastman and Howell, 1879. Free digital copy.
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*'''[1875-1876, Middle Division]''' Baxter, Jere. ''[http://www.archive.org/details/reportscasesarg144courgoog Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee.]'' Nashville, Tennessee: James Browne, 1879. Free digital copy.
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*'''[1875-1877]''' Baxter, Jere. ''[http://www.archive.org/details/legalreporteram00tenngoog The Legal Reporter: A Monthly Publication of the Recent and Important Opinions Delivered by the Supreme Court of Tennessee.]'' Nashville, Tennessee: Legal Reporter Printing House, 1878. Free digital copy.
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*'''[1876-1877]''' Baxter, Jere. ''[http://www.archive.org/details/reportscasesarg246courgoog Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee]''. Nashville, Tennessee: Tavel, Eastman,&amp; Howell, 1881. Free digital copy.
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*'''[1879 Eastern and Middle Division]''' Lea, Benjamin J. ''[http://www.archive.org/details/reportscasesarg158courgoog Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee]''. Nashville, Tennessee: Tavel, Eastman,&amp; Howell, 1880. Free digital copy.
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*'''[1879 Middle Division, 1880 Western Division]''' Lea, Benjamin J. ''[http://www.archive.org/details/reportscasesarg173courgoog Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee]''. Nashville, Tennessee: Marshall and Bruce, 1881. Free digital copy.
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*'''[1881&nbsp;Eastern and Middle Divisions, 1882 Western Division]''' Lea, Benjamin J. ''[http://www.archive.org/details/reportscasesarg215courgoog Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee]''. Nashville, Tennessee: Albert B. Tavel , 1882. Free digital copy.
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*'''[1882 Western and Eastern Division]''' Lea, Benjamin J. ''[http://www.archive.org/details/reportscasesarg251courgoog Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee]''. Nashville, Tennessee: Albert B. Tavel , 1882. Free digital copy.
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*'''[1883 Western and Eastern Division]''' Lea, Benjamin J. ''[http://www.archive.org/details/reportscasesarg116courgoog Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee.]'' Nashville, Tennessee: Albert B. Tavel , 1883. Free digital copy.
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*'''[1883 Western and Eastern Division]''' Lea, Benjamin J. Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee. Nashville, Tennessee: Albert B. Tavel , 1883. Free digital copy.
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*'''[1884]''' Lea, Benjamin J. ''[http://www.archive.org/details/reportscasesarg91courgoog Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee]''. Nashville, Tennessee: Albert B. Tavel , 1885. Free digital copy.
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*'''[1885]''' Lea, Benjamin J. ''[http://www.archive.org/details/reportscasesarg237courgoog Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee]''. Nashville, Tennessee: Albert B. Tavel , 1886. Free digital copy.
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*'''[1885 Middle Division, 1886 Western Division]''' Lea, Benjamin J. ''[http://www.archive.org/details/reportscasesarg77courgoog Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee]''. Nashville, Tennessee: Albert B. Tavel , 1886. Free digital copy.
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*'''[1887 Eastern and Middle Divisions, 1888 Western Division]''' Pickle, George W. ''[http://www.archive.org/details/reportscasesarg03packgoog Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee.]'' Nashville, Tennessee:&nbsp;Marshall and Bruce, Stationers, 1888. Free digital copy.
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*'''[1888 Eastern and Middle Divisions, 1889 Western Division]''' Pickle, George W. ''[http://www.archive.org/details/reportscasesarg19packgoog Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee]''. Nashville, Tennessee: Marshall and Bruce, Stationers, 1889. Free digital copy.
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*'''[1890]''' Pickle, George W. ''[http://www.archive.org/details/reportscasesarg21packgoog Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee]''. Nashville, Tennessee: Marshall and Bruce, Stationers, 1891. Free digital copy.
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*'''[1891-1892 Eastern Division, 1891 Middle Division, 1892 Western Division]''' Pickle, George W. ''[http://www.archive.org/details/reportscasesarg31packgoog Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee.]'' Nashville, Tennessee: Marshall and Bruce, Stationers, 1892. Free digital copy.
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*'''[1892 Eastern Division and Middle Division, 1893 Western Division]''' Pickle, George W. ''[http://www.archive.org/details/reportscasesarg37packgoog Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee]''. Nashville, Tennessee: Marshall and Bruce, Stationers, 1893. Free digital copy.
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*'''[1893-1894 Western and Eastern Divisions, 1893&nbsp;Middle Division]''' Pickle, George W. ''[http://www.archive.org/details/reportscasesarg30packgoog Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee]''. Nashville, Tennessee: Marshall and Bruce, Stationers, 1895. Free digital copy.
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*'''[1894 Eastern and Middle Divisions, 1895 Western Division]''' Pickle, George W. ''[http://www.archive.org/details/reportscasesarg24packgoog Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee]''. Nashville, Tennessee: Marshall and Bruce, Stationers, 1895. Free digital copy.
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*'''[1895]''' Pickle, George W. ''[http://www.archive.org/details/reportscasesarg38packgoog Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee]''. Nashville, Tennessee: Marshall and Bruce, Stationers, 1896. Free digital copy.
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*'''[1895 Middle Division, 1896 Western Division]''' Pickle, George W. ''[http://www.archive.org/details/reportscasesarg28packgoog Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee]''. Nashville, Tennessee: Marshall and Bruce, Stationers, 1897. Free digital copy.
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*'''[1896&nbsp;Western Division, 1896 Eastern Division]''' Pickle, George W. ''[http://www.archive.org/details/reportscasesarg18packgoog Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee]''. Nashville, Tennessee: Marshall and Bruce, Stationers, 1897. Free digital copy.
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*'''[1896 Eastern and Middle Divisions, 1897 Western Division]''' Pickle, George W. [http://www.archive.org/details/reportscasesarg33packgoog Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee.] Nashville, Tennessee: Marshall and Bruce, Stationers, 1898. Free digital copy.
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*'''[1897 Western and Eastern Divisions]''' Pickle, George W. Reports of Cases ''[http://www.archive.org/details/reportscasesarg35packgoog Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee]''. Nashville, Tennessee: Marshall and Bruce, Stationers, 1898. Free digital copy.
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*'''[1897 Eastern and Middle Divisions, 1898 Western Division]''' Pickle, George W. ''[http://www.archive.org/details/reportscasesarg27packgoog Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee]''. Nashville, Tennessee: Marshall and Bruce, Stationers, 1898. Free digital copy.
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*'''[1898 Eastern and Middle Divisions, 1899 Western Division]''' Pickle, George W. ''[http://www.archive.org/details/reportscasesarg14packgoog Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee]''. Nashville, Tennessee: Marshall and Bruce, Stationers, 1899. Free digital copy.
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*'''[1898 Middle Division, 1899 Western Division]''' Pickle, George W. ''[http://www.archive.org/details/reportscasesarg22packgoog Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee.]'' Nashville, Tennessee: Marshall and Bruce, Stationers, 1900. Free digital copy.
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*'''[1899]''' Pickle, George W. ''[http://www.archive.org/details/reportscasesarg13packgoog Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee]''. Nashville, Tennessee: Marshall and Bruce, Stationers, 1900. Free digital copy.
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*'''[1900 Western and Eastern Division]''' Pickle, George W. ''[http://www.archive.org/details/reportscasesarg04packgoog Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee]''. Nashville, Tennessee: Marshall and Bruce, Stationers, 1901. Free digital copy.
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*'''[1900 Eastern and Middle Divisions, 1901 Western Division]''' Pickle, George W. ''[http://www.archive.org/details/reportscasesarg15packgoog Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee]''. Nashville, Tennessee: Marshall and Bruce, Stationers, 1901. Free digital copy.
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*'''[1901 Western and Eastern Division]''' Pickle, George W. ''[http://www.archive.org/details/reportscasesarg10packgoog Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee]''. Nashville, Tennessee: Marshall and Bruce, Stationers, 1902. Free digital copy.
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*'''[1901 Eastern and Middle Divisions, 1902 Western Divisions]''' Pickle, George W. ''[http://www.archive.org/details/reportscasesarg01packgoog Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee]''. Nashville, Tennessee: Marshall and Bruce, Stationers, 1903. Free digital copy.
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*'''[1902 Eastern and Middle Divisions]''' Cates, Charles T. ''[http://www.archive.org/details/reportscasesarg02packgoog Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee]''. Louisville, Kentucky: Fetter Law Book Co., 1903. Free digital copy.
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*'''[1902 Middle and 1903 Western Divisions]''' Cates, Charles T. ''[http://www.archive.org/details/reportscasesarg00packgoog Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee]''. Columbia Missouri: E.W. Stephens Publisher, 1904. Free digital copy.
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*'''[1903 Eastern&nbsp;Division]'''&nbsp;Cates, Charles T. ''[http://www.archive.org/details/reportscasesarg34packgoog Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee.]'' Columbia Missouri: E.W. Stephens Publisher, 1904. Free digital copy.
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*'''[1903-1904 Eastern Division, 1903&nbsp;Middle Division and 1904 Western Division]''' Cates, Charles T. ''[http://www.archive.org/details/reportscasesarg05packgoog Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee]''. Columbia Missouri: E.W. Stephens Publisher, 1905. Free digital copy.
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*'''[1904 All Divisions]''' Cates, Charles T. ''[http://www.archive.org/details/reportscasesarg06packgoog Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee.]'' Columbia Missouri: E.W. Stephens Publisher, 1905. Free digital copy.
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*'''[1904 Middle&nbsp;Division and 1905 Western Division]''' Cates, Charles T.''[http://www.archive.org/details/reportscasesarg41packgoog Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee.]'' Columbia Missouri: E.W. Stephens Publisher, 1906. Free digital copy.
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*'''[1905 All Divisions]''' Cates, Charles T. ''[http://www.archive.org/details/reportscasesarg09packgoog Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee]''. Columbia Missouri: E.W. Stephens Publisher, 1906. Free digital copy.
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*'''[1905 Middle Division and 1906 Western Division]''' Cates, Charles T. ''[http://www.archive.org/details/reportscasesarg39packgoog Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee.]'' Columbia Missouri: E.W. Stephens Publisher, 1907. Free digital copy.
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*'''[1906&nbsp;All&nbsp;Divisions]''' Cates, Charles T. ''[http://www.archive.org/details/reportscasesarg23packgoog Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee]''. Columbia Missouri: E.W. Stephens Publisher, 1906. Free digital copy.
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*'''[1906&nbsp;Middle Division and 1907 Western Division]''' Cates, Charles T. ''[http://www.archive.org/details/reportscasesarg32packgoog Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee.]'' Columbia Missouri: E.W. Stephens Publisher, 1906. Free digital copy.
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*'''[1907 Western and Eastern&nbsp;Divisions]'''&nbsp;Cates, Charles T. Reports of ''[http://www.archive.org/details/reportscasesarg08packgoog Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee]''. Columbia Missouri: E.W. Stephens Publisher, 1908. Free digital copy.
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*'''[1908-1909 Middle Division, 1909 Western and Eastern Divisions]''' Cates, Charles T. ''[http://www.archive.org/details/reportscasesarg26packgoog Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee.]'' Columbia Missouri: E.W. Stephens Publisher, 1910. Free digital copy.
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*'''[1910 Middle and 1911 Western Divisions]''' Cates, Charles T. ''[http://www.archive.org/details/reportscasesarg16packgoog Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee]''. Columbia Missouri: E.W. Stephens Publisher, 1912. Free digital copy.
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*'''[1913]''' Cates, Charles T. ''[http://www.archive.org/details/reportscasesarg17packgoog Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee]''. Columbia Missouri: E.W. Stephens Publisher, 1914. Free digital copy.
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*'''[1913 Eastern and Middle Divisions and 1914 Western Divisions]''' Thompson, Frank M. ''[http://www.archive.org/details/reportscasesarg20packgoog Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee.]'' Columbia Missouri: E.W. Stephens Publisher, 1914. Free digital copy.
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*'''[1914 Eastern and Middle Divisions and 1915 Western Divisions]''' Thompson, Frank M. ''[http://www.archive.org/details/reportscasesarg11packgoog Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee Vol IV.]'' Columbia Missouri: E.W. Stephens Publisher, 1915. Free digital copy.
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*'''[1914 Eastern and Middle Divisions and 1915 Western Divisions]''' Thompson, Frank M. ''[http://www.archive.org/details/reportscasesarg07packgoog Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee Vol V.]'' Columbia Missouri: E.W. Stephens Publisher, 1915. Free digital copy.
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*'''[1915&nbsp;All Divisions]''' Thompson, Frank M. Reports of ''[http://www.archive.org/details/reportscasesarg25packgoog Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee Vol VI]''. Columbia Missouri: E.W. Stephens Publisher, 1916. Free digital copy.
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*'''[1915 Eastern and Middle Divisions and 1916 Western Divisions]''' Thompson, Frank M. [http://www.archive.org/details/reportscasesarg36packgoog ''Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee Vol VII''.] Columbia Missouri: E.W. Stephens Publisher, 1916. Free digital copy.
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*'''1915 Eastern and Middle Divisions and 1916 Western Divisions]''' Thompson, Frank M. [http://www.archive.org/details/reportscasesarg12packgoog ''Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee Vol VIII''.] Columbia Missouri: E.W. Stephens Publisher, 1916. Free digital copy.
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*'''[1917 Eastern and Middle Divisions and 1918 Western Divisions]''' Thompson, Frank M. ''[http://www.archive.org/details/reportscasesarg29packgoog Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee]''. Columbia Missouri: E.W. Stephens Publisher, 1918. Free digital copy.
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*'''[1918 Eastern and Middle Divisions and 1919 Western Divisions]''' Thompson, Frank M. ''[http://www.archive.org/details/reportscasesarg40packgoog Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee]''. Columbia Missouri: E.W. Stephens Publisher, 1919. Free digital copy.
  
 
== Acts of Tennessee  ==
 
== Acts of Tennessee  ==
  
Since its territorial days, the Tennessee state legislature has passed acts affecting the lives of individual citizens. The acts may such things as divorces, legitimizing children, compensation for government service,and road and ferry authorization. The Tennessee State Library and Archives has a [http://www.tn.gov/tsla/history/misc/actsintro.htm online index to names found in the acts for the years 1796-1850.] [http://www.tennessee.gov/tsla/history/mailacts.htm Copies of acts can be ordered] from the Tennessee State Library and Archives.<br>  
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Since its territorial days, the Tennessee state legislature has passed acts affecting the lives of individual citizens. The acts may include such things as divorces, legitimizing children, compensation for government service,and road and ferry authorization.&nbsp;[[Tennessee State Library and Archives|TSLA]] has a [http://www.tn.gov/tsla/history/misc/actsintro.htm online index to names found in the acts for the years 1796-1850.] [http://www.tennessee.gov/tsla/history/mailacts.htm Copies of acts can be ordered] through their website.
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In 1940, the W.P.A. published a ''Check List of Acts and Codes of the State of Tennessee, 1792-1939''. {{FHL|153166|item|disp=FHL book 976.8 A1 no. 12}}
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'''Digitized Tennessee Act Books'''
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*''[http://books.google.com/books?id=tcQ4AAAAIAAJ Acts of the State of Tennessee, 1836]''. Nashville: S. Nye and Co., 1836.
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*''[http://www.archive.org/details/actsstatetennes15unkngoog Acts of the State of Tennessee, 1838].''Nashville: S. Nye and Co., 1838.
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*''[http://www.archive.org/details/actsstatetennes25unkngoog Acts of the State of Tennessee, 1839-1840].'' Nashville: J. Geo. Harris, 1840.
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*''[http://www.archive.org/details/actsstatetennes06unkngoog Acts of the State of Tennessee, 1841-1842]''. Murfreesboro: D. Cameron &amp; Co., 1842.
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*''[http://www.archive.org/details/actsstatetennes18unkngoog Acts of the State of Tennessee, 1846].'' Knoxville: &nbsp;James C. Moses, Register Office, 1846.
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*[http://www.archive.org/details/actsstatetennes00unkngoog ''Acts of the State of Tennessee, 1847-1848'']. Jackson: Printed by Gates and Parker,&nbsp;1848.&nbsp;
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*''[http://www.archive.org/details/actsstatetennes09unkngoog Acts of the State of Tennessee, 1850].'' Nashville: McKennie and Watterson, 1850.
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*''[http://www.archive.org/details/actsstatetennes08unkngoog Acts of the State of Tennessee, 1851-1852]''. Nashville: Bang and McKennie, 1852.
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*''[http://www.archive.org/details/actsstatetennes19unkngoog Acts of the State of Tennessee, 1853-1854]''. Nashville: McKennie and Brown, 1854.
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*''[http://www.archive.org/details/actsstatetennes17unkngoog Acts of the State of Tennessee, 1855-1856]''. Nashville: G.C. Torbett and Company, 1856.
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*''[http://www.archive.org/details/publicactsstate01unkngoog Acts of the State of Tennessee, 1857-1858]''. Nashville: G.C. Torbett and Company, 1858.
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*[http://www.archive.org/details/actsstatetennes02unkngoog ''Acts of the State of Tennessee, 1858'']. Nashville: G.C. Torbett and Company, 1858.&nbsp;
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*''[http://www.archive.org/details/actsstatetennes14unkngoog Acts of the State of Tennessee, 1859-1860]''. Nashville: Eastman and Co., 1860.
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*''[http://www.archive.org/details/actsstatetennes05unkngoog Acts of the State of Tennessee, 1861].'' Nashville: J.G. Griffith and Co, 1861.
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*''[http://www.archive.org/details/publicactsstate00unkngoog Acts of the State of Tennessee, 1861]''. Nashville: Eastman and Co., 1861.
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*''[http://www.archive.org/details/publicactsstate00tenngoog Acts of the State of Tennessee, 1861-1862]''. Nashville: Griffith, Camp &amp; Co., 1862.
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*''[http://www.archive.org/details/actsstatetennes03unkngoog Acts of the State of Tennessee, 1865]''. Nashville: S.C. Mercer, 1865.
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*''[http://www.archive.org/details/actsstatetennes26unkngoog Acts of the State of Tennessee, 1865-1866.]'' Nashville: S.C. Mercer, 1866.
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*''[http://www.archive.org/details/actsstatetennes33unkngoog Acts and Resolutions of the State of Tennessee, July 1866]''. Nashville: S.C. Mercer, 1866.
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*''[http://www.archive.org/details/actsstatetennes07unkngoog Acts of the State of Tennessee, 1866-1867].'' Nashville: S.C. Mercer, 1866.
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*''[http://www.archive.org/details/actsstatetennes32tenngoog Acts of the State of Tennessee, 1867-1868]''. Nashville: S.C.&nbsp;Mercer, 1868.
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*''[http://www.archive.org/details/actsstatetennes35unkngoog Acts and Resolutions of the State of Tennessee, Extra Session, 1868]''. Nashville: S.C. Mercer, 1868.
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*''[http://www.archive.org/details/actsstatetennes11unkngoog Acts of the State of Tennessee, 1868-1869]''. Nashville: S.C. Mercer, 1869.
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*''[http://www.archive.org/details/actsstatetennes21unkngoog Acts of the State of Tennessee, 1869-1870]''. Nashville: Jones, Purvis and Co., 1870.
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*''[http://www.archive.org/details/actsstatetennes23unkngoog Acts of the State of Tennessee, 1870-1871]''. Nashville: Jones, Purvis and Co., 1871.
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*''[http://www.archive.org/details/actsstatetennes16unkngoog Acts of the State of Tennessee, 1871]''. Nashville: Jones, Purvis and Co., 1871.
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*''[http://www.archive.org/details/actsstatetennes12unkngoog Acts of the State of Tennessee, 1873]''. Nashville: Jones, Purvis and Co., 1873.
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*''[http://www.archive.org/details/actsstatetennes20unkngoog Acts of the State of Tennessee, 1875]''. Nashville: Tavel, Eastman and Howell, 1875.
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*''[http://www.archive.org/details/actsstatetennes32unkngoog Acts of the State of Tennessee, 1877]''. Nashville: Tavel, Eastman and Howell, 1877.
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*''[http://www.archive.org/details/actsstatetennes27unkngoog Acts of the State of Tennessee, 1879]''. Nashville: Tavel, Eastman &amp; Howell, 1880.
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*''[http://www.archive.org/details/actsstatetennes22unkngoog Acts of the State of Tennessee, 1881]''. Nashville: Tavel and Howell, 1881.
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*[http://www.archive.org/details/actsstatetennes01unkngoog ''Acts of the State of Tennessee, 1882'']. Nashville: Albert B. Tavel, 1882.
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*''[http://www.archive.org/details/actsstatetennes28unkngoog Acts of the State of Tennessee, 1885].'' Nashville: Albert B. Tavel, 1885.
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*''[http://www.archive.org/details/actsstatetennes34unkngoog Acts of the State of Tennessee, Extraordinary Session, 1885]''. Nashville: Marshall and Bruce, 1885.
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*''[http://www.archive.org/details/actsstatetennes31unkngoog Acts of the State of Tennessee, 1887]''. Nashville: Marshall and Bruce, 1887.
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*''[http://www.archive.org/details/actsstatetennes04unkngoog Acts of the State of Tennessee, 1889]''. Nashville: Marshall and Bruce, 1889.
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*''[http://www.archive.org/details/actsstatetennes13unkngoog Acts of the State of Tennessee, 1891]''. Nashville: Albert B. Tavel, 1891.
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*''[http://www.archive.org/details/actsstatetennes29unkngoog Acts and Resolutions of the State of Tennessee, 1897]''. Nashville: Franc. M. Paul, 1897.
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*''[http://books.google.com/books?id=3bo4AAAAIAAJ Acts of the State of Tennessee, 1898]''. Nashville:&nbsp;Marshall and Bruce Co., 1898.
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*''[http://books.google.com/books?id=FfQxAAAAIAAJ Acts of the State of Tennessee, 1901]''. Nashville: Brandon Printing Company, 1901.
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*''[http://www.archive.org/details/actsstatetennes24unkngoog Acts of the State of Tennessee, 1905]''. Nashville: Brandon Printing Company, 1905.
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*''[http://books.google.com/books?id=sqw4AAAAIAAJ Acts of the State of Tennessee, 1909]''. Nashville: McQuiddy Printing Company, 1909.
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*[http://www.archive.org/details/publicactsstate02unkngoog ''Acts of the State of Tennessee, 1911''].&nbsp;Nashville: McQuiddy Printing Company, 1911.
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*[http://www.archive.org/stream/publicactsstate01tenngoog#page/n6/mode/1up ''Acts of the State of Tennessee, 1913'']. Nashville: McQuiddy Printing Company, 1913. [Mislabeled 1911 at Internet Archive.]
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*[http://www.archive.org/details/actsstatetennes00unkngoog ''Public Acts of the State of Tennessee, 1848'']. Jackson&nbsp;: Printed by Gates and Parker,&nbsp;1848.&nbsp;
 
*[http://www.archive.org/details/actsstatetennes02unkngoog ''Public Acts of the State of Tennessee, 1858'']. Nashville&nbsp;:&nbsp;C. Torbett and Company, 1858.&nbsp;
 
*[http://www.archive.org/details/actsstatetennes01unkngoog ''Public Acts of the State of Tennessee, 1882'']. Nashville&nbsp;: Albert B. Tavel, 1882.
 
*''[http://www.archive.org/details/actsstatetennes05unkngoog Public Acts of the State of Tennessee, 1861]. Nashville&nbsp;: J.G. Griffith and Co, 1861''
 
*''[http://www.archive.org/details/actsstatetennes09unkngoog Public Acts of the State of Tennessee, 1850]. Nashville&nbsp;:&nbsp; McKennie and Watterson, 1850.''
 
*''[http://www.archive.org/details/actsstatetennes15unkngoog Public Acts of the State of Tennessee, 1838]&nbsp;&nbsp;Nashville&nbsp;:&nbsp; S. Nye and Co, 1838.''
 
*''[http://www.archive.org/details/actsstatetennes18unkngoog Public Acts of the State of Tennessee, 1846].&nbsp;Knoxville&nbsp;: &nbsp;James C. Moses, Register Office, 1846.''
 
*[http://www.archive.org/stream/publicactsstate01tenngoog#page/n6/mode/1up ''Public Acts of the State of Tennessee, 1913'']. Nashville&nbsp;:&nbsp;McQuiddy Printing Company, 1913
 
*[http://www.archive.org/details/publicactsstate02unkngoog ''Public Acts of the State of Tennessee, 1911''].&nbsp;Nashville&nbsp;: McQuiddy&nbsp;Printing Company, 1911&nbsp;
 
 
*''[http://www.archive.org/details/reportscasesarg00flipgoog Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Circuit and District Courts of the United States, for the Sixth Judicial Circuit ]. ''Chicago: Callaghan and Co., 1882.&nbsp; Free digital copy.
 
*''[http://www.archive.org/details/reportscasesarg00flipgoog Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Circuit and District Courts of the United States, for the Sixth Judicial Circuit ]. ''Chicago: Callaghan and Co., 1882.&nbsp; Free digital copy.
  
 
== Other Resources  ==
 
== Other Resources  ==
  
*''The Sourcebook of County Court Records: A Concise, Straightforward, and Informative Reference Manual to the Main and Secondary Repositories of American County Court House Records''. Denver, Colorado: BRB Publications, 1992. (Family History Library book [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=693369&disp=The+Sourcebook+of+county+court+records%20%20&columns=*,0,0 973 P2sou].) Pages 436–48 describe Tennessee. Each chapter begins with a summary of the state court system, state vital records, and the state criminal record repository.  
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*Caldwell, Joshua William. ''[http://www.archive.org/details/cu31924018800262 Sketches of the Bench and Bar of Tennessee.] ''Knoxville, Tennessee: Ogden Brother and Co., 1898.&nbsp; Free digital copy.&nbsp; History of early Tennessee courts and the men who served there.
  
*Caldwell, Joshua William. ''[http://www.archive.org/details/cu31924018800262 Sketches of the Bench and Bar of Tennessee.] ''Knoxville, Tennessee: Ogden Brother and Co., 1898.&nbsp; Free digital copy.&nbsp; History of early Tennessee courts and the men who served there.
 
 
*Hicks, Wesley Jones. ''[http://www.archive.org/details/cu31924084260748 The Tennessee Manual of Chancery Pleading and Practice]. ''Nashville, Tennessee: Marshall and Bruce, 1883.&nbsp; Free digital copy.&nbsp; Equity pleading and proceeding in late-1800 Tennessee courts.
 
*Hicks, Wesley Jones. ''[http://www.archive.org/details/cu31924084260748 The Tennessee Manual of Chancery Pleading and Practice]. ''Nashville, Tennessee: Marshall and Bruce, 1883.&nbsp; Free digital copy.&nbsp; Equity pleading and proceeding in late-1800 Tennessee courts.
  
*Rose, Christine. Courthouse Research for Family Historians: Your Guide to Genealogical Treasures.&nbsp;San Jose, California: CR Publications, 2004. This book guides researchers through the records and processes&nbsp;of courthouses in the&nbsp;United States.&nbsp;&nbsp;
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*Rose, Christine. ''Courthouse Research for Family Historians: Your Guide to Genealogical Treasures''.&nbsp;San Jose, California: CR Publications, 2004. This book guides researchers through the records and processes&nbsp;of courthouses in the&nbsp;United States.
  
See the [[United States Court Records|United States&nbsp;Court Records]] article&nbsp;for more detailed information on court records. Refer to [[Tennessee Guardianship|Tennessee Guardianship]],&nbsp;[[Tennessee Probate Records|Tennessee Probate Records]], and&nbsp;[[Tennessee Naturalization and Citizenship|Tennessee Naturalization and Citizenship]]&nbsp; for information about specific court records.  
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*''The Sourcebook of County Court Records: A Concise, Straightforward, and Informative Reference Manual to the Main and Secondary Repositories of American County Court House Records''. Denver, Colorado: BRB Publications, 1992. (Family History Library book 973 P2sou.) Pages 436–48 describe Tennessee. Each chapter begins with a summary of the state court system, state vital records, and the state criminal record repository.
  
Court records are listed in the Place Search of the Family History Library Catalog under:  
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*Tennessee Libraries and Archives. ''[http://www.tn.gov/tsla/history/county/lost.htm Lost Records: Courthouse Fires and Disasters in Tennessee].'' Consult this table to learn the year and the disaster which might have affected records filed at several Tennessee county offices.
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See the [[United States Court Records|United States&nbsp;Court Records]] article&nbsp;for more detailed information on court records. Refer to [[Tennessee Guardianship|Tennessee Guardianship]],&nbsp;[[Tennessee Probate Records|Tennessee Probate Records]], and&nbsp;[[Tennessee Naturalization and Citizenship|Tennessee Naturalization and Citizenship]]&nbsp; for information about specific court records. See the&nbsp;[[Tennessee Archives and Libraries|Tennessee Archives and Libraries]] article for facilities with regional collections which might include court records.
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Court records are listed in the [[Family History Library Catalog Place-name Search|Place Search of the Family History Library Catalog under]]:  
  
 
TENNESSEE - COURT RECORDS  
 
TENNESSEE - COURT RECORDS  
  
 
TENNESSEE, [COUNTY] - COURT RECORDS  
 
TENNESSEE, [COUNTY] - COURT RECORDS  
 
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=== External Links  ===
  
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If your ancestors were ever in court as defendants, plaintiffs, witnesses, or jurors, they may be in court records. They may have participated in cases of probate, naturalization, divorce, debt, adoption, guardianship, licenses, appointment to public office, taxes, civil and criminal lawsuits, property disputes, crimes, or any other matters brought before a court.

Court records can establish family relationships and places of residence. They often provide occupations, descriptions, and other family history information.

Tennessee courts having records of genealogical value are as follows:

1796–1809:  Courts of Common Pleas and Quarter Sessions were county courts with jurisdiction in minor matters: taxes, budget, probate, and minor civil and criminal cases.

1796–1809:  Superior Courts of Law and Equity covered specific regions of the state and handled larger civil and equity cases. They were the predecessors of the Circuit and Supreme Courts.

1809–1834:  Court of Pleas had jurisdiction over minor matters.

1809–present:  Circuit Courts are courts of law. They decide whether the parties involved in a case are guilty or innocent. They handle cases such as divorce, theft, murder, assault, gambling, and bastardy. After 1847 some Circuit Courts divided into: Criminal Courts for State cases, and Civil Courts for cases between individuals.

1809–present:  Supreme Court hears appeals from lower courts. Until 1834 they limited their scope to law cases. After that date they receive appeals of all cases.

1822–1834:  Chancery Division of Supreme Court handled larger equity cases.

1834–present:  County Courts handle business matters only, no disputes. They deal with probate, proving wills, apprentice bonds, tax adjustments, providing for paupers and “idiots,” and road crew appointments.

1834–present:  Chancery Courts handle any equity case, including estate, land, and claims against public officials. These courts handled slave ownership disputes.

Original court records are kept either in the county courthouse or in the State Archives. Some court records have been transcribed and published.

Contents

Tennessee Supreme Court Records

Many surviving Superior Court case files are at the Tennessee State Library and Archives and are accessible through a card file in the Manuscript Reading Room. Extracts of cases between 1791 and 1820 are in:

  • Sherrill, Charles A. Tennesseans in Court: 2,500 Early Settlers found in Supreme Court Reports, 1791–1820. Mt. Juliet, Tennessee: Charles A. Sherrill, 1999. FHL book 976.8 P2s Extracts contain names, places, the nature of the case being tried, and personal information included in the case. The volumes described by this book are at the Tennessee State Library and Archives.

Digitized Supreme Court Records
When accessing these records online, view the book as a PDF file in Google Books.  This will allow you to use the search feature to look for indivdual names or localities found within each court case.

Acts of Tennessee

Since its territorial days, the Tennessee state legislature has passed acts affecting the lives of individual citizens. The acts may include such things as divorces, legitimizing children, compensation for government service,and road and ferry authorization. TSLA has a online index to names found in the acts for the years 1796-1850. Copies of acts can be ordered through their website.

In 1940, the W.P.A. published a Check List of Acts and Codes of the State of Tennessee, 1792-1939. FHL book 976.8 A1 no. 12

Digitized Tennessee Act Books


Other Resources

  • Rose, Christine. Courthouse Research for Family Historians: Your Guide to Genealogical Treasures. San Jose, California: CR Publications, 2004. This book guides researchers through the records and processes of courthouses in the United States.
  • The Sourcebook of County Court Records: A Concise, Straightforward, and Informative Reference Manual to the Main and Secondary Repositories of American County Court House Records. Denver, Colorado: BRB Publications, 1992. (Family History Library book 973 P2sou.) Pages 436–48 describe Tennessee. Each chapter begins with a summary of the state court system, state vital records, and the state criminal record repository.

See the United States Court Records article for more detailed information on court records. Refer to Tennessee GuardianshipTennessee Probate Records, and Tennessee Naturalization and Citizenship  for information about specific court records. See the Tennessee Archives and Libraries article for facilities with regional collections which might include court records.

Court records are listed in the Place Search of the Family History Library Catalog under:

TENNESSEE - COURT RECORDS

TENNESSEE, [COUNTY] - COURT RECORDS

External Links