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''[[United States|United States ]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[Tennessee|Tennessee ]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[Unicoi_County,_Tennessee|Unicoi County]]''  
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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Tennessee]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Unicoi County'''  
  
East Tennessee county established in 1875. Originally part of the pioneer Watauga Settlements, from 1784 to 1788, this land was also claimed by the abortive, short-lived [[State of Franklin|State of Franklin]].<ref>J. Mark Lowe, "The Land Grant Processes of North Carolina and Tennessee," Lecture, Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference, Knoxville, Tenn., August 21, 2010.</ref>
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<br>'''Unicoi County, Tennessee''' genealogy and family history research page. Guide to '''Unicoi County''' (established 1875) 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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Unicoi 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>  
 
Unicoi 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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Many historic records are currently being rehoused and prepared for public usage. They will be available in the fall of 2011. The Register of Deeds is currently open (July 26, 2010).<ref>Telephone conversation with Unicoi County Mayor Greg Lynch, July 26, 2010.</ref>  
 
Many historic records are currently being rehoused and prepared for public usage. They will be available in the fall of 2011. The Register of Deeds is currently open (July 26, 2010).<ref>Telephone conversation with Unicoi County Mayor Greg Lynch, July 26, 2010.</ref>  
  
'''Unicoi County Courthouse<br>'''100 Main St.<br>Erwin, TN 37650<br>Phone: 1-423-743-9541  
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[http://www.unicoicountytn.gov/ Unicoi County Courthouse]<br>100 Main St.<br>Erwin, TN 37650<br>Phone: 1-423-743-9541  
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<br>County Clerk has marriage and probate records from 1875.<br>Clerk Circuit Court and Chancery Court has divorce and court records. <br>Register of Deeds has land records from 1875. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002),  Unicoi County, Tennessee page 644, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libr40ries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
 
[http://www.unicoicountytn.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=175&Itemid=196 '''Unicoi County Clerk''']'''<br>'''Birth, marriage and probate records<br>P.O. Box 340<br>100 Main St., Suite 100<br>Erwin, TN 37650<br>Phone: 1-&nbsp;423-743-3381  
 
[http://www.unicoicountytn.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=175&Itemid=196 '''Unicoi County Clerk''']'''<br>'''Birth, marriage and probate records<br>P.O. Box 340<br>100 Main St., Suite 100<br>Erwin, TN 37650<br>Phone: 1-&nbsp;423-743-3381  
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== History  ==
 
== History  ==
 
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East Tennessee county established in 1875. Originally part of the pioneer Watauga Settlements, from 1784 to 1788, this land was also claimed by the abortive, short-lived [[State of Franklin|State of Franklin]].<ref>J. Mark Lowe, "The Land Grant Processes of North Carolina and Tennessee," Lecture, Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference, Knoxville, Tenn., August 21, 2010.</ref>
  
 
Unicoi is a Native American Cherokee term for the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Appalachian_Mountains Appalachian Mountains]. It is believed to mean "''white'' or ''fog-draped''."<ref>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Tennessee_county_name_etymologies "List of counties in Tennessee,"] Wikipedia.</ref>  
 
Unicoi is a Native American Cherokee term for the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Appalachian_Mountains Appalachian Mountains]. It is believed to mean "''white'' or ''fog-draped''."<ref>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Tennessee_county_name_etymologies "List of counties in Tennessee,"] Wikipedia.</ref>  
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==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1875--'''Unicoi County was established&nbsp;23 March 1875 from [[Washington County, Tennessee|Washington]] and [[Carter County, Tennessee|Carter]] Counties. Early records may be found under Washington and Carter Counties. <br>'''County seat:''' Erwin <ref name="Handybook">''[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092 The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America]'', 10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002), 644.</ref>  
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'''1875--'''Unicoi County was established 23 March 1875 from [[Washington County, Tennessee|Washington]] and [[Carter County, Tennessee|Carter]] Counties. Early records may be found under Washington and Carter Counties. <br>'''County seat:''' Erwin <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed''. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), 644. ({{FHL|1852055|item}} Ref Book 973 D27e 2002). [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092 WorldCat entry].</ref>  
  
 
==== County Pronunciation  ====
 
==== County Pronunciation  ====
  
[http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:TNUnicoiWelcome.ogg Hear it spoken] (Voice of Unicoi [http://www.unicoicountytn.gov/ County Mayor Greg Lynch], 2010)  
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#[http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:TNUnicoiWelcome.ogg Hear it spoken] (Voice of Unicoi [http://www.unicoicountytn.gov/ County Mayor Greg Lynch], 2010)
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#[http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:TNUnicoiWeller.ogg Hear it spoken]<ref>Voice of Lynnae Weller, Kingsport, Tenn. (2010).</ref> (female)
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
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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.  
[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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==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
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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]
  
 
*Lost census: 1890  
 
*Lost census: 1890  
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==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
  
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| [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banner_Hill,_Tennessee Banner Hill]
 
| Earnestville  
 
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| Lillydale  
 
| Lillydale  
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| [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=localitydetails&subject=195157&subject_disp=Tennessee%2C+Unicoi%2C+Erwin&columns=*,0,0 Erwin]
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| Limestone Cove  
 
| Limestone Cove  
 
| Rock Creek
 
| Rock Creek
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| Love Station  
 
| Love Station  
 
| Shallowford
 
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| Hulan Hollow  
 
| Pleasant Garden  
 
| Pleasant Garden  
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| Coffee Ridge  
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
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== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
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==== Getting Started  ====
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Use the free [http://www.mountainpress.com/ '''Search for Surnames'''] at Mountain Press's website to quickly search a variety of published Unicoi County biography and cemetery records. To determine which books are being searched, or to search each publication's index individually, click [http://www.mountainpress.com/books/tn/t2z.html 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  ====
 
==== Research Guides  ====
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{{RAOGKcemetery}} Tennessee cemetery records often identify birth, death, relationship, and military information, as well as religious affiliation.  
 
{{RAOGKcemetery}} Tennessee cemetery records often identify birth, death, relationship, and military information, as well as religious affiliation.  
  
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The [http://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Tennessee_Cemeteries#Online_Resources Tennessee Cemeteries] page provides explanations of the following online resources:  
 
The [http://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Tennessee_Cemeteries#Online_Resources Tennessee Cemeteries] page provides explanations of the following online resources:  
  
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| [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gs& Find A Grave]  
 
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| [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=45&CScnty=2510 Find A Grave list]
 
| [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=45&CScnty=2510 Find A Grave list]
 
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| [http://www.tngenweb.org/records/cemeteries/index.php?function=county&s_county=unicoi TNGenWeb Cemetery Database]  
 
| [http://www.tngenweb.org/records/cemeteries/index.php?function=county&s_county=unicoi TNGenWeb Cemetery Database]  
 
| [http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=12705&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=27&stateAbbv=&stateName= ePodunk]
 
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| [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/tennessee/unicoi.html USGenWeb Tombstone Transcription Project]  
 
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==== Census  ====
 
==== Census  ====
  
1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 federal population censuses of Unicoi 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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|footnote = Source: [http://factfinder.census.gov/home/saff/main.html?_lang=en "American FactFinder".] United States Census Bureau.
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|1880 |3645
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|1890 |4619
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|1900 |5851
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|1910 |7201
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|1920 |10120
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|1930 |12678
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|1940 |14128
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|1950 |15886
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|1960 |15082
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|1970 |15254
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|1980 |16362
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|1990 |16549
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|2000 |17667
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}} 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 federal population censuses of Unicoi 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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'''1880'''  
 
'''1880'''  
  
*Padgett, Hilda Britt. ''Unicoi County, Tennessee 1880 Census''. [Erwin, Tenn.]: H.B. Padgett, 1995. [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=1049153 FHL&nbsp;US/CAN&nbsp;Book 976.8982 X2p 1880].  
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*Padgett, Hilda Britt. ''Unicoi County, Tennessee 1880 Census''. [Erwin, Tenn.]: H.B. Padgett, 1995. {{FHL|1049153|title-id|disp=FHL&nbsp;US/CAN&nbsp;Book 976.8982 X2p 1880}}.  
*Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. ''1880 Census, Unicoi County, Tennessee''. Nashville, Tenn.: Byron Sistler &amp; Associates, 1996. [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=785656 FHL&nbsp;US/CAN&nbsp;Book 976.8982 X2s 1880].
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*Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. ''1880 Census, Unicoi County, Tennessee''. Nashville, Tenn.: Byron Sistler &amp; Associates, 1996. {{FHL|785656|title-id|disp=FHL&nbsp;US/CAN&nbsp;Book 976.8982 X2s 1880}}.
  
 
'''1890''' - Lost, but substitutes are available:  
 
'''1890''' - Lost, but substitutes are available:  
  
*Reed, Sue S. ''Enumeration of Male Inhabitants of Twenty-one Years of Age and Upward, Citizens of Tennessee, January 1, 1891, as Provided for by an Act of General Assembly of Tennessee, Passed January 15, 1891, and Approved January 22, 1891.'' 8 vols. Houston, Texas: S.S. Reed, 1989. [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=461479 FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 X2r v. 7 1891]. [Unicoi County is included in Vol. 7.]  
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*Reed, Sue S. ''Enumeration of Male Inhabitants of Twenty-one Years of Age and Upward, Citizens of Tennessee, January 1, 1891, as Provided for by an Act of General Assembly of Tennessee, Passed January 15, 1891, and Approved January 22, 1891.'' 8 vols. Houston, Texas: S.S. Reed, 1989. {{FHL|461479|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 X2r v. 7 1891}}. [Unicoi County is included in Vol. 7.]  
*Sistler, Byron H. and Barbara Sistler. ''1890 Civil War Veterans Census, Tennessee.'' Evanston, Ill.: Byron Sister and Associates, 1978. [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=114935 FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 X2s 1890].
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*Sistler, Byron H. and Barbara Sistler. ''1890 Civil War Veterans Census, Tennessee.'' Evanston, Ill.: Byron Sister and Associates, 1978. {{FHL|114935|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 X2s 1890}}.
  
 
'''1900'''  
 
'''1900'''  
  
*Padgett, Hilda Britt. ''Unicoi County, Tennessee 1900 Census''. [Erwin, Tenn.]: H.B. Padgett, 1995. [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=1049154 FHL US/CAN&nbsp;Book 976.8982 X2p 1900].
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*Padgett, Hilda Britt. ''Unicoi County, Tennessee 1900 Census''. [Erwin, Tenn.]: H.B. Padgett, 1995. {{FHL|1049154|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN&nbsp;Book 976.8982 X2p 1900}}.
  
 
'''1910'''  
 
'''1910'''  
  
*Padgett, Hilda Britt. ''Unicoi County, Tennessee 1910 Census''. [Erwin, Tenn.]: H.B. Padgett, 1995. [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=1049155 FHL&nbsp;US/CAN&nbsp;Book 976.8982 X2p 1910].
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*Padgett, Hilda Britt. ''Unicoi County, Tennessee 1910 Census''. [Erwin, Tenn.]: H.B. Padgett, 1995. {{FHL|1049155|title-id|disp=FHL&nbsp;US/CAN&nbsp;Book 976.8982 X2p 1910}}.
  
 
'''1920'''  
 
'''1920'''  
  
*Padgett, Hilda Britt. ''Unicoi County, Tennessee 1920 Census''. [Erwin, Tenn.]: H. Padgett, 1996. [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=1049156 FHL&nbsp;US/CAN&nbsp;Book 976.8982 X2p 1920].
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*Padgett, Hilda Britt. ''Unicoi County, Tennessee 1920 Census''. [Erwin, Tenn.]: H. Padgett, 1996. {{FHL|1049156|title-id|disp=FHL&nbsp;US/CAN&nbsp;Book 976.8982 X2p 1920}}.
  
 
'''1930'''  
 
'''1930'''  
  
*Padgett, Hilda Britt. ''Unicoi County, Tennessee 1930 Census''. [n.p.: n.p.], 2002. [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=1116722 FHL&nbsp;US/CAN&nbsp;Book 976.8982 X2p 1930].
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*Padgett, Hilda Britt. ''Unicoi County, Tennessee 1930 Census''. [n.p.: n.p.], 2002. {{FHL|1116722|title-id|disp=FHL&nbsp;US/CAN&nbsp;Book 976.8982 X2p 1930}}.
  
 
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'''General'''  
 
'''General'''  
  
As of August 2010, a query for [http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=Search&includedb=&lang=en&ti=&surname=&stype=Exact&given=&bplace=Unicoi+Tennessee&byear=&brange=0&dplace=&dyear=&drange=0&mplace=&myear=&mrange=0&father=&mother=&spouse=&skipdb=&period=All&submit.x=Search persons born in Unicoi, Tennessee] at ''[[World Connect|World Connect]]'', results in more than 9,000 entries.
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As of August 2010, a query for [http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=Search&includedb=&lang=en&ti=&surname=&stype=Exact&given=&bplace=Unicoi+Tennessee&byear=&brange=0&dplace=&dyear=&drange=0&mplace=&myear=&mrange=0&father=&mother=&spouse=&skipdb=&period=All&submit.x=Search persons born in Unicoi, Tennessee] at ''[[World Connect|World Connect]]'', results in more than 9,000 entries.  
  
*Hensley, Benny E. ''Beneath the Oaks at the Foot of Meadow Creek Mountain, Oak Hill, Parrottsville, TN''. [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=1182167&disp=Beneath+the+oaks+at+the+foot+of+Meadow+C%20%20&columns=*,0,0 FHL&nbsp;US/CAN&nbsp;Book 976.8895 D2h].
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*Hensley, Benny E. ''Beneath the Oaks at the Foot of Meadow Creek Mountain, Oak Hill, Parrottsville, TN''. {{FHL|1182167|title-id|disp=FHL&nbsp;US/CAN&nbsp;Book 976.8895 D2h}}.
  
 
'''Bibliography'''  
 
'''Bibliography'''  
  
*'''[Beckelhimer]''' Kerns, Gloria Lambert and Diane Sims. ''Beckelhimer: Family Records''. [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=1024069&disp=Beckelhimer%20%20&columns=*,0,0 FHL US/CAN Access Services Window 2243264 Item 1].  
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*'''[Beckelhimer]''' Kerns, Gloria Lambert and Diane Sims. ''Beckelhimer: Family Records''. {{FHL|1024069|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Access Services Window 2243264 Item 1}}.  
*'''[Moore]''' Fobes, Lawrence G. ''Moore''. 1976?. [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=16029&disp=Moore%20%20&columns=*,0,0 FHL&nbsp;FAM&nbsp;HIST&nbsp;Book 929.273 M781f].
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*'''[Moore]''' Fobes, Lawrence G. ''Moore''. 1976?. {{FHL|16029|title-id|disp=FHL&nbsp;FAM&nbsp;HIST&nbsp;Book 929.273 M781f}}.
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*'''[Tilson]''' ''Bicentennial Register of The Society of Mayflower Descendants in the District of Columbia, 1978''. Washington, D.C., 1976.
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*'''[Tilson]''' Alderman, Pat. ''Tilson Grist Mill, Mountain Folklore Genealogy''. Johnson City, Tenn.: The Overmountain Press, 1981. {{FHL|333202|item|disp=FHL Book 929.273 T469a}}.<br>
  
 
==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
  
The original Unicoi County Deed Books are held at the County Courthouse. In the 1970s, [[Tennessee State Library and Archives|TSLA]]&nbsp;microfilmed Deed Books 1-7 (1876-1903), Trust Deed Book 1 (1876-1899), and Index to Deeds and Mortgages (1876-1920). FHL copies: [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=205550 FHL&nbsp;US/CAN&nbsp;Films 972739-972744].  
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The original Unicoi County Deed Books are held at the County Courthouse. In the 1970s, [[Tennessee State Library and Archives|TSLA]]&nbsp;microfilmed Deed Books 1-7 (1876-1903), Trust Deed Book 1 (1876-1899), and Index to Deeds and Mortgages (1876-1920). FHL copies: {{FHL|205550|title-id|disp=FHL&nbsp;US/CAN&nbsp;Films 972739-972744}}.  
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/tennessee/ Maps of Tennessee (1777-1985)]
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
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*Embry, Hermione D. "War of 1812 - Tennessee Pensioners on List - January 2, 1883," ''Ansearchin' News'', Vol. 8, No. 3 (Jul. 1961):95-98. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 B2a v. 8 (1961); digital version at [http://www.tngs.org/ansearchin/index.html journal website]. [Includes Unicoi County pensioners (p. 97.]
 
*Embry, Hermione D. "War of 1812 - Tennessee Pensioners on List - January 2, 1883," ''Ansearchin' News'', Vol. 8, No. 3 (Jul. 1961):95-98. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 B2a v. 8 (1961); digital version at [http://www.tngs.org/ansearchin/index.html journal website]. [Includes Unicoi County pensioners (p. 97.]
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'''Civil&nbsp;War'''
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*Tennessee State Library and Archives, [http://tennessee.gov/tsla/history/military/pension187.htm Tennessee Confederate Pension Applications&nbsp;:&nbsp;Unicoi County], (accessed 1 Feb 2012). Includes soldier's name, county, pension #, unit or widow.
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*United States Pension Bureau, [http://www.archive.org/stream/listpensionerso02buregoog#page/n397/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;Unicoi County, page 379-380.
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
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:'''Ansearchin' News'''  
 
:'''Ansearchin' News'''  
:Genealogical articles with abstracts of records of Unicoi County, Tennessee have been published in ''Ansearchin' News'', the quarterly magazine of the [http://www.tngs.org/ Tennessee Genealogical Society]. To view a list of these articles, visit their [http://www.tngs.org/ansearchin/ByCounty_ndx.html county index]. To read digitized versions of the first 36 years of articles (Vols. 1-36), browse their [http://www.tngs.org/ansearchin/index.html archive]&nbsp;or conduct a [http://www.tngs.org/search.htm surname search]. The Family History Library has a complete collection of the ''Ansearchin' News'' quarterly [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=44514 FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 B2a.]
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:Genealogical articles with abstracts of records of Unicoi County, Tennessee have been published in ''Ansearchin' News'', the quarterly magazine of the [http://www.tngs.org/ Tennessee Genealogical Society]. To view a list of these articles, visit their [http://www.tngs.org/ansearchin/ByCounty_ndx.html county index]. To read digitized versions of the first 36 years of articles (Vols. 1-36), browse their [http://www.tngs.org/ansearchin/index.html archive]&nbsp;or conduct a [http://www.tngs.org/search.htm surname search]. The Family History Library has a complete collection of the ''Ansearchin' News'' quarterly {{FHL|44514|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 B2a.}}
 
:'''East Tennessee Roots'''  
 
:'''East Tennessee Roots'''  
:Genealogical articles with abstracts of Unicoi County, Tennessee records have been published in ''[http://www.easttennesseeroots.com/index.html East Tennessee Roots]'' (10 vols.). A subject index to these articles is available [http://sites.google.com/site/easttennesseeroots/subject-index online]. Surname indexes to Volumes 9 and 10 are also available [http://sites.google.com/site/easttennesseeroots/ online]. The Family History Library has collected most issues of&nbsp;''East Tennessee Roots'' [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=177434 FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 D25e].  
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:Genealogical articles with abstracts of Unicoi County, Tennessee records have been published in ''[http://www.easttennesseeroots.com/index.html East Tennessee Roots]'' (10 vols.). A subject index to these articles is available [http://sites.google.com/site/easttennesseeroots/subject-index online]. Surname indexes to Volumes 9 and 10 are also available [http://sites.google.com/site/easttennesseeroots/ online]. The Family History Library has collected most issues of&nbsp;''East Tennessee Roots'' {{FHL|177434|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 D25e}}.  
 
:'''Watauga Association of Genealogists Bulletin'''  
 
:'''Watauga Association of Genealogists Bulletin'''  
:Genealogical articles with abstracts of Unicoi County, Tennessee records have been published in the ''Watauga Association of Genealogists Bulletin'' (39+ vols., 1972-present), the journal of the [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~tnwag/index.htm Watauga Association of Genealogists]. The organization has posted tables of contents for most volumes on their [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~tnwag/bulletins.htm website]. Back issues are available for purchase. The Family History Library has a complete collection [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=39987 FHL&nbsp;US/CAN&nbsp;Books 976.897 B2w], including Margaret W. Hougland and Betty Jane Hylton's&nbsp;''Bulletin Subject Index: The First Thirty Years, 1972-2001'' (Johnson City, Tenn.: Watauga Association of Genealogists, 2002) [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=1119285 FHL US/CAN Book 976.897 B2w index 1972-2001].
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:Genealogical articles with abstracts of Unicoi County, Tennessee records have been published in the ''Watauga Association of Genealogists Bulletin'' (39+ vols., 1972-present), the journal of the [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~tnwag/index.htm Watauga Association of Genealogists]. The organization has posted tables of contents for most volumes on their [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~tnwag/bulletins.htm website]. Back issues are available for purchase. The Family History Library has a complete collection {{FHL|39987|title-id|disp=FHL&nbsp;US/CAN&nbsp;Books 976.897 B2w}}, including Margaret W. Hougland and Betty Jane Hylton's&nbsp;''Bulletin Subject Index: The First Thirty Years, 1972-2001'' (Johnson City, Tenn.: Watauga Association of Genealogists, 2002) {{FHL|1119285|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Book 976.897 B2w index 1972-2001}}.
  
 
==== Probate  ====
 
==== Probate  ====
  
The original Unicoi County wills are held at the County Courthouse. In the 1970s, [[Tennessee State Library and Archives|TSLA]]&nbsp;microfilmed wills covering the date range&nbsp;1876-1947. FHL copies: [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=196944 FHL&nbsp;US/CAN&nbsp;Film 972738].  
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The original Unicoi County wills are held at the County Courthouse. In the 1970s, [[Tennessee State Library and Archives|TSLA]]&nbsp;microfilmed wills covering the date range&nbsp;1876-1947. FHL copies: {{FHL|196944|title-id|disp=FHL&nbsp;US/CAN&nbsp;Film 972738}}.
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*Wills, 1876-1947
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*Wills, 1947-1963, Vol. 2
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*Bonds, 1876-1937, Vol. 1
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*Bonds, 1837-1957, Vol. 2
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
  
The original Unicoi County Tax Books 1876-1899 are kept at the County Courthouse. In the 1970s, [[Tennessee State Library and Archives|TSLA]] microfilmed these records. FHL copies: [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=205558 FHL&nbsp;US/CAN&nbsp;Film 972745].  
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The original Unicoi County Tax Books 1876-1899 are kept at the County Courthouse. In the 1970s, [[Tennessee State Library and Archives|TSLA]] microfilmed these records. FHL copies: {{FHL|205558|title-id|disp=FHL&nbsp;US/CAN&nbsp;Film 972745}}.  
  
 
The following Unicoi County tax records have been abstracted:<ref>The Heritage Quest Online version of [http://heritagequestonline.com PERSI] aided in the compilation of this list.</ref>  
 
The following Unicoi County tax records have been abstracted:<ref>The Heritage Quest Online version of [http://heritagequestonline.com PERSI] aided in the compilation of this list.</ref>  
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==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== 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].
  
 
===== '''Marriage'''  =====
 
===== '''Marriage'''  =====
  
The original Unicoi County Marriage Books are kept at the County Courthouse and [[Tennessee State Library and Archives|TSLA]]. In the 1970s and 1980s, the [[Tennessee State Library and Archives|TSLA]] microfilmed Marriage Books 1 to 16 (1876-1955). FHL copies: [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=205282 FHL US/CAN&nbsp;Films 972735, 1928855-1928860].  
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The original Unicoi County Marriage Books are kept at the County Courthouse and [[Tennessee State Library and Archives|TSLA]]. In the 1970s and 1980s, the [[Tennessee State Library and Archives|TSLA]] microfilmed Marriage Books 1 to 16 (1876-1955). FHL copies: {{FHL|205282|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN&nbsp;Films 972735, 1928855-1928860}}.  
  
The following Unicoi County marriage records have been abstracted:  
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The following Unicoi County marriage records have been indexed:  
  
*'''[1876-1904]''' Padgett, Hilda Britt. ''Unicoi County, Tennessee Marriages, 1876-1904''. [Erwin, Tenn.]: H.B. Padgett, 1989. [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=1049152 FHL&nbsp;US/CAN&nbsp;Book 976.8982 V2p].
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*'''1876-1895''' - Unicoi County Marriage Index 1876-1895 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free. Batches {{IGI|M519761}} and {{IGI|M519762}}.<ref name="vr">Genealogical Society of Utah, ''Parish and Vital Records List'' (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/6/64/Igitennessees.pdf.</ref>
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*'''1876-1904''' - Padgett, Hilda Britt. ''Unicoi County, Tennessee Marriages, 1876-1904''. [Erwin, Tenn.]: H.B. Padgett, 1989. {{FHL|1049152|title-id|disp=FHL&nbsp;US/CAN&nbsp;Book 976.8982 V2p}}.
  
 
===== '''Divorce'''  =====
 
===== '''Divorce'''  =====
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===== '''Death'''  =====
 
===== '''Death'''  =====
  
*'''[1908-1936]''' Nikazy, Eddie M. ''Unicoi County, Tennessee Death Record Abstracts 1908-1936''. Bowie, Md.: Heritage Books, 1997. [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=685042 FHL US/CAN&nbsp;Book 976.8982 V28n].
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*'''[1908-1936]''' Nikazy, Eddie M. ''Unicoi County, Tennessee Death Record Abstracts 1908-1936''. Bowie, Md.: Heritage Books, 1997. {{FHL|685042|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN&nbsp;Book 976.8982 V28n}}.
  
 
For deaths of Methodists in Unicoi County (or what later became Unicoi County) between the 1830s and the 1920s, try:  
 
For deaths of Methodists in Unicoi County (or what later became Unicoi County) between the 1830s and the 1920s, try:  
  
*Smith, Jonathan K.T. ''Genealogical Abstracts from Reported Deaths, the Nashville Christian Advocate''. [1847-1914] 10 vols. [Jackson, Tenn.]: J.K.T. Smith, 1997-2003. [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=789366 FHL&nbsp;US/CAN&nbsp;Books 976.855/N1 V48s 1847-1851] ff;&nbsp;digital versions at [http://www.tngenweb.org/records/tn_wide/obits/nca/index.html David Donahue Memorial: Tennessee Records Repository]. [Website expands upon the publications and includes deaths from the 1830s, 1840s, 1910s and 1920s.]
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*Smith, Jonathan K.T. ''Genealogical Abstracts from Reported Deaths, the Nashville Christian Advocate''. [1847-1914] 10 vols. [Jackson, Tenn.]: J.K.T. Smith, 1997-2003. {{FHL|789366|title-id|disp=FHL&nbsp;US/CAN&nbsp;Books 976.855/N1 V48s 1847-1851}} ff;&nbsp;digital versions at [http://www.tngenweb.org/records/tn_wide/obits/nca/index.html David Donahue Memorial: Tennessee Records Repository]. [Website expands upon the publications and includes deaths from the 1830s, 1840s, 1910s and 1920s.]
  
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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See also a List of [http://www.genealogyinc.com/tennessee/tn-society-archive/ Tennessee Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical & Genealogical Societies]
  
 
'''The Unicoi County Historical Society'''<br>405 Ohio Ave.<br>Erwin, TN 37650<br>Phone: 1-423-743-6307<br>Located at [http://www.wrlibrary.org/Libraries/unpage.html Unicoi County Public Library]  
 
'''The Unicoi County Historical Society'''<br>405 Ohio Ave.<br>Erwin, TN 37650<br>Phone: 1-423-743-6307<br>Located at [http://www.wrlibrary.org/Libraries/unpage.html Unicoi County Public Library]  
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[http://www.wrlibrary.org/Libraries/unpage.html '''Unicoi County Public Library''']<br>201 Nolichucky Avenue<br>Erwin, TN 37650-1239<br>Phone: 1-423-743-6533<br>Fax: 423-743-0275<br>'''Hours''':<br>Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.<br>Sat. 11 a.m.-3 p.m.  
 
[http://www.wrlibrary.org/Libraries/unpage.html '''Unicoi County Public Library''']<br>201 Nolichucky Avenue<br>Erwin, TN 37650-1239<br>Phone: 1-423-743-6533<br>Fax: 423-743-0275<br>'''Hours''':<br>Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.<br>Sat. 11 a.m.-3 p.m.  
  
== Web Sites ==
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==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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== Unicoi County Tennessee Genealogy Websites ==
  
 
{{Wikipedia|Unicoi County, Tennessee}}  
 
{{Wikipedia|Unicoi County, Tennessee}}  
  
*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=localitydetails&subject=195155&subject_disp=Tennessee%2C+Unicoi&columns=*,0,0 Family History Library Catalog] (FamilySearch)  
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/tennessee/unicoi-county/ Unicoi 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]
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*{{FHL|Tennessee%2C+Unicoi|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}} (FamilySearch)  
 
*[http://lists.rootsweb.ancestry.com/index/usa/TN/unicoi.html Mailing List: TNUNICOI-L (Unicoi County, Tennessee List)]  
 
*[http://lists.rootsweb.ancestry.com/index/usa/TN/unicoi.html Mailing List: TNUNICOI-L (Unicoi County, Tennessee List)]  
 
*[http://lists.rootsweb.ancestry.com/index/usa/TN/misc.html Mailing List: ETN-L (East Tennessee List)]  
 
*[http://lists.rootsweb.ancestry.com/index/usa/TN/misc.html Mailing List: ETN-L (East Tennessee List)]  
 
*[http://lists.rootsweb.ancestry.com/index/usa/TN/misc.html Mailing List: ETN-OZ-L (East Tennessee Migrants to Ozarks Region List)]  
 
*[http://lists.rootsweb.ancestry.com/index/usa/TN/misc.html Mailing List: ETN-OZ-L (East Tennessee Migrants to Ozarks Region List)]  
 
*[http://lists.rootsweb.ancestry.com/index/usa/TN/misc.html Mailing List: FRANKLIN-STATE-L (State of Franklin 1784-1788 List)]  
 
*[http://lists.rootsweb.ancestry.com/index/usa/TN/misc.html Mailing List: FRANKLIN-STATE-L (State of Franklin 1784-1788 List)]  
*[http://boards.ancestry.com/localities.northam.usa.states.tennessee.counties.unicoi/mb.ashx Unicoi 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.unicoi/mb.ashx Unicoi County, TN Family History and Genealogy Message Board] (Ancestry)  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/TN/Unicoi/ Unicoi County, TN Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/TN/Unicoi/ Unicoi County, TN Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)  
*[http://genforum.com/tn/unicoi/ Unicoi County, TN Genealogy Forum] (GenForum)  
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*[http://www.kqzyfj.com/41100y1A719PSRVZRWQPRQUXRWTR?sid=familysearchwikiGenForum&url=http://genforum.com/tn/unicoi/ Unicoi County, TN Genealogy Forum] (GenForum)  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~tnunicoi/ Unicoi County, TNGenWeb] (USGenWeb)  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~tnunicoi/ Unicoi County, TNGenWeb] (USGenWeb)  
*[http://www.mytennesseegenealogy.com/tn-county-unicoi.html Unicoi County, TN History, Records, Facts and Genealogy] (MyTennesseeGenealogy)
 
  
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Unicoi County, Tennessee genealogy and family history research page. Guide to Unicoi County (established 1875) 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

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

Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1908 1876  1908  1880  1876  1876 

County Courthouse

Unicoi County Courthouse, Erwin, Tennessee.
In the 1780s, this county's land fell within the bounds of the State of Franklin.

Many historic records are currently being rehoused and prepared for public usage. They will be available in the fall of 2011. The Register of Deeds is currently open (July 26, 2010).[2]

Unicoi County Courthouse
100 Main St.
Erwin, TN 37650
Phone: 1-423-743-9541


County Clerk has marriage and probate records from 1875.
Clerk Circuit Court and Chancery Court has divorce and court records.
Register of Deeds has land records from 1875. [3]

Unicoi County Clerk
Birth, marriage and probate records
P.O. Box 340
100 Main St., Suite 100
Erwin, TN 37650
Phone: 1- 423-743-3381

Unicoi County Register of Deeds
Land records
P.O. Box 305
Unicoi County Courthouse,Suite 202
Attn: Register of Deeds
100 Main Ave.
Erwin, TN 37650
Phone: 1-423-743-6104

Unicoi County Circuit Court Clerk
Court records
P.O. Box 2000
Erwin, TN 37650
Phone: 1-423-743-3541

Hours:
Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sat. 9 a.m.-noon (County Clerk)

History

Unicoi County takes its name from a Native American term for the Appalachian Mountains

East Tennessee county established in 1875. Originally part of the pioneer Watauga Settlements, from 1784 to 1788, this land was also claimed by the abortive, short-lived State of Franklin.[4]

Unicoi is a Native American Cherokee term for the Appalachian Mountains. It is believed to mean "white or fog-draped."[5]

In August 1784 delegates from Washington County (including land that eventually became Unicoi County) and other western North Carolina counties which had split off from Washington County (all now in Tennessee), declared their Independence from North Carolina because of perceived neglect, and misuse by North Carolina’s legislature. By May 1785 they petitioned to be admitted to the United States as the new State of Franklin. The Franklin statehood request was denied. By 1789 the hopes for a State of Franklin faded. North Carolina became a state in 1789 and ceded her westernmost counties to the United States. The ceded counties, including most of Washington County (and eventually Unicoi), became the Southwest Territory. In 1796 the Southwest Territory was admitted to the United States as the new State of Tennessee.

Parent County

1875--Unicoi County was established 23 March 1875 from Washington and Carter Counties. Early records may be found under Washington and Carter Counties.
County seat: Erwin [6]

County Pronunciation

  1. Hear it spoken (Voice of Unicoi County Mayor Greg Lynch, 2010)
  2. Hear it spoken[7] (female)

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

  • Lost census: 1890
  • County records are complete[8]

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Banner Hill Earnestville Lillydale Riverview
Briggs (hist.) Erwin Limestone Cove Rock Creek
Brownlow (hist.) Fordville (hist.) Loganton (hist.) Rocky Fork
Bumpus Cove Flag Pond Love Station Shallowford
Chestoa Harris Mill Marbleton Unaka Springs
Clearbranch Hulan Hollow Pleasant Garden Unicoi
Coffee Ridge Indian Creek (hist.) Rice Bend Woodby Hill
Davis Springs Kittyton (hist.) River Hill

Neighboring Counties

Resources

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Getting Started

Use the free Search for Surnames at Mountain Press's website to quickly search a variety of published Unicoi County biography and cemetery 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. 



The Tennessee Cemeteries page provides explanations of the following online resources:

Bibliography Online Gravestone Transcriptions Cemetery Gazetteers
FHLC Find A Grave Find A Grave list

TNGenWeb Cemetery Database ePodunk

USGenWeb Tombstone Transcription Project

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1880 3,645
1890 4,619 26.7%
1900 5,851 26.7%
1910 7,201 23.1%
1920 10,120 40.5%
1930 12,678 25.3%
1940 14,128 11.4%
1950 15,886 12.4%
1960 15,082 −5.1%
1970 15,254 1.1%
1980 16,362 7.3%
1990 16,549 1.1%
2000 17,667 6.8%
Source: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.
1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 federal population censuses of Unicoi 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.

1880

1890 - Lost, but substitutes are available:

  • Reed, Sue S. Enumeration of Male Inhabitants of Twenty-one Years of Age and Upward, Citizens of Tennessee, January 1, 1891, as Provided for by an Act of General Assembly of Tennessee, Passed January 15, 1891, and Approved January 22, 1891. 8 vols. Houston, Texas: S.S. Reed, 1989. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 X2r v. 7 1891. [Unicoi County is included in Vol. 7.]
  • Sistler, Byron H. and Barbara Sistler. 1890 Civil War Veterans Census, Tennessee. Evanston, Ill.: Byron Sister and Associates, 1978. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 X2s 1890.

1900

1910

1920

1930

Church

Court

DNA

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DNA has been collected from men claiming descent from the following Unicoi County historic residents. Attempts have not been made to verify the lineages of those tested.
  • [Vinson] Descendant of Vinson family, migrated from Russell Co., VA to Unicoi Co., TN at the turn of twentieth century. Y-DNA 12 Marker Test, FTDNA (Kit 23453). Genetic signature available online (labelled V-2 in Haplogroup J), courtesy: The Vinson DNA Project, World Families Network.

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 Unicoi, Tennessee at World Connect, results in more than 9,000 entries.

Bibliography

Land

The original Unicoi County Deed Books are held at the County Courthouse. In the 1970s, TSLA microfilmed Deed Books 1-7 (1876-1903), Trust Deed Book 1 (1876-1899), and Index to Deeds and Mortgages (1876-1920). FHL copies: FHL US/CAN Films 972739-972744.

Local Histories

Maps

Military

War of 1812

  • Embry, Hermione D. "War of 1812 - Tennessee Pensioners on List - January 2, 1883," Ansearchin' News, Vol. 8, No. 3 (Jul. 1961):95-98. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 B2a v. 8 (1961); digital version at journal website. [Includes Unicoi County pensioners (p. 97.]

Civil War

Newspapers

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

Periodicals

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

Ansearchin' News
Genealogical articles with abstracts of records of Unicoi County, Tennessee have been published in Ansearchin' News, the quarterly magazine of the Tennessee Genealogical Society. To view a list of these articles, visit their county index. To read digitized versions of the first 36 years of articles (Vols. 1-36), browse their archive or conduct a surname search. The Family History Library has a complete collection of the Ansearchin' News quarterly FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 B2a.
East Tennessee Roots
Genealogical articles with abstracts of Unicoi 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 US/CAN Book 976.8 D25e.
Watauga Association of Genealogists Bulletin
Genealogical articles with abstracts of Unicoi County, Tennessee records have been published in the Watauga Association of Genealogists Bulletin (39+ vols., 1972-present), the journal of the Watauga Association of Genealogists. The organization has posted tables of contents for most volumes on their website. Back issues are available for purchase. The Family History Library has a complete collection FHL US/CAN Books 976.897 B2w, including Margaret W. Hougland and Betty Jane Hylton's Bulletin Subject Index: The First Thirty Years, 1972-2001 (Johnson City, Tenn.: Watauga Association of Genealogists, 2002) FHL US/CAN Book 976.897 B2w index 1972-2001.

Probate

The original Unicoi County wills are held at the County Courthouse. In the 1970s, TSLA microfilmed wills covering the date range 1876-1947. FHL copies: FHL US/CAN Film 972738.

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, 1876-1947
  • Wills, 1947-1963, Vol. 2
  • Bonds, 1876-1937, Vol. 1
  • Bonds, 1837-1957, Vol. 2

Taxation

The original Unicoi County Tax Books 1876-1899 are kept at the County Courthouse. In the 1970s, TSLA microfilmed these records. FHL copies: FHL US/CAN Film 972745.

The following Unicoi County tax records have been abstracted:[9]

  • [1798] 1798 Tax List, Carter County, East Tennessee Roots, Vol. 9, No. 4. For possible FHL and online access, as well as indexes, see Periodicals. [Includes digital images of the original source; covers area that later became Unicoi County.]

Vital Records

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

Marriage

The original Unicoi County Marriage Books are kept at the County Courthouse and TSLA. In the 1970s and 1980s, the TSLA microfilmed Marriage Books 1 to 16 (1876-1955). FHL copies: FHL US/CAN Films 972735, 1928855-1928860.

The following Unicoi County marriage records have been indexed:

Divorce

In 1940 and 1941, W.P.A. workers pinpointed the location of Unicoi 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
  • [1908-1936] Nikazy, Eddie M. Unicoi County, Tennessee Death Record Abstracts 1908-1936. Bowie, Md.: Heritage Books, 1997. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8982 V28n.

For deaths of Methodists in Unicoi County (or what later became Unicoi County) between the 1830s and the 1920s, try:

Societies and Libraries

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

The Unicoi County Historical Society
405 Ohio Ave.
Erwin, TN 37650
Phone: 1-423-743-6307
Located at Unicoi County Public Library

Watauga Association of Genealogists
Upper East Tennessee
P.O. Box 117
Johnson City, TN 37605-0117
Publications: The Bulletin (May and October)

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

Unicoi County Public Library
201 Nolichucky Avenue
Erwin, TN 37650-1239
Phone: 1-423-743-6533
Fax: 423-743-0275
Hours:
Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sat. 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Family History Centers

Unicoi County Tennessee Genealogy Websites

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

Unicoi County Tennessee Genealogy 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. Telephone conversation with Unicoi County Mayor Greg Lynch, July 26, 2010.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Unicoi County, Tennessee page 644, At various libr40ries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. J. Mark Lowe, "The Land Grant Processes of North Carolina and Tennessee," Lecture, Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference, Knoxville, Tenn., August 21, 2010.
  5. "List of counties in Tennessee," Wikipedia.
  6. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), 644. (FHL Collection Ref Book 973 D27e 2002). WorldCat entry.
  7. Voice of Lynnae Weller, Kingsport, Tenn. (2010).
  8. Robert M. McBride, Tennessee County Data (Nashville, Tennessee: Tennessee States Library and Archives, 1966), 46.
  9. The Heritage Quest Online version of PERSI aided in the compilation of this list.
  10. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/6/64/Igitennessees.pdf.