In this guide, you will find a series of research articles packed with helpful ideas for tracing ancestors in all 95 Tennessee counties! There are articles on extinct jurisdictions, such as the State of Franklin, and tips on what to do if the courthouse burned where your ancestor lived. You will find information about tracing American Indian tribes that once inhabited the area, African Americans in the periods both during and after slavery, discover the latest finds about Melungeons, and learn useful tips about using the genealogical collections at the Tennessee State Library and Archives in Nashville.
You can also read articles that will help you retrace your ancestors’ footsteps as they traveled down the Natchez Trace from Nashville, Tennessee to Natchez, Mississippi, or the Wilderness Road as it cut through the Appalachian Mountains, as well as determine which Civil War regiments were recruited in the counties where your ancestors lived. Did you know whiskey making, blacksmith work, and flour were the top manufactured products in the area in 1820? FamilySearch has digitized most Tennessee county will books. Find details on the specific county pages. You can even hear locals telling you how to properly pronounce the name of the county your ancestor made his or her home!
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