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Access the records: Tennessee, Cocke County Records, 1860-1930 .
This collection includes:
- Marriage records, 1870-1929
- Wills, 1860-1929
- Chancery court records, 1860-1930
This collection is being published as images become available.
Citation for This Collection
The following citation refers to the original source of the data and images published on FamilySearch.org Historical Records. It may include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.
- Tennessee ."Cocke County Records, 1860-1930." Tennessee State Library and Archives. Nashville, Tennessee.
The content varies with each different record type, but generally includes the following genealogical information:
- Names of primary individuals
- Names of relatives and friends
- Name of the executor, administrator, or guardian
- Names of witnesses
- Dates the documents were written or recorded
- Birthdates and places
How to Use the Records
To begin your search you will need to know:
- Names of primary individuals
- The place of residence
- The approximate date of the event
Search the Collection
To search the collection image by image
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select the appropriate "County"
⇒Select the appropriate "Record Type, Date Range and Volume" which takes you to the images.
Compare the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. Keep in mind:
- There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
- You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
- Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
Using the Information
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family. For example:
- Use the birth date or age along with the residence or place of birth to locate census,church, and land records.
- Use the occupations listed to find other types of records such as employment or military records.
- Use the records to identify heirs and relatives and to learn about adoptions or guardianship of any minor children and dependents.
- Use the document (such as the will) or the recording dates to approximate a death date.
- Use the information in probate records to substitute for civil birth and death records since the probates exist for an earlier time period.
Tips to Keep in Mind
- Probate and divorce records may have clues about land transactions and guardianships of minor children.
- Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname as the deceased; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
- Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have lived in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
- When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
- The information in the records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the deceased or the testator.
- Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after 1900.
- There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record.
Unable to Find Your Ancestor?
- Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
- Check for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning or end of individual volumes. Local historical and genealogical societies may also have indexes to local records.
- Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
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