Tennessee, White County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)Edit This Page
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This is a collection of records from White County including marriages, 1950-1975; chancery court records 1825-1937, and circuit court records, 1809-1900. The county court records include primarily probate records. The chancery and circuit court records include disputed estate and property records, some wills, and divorces. This collection is being published as images become available.
How to Use the Record
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
Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.
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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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Citing Family Search Historical Collections
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Example of a Source Citation for a Record Found in a FamilySearch Historical Record Collection
The following are examples of records found in different collections. Please help us by replacing these examples with a citation for a record you have found in this collection.
- “Delaware Marriage Records,” database and digital images, FamilySearch (: 4 March 2011), William Anderson and Elizabeth Baynard Henry, 1890; from Delaware, State Marriage Records 23 November 1913, no. 859, Delaware Bureau of Archives and Records Management, Dover; FHL microfilm 2,025,063.
- “El Salvador Civil Registration,” database and digital images, FamilySearch (: 21 March 2011), Jose Maria Antonio del Carmen, 1880; from La Libertad, San Juan Opico, Nacimientos 1879-1893, image 50; Ministerio Archivo Civil de la Alcaldia Municipal, San Salvador.
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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.
White County Court Clerks. "Tennessee, White County Records, 1809-1975." Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville, Tennessee.
Information about creating source citations for FamilySearch Historical Collections is listed in the wiki article Help:How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections.