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<br>'''Chester County, Tennessee''' genealogy and family history research page. Guide to '''Chester County''' (established 1801) 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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Guide to '''Chester County, Tennessee ancestry, family history and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.  
 
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== Quick Dates  ==
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== Chester County Tennessee Quick Dates  ==
  
 
Chester 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>  
 
Chester 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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== County Courthouse  ==
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== Chester County Tennessee Courthouse  ==
  
 
[http://chestercountytn.org/county_offices/index.html Chester County Courthouse]<br>&nbsp;126 Crook Avenue<br> Henderson, TN 38340<br> Phone: 731.989.7171&nbsp;<br><br>County Clerk has marriage, probate records from 1890. <br>Clerk Circuit Court has divorce and court records. <br>Register of Deeds has land records. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002),  Chester County, Tennessee page 638, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
 
[http://chestercountytn.org/county_offices/index.html Chester County Courthouse]<br>&nbsp;126 Crook Avenue<br> Henderson, TN 38340<br> Phone: 731.989.7171&nbsp;<br><br>County Clerk has marriage, probate records from 1890. <br>Clerk Circuit Court has divorce and court records. <br>Register of Deeds has land records. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002),  Chester County, Tennessee page 638, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
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[[Image:{{TNChestercourthouse}}]]'''Chester County Courthouse<br>'''P.O. Box 205<br>133 East Main St.<br>Henderson,&nbsp;TN 38340<br>1-731-989-2233  
 
[[Image:{{TNChestercourthouse}}]]'''Chester County Courthouse<br>'''P.O. Box 205<br>133 East Main St.<br>Henderson,&nbsp;TN 38340<br>1-731-989-2233  
  
*County Clerk has marriage and probate records  
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*[http://chestercountytn.org/county_offices/index.html#countyclerk County Clerk] has marriage and probate records  
*Register of Deeds has land records  
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*[http://chestercountytn.org/county_offices/index.html#register Register of Deeds] has land records  
*Clerk of Circuit Court has court records
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*[http://chestercountytn.org/county_offices/index.html#clerk Clerk of Circuit Court] has court records
  
'''Hours''':<br>Mon.-Tues.and Thurs.-Fri.8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.<br>Wed.and Sat.8 a.m.-noon  
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'''Hours''':<br>Mon.-Tues.and Thurs.-Fri.8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.<br>Wed.and Sat.8 a.m.-noon
  
== History  ==
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== Chester County Tennessee History  ==
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The county is named after "Tennessee state legislator Robert I. Chester."<ref>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Tennessee_county_name_etymologies "List of counties in Tennessee,"] Wikipedia.</ref>  
 
The county is named after "Tennessee state legislator Robert I. Chester."<ref>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Tennessee_county_name_etymologies "List of counties in Tennessee,"] Wikipedia.</ref>  
  
 
==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1879'''--Chester County was&nbsp;created&nbsp;in 1879&nbsp;from [[Madison County, Tennessee|Madison]], [[Henderson County, Tennessee|Henderson]], [[McNairy County, Tennessee|McNairy]], and [[Hardeman County, Tennessee|Hardeman]] Counties'''.<br>County seat''': Henderson <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed''. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), 638. ({{FHL|1852055|item}} Ref Book 973 D27e 2002). [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092 WorldCat entry].</ref>  
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'''1879'''--Chester County was&nbsp;created&nbsp;in 1879&nbsp;from [[Madison County, Tennessee|Madison]], [[Henderson County, Tennessee|Henderson]], [[McNairy County, Tennessee|McNairy]], and [[Hardeman County, Tennessee|Hardeman]] Counties'''.<br>County seat''': Henderson <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed''. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), 638. ({{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}). [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092 WorldCat entry].</ref>
  
 
==== County Pronunciation  ====
 
==== County Pronunciation  ====
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==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
  
[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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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.  
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
  
'''1910''' -- Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.  
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{{Fire}}'''1910'''   Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.<ref name="TSLA">[http://sos.tn.gov/products/tsla/lost-records-courthouse-fires-and-disasters-tennessee Lost Records: Courthouse Fires and Disasters in Tennessee] in ''Tennessee State Library and Archives'' in ''Tennessee Secretary of State'' (accessed 13 March 2016).</ref><br><br>
 
 
For further information on researching in burned counties, see the following:
 
  
*[[Burned Counties Research|Burned Counties Research in FamilySearch Wiki]]
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*[http://blogs.ancestry.com/circle/?p=2424 Michael John Neill, ''Burned Counties'' in Family History Circle]
 
*[http://tnblog.arleneeakle.com/2009/04/13/when-the-records-are-gone/ When the Records are Gone in Arlene Eakle's Tennessee Genealogy Blog]
 
  
== Places / Localities  ==
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== Chester County Tennessee Places / Localities  ==
  
 
==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
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*[[McNairy County, Tennessee|McNairy]]
 
*[[McNairy County, Tennessee|McNairy]]
  
== Resources  ==
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== Chester County Tennessee Genealogy Resources  ==
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[[Image:Tnchester.png|thumb|300px]]
  
 
==== Getting Started  ====
 
==== Getting Started  ====
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==== Research Guides  ====
 
==== Research Guides  ====
  
*[http://www.tn.gov/tsla/history/county/factchester.htm Genealogical "Fact Sheets" About Tennessee Counties: Chester County], courtesy: [http://www.tennessee.gov/tsla/ TSLA]. (Identifies published county histories, published&nbsp;local records, census records, newspapers and local records on microfilm, and select manuscripts.)
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*[http://sos.tn.gov/products/tsla/genealogical-fact-sheets-about-tennessee-counties-chester-county Genealogical "Fact Sheets" About Tennessee Counties: Chester County], courtesy: [http://www.tennessee.gov/tsla/ TSLA]. (Identifies published county histories, published&nbsp;local records, census records, newspapers and local records on microfilm, and select manuscripts.)
  
 
==== African American  ====
 
==== African American  ====
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Cemetery records often include birth, marriage, and death information.  
 
Cemetery records often include birth, marriage, and death information.  
  
*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gs& Find A Grave] can be searched by the name of a person or family to find where a person is buried. Usually gives birth and death dates often with a picture of the tombstone. May give obituaries, names of family members and links to their information in Find A Grave.
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print'''
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''List of Cemeteries in the county'''
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=45&GScnty=2436&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | {{FHL|504337|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=45&CScnty=2436 Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://tngenweb.org/chester/list-of-cemeteries/ TNGenWeb]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3ACemetery+Chester+Tennessee&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=Tennessee&county=Chester&cemetery_name=A BillionGraves]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://usgwarchives.net/tn/chester/checems.html TNGenWeb Archives]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/tennessee/chester.html Tombstone Project]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.tngenweb.org/cemeteries/#!co=chester TNGenWeb Cemeteries]
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*Find A Grave also gives a [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=45&CScnty=2436 list of cemeteries in&nbsp;Chester County] linking to the information about the people buried there,
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==== Census  ====
  
*[http://www.tngenweb.org/records/cemeteries/index.php?function=county&s_county=chester Chester&nbsp;County, TN Cemetery Records], part of the TNGenWeb Cemetery Database, lists many cemeteries in the county, often with indexes and transcripts of the burials.
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1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 Chester County federal population schedules 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.  
  
*[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/tennessee/chester.html Chester&nbsp;County, Tennessee, USGenWeb Tombstone Transcription Project] lists many cemeteries in the county and has transcripts of the tombstones arranged by cemetery.
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See [[Tennessee Population Schedule Indexes: Fiche, Film, or Book]] for more information about statewide printed indexes.  
  
*[http://www.tngenweb.org/records/chester/cemeteries/ Chester&nbsp;County] cemetery&nbsp;information with&nbsp;transcriptions on [http://www.tngenweb.org/ TNGenweb Project]
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'''1880 ''' - See parent counties
  
*The [https://www.familysearch.org/#form=catalog Family History Library Catalog] lists some {{FHL|504337|subject-id|disp=records of cemeteries in&nbsp;Chester county}}. Some of the books or others may be on [http://books.google.com/advanced_book_search Google Books] or available at public libraries.
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*'''1810 - 1891''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3574 Tennessee, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1810-1891] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
  
*[http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=12347&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=58&stateAbbv=&stateName= ePodunk list of&nbsp;Chester County cemeteries] <br>
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'''1890 Lost'''
  
==== Census  ====
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*1890 - substitutes are available:
  
1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 Chester County federal population schedules 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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*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}}. Johnson County is included in Vol. 7.  
 
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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}}.
See [[Tennessee Population Schedule Indexes: Fiche, Film, or Book]] for more information about statewide printed indexes.  
 
 
 
'''1880''' - See parent counties
 
  
'''1890''' - Lost, but substitutes are available:
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'''1891 Male Voters'''  
  
*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}}. [Johnson County is included in Vol. 7.]
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*1891 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2884 Tennessee Enumeration of Male Voters 1891] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ '''Ancestry.com'''] — index $
*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}}.
 
  
 
==== Church  ====
 
==== Church  ====
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*Locate publications about direct ancestors  
 
*Locate publications about direct ancestors  
 
*Find the most updated accounts of an ancestor's family  
 
*Find the most updated accounts of an ancestor's family  
*Identify publications, to quote [[Elizabeth Shown Mills|Elizabeth Shown Mills]], about an ancestor's "FAN Club" ['''F'''riends, '''A'''ssociates, and '''N'''eighbors]
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*Identify publications, to quote [[Elizabeth Shown Mills|Elizabeth Shown Mills]], about an ancestor's "FAN Club" ('''F'''riends, '''A'''ssociates, and '''N'''eighbors)
  
 
'''General'''  
 
'''General'''  
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'''Bibliography'''  
 
'''Bibliography'''  
  
*'''[Baird]''' See McConnell.  
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*'''Baird''' - See McConnell.  
*'''[Barber]''' See McConnell.  
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*'''Barber''' - See McConnell.  
*'''[Martin]''' See McConnell.  
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*'''Martin''' - See McConnell.  
*'''[McCall]''' See McConnell.  
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*'''McCall''' - See McConnell.  
*'''[McConnell]''' McConnell, Newton Whitfield. ''Genealogical History of the Families of McConnells, Martins, Barbers, Wilsons, Bairds, McCalls and Morris''. Unknown: Unknown, 1913. Available at {{FHL|41280|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Film 1031512 Item 8}}; digital version available at [http://persi.heritagequestonline.com/hqoweb/library/do/books/results/image?urn=urn%3Aproquest%3AUS%3Bglhbooks%3BGenealogy-glh317879213%3B-1%3B-1%3B Heritage Quest Online] ($).  
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*'''McConnell''' - McConnell, Newton Whitfield. ''Genealogical History of the Families of McConnells, Martins, Barbers, Wilsons, Bairds, McCalls and Morris''. Unknown: Unknown, 1913. Available at {{FHL|41280|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Film 1031512 Item 8}}; digital version available at [http://persi.heritagequestonline.com/hqoweb/library/do/books/results/image?urn=urn%3Aproquest%3AUS%3Bglhbooks%3BGenealogy-glh317879213%3B-1%3B-1%3B Heritage Quest Online] ($).  
*'''[Morris]''' See McConnell.  
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*'''Morris''' - See McConnell.  
*'''[Wilson]''' See McConnell.
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*'''Wilson''' - See McConnell.
  
 
==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
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==== Maps  ====
 
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/tennessee/ Maps of Tennessee (1777-1985)]
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
  
'''War of 1812'''
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There were no War of 1812 pensioners or widows of pensioners living in Chester County on&nbsp;2 January 1883.<ref>Hermione D. Embry, "War of 1812 - Tennessee Pensioners on List - January 2, 1883," ''Ansearchin' News'', Vol. 7, No. 2 (Apr. 1960):40-45. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 B2a v. 7 (1960); digital version at [http://www.tngs.org/ansearchin/pdf/1960-2 journal website]. (For discussion of Chester County, see page 40.)</ref>  
 
There were no War of 1812 pensioners or widows of pensioners living in Chester County on&nbsp;2 January 1883.<ref>Hermione D. Embry, "War of 1812 - Tennessee Pensioners on List - January 2, 1883," ''Ansearchin' News'', Vol. 7, No. 2 (Apr. 1960):40-45. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 B2a v. 7 (1960); digital version at [http://www.tngs.org/ansearchin/pdf/1960-2 journal website]. (For discussion of Chester County, see page 40.)</ref>  
  
'''Civil War'''
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*[http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/military/cwrd/main.aspx Civl War Research Database] $  
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'''Online Records'''
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*'''1861 - 1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932378|Tennessee, Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1861 - 1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932422|Tennessee, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1861 - 1865''' -  [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2322 U.S., Confederate Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865] at [http://ancesstry.com Ancestry] — index (free)
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*'''1861 - 1865''' -  [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2344 U.S., Union Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry] — index (free)
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*'''1891 - 1965''' - {{RecordSearch|1874474|Tennessee, Confederate Pension Applications, Soldiers and Widows, 1891-1965}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — images
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*[http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/military/cwrd/main.aspx Civil War Research Database] ($)
 
*[http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss/soldiers.cfm Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System]
 
*[http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss/soldiers.cfm Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System]
  
Civil War service men from&nbsp;Chester County served in various regiments. Men often joined a regiment or a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are the military units that were formed in or had many men from&nbsp;Chester County.  
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'''''Regiments.''''' Civil War service men from Chester County served in various regiments. Men often joined a regiment or a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are the military units that were formed in or had many men from Chester County.  
  
 
<u>Confederate Soldiers</u>  
 
<u>Confederate Soldiers</u>  
  
 
*[[13th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry|13th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry]] - CSA - Company I.  
 
*[[13th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry|13th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry]] - CSA - Company I.  
*[[21st Regiment, Tennessee Cavalry (Wilson's)|21st Regiment, Tennessee Cavalry (Wilson's)]] - CSA - Companies C, D, F and 2nd H.  
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*[[21st Regiment, Tennessee Cavalry (Wilson's)|21st Regiment, Tennessee Cavalry (Wilson's)]] - CSA - Companies C, D, F, and 2nd H.  
 
*[[51st Regiment, Tennessee Infantry|51st Regiment, Tennessee Infantry]] - CSA - Companies F and H.  
 
*[[51st Regiment, Tennessee Infantry|51st Regiment, Tennessee Infantry]] - CSA - Companies F and H.  
 
*[[55th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry (Brown's)|55th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry (Brown's)]] - CSA - Company E.
 
*[[55th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry (Brown's)|55th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry (Brown's)]] - CSA - Company E.
  
Additional sources for Civil War soldiers from&nbsp;Chester County:  
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Additional sources for Civil War soldiers from Chester County:  
  
*Tennessee State Library and Archives, [http://www.tennessee.gov/tsla/history/military/pension112.htm Tennessee Confederate Pension Applications&nbsp;: Chester County], (accessed 30 Jan 2012).&nbsp; Index includes soldier's name, county, Pension #, Unit or widow.  
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*Tennessee State Library and Archives, [http://share.tn.gov/tsla/history/military/pension112.htm Tennessee Confederate Pension Applications: Chester County]. Index includes soldier's name, county, Pension #, Unit or widow.  
*United States Pension Bureau, [http://www.archive.org/stream/listpensionerso02buregoog#page/n343/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 30 Jan 2012). Online at Internet Archive.&nbsp; Chester County, page 325.  
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*United States Pension Bureau, [http://www.archive.org/stream/listpensionerso02buregoog#page/n343/mode/1up List of Pensioners on the Roll January 1, 1883: Giving the Name of Each Pensioner, the Cause for ...] (Washington Printing Office; 1883). Online at Internet Archive. Chester County, page 325.  
*Genealogy Trails, [http://genealogytrails.com/tenn/chester/militarycivilpen.html The Blue &amp; Gray of Chester County Tennessee], (accessed 30 Jan 2012).&nbsp; Chester County was not formed until after the Civil War was over.&nbsp; The men who fought in the war were from surrounding counties.&nbsp; These are the men and/or their wives who filed for pensions.
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*Genealogy Trails, [http://genealogytrails.com/tenn/chester/militarycivilpen.html The Blue &amp; Gray of Chester County Tennessee]. Chester County was not formed until after the Civil War was over.&nbsp; The men who fought in the war were from surrounding counties. These are the men and/or their wives who filed for pensions.
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
  
{{RAOGKobituary}} Many Tennessee newspapers are filmed and available at the [http://www.tn.gov/tsla/history/newspapers/tn-paper.htm 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 [http://www.tn.gov/tsla/history/mailill.htm#newspapers here]. For a list of newspapers available at the archives for Chester County click on the following city:  
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Many Tennessee newspapers are filmed and available at the [http://sos.tn.gov/products/tsla/newspapers-microfilm-tennessee-state-library-and-archives 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 [http://www.tn.gov/tsla/history/mailill.htm#newspapers here]. For a list of newspapers available at the archives for Chester County click on the following city:  
  
*[http://www.tn.gov/tsla/history/newspapers/paper-h.htm#Henderson Henderson]
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*[http://sos.tn.gov/products/tsla/newspapers-microfilm-tennessee-state-library-and-archives-h#Henderson Henderson]
  
 
==== Periodicals  ====
 
==== Periodicals  ====
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:'''Family Findings'''  
 
:'''Family Findings'''  
:Genealogical articles with abstracts of Chester County, Tennessee records have been published in ''Family Findings'', the quarterly of the [http://www.jmcl.tn.org/Mid-West_Tn.htm Mid-West Tennessee Genealogical Society]&nbsp;(42+ vols.). The Family History Library has most issues of this quarterly {{FHL|40026|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN 976.8 B2f}}.  
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:Genealogical articles with abstracts of Chester County, Tennessee records have been published in ''Family Findings'', the quarterly of the [https://mwtgs.wordpress.com/ Mid-West Tennessee Genealogical Society]&nbsp;(42+ vols.). The Family History Library has most issues of this quarterly {{FHL|40026|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN 976.8 B2f}}.  
 
::Tables of contents for some volumes are available online, courtesy: [http://www.tngenweb.org/ TNGenWeb&nbsp;Project]:  
 
::Tables of contents for some volumes are available online, courtesy: [http://www.tngenweb.org/ TNGenWeb&nbsp;Project]:  
 
::*[http://www.tngenweb.org/madison/records/ff-tc1.htm Volumes 1-10 (1969-1978)]  
 
::*[http://www.tngenweb.org/madison/records/ff-tc1.htm Volumes 1-10 (1969-1978)]  
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:Family History Library has Volumes 1 - 16 and 30 {{FHL|233239|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Book 976.81 B5w}}. The West Tennessee Historical Society Papers are indexed in [[Periodical Source Index (PERSI)|PERiodical Source Index (PERSI)]].<br>To view Table of Contents and complete articles from 1947 - 2005 see [http://register.shelby.tn.us/wths/ Shelby County Register of Deeds]
 
:Family History Library has Volumes 1 - 16 and 30 {{FHL|233239|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Book 976.81 B5w}}. The West Tennessee Historical Society Papers are indexed in [[Periodical Source Index (PERSI)|PERiodical Source Index (PERSI)]].<br>To view Table of Contents and complete articles from 1947 - 2005 see [http://register.shelby.tn.us/wths/ Shelby County Register of Deeds]
  
==== Probate  ====
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==== Probate Records ====
  
 
The County Court has responsibility for Chester County probate records.  
 
The County Court has responsibility for Chester County probate records.  
  
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'''Online Records'''
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*'''1779 – 2008''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9176 Tennessee Wills and Probate Records 1779-2008] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] — index and images '''$'''
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<br> {{Tennpro}}  
  
 
*Wills, 1891-1931 ("Vol. 2")  
 
*Wills, 1891-1931 ("Vol. 2")  
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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].
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===== Birth  =====
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*'''1828 - 1939''' - {{RecordSearch|1681012|Tennessee Births and Christenings 1828-1939}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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*'''1869 - 1909''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2282 Tennessee Delayed Birth Records 1869-1909 ] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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*'''1908 - 1912''' - {{RecordSearch|2515873|Tennessee, Birth Records (ER Series), 1908-1912}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
  
 
===== '''Marriage'''  =====
 
===== '''Marriage'''  =====
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Marriages were not officially recorded in Chester County until 1838, when a law was passed mandating the practice.<ref>Gale Williams Bamman, C.G., "Research in Tennessee," ''National Genealogical Society Quarterly,'' Vol. 81, No. 2 (June 1993):105. {{FHL|39597|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Book 973 B2ng v. 81 (1993)}}</ref> The following publication, based on early newspapers, helps to alleviate this genealogical obstacle:  
 
Marriages were not officially recorded in Chester County until 1838, when a law was passed mandating the practice.<ref>Gale Williams Bamman, C.G., "Research in Tennessee," ''National Genealogical Society Quarterly,'' Vol. 81, No. 2 (June 1993):105. {{FHL|39597|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Book 973 B2ng v. 81 (1993)}}</ref> The following publication, based on early newspapers, helps to alleviate this genealogical obstacle:  
  
*Lucas, Silas Emmett. ''Marriages from Early Tennessee Newspapers 1794-1851''. Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 1978. {{FHL|10843|title-id|disp=FHL&nbsp;US/CAN&nbsp;Book 976.8 V2L}}.
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*'''1794 - 1851''' - Lucas, Silas Emmett. ''Marriages from Early Tennessee Newspapers 1794-1851''. Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 1978. {{FHL|10843|title-id|disp=FHL&nbsp;US/CAN&nbsp;Book 976.8 V2L}}.
  
The following Chester County Courthouse marriage records have been abstracted and/or indexed:  
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*'''1780 - 2002''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1169 Tennessee State Marriages 1780-2002] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
  
*'''[1891-1959]''' Chester County (Tennessee) County Court Clerk ''Marriages (Chester County, Tennessee) 1891-1959'' Nashville, Tennessee&nbsp;: Filmed by the Tennessee State Library and Archives, [197-?]-1988. {{FHL|231354|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Film 979716 and 1928630-31}}  
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*'''1780 - 2002''' - {{RecordSearch|1936414|Tennessee State Marriage Index 1780-2002}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org]— index
*{{RecordSearch|1619127|Tennessee County Marriages, 1790-1950}} - covers all counties in Tennessee.
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*Many county marriage records&nbsp;are indexed with images&nbsp;at Ancestry's [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1169 Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002]&nbsp;($).&nbsp; Be aware that this index is not complete for all counties.
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*'''1790 - 1950''' - {{RecordSearch|1619127|Tennessee County Marriages 1790-1950}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index and images
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*'''1796 - 1950''' - {{RecordSearch|1681022|Tennessee Marriages 1796-1950}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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*'''1838 - 1888''' - {{RecordSearch|2559093|Tennessee Civil Marriages, 1838-1888}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1851 - 1900''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4125 Tennessee Marriages 1851-1900] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com]— index and images $
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The following Chester County Courthouse marriage records have been indexed:
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*'''1891 - 1895''' - Chester County Marriage Index 1891-1895 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free. Batch {{IGI|M710201}}.<ref>Genealogical Society of Utah, ''Parish and Vital Records List'' (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at [[Media:Igitennesseea.pdf|https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/6/60/Igitennesseea.pdf]].</ref>
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*'''1891 - 1959''' - Chester County (Tennessee) County Court Clerk ''Marriages (Chester County, Tennessee) 1891-1959'' Nashville, Tennessee&nbsp;: Filmed by the Tennessee State Library and Archives, 197-?-1988. {{FHL|231354|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Film 979716 and 1928630-31}}  
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*'''1780 - 2002''' - Many county marriage records&nbsp;are indexed with images&nbsp;at Ancestry's [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1169 Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002]&nbsp;($).&nbsp; Be aware that this index is not complete for all counties.
  
 
===== '''Divorce'''  =====
 
===== '''Divorce'''  =====
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For deaths of Methodists in Chester County (or what later became Chester County) between the 1830s and the 1920s, try:  
 
For deaths of Methodists in Chester County (or what later became Chester 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. {{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.]
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*'''1847 - 1851''' - 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.
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*'''1874 - 1955''' - {{RecordSearch|1681020|Tennessee Deaths and Burials 1874-1955}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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*'''1908 - 1958''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2376 Tennessee Death Records 1908 - 1958 ] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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*'''1914 - 1955''' - {{RecordSearch|1417505|Tennessee Death Records 1914-1955}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index and images
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== Chester County Tennessee Genealogy Societies and Libraries  ==
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/tennessee/tn-society-archive/ List of Tennessee Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical &amp; Genealogical Societies]
  
 
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| width="35%" valign="top" | '''Chester County Historical Society<br>'''P.O. Box 721<br>Henderson, TN 38340
 
| width="35%" valign="top" | '''Chester County Historical Society<br>'''P.O. Box 721<br>Henderson, TN 38340
 
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| width="35%" valign="top" | [http://chestercountytnlibrary.org/ '''Chester County Library'''] <br>1012 E Main St <br>Henderson, TN 38340 <br>Phone: 1-731-989-4673 <br>E-mail: [mailto:chester_library@bellsouth.net chester_library@bellsouth.net] <br>'''Hours:''' Mon.-Wed., Fri 9:30 a.m.- 5 p.m. <br>Thurs. 12-7 p.m., Sat. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  
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| width="35%" valign="top" | [http://chestercountylibrary.net/ '''Chester County Library'''] <br>1012 E Main St <br>Henderson, TN 38340 <br>Phone: 1-731-989-4673 <br>E-mail: [mailto:chester_library@bellsouth.net chester_library@bellsouth.net] <br>'''Hours:''' Mon.-Wed., Fri 9:30 a.m.- 5 p.m. <br>Thurs. 12-7 p.m., Sat. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  
 
| valign="top" | The Chester County Library contains a Genealogy Room.
 
| valign="top" | The Chester County Library contains a Genealogy Room.
 
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| width="35%" valign="top" | [http://www.utm.edu/departments/acadpro/library/wthsc/ '''West Tennessee Heritage Study Center'''] <br>[http://www.utm.edu/departments/acadpro/library/lib_information/index.php Paul Meek Library] <br>[http://www.utm.edu/ University of Tennessee at Martin]<br>Phone: 1-731-881-7060<br>Hours vary by semester  
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| width="35%" valign="top" | [http://www.utm.edu/departments/special_collections/wthsc.php '''West Tennessee Heritage Study Center'''] <br>[http://www.utm.edu/library.php Paul Meek Library] <br>[http://www.utm.edu/ University of Tennessee at Martin]<br>Phone: 1-731-881-7060<br>Hours vary by semester  
| valign="top" | The Heritage Study Center holds a variety of genealogical resources including materials relating to the following counties in Tennessee: [[Benton County, Tennessee|Benton]], [[Carroll County, Tennessee|Carroll]], [[Chester_County,_Tennessee|Chester]], [[Crockett County, Tennessee|Crockett]], [[Decatur County, Tennessee|Decatur]], [[Dyer County, Tennessee|Dyer]], [[Fayette County, Tennessee|Fayette]], [[Gibson County, Tennessee|Gibson]], [[Hardin County, Tennessee|Hardin]], [[Haywood County, Tennessee|Haywood]], [[Henderson County, Tennessee|Henderson]], [[Henry County, Tennessee|Henry]], [[Houston County, Tennessee|Houston]], [[Humphreys County, Tennessee|Humphreys]], [[Lake County, Tennessee|Lake]], [[Lauderdale County, Tennessee|Lauderdale]], [[Madison County, Tennessee|Madison]], [[McNairy County, Tennessee|McNairy]], [[Obion County, Tennessee|Obion]], [[Perry County, Tennessee|Perry]], [[Shelby County, Tennessee|Shelby]], [[Stewart County, Tennessee|Stewart]], [[Tipton County, Tennessee|Tipton]], [[Wayne County, Tennessee|Wayne]], [[Weakley County, Tennessee|Weakley]] and [[Carlisle County, Kentucky|Carlisle]], [[Fulton County, Kentucky|Fulton]], and [[Hickman County, Kentucky|Hickman]] counties in Kentucky.
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| valign="top" | The Heritage Study Center holds a variety of genealogical resources including materials relating to the following counties in Tennessee: [[Benton County, Tennessee|Benton]], [[Carroll County, Tennessee|Carroll]], [[Chester County, Tennessee|Chester]], [[Crockett County, Tennessee|Crockett]], [[Decatur County, Tennessee|Decatur]], [[Dyer County, Tennessee|Dyer]], [[Fayette County, Tennessee|Fayette]], [[Gibson County, Tennessee|Gibson]], [[Hardin County, Tennessee|Hardin]], [[Haywood County, Tennessee|Haywood]], [[Henderson County, Tennessee|Henderson]], [[Henry County, Tennessee|Henry]], [[Houston County, Tennessee|Houston]], [[Humphreys County, Tennessee|Humphreys]], [[Lake County, Tennessee|Lake]], [[Lauderdale County, Tennessee|Lauderdale]], [[Madison County, Tennessee|Madison]], [[McNairy County, Tennessee|McNairy]], [[Obion County, Tennessee|Obion]], [[Perry County, Tennessee|Perry]], [[Shelby County, Tennessee|Shelby]], [[Stewart County, Tennessee|Stewart]], [[Tipton County, Tennessee|Tipton]], [[Wayne County, Tennessee|Wayne]], [[Weakley County, Tennessee|Weakley]] and [[Carlisle County, Kentucky Genealogy|Carlisle]], [[Fulton County, Kentucky Genealogy|Fulton]], and [[Hickman County, Kentucky Genealogy|Hickman]] counties in Kentucky.
 
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| width="35%" valign="top" | [http://wths.tn.org/ '''West Tennessee Historical Society''']<br>P.O. Box 111046<br>Memphis, TN 38111<br>Phone: 1-901-475-6608<br>E-mail: [mailto:efrank@memphis.edu efrank@memphis.edu]  
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==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
 
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
  
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
  
== Web Sites ==
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== Chester County Tennessee Genealogy Websites ==
  
 
{{Wikipedia|Chester County, Tennessee}}  
 
{{Wikipedia|Chester County, Tennessee}}  
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*[http://boards.ancestry.com/localities.northam.usa.states.tennessee.counties.chester/mb.ashx Chester County, TN Family History and Genealogy Message Board] (Ancestry)  
 
*[http://boards.ancestry.com/localities.northam.usa.states.tennessee.counties.chester/mb.ashx Chester County, TN Family History and Genealogy Message Board] (Ancestry)  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/TN/Chester/ Chester County, TN Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/TN/Chester/ Chester County, TN Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)  
*[http://genforum.com/tn/chester/ Chester County, TN Genealogy Forum] (GenForum)
 
 
*[http://www.tngenweb.org/chester/ Chester County, TNGenWeb] (USGenWeb)  
 
*[http://www.tngenweb.org/chester/ Chester County, TNGenWeb] (USGenWeb)  
*[http://www.mytennesseegenealogy.com/tn-county-chester.html Chester County, TN History, Records, Facts and Genealogy] (MyTennesseeGenealogy)
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*{{FHL|Tennessee Chester|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}} (FamilySearch) — The catalog is genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications)  This catalog is different than the indexed Historical Records.
*{{FHL|Tennessee%2C+Chester|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}} (FamilySearch)  
 
 
*[http://lists.rootsweb.ancestry.com/index/usa/TN/misc.html#SW-TN Mailing List: SW-TN-L (Southwest Tennessee List)] (RootsWeb)  
 
*[http://lists.rootsweb.ancestry.com/index/usa/TN/misc.html#SW-TN Mailing List: SW-TN-L (Southwest Tennessee List)] (RootsWeb)  
 
*[http://lists.rootsweb.ancestry.com/index/usa/TN/chester.html Mailing List: TNCHESTE-L (Chester County, Tennessee List)] (RootsWeb)  
 
*[http://lists.rootsweb.ancestry.com/index/usa/TN/chester.html Mailing List: TNCHESTE-L (Chester County, Tennessee List)] (RootsWeb)  
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*[http://lists.rootsweb.ancestry.com/index/usa/TN/misc.html#WESTTN Mailing List: WESTTN-L (West Tennessee List)] (RootsWeb)  
 
*[http://lists.rootsweb.ancestry.com/index/usa/TN/misc.html#WESTTN Mailing List: WESTTN-L (West Tennessee List)] (RootsWeb)  
 
*[http://www.tnyesterday.com Tennessee's Yesterday]
 
*[http://www.tnyesterday.com Tennessee's Yesterday]
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~tnchest2/ Chester County Tennessee, Genealogy, History and Information] (RootsWeb)
  
== References  ==
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Latest revision as of 21:15, 10 March 2017

United States
Tennessee


Chester County


Guide to Chester County, Tennessee ancestry, family history and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Chester County, Tennessee
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Facts
Founded: November 6, 1801
County Seat Henderson
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Chester County Tennessee Quick Dates

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

Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1908 1891 1908 1900  1891 1891

Chester County Tennessee Courthouse

Chester County Courthouse
 126 Crook Avenue
Henderson, TN 38340
Phone: 731.989.7171 

County Clerk has marriage, probate records from 1890.
Clerk Circuit Court has divorce and court records.
Register of Deeds has land records. [2]

Chester County Courthouse, Henderson, Tenn.
Chester County Courthouse
P.O. Box 205
133 East Main St.
Henderson, TN 38340
1-731-989-2233

Hours:
Mon.-Tues.and Thurs.-Fri.8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Wed.and Sat.8 a.m.-noon




Chester County Tennessee History

The county is named after "Tennessee state legislator Robert I. Chester."[3]

Parent County

1879--Chester County was created in 1879 from Madison, Henderson, McNairy, and Hardeman Counties.
County seat
: Henderson [4]

County Pronunciation

  1. Hear it spoken[5] (female)
  2. Hear it spoken[6] (male)

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

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1910 Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.[7]

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:


Chester County Tennessee Places / Localities

Populated Places

Cities and Towns:

Cabo
Center Point Lula
Deanburg
Enville
Henderson
Hickory Corners
Jacks Creek
Masseyville
Mifflin
Montezuma
Oak Grove
Palestine
Pleasant Hill
Robertson
Roby
Sanford Hill
Sweet Lips
Woodville

Neighboring Counties

Chester County Tennessee Genealogy 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 Chester County biography 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

United States African Americans Gotoarrow.png Tennessee African Americans

Cemeteries

Cemetery records often include birth, marriage, and death information.

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
TNGenWeb WorldCat BillionGraves
TNGenWeb Archives
Tombstone Project
TNGenWeb Cemeteries
BillionGraves
See Tennessee Cemeteries for more information.

Census

1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 Chester County federal population schedules 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 - See parent counties

1890 Lost

  • 1890 - 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. Johnson 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.

1891 Male Voters

Church

Court

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 Chester, Tennessee at World Connect, results in more than 4,500 entries.

Bibliography

  • Baird - See McConnell.
  • Barber - See McConnell.
  • Martin - See McConnell.
  • McCall - See McConnell.
  • McConnell - McConnell, Newton Whitfield. Genealogical History of the Families of McConnells, Martins, Barbers, Wilsons, Bairds, McCalls and Morris. Unknown: Unknown, 1913. Available at FHL US/CAN Film 1031512 Item 8; digital version available at Heritage Quest Online ($).
  • Morris - See McConnell.
  • Wilson - See McConnell.

Land

Chester County Register of Deeds has Land Records from 1891 and is located at Courthouse, P.O. Box 205, Henderson, TN 38340-0205; Telephone: (901) 989-2233. Land and property records include transfer of real estate or personal property, mortgages, leases, surveys, and entries.

The Family history Library has Chester County deeds 1891-1899.

Local Histories

Maps

Military

War of 1812

There were no War of 1812 pensioners or widows of pensioners living in Chester County on 2 January 1883.[8]

Civil War

Online Records


Regiments. Civil War service men from Chester County served in various regiments. Men often joined a regiment or a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are the military units that were formed in or had many men from Chester County.

Confederate Soldiers

Additional sources for Civil War soldiers from Chester County:

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 Chester County click on the following city:

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 Chester County, Tennessee Genealogy records 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 Book 976.8 B2a.


Family Findings
Genealogical articles with abstracts of Chester County, Tennessee records have been published in Family Findings, the quarterly of the Mid-West Tennessee Genealogical Society (42+ vols.). The Family History Library has most issues of this quarterly FHL US/CAN 976.8 B2f.
Tables of contents for some volumes are available online, courtesy: TNGenWeb Project:
Many articles from this publication have been reproduced on the TNGenWeb Project website, try this specialized Google search.
West Tennessee Historical Society Papers
Family History Library has Volumes 1 - 16 and 30 FHL US/CAN Book 976.81 B5w. The West Tennessee Historical Society Papers are indexed in PERiodical Source Index (PERSI).
To view Table of Contents and complete articles from 1947 - 2005 see Shelby County Register of Deeds

Probate Records

The County Court has responsibility for Chester County probate records.

Online Records


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, 1891-1931 ("Vol. 2")
  • Insolvent estate records, 1891-1938 ("Vol. 2")

Taxation

The original Chester County Tax Books 1890-1894 are kept at the County Courthouse. In the 1970s, the TSLA microfilmed these records. FHL copy: FHL US/CAN Film 979721.

Vital Records

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

Birth
Marriage

Marriages were not officially recorded in Chester County until 1838, when a law was passed mandating the practice.[9] The following publication, based on early newspapers, helps to alleviate this genealogical obstacle:

  • 1794 - 1851 - Lucas, Silas Emmett. Marriages from Early Tennessee Newspapers 1794-1851. Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 1978. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 V2L.

The following Chester County Courthouse marriage records have been indexed:

Divorce

In 1940 and 1941, W.P.A. workers pinpointed the location of Chester County divorce papers in diverse manuscript collections, 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

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

Chester County Tennessee Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Chester County Historical Society
P.O. Box 721
Henderson, TN 38340
Chester County Library
1012 E Main St
Henderson, TN 38340
Phone: 1-731-989-4673
E-mail: chester_library@bellsouth.net
Hours: Mon.-Wed., Fri 9:30 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Thurs. 12-7 p.m., Sat. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
The Chester County Library contains a Genealogy Room.
West Tennessee Heritage Study Center
Paul Meek Library
University of Tennessee at Martin
Phone: 1-731-881-7060
Hours vary by semester
The Heritage Study Center holds a variety of genealogical resources including materials relating to the following counties in Tennessee: Benton, Carroll, Chester, Crockett, Decatur, Dyer, Fayette, Gibson, Hardin, Haywood, Henderson, Henry, Houston, Humphreys, Lake, Lauderdale, Madison, McNairy, Obion, Perry, Shelby, Stewart, Tipton, Wayne, Weakley and Carlisle, Fulton, and Hickman counties in Kentucky.
West Tennessee Historical Society
P.O. Box 111046
Memphis, TN 38111
Phone: 1-901-475-6608
E-mail: efrank@memphis.edu



Family History Centers

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See Family History Center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

Chester County Tennessee Genealogy Websites

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


Chester 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. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Chester County, Tennessee page 638, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. "List of counties in Tennessee," Wikipedia.
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), 638. (FHL Book 973 D27e 2002). WorldCat entry.
  5. Voice of Lynnae Weller, Kingsport, Tenn. (2010).
  6. Voice of Gene Black, FamilySearch employee, former resident of Bristol, Tenn. (2010).
  7. Lost Records: Courthouse Fires and Disasters in Tennessee in Tennessee State Library and Archives in Tennessee Secretary of State (accessed 13 March 2016).
  8. Hermione D. Embry, "War of 1812 - Tennessee Pensioners on List - January 2, 1883," Ansearchin' News, Vol. 7, No. 2 (Apr. 1960):40-45. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 B2a v. 7 (1960); digital version at journal website. (For discussion of Chester County, see page 40.)
  9. Gale Williams Bamman, C.G., "Research in Tennessee," National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vol. 81, No. 2 (June 1993):105. FHL US/CAN Book 973 B2ng v. 81 (1993)
  10. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/6/60/Igitennesseea.pdf.

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