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<br>'''Polk County, Tennessee''' genealogy and family history research page. Guide to '''Polk County''' (established 1839) 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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'''Polk County, Tennessee''' ancestry, family history, and genealogy research page. Guide to '''Polk County''' (established 1839) 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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Polk 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>  
 
Polk 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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[http://www.polkgovernment.com/polk-county-clerk Polk County Courthouse]<br>6239 Highway 411<br>Benton, TN 37307<br>Phone: 1-423-338-4522  
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[http://www.polkgovernment.com/county-clerk.php Polk County Courthouse]<br>6239 Highway 411<br>Benton, TN 37307<br>Phone: 1-423-338-4522  
  
Register of Deeds has land records.<br> County Clerk has marriage and probate records. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002),  Polk County, Tennessee page 643, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libr40ries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
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Register of Deeds has land records.<br> County Clerk has marriage and probate records. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002),  Polk County, Tennessee page 643, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
  
<br>[http://www.polkgovernment.com/polk-county-clerk '''Polk County Clerk''']'''<br>'''Marriage and probate records<br>P.O. Box 158<br>6239 Hwy 411, #102<br>Benton, TN 37307<br>Phone: 1-423-338-4526  
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<br>[http://www.polkgovernment.com/county-clerk.php '''Polk County Clerk''']'''<br>'''Marriage and probate records<br>P.O. Box 158<br>6239 Hwy 411, #102<br>Benton, TN 37307<br>Phone: 1-423-338-4526  
  
[http://www.polkgovernment.com/register-of-deeds '''Polk County Register of Deeds''']'''<br>'''Land records<br>P.O. Box 293<br>6239 Hwy 411<br>Benton, TN 37307<br>Phone: 1-423-338-3100  
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[http://www.polkgovernment.com/register-deeds.php '''Polk County Register of Deeds''']'''<br>'''Land records<br>P.O. Box 293<br>6239 Hwy 411<br>Benton, TN 37307<br>Phone: 1-423-338-3100  
  
[http://www.polkgovernment.com/clerks-of-court '''Polk County Clerk of Court''']'''<br>'''Court records<br>P.O. Box 256<br>6239 Highway 411<br>Benton, TN 37307<br>Phone: 1-423-338-4524  
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[http://www.polkgovernment.com/clerk-court.php '''Polk County Clerk of Court''']'''<br>'''Court records<br>P.O. Box 256<br>6239 Highway 411<br>Benton, TN 37307<br>Phone: 1-423-338-4524  
  
'''Hours''':<br>Mon.-Fri. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. {{RAOGKcourthouse}}
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'''Hours''':<br>Mon.-Fri. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  
 
== History  ==
 
== History  ==
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==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1839--'''Polk County was established 28 November 1839 from [[McMinn County, Tennessee|McMinn]] and [[Bradley County, Tennessee|Bradley]] Counties. Early records may be found under McMinn and Bradley Counties. <br>'''County seat:''' Benton <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed''. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), 643. ({{FHL|1852055|item}} Ref Book 973 D27e 2002). [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092 WorldCat entry].</ref>  
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'''1839--'''Polk County was established 28 November 1839 from [[McMinn County, Tennessee|McMinn]] and [[Bradley County, Tennessee|Bradley]] Counties. Early records may be found under McMinn and Bradley Counties. <br>'''County seat:''' Benton <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed''. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), 643. ({{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  ====
  
'''1895, 1935'''--Fires damaged records
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{{Fire}}'''1895''' and '''1935''' Fires damaged courthouse records.<ref name="TSLA">[http://sos.tn.gov/products/tsla/lost-records-courthouse-fires-and-disasters-tennessee
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Lost Records: Courthouse Fires and Disasters in Tennessee] in ''Tennessee State Library and Archives'' in ''Tennessee Secretary of State''.</ref><br>
  
*Lost census: 1890
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:*Lost deeds: 1839 to 1893  
*Lost deeds: 1839 to 1893  
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:*Lost marriage records: 1839 to 1893  
*Lost marriages: 1839 to 1893  
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:*Lost probate records: 1839 to 1872
*Lost probate: 1839 to 1872
 
  
For further information on researching in burned counties, see the following:
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*[http://tnblog.arleneeakle.com/2009/04/13/when-the-records-are-gone/ Arlene Eakle, ''When the Records are Gone'' in Tennessee Genealogy Blog]
 
*[[Burned Counties Research|Burned Counties Research in FamilySearch Wiki]]
 
*[http://blogs.ancestry.com/circle/?p=2424 Michael John Neill, ''Burned Counties'' in Family History Circle]
 
  
 
== Places/Localities  ==
 
== Places/Localities  ==
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*[[Fannin County, Georgia|Fannin County, Georgia]]  
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*[[Fannin County, Georgia Genealogy|Fannin County, Georgia]]  
 
*[[McMinn County, Tennessee|McMinn]]
 
*[[McMinn County, Tennessee|McMinn]]
  
 
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*[[Monroe County, Tennessee|Monroe]]  
 
*[[Monroe County, Tennessee|Monroe]]  
*[[Murray County, Georgia|Murray County, Georgia]]
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*[[Murray County, Georgia Genealogy|Murray County, Georgia]]
  
 
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==== Research Guides  ====
 
==== Research Guides  ====
  
*[http://www.tn.gov/tsla/history/county/factpolk.htm Genealogical "Fact Sheets" About Tennessee Counties: Polk 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-polk-county Genealogical "Fact Sheets" About Tennessee Counties: Polk 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  ====
 
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==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
  
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Tennessee cemetery records often identify birth, death, relationship, and military information, as well as religious affiliation.
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gs& Find A Grave] can be searched by the&nbsp;name of a person or family to find where a person is buried.&nbsp; Usually gives birth and death dates often with a picture of the tombstone.&nbsp; May&nbsp;give obituaries,&nbsp;names of&nbsp;family members and links to their information in Find A Grave.
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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=2494&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
 
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*Find A Grave also gives&nbsp;a [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=45&CScnty=2494 list of cemeteries in&nbsp;Polk County] linking to the &nbsp;information about the people buried there,
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=45&CScnty=2494 Findagrave.com]
 
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*[http://www.tngenweb.org/records/cemeteries/index.php?function=county&s_county=polk Polk Co. TN Cemetery Records], part of the&nbsp;TNGenWeb Cemetery Database, lists many cemeteries in&nbsp;the&nbsp;county, often with indexes and&nbsp;transcripts of the burials.
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.tngenweb.org/polk/cemeteries.htm TNGenWeb]
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Polk+Tennessee&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
*[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/tennessee/polk.html Polk County, Tennessee, USGenWeb Tombstone Transcription Project] lists many cemeteries in&nbsp;the county and&nbsp;has transcripts of the tombstones arranged by cemetery.
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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=Polk&cemetery_name=a Billion Graves]
 
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*The [https://www.familysearch.org/#form=catalog Family History Library Catalog] lists some&nbsp;{{FHL|583023|subject-id|disp=records of&nbsp;cemeteries in&nbsp;Polk county}}.&nbsp; 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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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://usgwarchives.net/tn/polk/polcems.html TNGenWeb Archives]
 
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*[http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=12621&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=59&stateAbbv=&stateName= ePodunk&nbsp;list of&nbsp;Polk County cemeteries]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/tennessee/polk.html Tombstone Project]  
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''Additional Cemetery Resources''
  
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*[http://tennessee.hometownlocator.com/features/cultural,class,cemetery.cfm Tennessee Cemeteries] - Hometown Locator
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*The [https://www.familysearch.org/#form=catalog FamilySearch Catalog] lists some&nbsp;{{FHL|583023|subject-id|disp=records of&nbsp;cemeteries in&nbsp;Polk county}}.&nbsp; Some of the books or others may be on [http://books.google.com/advanced_book_search Google Books] or available at public libraries.
 
*Information on Polk County cemeteries, originally published in the ''Polk County Historical and Genealogical Quarterly'', is available [http://www.tngenweb.org/polk/polkcem.htm online], courtesy: TNGenWeb.  
 
*Information on Polk County cemeteries, originally published in the ''Polk County Historical and Genealogical Quarterly'', is available [http://www.tngenweb.org/polk/polkcem.htm online], courtesy: TNGenWeb.  
 
*Inscriptions of Polk County, Tennessee Cemeteries. [http://www.tngenweb.org/polk/polk2.htm#Volunteers Free Lookups Available!]
 
*Inscriptions of Polk County, Tennessee Cemeteries. [http://www.tngenweb.org/polk/polk2.htm#Volunteers Free Lookups Available!]
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==== Census  ====
 
==== Census  ====
  
1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 federal population censuses of Polk 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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1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, and 1940 federal population censuses of Polk 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.  
  
See [http://www.us-census.org/states/tennessee/p-tn.htm#Polk Polk County, TN&nbsp;census assignments], including links to transcribed files. [[http://www.us-census.org/ The USGenWeb Census Project<sup>®</sup>]].  
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See [http://www.us-census.org/states/tennessee/p-tn.htm#Polk Polk County, TN&nbsp;census assignments], including links to transcribed files. [http://www.us-census.org/ The USGenWeb Census Project<sup>®</sup>].
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'''1810 - 1891'''
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*[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 $
  
 
'''1840'''  
 
'''1840'''  
  
*Snell, William R. and Bradley County Historical Society. ''1840 Federal Census, Polk County, Tennessee''.&nbsp;[Cleveland, Tenn.]: Mimeographed by Lee College Print Shop for Bradley County Historical Society, 1982. {{FHL|455112|title-id|disp=FHL&nbsp;US/CAN&nbsp;Book 976.8875 X2s 1840}}.&nbsp;[http://www.tngenweb.org/polk/polk2.htm#Volunteers Free Lookups Available!]
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*Snell, William R. and Bradley County Historical Society. ''1840 Federal Census, Polk County, Tennessee''.&nbsp;Cleveland, Tenn.: Mimeographed by Lee College Print Shop for Bradley County Historical Society, 1982. {{FHL|455112|title-id|disp=FHL&nbsp;US/CAN&nbsp;Book 976.8875 X2s 1840}}. [http://www.tngenweb.org/polk/polk2.htm#Volunteers Free Lookups Available!]
  
 
'''1840 Revolutionary War Pensioners'''  
 
'''1840 Revolutionary War Pensioners'''  
  
*''[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/2648500 A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services: With their Names, Ages, and Places of Residence, as Returned by the Marshalls of the Several Judicial Districts, Under the Act for Taking the Sixth Census]''. 1841; reprint, Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. {{FHL|282860|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Book 973 X2pc 1840; FHL&nbsp;US/CAN Film 2321}}. 1841 edition digitized by the [http://www2.census.gov/prod2/decennial/documents/1840c-01.pdf U.S. Census Bureau] and [http://books.google.com/books?id=W7JYAAAAMAAJ Google Books] ''et. al''. [See Tennessee, Eastern District, Polk County on page 154.]
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*''[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/2648500 A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services: With their Names, Ages, and Places of Residence, as Returned by the Marshalls of the Several Judicial Districts, Under the Act for Taking the Sixth Census]''. 1841; reprint, Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. {{FHL|282860|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Book 973 X2pc 1840; FHL&nbsp;US/CAN Film 2321}}. 1841 edition digitized by the [http://www2.census.gov/prod2/decennial/documents/1840c-01.pdf U.S. Census Bureau] and [http://books.google.com/books?id=W7JYAAAAMAAJ Google Books] ''et. al''. See Tennessee, Eastern District, Polk County on page 154.
  
 
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'''1850'''  
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'''1850 Agricultural Census'''  
 
'''1850 Agricultural Census'''  
  
*Green, Linda L. ''Tennessee 1850 Agricultural Census.'' 2 vols. Woodbridge, Va.: L.L. Green, 2000. {{FHL|976473|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 X2g v. 1}} ff. [Polk County is included in Vol. 1.]
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*Green, Linda L. ''Tennessee 1850 Agricultural Census.'' 2 vols. Woodbridge, Va.: L.L. Green, 2000. {{FHL|976473|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 X2g v. 1}} ff. Polk County is included in Vol. 1.
  
 
'''1860'''  
 
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*Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. ''1880 Census, Polk County, Tennessee''. Nashville, Tenn.: Byron Sistler &amp; Associates, 1991. FHL&nbsp;US/CAN&nbsp;Book 976.8875 X2s 1880. [http://www.tngenweb.org/polk/polk2.htm#Volunteers Free Lookups Available!]
 
*Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. ''1880 Census, Polk County, Tennessee''. Nashville, Tenn.: Byron Sistler &amp; Associates, 1991. FHL&nbsp;US/CAN&nbsp;Book 976.8875 X2s 1880. [http://www.tngenweb.org/polk/polk2.htm#Volunteers Free Lookups Available!]
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'''1891 Male Voters'''
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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 $
  
 
'''1900'''  
 
'''1900'''  
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*Polk County Church Records
 
*Polk County Church Records
  
:- Family History Library Catalog - {{FHL|579236|subject-id|disp=Polk County Church Records}}
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:- FamilySearch Catalog - {{FHL|579236|subject-id|disp=Polk County Church Records}}
  
 
*Church histories tell when a church started in the area, who the early members were, give data about church leaders, etc.
 
*Church histories tell when a church started in the area, who the early members were, give data about church leaders, etc.
  
:- Family History Library Catalog -&nbsp;{{FHL|1047310|subject-id|disp=Polk County Church History}}
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:- FamilySearch Catalog -&nbsp;{{FHL|1047310|subject-id|disp=Polk County Church History}}
  
 
*If the records you need are not&nbsp;through the Family History Library, contact the church(es) in the area where your ancestor lived.&nbsp; Two sites that give information about churches in&nbsp;Polk County are:
 
*If the records you need are not&nbsp;through the Family History Library, contact the church(es) in the area where your ancestor lived.&nbsp; Two sites that give information about churches in&nbsp;Polk County are:
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:- [http://tennessee.hometownlocator.com/features/cultural,class,church,scfips,47003.cfm List of&nbsp;Polk County churches] (TN HomeTownLocator)
 
:- [http://tennessee.hometownlocator.com/features/cultural,class,church,scfips,47003.cfm List of&nbsp;Polk County churches] (TN HomeTownLocator)
  
'''Baptist'''  
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'''''Baptist'''''  
  
*'''[1879-1943]'''&nbsp;''Old Friendship Baptist Church Records. Polk County, 1879-1943''.&nbsp; [http://www.tn.gov/tsla/history/manuscripts/mguide04.htm TSLA] Reel #348 {{FHL|840019|film}}  
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*'''1879 - 1943'''&nbsp;''Old Friendship Baptist Church Records. Polk County, 1879-1943''.&nbsp; [http://www.tn.gov/tsla/history/manuscripts/mguide04.htm TSLA] Reel #348 {{FHL|840019|film}}  
*'''[1879-1900]''' Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. ''Vital Statistics from 19th Century Tennessee Church Records.'' Nashville: Sitler and Associates, 1979. {{FHL|976.8 K29s}} vol.1&nbsp;&nbsp; Index to original Old Friendship Baptist Church Records. Polk County, 1879-1943.
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*'''1879 - 1900''' Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. ''Vital Statistics from 19th Century Tennessee Church Records.'' Nashville: Sitler and Associates, 1979. {{FHL|976.8 K29s}} vol.1&nbsp;&nbsp; Index to original Old Friendship Baptist Church Records. Polk County, 1879-1943.
  
 
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==== Family Histories  ====
 
==== 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:  
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This bibliography will eventually identify all known family histories published about residents of this county. Use this list to:  
  
 
*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'''  
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'''''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=Polk+Tennessee&byear=&brange=0&dplace=&dyear=&drange=0&mplace=&myear=&mrange=0&father=&mother=&spouse=&skipdb=&period=All&submit.x=Search persons born in Polk, Tennessee] at ''[[World Connect|World Connect]]'', results in more than 20,000 entries.  
 
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=Polk+Tennessee&byear=&brange=0&dplace=&dyear=&drange=0&mplace=&myear=&mrange=0&father=&mother=&spouse=&skipdb=&period=All&submit.x=Search persons born in Polk, Tennessee] at ''[[World Connect|World Connect]]'', results in more than 20,000 entries.  
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*''The&nbsp;Heritage of Polk County, Tennessee, 1839-1997''. Benton, Tenn.: Polk County Historical and Genealogical Society (Tennessee), 1997. {{FHL|718948|title-id|disp=FHL&nbsp;US/CAN&nbsp;Book 976.8875 H2h}}.
 
*''The&nbsp;Heritage of Polk County, Tennessee, 1839-1997''. Benton, Tenn.: Polk County Historical and Genealogical Society (Tennessee), 1997. {{FHL|718948|title-id|disp=FHL&nbsp;US/CAN&nbsp;Book 976.8875 H2h}}.
  
'''Bibliography'''  
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'''''Bibliography'''''  
  
*'''[Baily]''' Baily Family Bible Records, ca. 1838-1958. MSS., {{FHL|525263|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN&nbsp;Film 1697633 Item 8}}.  
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*'''Baily''' - Baily Family Bible Records, ca. 1838-1958. MSS., {{FHL|525263|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN&nbsp;Film 1697633 Item 8}}.  
*'''[Barnes]''' ''See Longley.''  
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*'''Barnes''' - ''See Longley.''  
*'''[Cantrell]''' ''See Longley.''  
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*'''Cantrell''' - ''See Longley.''  
*'''[Curd]'''  
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*'''Curd'''  
*'''[Hildebrand]''' Clemmer, Sudie, J.D. Clemmer, and George F. Mellen. ''Nancy Ward and the Hildebrand Family of Polk County, Tennessee: Reprinted Newspaper Clippings from the J.D. Clemmer Scrapbooks''. Benton, Tenn.: Polk County News, 1962. {{FHL|153499|title-id|disp=FHL&nbsp;US/CAN&nbsp;Film 908921 Item 7}}.  
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*'''Hildebrand''' - Clemmer, Sudie, J.D. Clemmer, and George F. Mellen. ''Nancy Ward and the Hildebrand Family of Polk County, Tennessee: Reprinted Newspaper Clippings from the J.D. Clemmer Scrapbooks''. Benton, Tenn.: Polk County News, 1962. {{FHL|153499|title-id|disp=FHL&nbsp;US/CAN&nbsp;Film 908921 Item 7}}.  
*'''[Hood]''' Hood, Dellmann Osborne. ''The Tunis Hood Family.'' Portland, OR: Metropolitan Press, 1960. Available at {{FHL|418154|title-id|disp=FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 H761h}}; digital version at [http://persi.heritagequestonline.com/hqoweb/library/do/books/results/image?urn=urn%3Aproquest%3AUS%3Bglhbooks%3BGenealogy-glh428815136%3B-1%3B-1%3B Heritage Quest Online] ($).  
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*'''Hood''' - Hood, Dellmann Osborne. ''The Tunis Hood Family.'' Portland, OR: Metropolitan Press, 1960. Available at {{FHL|418154|title-id|disp=FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 H761h}}; digital version at [http://persi.heritagequestonline.com/hqoweb/library/do/books/results/image?urn=urn%3Aproquest%3AUS%3Bglhbooks%3BGenealogy-glh428815136%3B-1%3B-1%3B Heritage Quest Online] ($).  
*'''[Land]''' Land, Barbara and Gary Land. ''The Land's &amp; the Staige's''. 2 vols. [Ukiah, Calif.: B. &amp; G. Land], 1994. {{FHL|723850|title-id|disp=FHL&nbsp;FAM&nbsp;HIST Book 929.273 L299L}} ff.  
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*'''Land''' - Land, Barbara and Gary Land. ''The Land's &amp; the Staige's''. 2 vols. Ukiah, Calif.: B. &amp; G. Land, 1994. {{FHL|723850|title-id|disp=FHL&nbsp;FAM&nbsp;HIST Book 929.273 L299L}} ff.  
*'''[Langley]''' ''See Longley.''  
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*'''Langley''' - ''See Longley.''  
*'''[Longley]''' Matthews, Addah Longley. ''Genealogy, Curd-Longley, Cantrell-Barnes.'' North Newton, KS: Mennonite Press, 1966. Available at [http://fsbeta.familysearch.org/s/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F255628&hash=rh2%2B403z7n4WII67nHOFMh25nvE%3D FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 C922g]; digital version at [http://persi.heritagequestonline.com/hqoweb/library/do/books/results/image?urn=urn%3Aproquest%3AUS%3Bglhbooks%3BGenealogy-glh265031731%3B-1%3B-1%3B Heritage Quest Online] ($).  
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*'''Longley''' - Matthews, Addah Longley. ''Genealogy, Curd-Longley, Cantrell-Barnes.'' North Newton, KS: Mennonite Press, 1966. Available at [https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?dps_pid=IE5412206&from=fhd Ex Libris]; digital version at [http://persi.heritagequestonline.com/hqoweb/library/do/books/results/image?urn=urn%3Aproquest%3AUS%3Bglhbooks%3BGenealogy-glh265031731%3B-1%3B-1%3B Heritage Quest Online] ($).  
*'''[Quintrell]''' ''Quintrell: Family Bible Records, 1830-1941''. MSS., {{FHL|287440|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Film 1307616 Item 61}}.  
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*'''Quintrell''' - ''Quintrell: Family Bible Records, 1830-1941''. MSS., {{FHL|287440|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Film 1307616 Item 61}}.  
*'''[Ward]''' Bell, Annie W.B. ''Military and Genealogical Records of the Famous Indian Woman Nancy Ward''. Typescript, 1961. {{FHL|318069|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN&nbsp;Film 875418 Item 2}}.  
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*'''Ward''' - Bell, Annie W.B. ''Military and Genealogical Records of the Famous Indian Woman Nancy Ward''. Typescript, 1961. {{FHL|318069|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN&nbsp;Film 875418 Item 2}}.  
*'''[Ward]''' Clemmer, Sudie, J.D. Clemmer, and George F. Mellen. ''Nancy Ward and the Hildebrand Family of Polk County, Tennessee: Reprinted Newspaper Clippings from the J.D. Clemmer Scrapbooks''. Benton, Tenn.: Polk County News, 1962. {{FHL|153499|title-id|disp=FHL&nbsp;US/CAN&nbsp;Film 908921 Item 7}}.  
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*'''Ward''' - Clemmer, Sudie, J.D. Clemmer, and George F. Mellen. ''Nancy Ward and the Hildebrand Family of Polk County, Tennessee: Reprinted Newspaper Clippings from the J.D. Clemmer Scrapbooks''. Benton, Tenn.: Polk County News, 1962. {{FHL|153499|title-id|disp=FHL&nbsp;US/CAN&nbsp;Film 908921 Item 7}}.  
*'''[Ward]''' Holland, Hubert G. ''Nancy Ward A/K/A Cherokee Rose and Beloved Woman''. <span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1275669763078_450" />Typescript, {{FHL|623604|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN&nbsp;Film 1750757 Item 14}}.  
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*'''Ward''' - Holland, Hubert G. ''Nancy Ward A/K/A Cherokee Rose and Beloved Woman''. <span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1275669763078_450" />Typescript, {{FHL|623604|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN&nbsp;Film 1750757 Item 14}}.  
*'''[Whitson]''' McDuffee, Ted Ransom. ''Duff to McDuffee on One Leaf: The Family History James H. Duff-McDuffee and Nancy Ann Whitson with Ancestors and Descendants''. Knoxville, Tenn.: Tennessee Valley Pub., 1999. {{FHL|835965|title-id|disp=FHL FAM&nbsp;HIST&nbsp;Book 929.273 D873m}}.  
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*'''Whitson''' - McDuffee, Ted Ransom. ''Duff to McDuffee on One Leaf: The Family History James H. Duff-McDuffee and Nancy Ann Whitson with Ancestors and Descendants''. Knoxville, Tenn.: Tennessee Valley Pub., 1999. {{FHL|835965|title-id|disp=FHL FAM&nbsp;HIST&nbsp;Book 929.273 D873m}}.  
*'''[Young]''' Stein, Carl F. ''Some Descendents of James Pickens Young 1815: of Polk, Rhea, Hamilton, Blount, &amp; Knox Counties, Tenn., Cherokee, &amp; Gaston Counties, North Carolina''. Family Group Sheets. {{FHL|787567|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN&nbsp;Film 2055385 Item 2}}.
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*'''Young''' - Stein, Carl F. ''Some Descendents of James Pickens Young 1815: of Polk, Rhea, Hamilton, Blount, &amp; Knox Counties, Tenn., Cherokee, &amp; Gaston Counties, North Carolina''. Family Group Sheets. {{FHL|787567|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN&nbsp;Film 2055385 Item 2}}.
  
 
==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
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==== Law and Legislation  ====
 
==== Law and Legislation  ====
  
*Tennessee State Library and Archives, ''Acts of Tennessee 1796-1850: Index to Names.'' January 25, 2005. [In addition to creating new laws, legislative acts were often required to obtain a divorce, grant legitimacy to a child, or for appointments to or grant payments for public service.] [[Tennessee State Library and Archives|TSLA]] has created an index to names that appear in these acts covering the years 1796 to 1850. To read more about this valuable resource [http://www.tn.gov/tsla/history/misc/actsintro.htm Click here]. The searchable index is available at [http://www.tn.gov/tsla/history/misc/actsintro.htm#names TSLA]; another version is available at [http://worldvitalrecords.com/indexinfo.aspx?ix=usa_tn_acts World Vital Records].
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*Tennessee State Library and Archives, ''Acts of Tennessee 1796-1850: Index to Names.'' January 25, 2005. In addition to creating new laws, legislative acts were often required to obtain a divorce, grant legitimacy to a child, or for appointments to or grant payments for public service. The&nbsp;[[Tennessee State Library and Archives|TSLA]] has created an index to names that appear in these acts covering the years 1796 to 1850. To read more about this valuable resource [http://sos.tn.gov/products/tsla/acts-tennessee-1796-1850-index-names Click here]. The searchable index is available at the&nbsp;[http://share.tn.gov/tsla/history/misc/actsintro.htm TSLA]; another version is available at [http://worldvitalrecords.com/indexinfo.aspx?ix=usa_tn_acts World Vital Records].
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
  
 
*History of Polk County 1839-1999. [http://www.tngenweb.org/polk/polk2.htm#Volunteers Free Lookups Available!]
 
*History of Polk County 1839-1999. [http://www.tngenweb.org/polk/polk2.htm#Volunteers Free Lookups Available!]
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[[Image:Tnpolk.png|thumb|right|200px]]
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==== Maps  ====
  
==== Maps ====
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/tennessee/ Maps of Tennessee (1777-1985)]
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
  
'''Revolutionary War'''
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=====Revolutionary War=====
  
 
The following Polk County Revolutionary War records are available online through TNGenWeb:  
 
The following Polk County Revolutionary War records are available online through TNGenWeb:  
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*Select [http://www.tngenweb.org/polk/p_pensns.htm ''Pension Applications Pertaining to Polk County, Tennessee Residents'']
 
*Select [http://www.tngenweb.org/polk/p_pensns.htm ''Pension Applications Pertaining to Polk County, Tennessee Residents'']
  
Additional resources include:  
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'''''Additional resources include:'''''
  
*''[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/2648500 A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services: With their Names, Ages, and Places of Residence, as Returned by the Marshalls of the Several Judicial Districts, Under the Act for Taking the Sixth Census]''. 1841; reprint, Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. {{FHL|282860|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Book 973 X2pc 1840; FHL&nbsp;US/CAN Film 2321}}. 1841 edition digitized by the [http://www2.census.gov/prod2/decennial/documents/1840c-01.pdf U.S. Census Bureau] and [http://books.google.com/books?id=W7JYAAAAMAAJ Google Books] ''et. al''. [See Tennessee, Eastern District, Polk County on page 154.]
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*''[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/2648500 A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services: With their Names, Ages, and Places of Residence, as Returned by the Marshalls of the Several Judicial Districts, Under the Act for Taking the Sixth Census]''. 1841; reprint, Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. {{FHL|282860|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Book 973 X2pc 1840; FHL&nbsp;US/CAN Film 2321}}. 1841 edition digitized by the [http://www2.census.gov/prod2/decennial/documents/1840c-01.pdf U.S. Census Bureau] and [http://books.google.com/books?id=W7JYAAAAMAAJ Google Books] ''et. al''. See Tennessee, Eastern District, Polk County on page 154.  
*''Rejected or Suspended Applications for Revolutionary War Pensions''. Washington, D.C., 1852. Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1969, and 1991. Reprints include&nbsp;"an Added Index to States." Digital version at [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=48141 Ancestry] ($). Tennessee entries abstracted online at [http://tngenweb.org/revwar/ Tennesseans in the Revolutionary War], courtesy: [http://tngenweb.org/ TNGenWeb]. [Includes veterans from this county; Tennessee section begins on page 381.]
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*''Rejected or Suspended Applications for Revolutionary War Pensions''. Washington, D.C., 1852. Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1969, and 1991. Reprints include&nbsp;"an Added Index to States." Digital version at [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=48141 Ancestry] ($). Tennessee entries abstracted online at [http://tngenweb.org/revwar/ Tennesseans in the Revolutionary War], courtesy: [http://tngenweb.org/ TNGenWeb]. Includes veterans from this county; Tennessee section begins on page 381.
  
'''War of 1812'''
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=====War of 1812=====
  
*Embry, Hermione D. "War of 1812 - Tennessee Pensioners on List - January 2, 1883," ''Ansearchin' News'', Vol. 8, No. 2 (Apr. 1961):49-52. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 B2a v. 8 (1961); digital version at [http://www.tngs.org/ansearchin/index.html journal website]. [Includes Polk County pensioners (p. 50).]
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*Embry, Hermione D. "War of 1812 - Tennessee Pensioners on List - January 2, 1883," ''Ansearchin' News'', Vol. 8, No. 2 (Apr. 1961):49-52. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 B2a v. 8 (1961); digital version at [http://www.tngs.org/ansearchin/index.html journal website]. Includes Polk County pensioners (p. 50).
  
'''Civil War'''
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=====Civil War=====
  
*[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;Polk 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;Polk County.
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'''''Regiments.''''' Civil War service men from Polk 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 Polk County:
  
<u>Confederate Soldiers&nbsp;</u>  
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<u>''Confederate Soldiers ''</u>  
  
*[[2nd Regiment, Tennessee Cavalry (Ashby's) (Confederate)|2nd Regiment, Tennessee Cavalry (Ashby's)]] -&nbsp; CSA - Company A.  
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*[[2nd Regiment, Tennessee Cavalry (Ashby's) (Confederate)|2nd Regiment, Tennessee Cavalry (Ashby's)]] - CSA - Company A.  
 
*[[3rd Regiment, Tennessee Infantry (Confederate)|3rd Regiment, Tennessee Infantry]] - CSA - Company C and D.  
 
*[[3rd Regiment, Tennessee Infantry (Confederate)|3rd Regiment, Tennessee Infantry]] - CSA - Company C and D.  
 
*[[3rd Regiment, Tennessee Mounted Infantry (Lillard's) (Confederate)|3rd Regiment, Tennessee Mounted Infantry (Lillard's)]] - CSA - Companies C and D.  
 
*[[3rd Regiment, Tennessee Mounted Infantry (Lillard's) (Confederate)|3rd Regiment, Tennessee Mounted Infantry (Lillard's)]] - CSA - Companies C and D.  
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*[[19th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry|19th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry]] - CSA - Company F.  
 
*[[19th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry|19th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry]] - CSA - Company F.  
 
*[[29th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry|29th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry]] - CSA - Company B.  
 
*[[29th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry|29th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry]] - CSA - Company B.  
*[[43rd Regiment, Tennessee Infantry (Gillespie's) (5th East Tennessee Volunteers)|43rd Regiment, Tennessee Infantry (Gillespie's) (5th East Tennesse Volunteers)]] - CSA - Company A.  
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*[[43rd Regiment, Tennessee Infantry (Gillespie's) (5th East Tennessee Volunteers)|43rd Regiment, Tennessee Infantry (Gillespie's) (5th East Tennessee Volunteers)]] - CSA - Company A.  
 
*[[59th Regiment, Tennessee Mounted Infantry (Cooke's) (Eakin's 1st Battalion)|59th Regiment, Tennessee Mounted Infantry (Cooke's) (Eakin's 1st Battalion)]] - CSA - Company K.  
 
*[[59th Regiment, Tennessee Mounted Infantry (Cooke's) (Eakin's 1st Battalion)|59th Regiment, Tennessee Mounted Infantry (Cooke's) (Eakin's 1st Battalion)]] - CSA - Company K.  
 
*[[62nd Regiment, Tennessee Mounted Infantry (Rowan's) (80th Infantry)|62nd Regiment, Tennessee Mounted Infantry (Rowan's) (80th Infantry)]] - CSA - Company E.
 
*[[62nd Regiment, Tennessee Mounted Infantry (Rowan's) (80th Infantry)|62nd Regiment, Tennessee Mounted Infantry (Rowan's) (80th Infantry)]] - CSA - Company E.
  
<u>Additional sources for Civil War soldiers from&nbsp;Polk County:</u>  
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<u>''Additional sources for Civil War soldiers from Polk County:''</u>  
  
*Wiefering, Edna et al. ''Tennessee Union Soldiers: of Bradley, McMinn and Polk Counties Serving in the 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 10th TN Cavalry 5th TN Infantry and 5th TN Mounted Infantry''. Cleveland, Tenn.: Cleveland Public Library (Tennessee), 1996. {{FHL|986572|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN&nbsp;Book 976.8 M28tus}}.  
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*Wiefering, Edna et al. ''Tennessee Union Soldiers: of Bradley, McMinn and Polk Counties Serving in the 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 10th TN Cavalry 5th TN Infantry and 5th TN Mounted Infantry''. Cleveland, Tenn.: Cleveland Public Library (Tennessee), 1996. {{FHL|986572|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 M28tus}}.  
*Worsham, William J. ''[http://www.archive.org/details/oldnineteenthten00wors Old Nineteenth Tennessee regiment, C.S.A. June, 1861-April, l865.] ''Knoxville, Tennessee: Press of Paragon Printing Co., 1902.&amp;nbsp; Free digital copy.  
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*Worsham, William J. ''[http://www.archive.org/details/oldnineteenthten00wors Old Nineteenth Tennessee regiment, C.S.A. June, 1861-April, l865.] ''Knoxville, Tennessee: Press of Paragon Printing Co., 1902. Free digital copy.  
*Genealogy Trails History Group, [http://genealogytrails.com/tenn/polk/Military%20index.html Polk County Tennessee Military Page], (accessed 1 Feb 2012).  
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*Genealogy Trails History Group, [http://genealogytrails.com/tenn/polk/Military%20index.html Polk County Tennessee Military Page].  
*USGenWeb Archives, [http://www.usgwarchives.org/tn/polk/polmil.html Polk County Tennessee Archives], (accessed 1 Feb 2012).  
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*USGenWeb Archives, [http://www.usgwarchives.net/tn/polk/polmil.html Polk County Tennessee Archives].  
*Tennessee State Library and Archives, [http://tennessee.gov/tsla/history/military/pension171.htm Tennessee Confederate Pension Applications&nbsp;:&nbsp;Polk County], (accessed 1 Feb 2012). 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/pension171.htm Tennessee Confederate Pension Applications&nbsp;:&nbsp;Polk County]. Includes soldier's name, county, pension #, unit or widow.  
*United States Pension Bureau, [http://www.archive.org/stream/listpensionerso02buregoog#page/n386/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;Polk County, page 368-369.  
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*United States Pension Bureau, [http://www.archive.org/stream/listpensionerso02buregoog#page/n386/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. Polk County, page 368-369.  
*[http://www.tngenweb.org/polk/pchgs/polk_12.htm Civil War Research From the Robert B. Barker Papers], (accessed 1 Feb 2012).&nbsp; The collection contains information on both Union and Confederate soldiers who have a Polk County connection.  
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*[http://www.tngenweb.org/polk/pchgs/polk_12.htm Civil War Research From the Robert B. Barker Papers]. The collection contains information on both Union and Confederate soldiers who have a Polk County connection.  
*Tennessee Civil War Preservation Association, [http://www.tcwpa.org/battlefields-polk-county The Civil War in Polk County], (accessed 1 Feb 2012).
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*Tennessee Civil War Preservation Association, [http://www.tcwpa.org/the-civil-war-in-polk-county/ The Civil War in Polk County].
  
 
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==== Newspapers  ====
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A local volunteer through [http://www.raogk.org/tennesse2.htm Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness] is willing to do free obituary lookups in Polk County newspapers.  
 
A local volunteer through [http://www.raogk.org/tennesse2.htm Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness] is willing to do free obituary lookups in Polk County newspapers.  
  
Many Tennessee newspapers are filmed and available at [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 Polk County click on the following cities or towns:  
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Many Tennessee newspapers are filmed and available at [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 Polk County click on the following cities or towns:  
  
*[http://www.tn.gov/tsla/history/newspapers/paper-b.htm#Benton Benton]  
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*[http://sos.tn.gov/products/tsla/newspapers-microfilm-tennessee-state-library-and-archives-b#Benton Benton]  
*[http://www.tn.gov/tsla/history/newspapers/paper-c.htm#Copperhill Copperhill]  
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*[http://sos.tn.gov/products/tsla/newspapers-microfilm-tennessee-state-library-and-archives-c#Copperhill Copperhill]  
*[http://www.tn.gov/tsla/history/newspapers/paper-d.htm#Ducktown Ducktown]
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*[http://sos.tn.gov/products/tsla/newspapers-microfilm-tennessee-state-library-and-archives-d#Ducktown Ducktown]
  
 
==== Occupations  ====
 
==== Occupations  ====
  
*Miller, Alan N. ''East Tennessee's Forgotten Children: Apprentices from 1778 to 1911''. Baltimore, Md.: Printed for Clearfield Company, Inc., by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 2000. {{FHL|965670|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN 976.8 U2m}}. Digital version at [http://www.worldvitalrecords.com/indexinfo.aspx?ix=gpc_easttennesseesforgottenchildren World Vital Records] ($). Purchase at [http://www.genealogical.com/products/East%20Tennessees%20Forgotten%20Children/9259.html Genealogical.com]. [Includes Polk County.]
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*Miller, Alan N. ''East Tennessee's Forgotten Children: Apprentices from 1778 to 1911''. Baltimore, Md.: Printed for Clearfield Company, Inc., by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 2000. {{FHL|965670|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN 976.8 U2m}}. Digital version at [http://www.worldvitalrecords.com/indexinfo.aspx?ix=gpc_easttennesseesforgottenchildren World Vital Records] ($). Purchase at [http://www.genealogical.com/products/East%20Tennessees%20Forgotten%20Children/9259.html Genealogical.com]. Includes Polk County.
  
 
==== Periodicals  ====
 
==== Periodicals  ====
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==== Probate  ====
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==== Probate Records ====
  
 
*[http://www.tngenweb.org/polk/pchgs/polk_3.htm#wills Index to Polk County Wills 1894-1970], available online, courtesy: [http://www.tngenweb.org/ TNGenWeb Project].
 
*[http://www.tngenweb.org/polk/pchgs/polk_3.htm#wills Index to Polk County Wills 1894-1970], available online, courtesy: [http://www.tngenweb.org/ TNGenWeb Project].
  
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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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*Wills, 1873-1940s (3 vols.)  
 
*Wills, 1873-1940s (3 vols.)  
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==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
  
===== '''Marriage''' =====
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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].<br>
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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
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===== Marriage =====
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The original Polk County marriage records are kept at the County Courthouse. In 1970, [[Tennessee State Library and Archives|TSLA]] microfilmed Marriage Books 1 to 18 (1894-1970). FHL copies: {{FHL|213045|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Films 840021-840023, 1013614, 1012138-1012139}}.
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<u>''State Marriage Records ''</u>
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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 $
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*'''1780 - 2002''' - {{RecordSearch|1936414|Tennessee State Marriage Index 1780-2002}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org]— index
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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
  
The original Polk County marriage records are kept at the County Courthouse. In 1970, [[Tennessee State Library and Archives|TSLA]] microfilmed Marriage Books 1 to 18 (1894-1970). FHL&nbsp;copies: {{FHL|213045|title-id|disp=FHL&nbsp;US/CAN&nbsp;Films 840021-840023, 1013614, 1012138-1012139}}.  
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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 $
  
 
Polk County's marriage records have been abstracted multiple times. As a guide to lead you back to the original sources, Blankenship's book surpasses the others for the early years, as she cites original volume and page numbers. The following is a list of these publications:  
 
Polk County's marriage records have been abstracted multiple times. As a guide to lead you back to the original sources, Blankenship's book surpasses the others for the early years, as she cites original volume and page numbers. The following is a list of these publications:  
  
*'''[1894-1907]''' Jones, Viola H. ''Marriage Records, Polk County, Tennessee, 1894 through 1907: Recorded in Volumes 1, 2, 3''. Louisville, Tenn.: V.H. Jones, 1987. {{FHL|630257|title-id|disp=FHL&nbsp;US/CAN&nbsp;Book 976.8875 V2j}}. [Abstracts names of brides, grooms, and officiators, along with marriage dates.]
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*'''1894 - 1907''' - Jones, Viola H. ''Marriage Records, Polk County, Tennessee, 1894 through 1907: Recorded in Volumes 1, 2, 3''. Louisville, Tenn.: V.H. Jones, 1987. {{FHL|630257|title-id|disp=FHL;US/CAN Book 976.8875 V2j}}. Abstracts names of brides, grooms, and officiators, along with marriage dates.
*'''[1894-1907]''' Blankenship, Nelly M. ''Polk County Marriages: Vol. 4 Sept. 1894 - Sept. 1907, v. 1 - 4''. Murfreesboro, Tenn.: F.M. Blankenship, 1992. {{FHL|735014|title-id|disp=FHL&nbsp;US/CAN&nbsp;Book 976.8875 V28b}}. [Abstracts names of brides, grooms, officiators, and bondsmen, dates of marriage, along with volume and page numbers and "extra" information.]
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*'''[1894-1970]''' Poteet-Pitts, Jennie Vee. ''Polk County, Tennessee Marriages 1894 through 1970''. Louisville, Tenn.: V.H. Jones, 1995. {{FHL|742375|title-id|disp=FHL&nbsp;US/CAN&nbsp;Book 976.8875 V28p}}. [http://www.tngenweb.org/polk/polk2.htm#Volunteers Free Lookups Available!] [Abstracts names of brides, grooms, and officiators, along with marriage dates for early marriages; greater detail for more recent marriages, including volume and page numbers.]
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*'''1894 - 1907''' - Blankenship, Nelly M. ''Polk County Marriages: Vol. 4 Sept. 1894 - Sept. 1907, v. 1 - 4''. Murfreesboro, Tenn.: F.M. Blankenship, 1992. {{FHL|735014|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Book 976.8875 V28b}}. Abstracts names of brides, grooms, officiators, and bondsmen, dates of marriage, along with volume and page numbers and "extra" information.
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*'''1894 - 1970''' - Poteet-Pitts, Jennie Vee. ''Polk County, Tennessee Marriages 1894 through 1970''. Louisville, Tenn.: V.H. Jones, 1995. {{FHL|742375|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Book 976.8875 V28p}}. [http://www.tngenweb.org/polk/polk2.htm#Volunteers Free Lookups Available!] Abstracts names of brides, grooms, and officiators, along with marriage dates for early marriages; greater detail for more recent marriages, including volume and page numbers.
  
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In 1940 and 1941, W.P.A. workers pinpointed the location of Polk County divorce papers in diverse County Courthouse records, see:  
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In 1940 and 1941, W.P.A. workers pinpointed the location of Polk County divorce papers in diverse County Courthouse records, see the following resources:  
  
 
*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.
 
*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''' =====
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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 $
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*'''1914 - 1955''' - {{RecordSearch|1417505|Tennessee Death Records 1914-1955}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index and images
  
For deaths of Methodists in Polk County between the 1830s and the 1920s, try:  
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For deaths of Methodists in Polk County between the 1830s and the 1920s, try searching the following records:  
  
*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 - 1914''' - 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 US/CAN Books 976.855/N1 V48s 1847-1851}} ff; 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 1830's, 1840's, 1910's and 1920's.
  
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
  
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[http://www.tngenweb.org/polk/pchgs/index.html '''Polk County Historical &amp; Genealogical Society''']<br>P. O. Box 636<br>Benton, TN 37307  
 
[http://www.tngenweb.org/polk/pchgs/index.html '''Polk County Historical &amp; Genealogical Society''']<br>P. O. Box 636<br>Benton, TN 37307  
  
[http://www.wrlibrary.org/Libraries/unpage.html '''East Tennessee Historical Society''']<br>601 S. Gay St.<br>P.O. Box 1629<br>Knoxville, Tennessee 37901-1629<br>Phone: 1-865-215-8824<br>E-mail: eths@east-tennessee-history.org  
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[http://www.easttnhistory.org/ '''East Tennessee Historical Society''']<br>601 S. Gay St.<br>P.O. Box 1629<br>Knoxville, Tennessee 37901-1629<br>Phone: 1-865-215-8824<br>E-mail: eths@east-tennessee-history.org  
  
 
'''Benton Public Library'''<br>Hwy 411<br>Benton, TN 37307<br>Phone: 1-423-338-4536  
 
'''Benton Public Library'''<br>Hwy 411<br>Benton, TN 37307<br>Phone: 1-423-338-4536  
  
 
==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
 
==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
  
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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{{Wikipedia|Polk County, Tennessee}}  
 
{{Wikipedia|Polk County, Tennessee}}  
  
*{{FHL|Tennessee%2C+Polk|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}} (FamilySearch)  
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*{{FHL|Tennessee Polk|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.
 
*[http://lists.rootsweb.ancestry.com/index/usa/TN/polk.html Mailing List: TNPOLK-L (Polk County, Tennessee List)] (RootsWeb)  
 
*[http://lists.rootsweb.ancestry.com/index/usa/TN/polk.html Mailing List: TNPOLK-L (Polk County, Tennessee List)] (RootsWeb)  
 
*[http://lists.rootsweb.ancestry.com/index/usa/TN/misc.html Mailing List: ETN-L (East Tennessee List)] (RootsWeb)  
 
*[http://lists.rootsweb.ancestry.com/index/usa/TN/misc.html Mailing List: ETN-L (East Tennessee List)] (RootsWeb)  
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*[http://lists.rootsweb.ancestry.com/index/usa/TN/misc.html#SE-TN Mailing List: SE-TN-L (Southeast Tennessee List)] (RootsWeb)  
 
*[http://lists.rootsweb.ancestry.com/index/usa/TN/misc.html#SE-TN Mailing List: SE-TN-L (Southeast Tennessee List)] (RootsWeb)  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~tnpolk2/ Polk County, Tennessee: "A Hidden Treasure"] (American Local History Network &amp; Tennessee Local History Network) '''Resources '''that will help you place your ancestors within the context of their local history.  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~tnpolk2/ Polk County, Tennessee: "A Hidden Treasure"] (American Local History Network &amp; Tennessee Local History Network) '''Resources '''that will help you place your ancestors within the context of their local history.  
*[http://boards.ancestry.com/localities.northam.usa.states.tennessee.counties.polk/mb.ashx Polk 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.polk/mb.ashx Polk County, TN Family History and Genealogy Message Board] (Ancestry)  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/TN/Polk/ Polk County, TN Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/TN/Polk/ Polk County, TN Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)  
*[http://genforum.com/tn/polk/ Polk County, TN Genealogy Forum] (GenForum)
 
 
*[http://www.tngenweb.org/polk/ Polk County, TNGenWeb] (USGenWeb)  
 
*[http://www.tngenweb.org/polk/ Polk County, TNGenWeb] (USGenWeb)  
*[http://www.mytennesseegenealogy.com/tn-county-polk.html Polk County, TN History, Records, Facts and Genealogy] (MyTennesseeGenealogy)
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*[http://ldsgenealogy.com/TN/Polk-County.htm Polk County TN Genealogy] (LDS Genealogy)
  
 
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United States
Tennessee
Polk County

Polk County, Tennessee ancestry, family history, and genealogy research page. Guide to Polk County (established 1839) 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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Location in the state of Tennessee
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Facts
Founded: November 28, 1839
County Seat Benton
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Quick Dates

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

Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1908 1894  1908  1880  1894 1873 

County Courthouse

Polk County Courthouse, Benton, Tenn.

Polk County Courthouse
6239 Highway 411
Benton, TN 37307
Phone: 1-423-338-4522

Register of Deeds has land records.
County Clerk has marriage and probate records. [2]


Polk County Clerk
Marriage and probate records
P.O. Box 158
6239 Hwy 411, #102
Benton, TN 37307
Phone: 1-423-338-4526

Polk County Register of Deeds
Land records
P.O. Box 293
6239 Hwy 411
Benton, TN 37307
Phone: 1-423-338-3100

Polk County Clerk of Court
Court records
P.O. Box 256
6239 Highway 411
Benton, TN 37307
Phone: 1-423-338-4524

Hours:
Mon.-Fri. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

History

President James Knox Polk (1795-1849)

East Tennessee county.

The county is named after President James Knox Polk (1795-1849).[3]

Parent County

1839--Polk County was established 28 November 1839 from McMinn and Bradley Counties. Early records may be found under McMinn and Bradley Counties.
County seat: Benton [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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1895 and 1935 Fires damaged courthouse records.[7]
  • Lost deeds: 1839 to 1893
  • Lost marriage records: 1839 to 1893
  • Lost probate records: 1839 to 1872

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


Places/Localities

Populated Places

Apalachia Coletown Maggies Mill Postelle
Archville Columbus (hist.) McAllister Hill Probst
Austral Conasauga McFarland Reesetown
Ball Play Copperhill McGeetown Reliance
Belltown Delano McHarg Rymers
Belltown Hill Ducktown Newtown Servilla
Benton Farner Oak Grove Staffordtown
Benton Springs Fetzerton (hist.) Ocoee Stewardtown
Benton Station Grassy Creek Old Patty Sylco
Boonville (hist.) Grief (hist.) Oldfort Towee
Camp Ocoee Hambright Parksville Turtletown
Caney Creek Harbuck Patterson Mill Wetmore
Chable (hist.) Isabella Patty Willis Springs
Chanceytown Linsdale Pine Ridge

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Getting Started

Use the free Search for Surnames at Mountain Press's website to quickly search a variety of published Polk County biography, court, land, and military 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

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

Additional Cemetery Resources

Census

1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, and 1940 federal population censuses of Polk 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.

See Polk County, TN census assignments, including links to transcribed files. The USGenWeb Census Project®.

1810 - 1891

1840

1840 Revolutionary War Pensioners

1850

1850 Agricultural Census

  • Green, Linda L. Tennessee 1850 Agricultural Census. 2 vols. Woodbridge, Va.: L.L. Green, 2000. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 X2g v. 1 ff. Polk County is included in Vol. 1.

1860

1870

1880

  • Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. 1880 Census, Polk County, Tennessee. Nashville, Tenn.: Byron Sistler & Associates, 1991. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8875 X2s 1880. Free Lookups Available!

1891 Male Voters

1900

  • Polk County Historical & Genealogical Society. Polk County, Tennessee 1900 U.S. Census. Benton, Tenn.: Polk County Historical and Genealogical Society, 2000. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8875 X2p 1900.

1910

  • Polk County Historical & Genealogical Society. Polk County, Tennessee 1910 U.S. Census. Benton, Tenn.: Polk County Historical and Genealogical Society, 2000. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8875 X2p 1910.

1920

1930

  • Presswood, Marian Bailey and Jo Ann Finnell. Polk County 1930 U.S. Census. Benton, Tenn.: Polk County Historical and Genealogical Society, 2003. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8875 X2p 1930.

Church

Church records include baptisms, marriages and burials, as well as information about family members and clues about family migration.  For additional information about church records, religions, and religious archives in Tennessee, see Tennessee Church Records.

  • Polk County Church Records
- FamilySearch Catalog - Polk County Church Records
  • Church histories tell when a church started in the area, who the early members were, give data about church leaders, etc.
- FamilySearch Catalog - Polk County Church History
  • If the records you need are not through the Family History Library, contact the church(es) in the area where your ancestor lived.  Two sites that give information about churches in Polk County are:
- List of Polk County churches with addresses and phone numbers (Yellowbook)
- List of Polk County churches (TN HomeTownLocator)

Baptist

  • 1879 - 1943 Old Friendship Baptist Church Records. Polk County, 1879-1943TSLA Reel #348 FHL 840019
  • 1879 - 1900 Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. Vital Statistics from 19th Century Tennessee Church Records. Nashville: Sitler and Associates, 1979. FHL 976.8 K29s vol.1   Index to original Old Friendship Baptist Church Records. Polk County, 1879-1943.

Court

Family Histories

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 Polk, Tennessee at World Connect, results in more than 20,000 entries.

  • The Heritage of Polk County, Tennessee, 1839-1997. Benton, Tenn.: Polk County Historical and Genealogical Society (Tennessee), 1997. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8875 H2h.

Bibliography

  • Baily - Baily Family Bible Records, ca. 1838-1958. MSS., FHL US/CAN Film 1697633 Item 8.
  • Barnes - See Longley.
  • Cantrell - See Longley.
  • Curd
  • Hildebrand - Clemmer, Sudie, J.D. Clemmer, and George F. Mellen. Nancy Ward and the Hildebrand Family of Polk County, Tennessee: Reprinted Newspaper Clippings from the J.D. Clemmer Scrapbooks. Benton, Tenn.: Polk County News, 1962. FHL US/CAN Film 908921 Item 7.
  • Hood - Hood, Dellmann Osborne. The Tunis Hood Family. Portland, OR: Metropolitan Press, 1960. Available at FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 H761h; digital version at Heritage Quest Online ($).
  • Land - Land, Barbara and Gary Land. The Land's & the Staige's. 2 vols. Ukiah, Calif.: B. & G. Land, 1994. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 L299L ff.
  • Langley - See Longley.
  • Longley - Matthews, Addah Longley. Genealogy, Curd-Longley, Cantrell-Barnes. North Newton, KS: Mennonite Press, 1966. Available at Ex Libris; digital version at Heritage Quest Online ($).
  • Quintrell - Quintrell: Family Bible Records, 1830-1941. MSS., FHL US/CAN Film 1307616 Item 61.
  • Ward - Bell, Annie W.B. Military and Genealogical Records of the Famous Indian Woman Nancy Ward. Typescript, 1961. FHL US/CAN Film 875418 Item 2.
  • Ward - Clemmer, Sudie, J.D. Clemmer, and George F. Mellen. Nancy Ward and the Hildebrand Family of Polk County, Tennessee: Reprinted Newspaper Clippings from the J.D. Clemmer Scrapbooks. Benton, Tenn.: Polk County News, 1962. FHL US/CAN Film 908921 Item 7.
  • Ward - Holland, Hubert G. Nancy Ward A/K/A Cherokee Rose and Beloved Woman. Typescript, FHL US/CAN Film 1750757 Item 14.
  • Whitson - McDuffee, Ted Ransom. Duff to McDuffee on One Leaf: The Family History James H. Duff-McDuffee and Nancy Ann Whitson with Ancestors and Descendants. Knoxville, Tenn.: Tennessee Valley Pub., 1999. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 D873m.
  • Young - Stein, Carl F. Some Descendents of James Pickens Young 1815: of Polk, Rhea, Hamilton, Blount, & Knox Counties, Tenn., Cherokee, & Gaston Counties, North Carolina. Family Group Sheets. FHL US/CAN Film 2055385 Item 2.

Land

Early Polk County Deed Books are lost. In 1970, TSLA microfilmed surviving Deed Books 1 to 10 (1897 to 1911), Trust Deed Books 1 to 4 (1894-1911) and a General Index (1897-1938). FHL copies: FHL US/CAN Films 1012141-1012149.

Law and Legislation

  • Tennessee State Library and Archives, Acts of Tennessee 1796-1850: Index to Names. January 25, 2005. In addition to creating new laws, legislative acts were often required to obtain a divorce, grant legitimacy to a child, or for appointments to or grant payments for public service. The TSLA has created an index to names that appear in these acts covering the years 1796 to 1850. To read more about this valuable resource Click here. The searchable index is available at the TSLA; another version is available at World Vital Records.

Local Histories

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Maps

Military

Revolutionary War

The following Polk County Revolutionary War records are available online through TNGenWeb:

Additional resources include:

War of 1812
  • Embry, Hermione D. "War of 1812 - Tennessee Pensioners on List - January 2, 1883," Ansearchin' News, Vol. 8, No. 2 (Apr. 1961):49-52. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 B2a v. 8 (1961); digital version at journal website. Includes Polk County pensioners (p. 50).
Civil War

Online Records

Regiments. Civil War service men from Polk 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 Polk County:

Confederate Soldiers

Additional sources for Civil War soldiers from Polk County:

Newspapers

A local volunteer through Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness is willing to do free obituary lookups in Polk County newspapers.

Many Tennessee newspapers are filmed and available at 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 Polk County click on the following cities or towns:

Occupations

  • Miller, Alan N. East Tennessee's Forgotten Children: Apprentices from 1778 to 1911. Baltimore, Md.: Printed for Clearfield Company, Inc., by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 2000. FHL US/CAN 976.8 U2m. Digital version at World Vital Records ($). Purchase at Genealogical.com. Includes Polk County.

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 Polk 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.


East Tennessee Roots
Several genealogical articles with abstracts of Polk County, Tennessee Genealogy 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 Book 976.8 D25e.


The Pellissippian
Several genealogical articles with abstracts of Polk County, Tennessee Genealogy records were published in the The Pellissippian (25 vols., 1980-2004), the quarterly of the Pellissippi Genealogical and Historical Society. The society has posted tables of contents for all 25 volumes on their website. They also have back issues available for purchase. The Family History Library has acquired the first 20 volumes FHL Book 976.8 D25p.


Polk County Historical and Genealogical Society Quarterly and Newsletter
This quarterly has been in publication since 1995. For more information, visit the society's website. Most issues are available at the Family History Library: FHL US/CAN Book 976.8875 D25p.
Index found in PERIodical Source Index (PERSI)
Digital version of volume 12 available at FamilySearch Books Online - free.

Prisons

Learn if your Polk County, Tennessee Genealogy ancestors went to prison!


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, 1873-1940s (3 vols.)
  • Bonds, Letters, 1890-1965 (6 vols.)
  • Insolvent estate records, 1895-1932
  • Letters, 1903-1964
  • Settlements, 1894-1936 (3 vols.)

Taxation

The original Polk County Tax Books 1893-1902 were microfilmed by TSLA in 1970. Copies of their films are also available at the Family History Library: FHL US/CAN Films 1012150-1012151.

Vital Records

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

Birth
Marriage

The original Polk County marriage records are kept at the County Courthouse. In 1970, TSLA microfilmed Marriage Books 1 to 18 (1894-1970). FHL copies: FHL US/CAN Films 840021-840023, 1013614, 1012138-1012139.

State Marriage Records

Polk County's marriage records have been abstracted multiple times. As a guide to lead you back to the original sources, Blankenship's book surpasses the others for the early years, as she cites original volume and page numbers. The following is a list of these publications:

  • 1894 - 1907 - Jones, Viola H. Marriage Records, Polk County, Tennessee, 1894 through 1907: Recorded in Volumes 1, 2, 3. Louisville, Tenn.: V.H. Jones, 1987. FHL;US/CAN Book 976.8875 V2j. Abstracts names of brides, grooms, and officiators, along with marriage dates.
  • 1894 - 1907 - Blankenship, Nelly M. Polk County Marriages: Vol. 4 Sept. 1894 - Sept. 1907, v. 1 - 4. Murfreesboro, Tenn.: F.M. Blankenship, 1992. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8875 V28b. Abstracts names of brides, grooms, officiators, and bondsmen, dates of marriage, along with volume and page numbers and "extra" information.
  • 1894 - 1970 - Poteet-Pitts, Jennie Vee. Polk County, Tennessee Marriages 1894 through 1970. Louisville, Tenn.: V.H. Jones, 1995. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8875 V28p. Free Lookups Available! Abstracts names of brides, grooms, and officiators, along with marriage dates for early marriages; greater detail for more recent marriages, including volume and page numbers.
Divorce

In 1940 and 1941, W.P.A. workers pinpointed the location of Polk County divorce papers in diverse County Courthouse records, see the following resources:

  • 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 Polk County between the 1830s and the 1920s, try searching the following records:

Societies and Libraries

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


Polk County Historical & Genealogical Society
P. O. Box 636
Benton, TN 37307

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

Benton Public Library
Hwy 411
Benton, TN 37307
Phone: 1-423-338-4536

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.

Web Sites

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

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), Polk County, Tennessee page 643, 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), 643. (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. [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.