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

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County Facts
County seat: Pulaski
Organized: November 14, 1809
Parent County(s): Maury[1]
Neighboring Counties
Lauderdale (AL)  • Lawrence  • Limestone (AL)  • Lincoln  • Marshall  • Maury
See County Maps
Courthouse
Giles County Tennessee Courthouse.jpg
Location Map
Location of Giles County, Tennessee.PNG
Adoption
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for William Branch Giles, a Senator from Virginia who sponsored the admission of Tennessee as the sixteenth state into the Union. The County is located in the central area of the state. [2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Giles County Courthouse
PO Box 678;
1 Public Square
Pulaski, TN 38478-0678
Giles County Courthouse
Phone: 931-363-1509

Giles County Clerk Phone: 931-363-5311
Giles Chancery Court Phone: 931-363-2620
Giles Circuit Court Phone: 931-363-5311

Old Courthouse Records
Clara M. Parker, Director Phone: 931-363-8434
E-mail: gcarchives@bellsouth.net
All county records from 1810 to 1900 are stored in this department.
They cover deeds, wills, marriages, and records from the Chancery, County and Circuit Courts.

Marriage records from 1865 and probate records
Divorce records
Court records
Land records [3]

County Pronunciation

  1. Hear it spoken[4] (female)
  2. Hear it spoken[5] (male)

Giles County, Tennessee Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[6]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1908 1865 1908 1810 1790 1810 1810
Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1914. General compliance by 1927.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

1813, 1857 and 1907 Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.[7]

  • Lost marriage records: 1809 to 1865
  • Lost probate records: 1809 to 1860

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


Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • 1809--Giles County was created 14 November 1809 from Maury County.
  • County seat: Pulaski[8]

For animated maps illustrating Tennessee county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Tennessee County Boundary Maps" (1777-1985) may be viewed at the MapofUS.org website.

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

Anthony Hill Cole (hist.) Kedron Pulaski
Ardmore Conway Krapp Spring Rich
Aspen Hill Crescent View Lesters Richland (hist.)
Aymett Town Diana Liberty Riversburg
Baugh Dickson Town Liberty Hill Sexton
Beech Hill Elkmont springs Lower Elkton (hist.) Speiden
Berea Elkton Lynnville Stella
Bethel Five Points Malone Sumac
Bivens Forest Hill (hist.) Marbuts Tarpley
Blooming Grove Frankewing Marcella (hist.) Trigg
Blue Creek Friendship Minor Hill Vinta Mill
Bodenham Gileston (hist.) Morrell Mill Waco
Bradshaw Goodspring Oak Grove Wales
Brick Church Gordon Odd Fellows Hall Weakley
Bryson Green Field Olivet Westside
Bufords Happy Hill Peach Wheelerton
Bunker Hill Harwell Pisgah Woodrow
Campbellsville Highland Heights Poplar Hill Yokley
Chapmans Jonestown Prospect

History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Additional Information

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Middle Tennessee county.

The county was named after Virginia Senator William B. Giles (1762-1830), who later served as a Virginia Governor.

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

  • Miller, Alan N. Middle Tennessee's Forgotten Children: Apprentices from 1784 to 1902. Baltimore, Md.: Printed for Clearfield Company, Inc., by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 2004. FHL US/CAN 976.8 U2ma. Purchase at Genealogical.com. Includes Giles County.

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Giles County, Tennessee online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Tennessee Cemeteries for more information.

 

Census Records[edit | edit source]

1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 federal population schedules of Giles 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 Giles County, TN census assignments, including links to transcribed files. The USGenWeb Census Project®

1810 Lost - A substitute is available:

  • Sherrill, Charles A. The Reconstructed 1810 Census of Tennessee: 33,000 Long-lost Records from Tax Lists, Court Minutes, Church Records, Wills, Deeds and Other Sources. Mt. Juliet, Tenn.: C.A. Sherrill, 2001. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 X2s 1810.

1810-1891

1820

  • Bentley, Elizabeth P. Index to the 1820 Census of Tennessee. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1981. FHL 976.8 X22b 1820
  • Lauderdale County Library (Florence, Alabama). Vertical Files, Census Fecords.Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1978. FHL 1034009 Item 2
  • Presley, Leister E. Giles County, Tennessee Population Schedules of the United States Census of 1820.S.p., 19-?FHL 976.861 X2p 1820
  • Waldrep, G.C. "'Free Colored' Heads of Household in the 1820 Tennessee Census," available online, courtesy: Free African Americans website. IncludesAfrican Americans in this county.

1840

  • Smith, Linda H.1840 Giles County, Tennessee, Census. S.I.: Linda H. Smith, 2001. FHL 976.861 X2s 1840

1840 Revolutionary War Pensioners

1850

  • Lightfoot, Marise P. and Evelyn B. Shackelford. Maury County Neighbors Records of Giles, Lewis and Marshall Counties, Tennessee.Mt. Pleasant, Tennessee s.n., 1967. FHL 976.8 V22Ls
  • Porch, Deane. Giles County, Tennessee 1850 Census.S.p.: Deane Porch, 1971. FHL 976.861 X2p 1850

1860

  • Smith, Linda H. 1860 Giles County, Tennessee, Census. S.I.:Linda H. Smith, 200-? FHL 976.861 X2s 1860

1880

1890 Lost - A subtitute is available:

  • Sistler, Byron H. and Barbara Sistler. 1890 Civil War Veterans Census, Tennessee. Evanston, Illinois: Byron Sistler and Associates, 1978. FHL 976.8 X2s 1890

1891 Male Voters

1910

1920

Church Records[edit | edit source]

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.

Methodist

  • 1813-1867 - Minutes of Trustees and Building Committee of Pisgah (Methodist) Church. TSLA, Roll 22 of Record Group 107. GSC Associates Historical Records Products,for a small fee, sells six Giles County CDs, which include a digitized version of these records, and a variety of other local records.

Presbyterian

  • 1828-1830 - First Presbyterian Church & Masonic Hall, Pulaski, Tennessee. TSLA, Roll 22 of Record Group 107. Free online index, created by Steve Carson, courtesy: GSC Associates Historical Records Products (the pages may load slowly). For a small fee, the company sells six Giles County CDs, which include a digitized version of these records, and a variety of other local records.
  • 1843-1885 - First Presbyterian Church & Masonic Hall, Pulaski, Tennessee. TSLA, Roll 22 of Record Group 107. Free online index, created by Steve Carson, courtesy: GSC Associates Historical Records Products (the pages may load slowly). For a small fee, the company sells six Giles County CDs, which include a digitized version of these records, and a variety of other local records.

Court Records[edit | edit source]

  • 1813 - 1815 - County Court Minute Book B. These records were transcribed and indexed by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in the 1930s and published by TSLA on Roll 22 of Record Group 107. Free online index, created by Steve Carson, courtesy: GSC Associates Historical Records Products (the pages may load slowly). For a small fee, the company sells six Giles County CDs, which include a digitized version of these records, and a variety of other local records.
  • 1816 - 1817 County Court Minute Book C. These records were transcribed and indexed by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in the 1930s and published by TSLA on Roll 22 of Record Group 107. Free online index, created by Steve Carson, courtesy: GSC Associates Historical Records Products (the pages may load slowly). For a small fee, the company sells six Giles County CDs, which include a digitized version of these records, and a variety of other local records.
  • 1823 - 1825 - County Court Minute Book H, Parts I & II. These records were transcribed and indexed by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in the 1930s and published by TSLA on Roll 22 of Record Group 107. Free online index, created by Steve Carson, courtesy: GSC Associates Historical Records Products (the pages may load slowly). For a small fee, the company sells six Giles County CDs, which include a digitized version of these records, and a variety of other local records.
  • 1825-1827 - Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions, Minute Book 1. These records were transcribed and indexed by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in the 1930s and published by TSLA on Roll 22 of Record Group 107. Free online index, created by Steve Carson, courtesy: GSC Associates Historical Records Products (the pages may load slowly). For a small fee, the company sells six Giles County CDs, which include a digitized version of these records, and a variety of other local records.
  • 1833 - County Court Minutes. These records were transcribed and indexed by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in the 1930s and published by TSLA on Roll 22 of Record Group 107. Free online index, created by Steve Carson, courtesy: GSC Associates Historical Records Products (the pages may load slowly). For a small fee, the company sells six Giles County CDs, which include a digitized version of these records, and a variety of other local records.

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.

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

African Americans

  • Waldrep, G.C. "'Free Colored' Heads of Household in the 1820 Tennessee Census," available online, courtesy: Free African Americans website. [IncludesAfrican Americans in this county.]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

DNA

  • Doss - Descendant of John Doss, b. abt 1809 of Henry County, Virginia, d. 1868 Giles County, Tennessee. Y-DNA 37 Marker Test, FTDNA (Kit 81232). Genetic signature available online (labeled Gi-1), genealogical description available online, courtesy: The Doss DNA Project, World Families.

Family Histories

General

As of August 2010, a query for persons born in Giles, Tennessee at World Connect, results in more than 70,000 entries.

  • Butler, Margaret. Legacy: Early Families of Giles County; an Account of Some of the Pioneer Families of Giles County, Tennessee and Their Contributions to the Political, Professional, Economic and Social Scenes of the Day, Pictures of Some of the Houses in which They Lived. Pulaski, Tenn.: Sain Pub., 1991. FHL US/CAN Book 976.861 H2b.
  • Giles County Heritage Book Committee. The Heritage of Giles County, Tennessee. Waynesville, N.C.: County Heritage, 2006. FHL US/CAN Book 976.861 H2hg.
  • Giles County Historical Society. Giles County Lineage Book. 2 vols. Huntsville, Ala.: M.M. Cowart, 1987. FHL US/CAN Book 976.861 D2gc.

Bibliography

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  • Blasingim - Blasingim--Walker--Coffman Family Bible Records, 1833-1931. MSS., Giles County Historical Society, Pulaski, Tenn. Microfilmed 1974. FHL US/CAN Film 968963 Item 8.
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  • Cockrell, Cockrill - See Rose.
  • Coffman - Blasingim--Walker--Coffman Family Bible Records, 1833-1931. MSS., Giles County Historical Society, Pulaski, Tenn. Microfilmed 1974. FHL US/CAN Film 968963 Item 8.
  • Coggin - Coggin, B.G. Coggin Family. Nettleton, Mississippi: B.G. Coggin, 1960. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 C656cb.
  • Comer - Comer Family Bible Records, 1861-1959. MSS., TSLA. Microfilmed 1974. FHL US/CAN Film 968963 Item 5.
  • Craig - Craig, Marion Stark. John Craig and Some Descendants: Two Centuries of a Southern Family, 1773-1976. Little Rock, Ark.: M.S. Craig, 1977. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 C844a.
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  • Davidson - Palmer, Floreine D. Descendants of Joseph Peter Davidson. Sarasota, Fla.: Aceto Bookmen, 1996. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 D283p.
  • Davis - Wiley Jarett Davis - Mary Ann Tedford Family Bible Record: Pocahontas-Hardeman County Tennessee. MSS. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 D299wj.
  • Davis - Whitley, Edythe Johns Rucker. Sam Davis, Confederate Hero, 1842-1863. [Nashville, Tenn.?: n.p.], 1947. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 D29we.
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  • Erwin - Knisely, Mary Jane. Documentary Material on John Armstrong Erwin: A Veteran of the Revolutionary War, Enlisted in Rowan County, N.C., Died in Giles County, Tenn. Orlando, Fla.: M. Knisely, 199-?. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 Er94km.
  • Garner - Fletcher, Jouise B. Garner. Garner and Boone and Associated Families. Clifton, Colo.: J.B.G. Fletcher, 1993. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 G186f.
  • Glasco - Boucher, Jessie Faye Glasco and Mary Helen Glasco Hawkins. From the Root of Jesse: The Biography of Jesse Martin Glasco, 1818-1886. Quitman, Texas: F.G. Boucher, 1995. FHL FAM HIST Book 921.73 G461b.
  • Glover - Fletcher, Jouise B. Garner. Garner and Boone and Associated Families. Clifton, Colo.: J.B.G. Fletcher, 1993. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 G186f.
  • Harris - Lies, Fay Howell. Harris Family, ca. 1775-1962. Typescript. FHL US/CAN Film 1674175 Item 6.
  • Hudson - McMaster, Phyllis Olewine. Hudsons of Hardeman County, TN. Albany, Oregon: P. McMaster, 1985. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 H867m.
  • Inman - Brown, Alice Faye Weaver. Inman-Wilson-Carden-Brown: Families of Tennessee -- Missouri -- Arkansas -- California -- Missouri -- Indian Territory -- Oklahoma. Stroud, Oklahoma: A.F.W. Brown, 1991. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 In6ba.
  • Johns - Snider, Marolyn. Looking Up the Johns Tree. Ozark, Missouri: M. Snider, (198-?). FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 J62s.
  • Kennamer - Kennamer, John Robert and Lorrin Garfield Kennamer. The Kennamer Family. Nashville, Tenn.: McQuiddy Printing Co., 1924. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 K36k; digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • Kennamer - Kennamer, John Robert and Lorrin Garfield Kennamer. The Kennamer Family. 2nd ed., 1973. Online description.
  • Knox - Knox, Margery Stewart. Passengers on the Wings of Time: A Knox, Stewart Genealogy. Cullman, Ala.: Gregath, 1992. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 K77k.
  • McLaurine, McLaurin
  • May -Wampler, Roy H., John B. Haines, and David Hugh May. May Family Genealogy: The Family of Robert E. Lee May and Wife Mary M. "Maggie" Dickey: Ancestors and Descendants. Baltimore, Md.: Gateway Press, 2002. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 M451wr.
  • Mitchell - Mitchell, Gwenneth Aenone Marshall. The Mitchells of Linn Flat: A Story of Linn Flat and a Family Who Have Their Roots There and of Their Ancestors Who Were Pioneers There. Austin, Texas: G.A.M. Mitchell, 1981. FHL US/CAN Film 1318150 Item 6.
  • Myers - Myers, Wilbur Thomas. William Henry Myers. Sulphur Springs, Texas: W.T. Myers, [198-?]. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 M992mwt.
  • Powers - Ames, Edwina Gray Powers and Stanley Richard Ames. Gray, Powers and Their Interrelated Families, Descendants of Col. Thomas Holden Wade: Including Arledge, Bailes, Butts (Virginia), Dupree, Hendricks, Legg, Martin, Massenburg, McWilliams, Sims, Wade of Limestone County, Alabama. Rochester, New York: S.R. Ames Enterprises, 1992. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 G791am.
  • Rose - Rose, Virginia. Colonel William Rose of Tennessee. Jonesboro, AR: Sammons Print. Co., 1939. Available at FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 R72r; digital version at Heritage Quest Online ($).
  • Sims - Sims, Almon James. The Paris (Pariss-Parish) Henry Sims Branch of the Sims Family of Scotland, England, Ireland and America. Knoxville, Tenn.?: Unknown, 1948. Digital version available at Heritage Quest Online ($).
  • Stegall - Henderson, Charline Roye and Edith Jenkins Simpson. Supplement to the Stegall Family of Pontotoc County, Mississippi: From 1735 Jamestown, Virginia to 1991 Pontotoc County, Mississippi. Tupelo, Mississippi: E.J. Simpson, 1992. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 St32sej supp.; digital version at FamilySearch Digital Library.
  • Street - Street, John Kennedy, 1837-1914. John Kennedy Street papers, 1858 - 1899. Contributor: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Chiefly letters from John Kennedy Street to his wife, Melinda Pace Street (1839-1899) describing marches, camp life, picket duty, sickness, hospitals, bushwahackers, religious revivals, and the formation of a Young Men's Christian Association in his brigade.
  • Sutterfield - Sutterfield, Gene. Sutterfield-Satterfield Genealogy. Pencil Bluff, Ark.: H.G. Sutterfield, 19-?. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 Su86s.
  • Taylor - Byars, Neva Fern Young. Some George Taylors of Henry County, Virginia, and Giles County, Tennessee. Albuquerque, N.M.: N.F.Y. Byars, 1978. FHL FAM nbsp;HIST Book 929.273 T214b.
  • Teasdale, Tisdale - See Rose.
  • Tenery - Weddington, Andy Simmons. Genealogy of the Tenery Family. Pulaski, Tenn.: A.S. Weddington, 1957. FHL US/CAN Fiche 6018573.
  • Tuttle - Hawk, Margaret Irene and Julia Sevarine Cannon Reed. Solomon Tuttle Revisited: A Supplement to "Solomon Tuttle of old Mt. Comfort" by Julia Sevarine Reed ... Fairfax, Va.: M.I. Hawk, 1989. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 T888h.
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  • Whitley - Whitley, Lala Vadeina. Whitley History. 1992. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 W59wL.
  • Whitley - Whitley, Lala Vadeina. Whitley Data. MSS., microfilmed 1997. FHL US/CAN Film 1750833 Item 13.
  • Wilson - Smith, Othella Boyd. Descendants of Hiram and Mariah Wilson of Marshall County, Tennessee. Typescript, National Library, DAR. Microfilmed 1971. FHL US/CAN Film 879650 Item 2.
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Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

Deeds

Giles County Register of Deeds has Land Records from 1810 and is located at the Courthouse, P.O. Box 678, Madison & 1st Street, Pulaski, Tennessee 38478-0678; (931) 363-5137. Land and property records include transfer of real estate or personal property, mortgages, leases, surveys, and entries.

  • The Family History Library has microfilm copies of deed books 1790-1889 with indexes 1810-1931; land entry books 1824-1889.

Local Land Entries Issued by North Carolina

The original Giles County land entries issued by North Carolina are kept at the North Carolina State Archives in Raleigh. On their website, users can bring up a list of land entries issued in Giles County, even though it belonged to the state of Tennessee at the time. Years covered: 1778-1820.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

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Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

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

Additional resources include:

  • Rejected or Suspended Applications for Revolutionary War Pensions. Washington, D.C., 1852. Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1969, and 1991. Reprints include "an Added Index to States." Digital version at Ancestry ($). Tennessee entries abstracted online at Tennesseans in the Revolutionary War, courtesy: TNGenWeb. Includes veterans from this county; Tennessee section begins on page 381.

War of 1812

Civil War

Online Records

Regiments. Men in Giles County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (part of a large regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Giles County:

Confederate Soldiers

Union Soldiers

Additional sources for Civil War soldiers from Giles County:

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

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 Giles County click on the following cities or towns:

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

For deaths of Methodists in Giles County between the 1830s and the 1920s, try searching the following records:

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Private Papers

  • Adams, Louis L. Diary of Louis L. Adams of Pulaski, Giles County, Tennessee. Original records, Tennessee State Library, Nashville, Tenn. Microfilmed by TSLA in 1974. FHL US/CAN Film 968963 Item 13.
Prisons[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Genealogical periodicals can contain unique sources and can be local, regional, or statewide. The following periodicals cover this county:

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Online Records


The Giles County Court has responsibility for the probate records.

Book Abstracts and Indexes

  • 1814-1900 - Parker, Clara M. Giles County, Will Abstract, 1814-1900.[N.p.]: C.M. Parker, 1988. Indexed. (FHL book 976.861 P2pc.)
  • 1814-1861 - Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. Index to Tennessee Wills & Administrations 1779-1861. Nashville, Tenn. Byron Sistler & Associates, Inc., 1990. FHL US/CAN 976.8 P22s. Includes an index to this county's wills.
  • 1867-1910 - White, Elizabeth W. Estate Settlements of Giles County Court. Pulaski, Tennessee: HBA Rapid Print. Indexed. Contains File Boxes 1-40. (FHL book 976.861 P28w.)

School Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

Book Abstracts and Indexes

  • 1812 Hughes, Thomas P. and Jewel B. Standefer. "Giles County, Tennessee Tax List, 1812," Ansearchin' News, Vol. 21, No. 2 (Summer 1974):78-80. For FHL and online access, as well as indexes, see Periodicals.
  • 1812 Tax List, 1812, Giles County Historical Society Bulletin. Pulaski TN: Oct 1977. Vol. 4 Iss. 4.
  • 1812, 1819 Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. Index to Early Tennessee Tax Lists. Evanston, Ill.: B. & B. Sistler, 1977. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 R4s. Includes 1812 and 1819 tax lists.
  • 1812 Giles County, Tennessee Tax List, 1812, Family Findings, Vol. 10, No. 1 (Jan. 1978). For possible FHL and online access, as well as indexes, see Periodicals.
  • 1812 Tax List, 1812, Wagoner Genealogist. Wagoner OK: Sep 1987. Vol. 7 Iss. 3.
  • 1813 "Giles County Land Sold for Unpaid 1813 Taxes," Ansearchin' News, Vol. 44, No. 1 (Spring 1997):34. For possible FHL and online access, as well as indexes, see Periodicals.
  • 1817 "U.S. Holds 1817 Public Sale of Federal Tax-Delinquent Properties in Tennessee," Ansearchin' News, Vol. 43, No. 2 (Summer 1996):63-68. For possible FHL and online access, as well as indexes, see Periodicals. Includes Giles County.
  • 1836 - Douthat, James L. 1836 Giles County, Tennessee Civil Districts and Tax List. Signal Mountain, Tenn.: Mountain Press, 2004. FHL US/CAN Book 976.861 R4d; online: index and purchase details.
  • 1836 County Tax Listings by Civil Districts, 1836, Tennessee Genealogy and History. Signal Mountain TN: 2004. Vol. 8 Iss. 1-2.
  • 1836 - Tatum, Ausborne C. and Harry M. Cleveland Jr. "Giles County, Tennessee-1836 Map of Civil Districts" and "Giles County, Tennessee - 1836 Tax List," Ansearchin' News, Vol. 39, No. 3 (Fall 1992):102-108; Vol. 39, No. 4 (Winter 1992):175-180; Vol. 40, No. 1 (Spring 1993):23-26, 42. For possible FHL and online access, as well as indexes, see Periodicals.
  • 1836 Tax List, 1836, Giles County Historical Society Bulletin. Pulaski TN: Apr 1997. Vol. 24; Jul 1997. Vol. 24; Oct 1997. Vol. 24; Jan 1998. Vol. 25; Apr 1998. Vol. 25 ; Jul 1998. Vol. 25.
  • 1848 Tax List, 16th Dist., 1848, Giles County Historical Society Bulletin. Pulaski TN: Apr 1999. Vol. 26.
  • 1890 County Tax List, District 2, 1890, Giles County Historical Society Bulletin. Pulaski TN: Jan 1996. Vol. 23.
  • 1896 Tax List, 1896, Giles County Historical Society Bulletin. Pulaski TN: Oct 1995. Vol. 22.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Online Indexes and Records


Book Abstracts and Indexes

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

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.

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Giles County Public Library
122 South Second Street
Pulaski, TN 38478
931-363-2720
Fax 931-424-7032
E-mail: glibrary@bellsouth.net
Website

Robert B. Jones Memorial Library and Museum
135 Main Street
Lynnville, TN 38472
931-527-3466
Facebook Page

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Giles County Historical Society
P.O. Box 693
Pulaski, TN 38478
931-363-2720 (ask for Genealogy Room)
Website

Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society
PO Box 330948
Nashville, TN, USA 37203-7507
website

The society serves the 40 counties of middle Tennessee of which Giles County is one. It publishes The Middle Tennessee Journal of Genealogy and History, a quarterly containing articles of genealogical and historical interest. Little-known Tennessee records are published and indexed, along with family genealogies, Bible records and material submitted by members. There is an alphabetical Index to articles in the Journal 1988-summer 2005

Websites[edit | edit source]

  • FamilySearch Catalog – The FamilySearch catalog contains descriptions and access information for all genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) in their collection.  Use Historical Records to search for specific individuals in genealogical records.

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

  • A good place to start is Byron and Samuel Sistler's Every Name Index to 18 Middle Tennessee County Record Books (Nashville, Tenn.: Byron Sistler & Associates, Inc., 1992) FHL US/CAN 976.8 P22sb. It is a comprehensive index to eight publications about Giles County, Tennessee records. It also covers records from nearby Bedford and Lincoln counties.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Tennessee.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Giles, Tennessee" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giles_County,_Tennessee accessed 18 Dec 2018
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Tennessee.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Voice of Lynnae Weller, Kingsport, Tenn. (2010).
  5. Voice of David W. Murphy, Professor, Madisonville Community College, Madisonville, Ky. (2010).
  6. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Tennessee.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  7. Lost Records: Courthouse Fires and Disasters in Tennessee in Tennessee State Library and Archives in Tennessee Secretary of State (accessed 31 March 2014).
  8. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Tennessee.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.