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Guide to Grundy 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: Altamont
Organized: January 29, 1844
Parent County(s): Coffee, Warren[1]
Neighboring Counties
Coffee  • Franklin  • Marion  • Warren  • Sequatchie
See County Maps
Courthouse
Grundy County Court House.jpg
Location Map
Location of Grundy County, Tennessee.PNG
Adoption
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for Felix Grundy. The County is located in the south central area of the state. [2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Grundy County Courthouse
Courthouse Circle, Grundy St.
Hwy 56 & 108;
Altamont, TN 37301
Grundy County Courthouse Phone: 931-692-3455
County Clerk Phone: 931-692-3622
Chancery Court Clerk Phone: 931-692-3455
Circuit Court Clerk Phone: 931-692-3368

County Clerk has marriage and probate records 1850
Court records
Register of Deeds has land records. [3]

County Pronunciation

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

Grundy 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 1850 1908 1844 1852 1850 1810
Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1914. General compliance by 1927.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

1853 and 1990 Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.[7]
  • Lost marriage records: 1844 to 1849

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

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • 1844--Grundy County was created 29 January 1844 from Coffee and Warren Counties.
  • County seat: Altamont[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]

Altamont Elkhead Mount View Summerfield
Barkertown Flat Branch Northcutts Cove Sweeton Hill
Beersheba Springs Freemont Palmer Tarlton
Bells Mill Gruetli-Laager Payne Cove Tatesville
Bergmantown Harrican (hist.) Pelham Torbet
Chestnut Grove Hixon Piedmont Tracy City
Clouse Hill Hobbs Hill Providence Valley Home
Coalmont Hubbards Cove Purdons (hist.) White City
Collins Lankford Town Sanders Crossing
Cumberland Heights Monteagle Sartain Springs
Dogtown Mount Olive Shadrick Hill

History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Additional Information

U.S. Attorney General Felix Grundy (1777-1840)


The county is named after U.S. Attorney General Felix Grundy (1777-1840).[9]

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 Grundy County.
  • Tennessee Bureau of Agriculture, Statistics and Mines. Coal Mines and Mining--Tennessee. Nashville, Tennessee: A.B. Travel, 1883. Free digital copy.

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Grundy 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.

 

Additional Cemetery Resources

Census Records[edit | edit source]

1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 federal population schedules of Grundy 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.

1810-1891

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

1850

  • Goins, Sara A. and Norma D. Hobbs. 1850 Census, Grundy County, Tennessee.Dunlap, Tennessee: Goins and Hobbs Genealogy Service, 1986. FHL 976.878 X2g 1850
  • Sherrill, Charles A. Grundy County, Tennessee, Special Census records 1850-1880: Agricultural schedules, Slave population schedules, Mortality Schedules, Products of Industry Schedules. Nashville, Tennessee: C.A. Sherrill, 1996. FHL 976.878 X2s

1860

  • Sherrill, Charles A. Grundy County, Tennessee, Special Census records 1850-1880: Agricultural schedules, Slave population schedules, Mortality Schedules, Products of Industry Schedules. Nashville, Tennessee: C.A. Sherrill, 1996. FHL 976.878 X2s
  • Wihelm, Mae K. United States Census, Grundy County, Tennessee, 1860.Dulap, Tennessee: Goins and Hobbs Genealogy Service, 19--? FHL 976.878 X2w 1860

1870

  • Sherrill, Charles A. Grundy County, Tennessee, Special Census records 1850-1880: Agricultural schedules, Slave population schedules, Mortality Schedules, Products of Industry Schedules. Nashville, Tennessee: C.A. Sherrill, 1996. FHL 976.878 X2s
  • United States Census, Grundy County, Tennessee, 1870.Dunlap, Tennessee: Goins and Hobbs Genealogy Service, 19--?. FHL 976.878 X2u 1870

1880

  • Sherrill, Charles A. Grundy County, Tennessee, Special Census records 1850-1880: Agricultural schedules, Slave population schedules, Mortality Schedules, Products of Industry Schedules. Nashville, Tennessee: C.A. Sherrill, 1996. FHL 976.878 X2s

1890 Lost, but a substitute 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

1900

  • Wilhelm, Mae K. United States Census, Grundy County, Tennessee, 1900.Dunlap, Tennessee: Goins and Hobbs Genealogy Service, 19--?. FHL 976.878 X2w 1900

1910

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Law and Legislation[edit | edit source]
  • 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]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

General

As of August 2010, a query for persons born in Grundy, Tennessee at World Connect, results in more than 19,000 entries.

  • Grundy County Heritage Book. Free online index.
  • Tate, Dennis Armfield. Rebels, Saints and Sinners: An Ancestral History of the Southern States. Missoula, Montana: D. Tate, 2000. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 D2td. Surnames include Savage, Tate, Hicks, Christian, Lockhart, Davison, Pope, Pace, Davison, Martin, Fortenberry, Lambert, Evans, Worsham, Lowe, Maycock/Maycocke, Harris, Fort, McKenney, Watts, Chamblis, Walton, Harris, West, Pitman, Jordan, Champion, English, Reynolds, Corker and Northcutt.

Bibliography

  • Brown - Brown, Rex Erwin. Brown and White Family Histories. [Fort Huachuca, Arizona?]: R.E. Brown, 1988. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 B812bre.
  • Killian - Killian, J. Yates. The History of the Killian Family in North Carolina. Unknown: Unknown, 1955. FHL US/CAN Fiche 6019000; digital versions at Ancestry ($); and Heritage Quest Online ($).
  • Sanders - Patton, David and Margie Ramey. A Grundy County Family: Ralph and Ola Dykes Sanders. Digital version at FamilySearch Digital Library.
  • Tosh - Tosh, Alice. Tosh Family Genealogical Record, ca. 1835-1978. Typescript, microfilmed 1992. FHL US/CAN Film 1697649 Item 2.
  • Willis - Sherrill, Charles A. Peter Willis of Tennessee and His Descendants. Cleveland, Tenn.: C.A. Sherrill, 1986. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 W679s.

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

  • Grundy County Register of Deeds has Land Records from 1852 and is located at the Courthouse, P.O. Box 215, Altamont, Tennessee 37301-0215; Telephone: (615) 692-3621. 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 a general index to deeds, trust deeds, and miscellaneous record books 1859-1952; deed books 1852-1925; estate settlement book 1852-1895; land entry books 1869-1898; and meeting minutes from the Board of Equalization 1912-1953.


Local Histories[edit | edit source]

  • Raulston, J. Leonard and James Weston Livingood. Sequatchie: A Story of the Southern Cumberlands. Knoxville, Tenn.: University of Tennessee Press, 1974. FHL US/CAN Book 976.87 H2r.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Warren CountySequatchie CountyMarion CountyFranklin CountyCoffee CountyTN GRUNDY.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources
Sequatchie Valley

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

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

War of 1812

Civil War

Online Records

Regiments. Men in Grundy 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 Grundy County:

Confederate Soldiers

Additional sources for Civil War soldiers from Grundy 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 Grundy County click on the following towns:

  • 1794-1851 - Lucas, Silas Emmett. Marriages from Early Tennessee Newspapers 1794-1851. Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 1978. FHL 976.8 V2L.
  • 1847 - 1851 - Smith, Jonathan K.T. Genealogical Abstracts from Reported Deaths, the Nashville Christian Advocate. [1847-1914] 10 vols. [Jackson, Tenn.]: J.K.T. Smith, 1997-2003. FHL US/CAN Books 976.855/N1 V48s 1847-1851 ff; digital versions at David Donahue Memorial: Tennessee Records Repository. Website expands upon the publications and includes deaths from the 1830s, 1840s, 1910s and 1920s. (Largely Methodist?)
  • Tate, Dennis and Blanche Tate. Vital Records from Grundy County, Tennessee Newspapers. Missoula, Montana: D. Tate, 1998. FHL 976.878 V2t

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

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]

The Grundy County Court has responsibility for the probate records.

Online Records and Indexes


Book Abstracts and Indexes

  • 1844-1900 Sherrill, Charles A. Grundy County, Tennessee Wills and Estates, 1844-1900. Chattanooga, Tennessee: C.A. Sherrill, 1986. Indexed. Contains wills, administrators and guardians settlements, estate settlements, and loose papers, with varying years for each record type. (FHL book 976.878 P28s.)
  • 1838-1861 - 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 probate records.

School Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

  • W.P.A. Guide to Public Vital Statistics in Tennessee. Nashville, Tenn.: The Tennessee Historical Records Survey, 1941. FamilySearch Digital Library;


Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Online Indexes and Records


Book Abstracts and Indexes

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

  • 1800-1965 - Tennessee. Tennessee Divorce and Other Records, 1800-1965. Nashville, Tennessee: Tennessee State Library and Archives. Available at Ancestry ($)
  • W.P.A. Guide to Public Vital Statistics in Tennessee. Nashville, Tenn.: The Tennessee Historical Records Survey, 1941. FamilySearch Digital Library;

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Altamont Public Library
1433 Main Street
P.O. Box 228
Altamont, TN 37301
Phone: 931-692-2457
Facebook
main website

There are one main library with five branch libraries for the county of Grundy. Altamont is the main library with the following branches: Beersheba Springs Public Library, Coalmont Public Library, the May Justus Memorial Library located in Monteagle, Palmer Public Library, and Tracy City Public Library. All of the contact information for each library is found on the Altamont Library website.

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Grundy County Historical Society
P.O. Box 1422
465 Railroad Ave.
Tracy City, TN 37387
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 Grundy 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.
  • Grundy County, TNGenWeb (USGenWeb)

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

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, "Grundy, Tennessee" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grundy_County,_Tennessee accessed 20 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 Gene Black, FamilySearch employee, former resident of Bristol, Tenn. (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.
  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.
  9. "List of counties in Tennessee," Wikipedia.
  10. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/d/d3/Igitennesseef.pdf.