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Guide to Hamilton 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: Chattanooga
Organized: October 25, 1819
Parent County(s): Cherokee Indian Lands[1]
Neighboring Counties
Bledsoe  • Bradley  • Catoosa (GA)  • Dade (GA)  • Marion  • Meigs  • Rhea  • Sequatchie  • Walker (GA)  • Whitfield (GA)
Courthouse
Hamilton County Courthouse, Chattanooga, Tennessee.jpg
Location Map
Location of Hamilton County, tennessee.PNG
Adoption
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for Alexander Hamilton, the first Secretary of the Treasury. The County is located in the southeast area of the state. [2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Hamilton County Courthouse
625 Georgia Ave., Room 201
Chattanooga, TN 37402
County Courthouse Phone: 423-209-6500
County Clerk Phone: 423-209-6500
Clerk and Master Phone: 423-209-6601
Circuit Court Clerk Phone: 423-209-6701

County Clerk has marriage records from 1857
County Health Department has birth records from 1949 and death records from 1972
Circuit Court and Clerk and Masters have divorce records
Clerk and Masters have probate records from 1865
Clerk and Masters and Register of Deeds have land records
Register of Deeds has military discharge records
Clerk Circuit Court has court records. [3]

County Pronunciation

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

Hamilton 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
1881 1857 1881 1860 1796 1865 1810
Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1914. General compliance by 1927. **City of Chattanooga (Hamilton County births begin 1908, Hamilton County deaths begin 1908).

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

1871-1919: The extinct James created in 1871 went bankrupt and was merged back into Hamilton county in 1919 along with its courthouse records. However, James County Courthouse fires in 1890 and 1913 caused extensive record loss. The surviving James County records are now housed in Hamilton County.[7]
1910: Hamilton County Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.[8] Antebellum Will books are lost.

  • Lost censuses: 1820
  • Lost marriages: 1819 to 1856
  • Lost probate: 1819 to 1861

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

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • 1819-Hamilton County was created 25 October 1819 from Cherokee Indian Lands.
  • County seat: Chattanooga[9]

Daughter county. The extinct daughter county called James has been re-attached to Hamilton County. James County was created in 1871 from parts of Bradley and Hamilton counties. James County went bankrupt in 1919. As a result it was reincorporated into Hamilton County. James County is now extinct.[10]

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]

Alton Park Coulterville Lookout Mountain Saint Elmo
Apison East Ridge Lupton City Sale Creek
Bakewell Flat Top Mowbray Shady Grove
Birchwood Foust Ooltewah Signal Mountain
Boyce Georgetown Orchard Knob Soddy-Daisy
Brainerd Harrison Rathburn Tiftonia
Chattanooga Hixson Red Bank Walden
Collegedale Lakesite Ridgeside Walden's Ridge

History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Founding Father Alexander Hamilton (c1755-1804)

Additional Information
East Tennessee county. Established 1819.

The county is named after Founding Father Alexander Hamilton (c1755-1804). [11]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

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

  • Acme Furniture Corporation 1911 Catalogue from Archive.org website

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Hamilton 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]

1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, and 1940 federal population censuses of Hamilton 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 Hamilton County, TN census assignments, including links to transcribed files. The USGenWeb Census Project®

1810-1891

1820 Lost[12]

1820 Manufactures

The original manufactures schedules for the Eastern and Western Districts of Tennessee are kept at NARA, Washington, D.C. FHL copies: FHL US/CAN Films 1024517-1024518.

The following book is a useful aid for finding the original records. Aonline index, provided by Lineages, which cites the original document numbers, will help researchers determine if this resource can be of assistance:

  • National Archives. Indexes to Manufactures Census of 1820. 1920; reprint, Knightstown, Ind.: Bookmark, 1977. FHL US/CAN Book 973 X2m 1820; digital version at Lineages. Covers this county.
  • 1820 Census of Manufactures: Hamilton County, East Tennessee Roots, Vol. 8, No. 4:247.

1830

1840

1840 Revolutionary War Pensioners

1850

  • Douthat, James L. Early Settlers, Hamilton County, Tennessee: 1830-1850 Census. Signal Mountain, Tenn.: Mountain Press, 1986. FHL US/CAN Book 976.882 X2d.

1860

1880

1891 Male Voters

1900

1930

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.

  • Hamilton County Church Records
- FamilySearch Catalog - Hamilton 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 - Hamilton County Church History
  • If the records you need are not found in the Family History Library collection, contact the church(es) in the area where your ancestor lived.Two sites that give information about churches in Hamilton County are
- List of Hamilton County churches with addresses and phone numbers (Yellowbook)
- List of Hamilton County churches (TN HomeTownLocator)
  • In 1936, a helpful guide to early Hamilton County church records was published by the Works Project Administration. [13]Use this guide to locate which church records exist and where they were housed in 1936. The Tennessee State Library and Archives has filmed some of these records. To locate which records are available at the TSLA, go to the appropriate "county fact sheet" on the TSLA Web site and scroll down to "selected manuscript material". All filmed church records at the TSLA for Hamilton County are listed. Many of these filmed records are also available at the Family History Library.

Baptist

  • 1848-1872 - Historical Records Survey. Concord Baptist Church minutes, 1848-1872, Hamilton County, Tennessee. Salt Lake City, Utah Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1943. Typescript. FHL 24679 Item 2
  • 1838-1876 - Historical Records Survey. Good Spring Baptist Church minutes, 1838-1876, Hamilton County, Tennessee. Salt Lake City, Utah Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1943. Typescript. FHL 24679 Item 2
  • 1859-1896 - Historical Records Survey. Ocoee Baptist Association minutes, 1859-1896, Hamilton County, Tennessee. Salt Lake City, Utah Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1943. Typescript. FHL 24679 Item 1

Episcopal

  • 1850-1900 - St. Paul's Episcopal Church Records. Chattanooga, 1850-1900. TSLA Reel #503
  • 1850-1900 - Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. Vital Statistics from 19th Century Tennessee Church Records. Nashville: Sitler and Associates, 1979. FHL 976.8 K29s vol.2 Index to St. Paul's Episcopal Church Records. Chattanooga, 1850-1900.
  • 1900-1950 - St. Paul's Episcopal Church Records. Chattanooga, 1900-1950. TSLA Reel #350
  • 1900-1900 - Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. Vital Statistics from 19th Century Tennessee Church Records. Nashville: Sitler and Associates, 1979. FHL 976.8 K29s vol.2 Index to St. Paul's Episcopal Church Records. Chattanooga, 1900-1950.

Methodist Episcopal

  • 1872-1954 - First Methodist Episcopal Church Records. Chattanooga, 1872-1954. TSLA Reel #455
  • 1872-1900 - Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. Vital Statistics from 19th Century Tennessee Church Records. Nashville: Sitler and Associates, 1979. FHL 976.8 K29s vol.2 Index to First Methodist Episcopal Church Records. Chattanooga, 1872-1954.
  • 1875-1885 - First Methodist Episcopal Church, Chattanooga, Baptism Index 1875-1885. Batches C530281 and C530282 in International Genealogical Index at FamilySearch
  • 1885-1895 - First Methodist Episcopal Church, Chattanooga, Marriage Index 1885-1895. Batches M530281 and M530282 in International Genealogical Index at FamilySearch
  • 1899-1966 - Centenary Methodist Episcopal Church, South Records. Chattanooga, 1899-1966. TSLA Reel #454
  • 1899-1900 - Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. Vital Statistics from 19th Century Tennessee Church Records. Nashville: Sitler and Associates, 1979. FHL 976.8 K29s vol.2 Index to Centenary Methodist Episcopal Church, South Records. Chattanooga, 1899-1966.

Presbyterian

  • 1881-1952 - Second Presbyterian Church Records. Chattanooga, 1881-1952.TSLA Reel #393
  • 1881-1900 - Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. Vital Statistics from 19th Century Tennessee Church Records. Nashville: Sitler and Associates, 1979. FHL 976.8 K29s vol.2 Index to Second Presbyterian Church Records. Chattanooga, 1881-1952.

The W.P.A. published a helpful survey in 1940:

  • Directory of Churches, Missions, and Religious Institutions of Tennessee, no. 33, Hamilton County, Chattanooga. Nashville, Tenn.: Tennessee Historical Records Survey Project, 1940. FHL US/CAN Book 976.882 E4h.

Court Records[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]

  • Chattanooga, TN, 1890. Chattanooga, TN: Connelly & Fais, 1890. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • Chattanooga, TN, 1891. Chattanooga, TN: Connelly & Fais, 1891. Digital version at Ancestry ($)

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

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

African American
Bessie Smith Cultural Center
200 E. Martin Luther King Boulevard
Chattanooga, TN 37403
(423) 266-8658
website

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

DNA has been collected from men claiming descent from the following Hamilton County residents. Attempts have not been made to verify the lineages of those tested.

  • Brown - Descendant of John P. Brown, b. 1853 Soddy-Daisy, Hamilton County, Tennessee. Y-DNA 37 Marker Test, FTDNA (Kit 157721). Genetic signature available online (labeled Group No. 117), genealogical description available online, courtesy: Brown/Browne/Braun DNA Study. Matches have been found.

Family Histories

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

The original Hamilton County Deed Books are held at the County Courthouse. In the early 1990s, the Hamilton County Microfilm Department microfilmed Deed Books A to Y6 (1796-1901) and Indexes (1799-1929). Copies of their large collection of films are also available at the Family History Library: FHL US/CAN Films 1906056 ff.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Rhea CountyMeigs CountyBradley CountyWhitfield CountyCatoosa CountyWalker CountyDade CountyMarion CountySequatchie CountyBledsoe CountyTN HAMILTON.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources
  • Maps of Tennessee (1777-1985)
  • 1871 Ruger, A. Bird's Eye View of the City of Chattanooga, Hamilton County, Tennessee. Originally published 1871. Purchase at ReevesMaps.com; website includes a scaled-down version of the map.
  • 1886 Wellege, Henry. Chattanooga, County Seat of Hamilton County, Tennessee. Originally published 1886. Purchase at ReevesMaps.com; website includes a scaled-down version of the map.
  • 1890 Hopkins, G.M. A Map of the City of Chattanooga, Tennessee. Originally published 1890. Shows streets, businesses, etc. Purchase at ReevesMaps.com; website includes a scaled-down version of the map.
  • 1939 Viking Press for WPA. A Map of Chattanooga. Originally published 1939. Purchase at ReevesMaps.com; website includes a scaled-down version of the map.

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

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

  1. 1835 Pension Roll
  2. 1852 Rejected or Suspended Pensions

Additional resources include:

War of 1812

  • Embry, Hermione D. "War of 1812 - Tennessee Pensioners on List - January 2, 1883," Ansearchin' News, Vol. 7, No. 3 (Jul. 1960):65-68; Vol. 7, No. 4 (Oct. 1960):90-93. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 B2a v. 7 (1960); digital version at journal website. Includes Hamilton County pensioners 7(3):66 and James County pensioners 7(4):90)

Civil War

Online Records

Regiments. Men in Hamilton 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 Hamilton County:

Confederate Soldiers

Union Soldiers

Additional sources for Civil War soldiers from Hamilton County:

A good place to start is:

Civil War Battle
The following Civil War battles were fought in Hamilton County:

Map showing Civil War battles in Tennessee.

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 Hamilton county click on the following cities or towns:

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

For deaths of Methodists in Hamilton County between the 1830s and the 1920s, try searching the following Obituaries: Hamilton County Obituaries from TNGenWeb.

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]

Hamilton County's early will books were destroyed in the Civil War. Surviving will books are held at the County Courthouse. In the early 1990s, the Hamilton County Microfilm Department microfilmed Will Books 1 to 6 (1862-1936) and an Index. FHL copies: FHL Films 1905945, 1940267-1940269.

Online Records and Indexes


Book Abstracts and Indexes

  • 1862-1892 - Douthat, James L. Hamilton County, Tennessee, Will Book 1. Signal Mountain, Tenn.: Mountain Press, 1996. FHL Book 976.882 P2dj.

School Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

Book Abstracts and Indexes

  • 1836 "Hamilton County, Tennessee 1836 Tax List," Ansearchin' News, Vol. 29, No. 1 (Spring 1982):25-31. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 B2a;digital version at society's website.
  • 1836 Douthat, James L. 1836 Hamilton County, Tennessee, Civil Districts and Tax Lists. Signal Mountain, Tenn.: Mountain Press, 1993. FHL US/CAN Book 976.882 R4d; online: index and purchase details.
  • 1836-1837 - Tax Lists, 1836-37, by District, Southern Roots & Shoots. Rossville GA: Aug 1993. Vol. 9 Iss. 3.

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 ($)

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

  • Chattanooga Tennessee Family History Center
    3067 Ooltewah Ringgold Road
    Ooltewah,TN 37363-8037
    Phone: 423-892-7632
    E-mail: tn_chattanooga@familyhistorymail.org or thomm@bellsouth.net (Tom)
    website

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Chattanooga-Hamilton County
1001 Broad Street
Chattanooga, TN 37402
Phone: 423-643-7700
All four locations use thiswebsite

Eastgate Library
5705 Marlin Road
Chattanooga, TN 37411
Phone: 423-643-7770

Northgate Library
278 Northgate Mall Dr.
Chattanooga, TN 37415
Phone: 423-643-7785

South Chattanooga Library
925 West 39th Street
Chattanooga, TN 37410
Phone: 423-643-7780

Museums[edit | edit source]

Bessie Smith Cultural Center
200 E. Martin Luther King Boulevard
Chattanooga, TN 37403
(423) 266-8658
website

Societies[edit | edit source]

Hamilton County Tennessee Genealogy Society
430 Runyan Dr.
Chattanooga, TN 37405
Website

Hamilton County Tennessee Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 274
Harrison, TN 37341
website

East Tennessee Historical Society
601 S. Gay Street
P.O. Box 1629
Knoxville, Tennessee 37901-1629
Phone: 865-215-8824
Email: eths@east-tennessee-history.org Website

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]

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, "Hamilton, Tennessee" in [1] 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. James County, Tennessee at Wikipedia (accessed 25 May 2010).
  8. Lost Records: Courthouse Fires and Disasters in Tennessee in Tennessee State Library and Archives in Tennessee Secretary of State.
  9. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Tennessee.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  10. Robert M. McBride, "Lost Counties of Tennessee," East Tennessee Historical Society's Publications 38 (1966): 11-14.
  11. Wikipedia contributors, "Hamilton, Tennessee" in [2] accessed 20 Dec 2018
  12. Mary Barnett Curtis, Early East Tennessee Tax Lists: a compiled list of residents of the area covered in 22 east Tennessee counties for which there is (sic) no census records prior to 1830 (Fort Worth, Texas: Arrow Printing, 1964) [FHL 976.8 R4c].
  13. WPA. Guide to Church Vital Statistics in Tennessee. Nashville: Tennessee State Planning Commission, 1942. FHL 976.8 K23w
  14. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State.
  15. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State.
  16. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State.
  17. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State.
  18. 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.