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*[http://sos.tn.gov/products/tsla/newspapers-microfilm-tennessee-state-library-and-archives-h#Henderson Henderson]
 
*[http://sos.tn.gov/products/tsla/newspapers-microfilm-tennessee-state-library-and-archives-h#Henderson Henderson]
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*'''1794-1851''' - Lucas, Silas Emmett. ''Marriages from Early Tennessee Newspapers 1794-1851''. Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 1978. {{FHL|10843|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 V2L}}.
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*'''1847-1851''' - Smith, Jonathan K.T. ''Genealogical Abstracts from Reported Deaths, the Nashville Christian Advocate''. [1847-1914] 10 vols. [Jackson, Tenn.]: J.K.T. Smith, 1997-2003. {{FHL|789366|title-id|disp=FHL 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 1830s, 1840s, 1910s and 1920s.
  
 
=== Obituaries ===
 
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*''Family Findings'': Quarterly of the [https://mwtgs.wordpress.com/ Mid-West Tennessee Genealogical Society]. For tables of contents and online access to issues, see [https://www.tngenweb.org/family-findings-newsletters.php TNGenWeb Project]. Also try this [http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&rls=com.microsoft%3Aen-us&q=site%3Awww.tngenweb.org+%22Family+Findings%22+%22Carroll+County%22&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&oq=&gs_rfai= specialized Google search]. {{FHL|40026|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN 976.8 B2f}}.
 
*''Family Findings'': Quarterly of the [https://mwtgs.wordpress.com/ Mid-West Tennessee Genealogical Society]. For tables of contents and online access to issues, see [https://www.tngenweb.org/family-findings-newsletters.php TNGenWeb Project]. Also try this [http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&rls=com.microsoft%3Aen-us&q=site%3Awww.tngenweb.org+%22Family+Findings%22+%22Carroll+County%22&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&oq=&gs_rfai= specialized Google search]. {{FHL|40026|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN 976.8 B2f}}.
  
*'''West Tennessee Historical Society Papers'''
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*''West Tennessee Historical Society Papers'': Family History Library has Volumes 1-16 and 30 {{FHL|233239|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Book 976.81 B5w}}. The West Tennessee Historical Society Papers are indexed in [[Periodical Source Index (PERSI)|PERiodical Source Index (PERSI)]]. To view Table of Contents and complete articles from 1947 - 2005 see [http://register.shelby.tn.us/wths/ Shelby County Register of Deeds]
*Family History Library has Volumes 1-16 and 30 {{FHL|233239|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Book 976.81 B5w}}. The West Tennessee Historical Society Papers are indexed in [[Periodical Source Index (PERSI)|PERiodical Source Index (PERSI)]].<br>To view Table of Contents and complete articles from 1947 - 2005 see [http://register.shelby.tn.us/wths/ Shelby County Register of Deeds]
 
  
 
=== Probate Records ===
 
=== Probate Records ===
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*'''1625-1966''' - [https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-records/united-states-marriages?state=tennessee%2ctn Tennessee, United States Marriages] at [http://findmypast.com/ FindMyPast]
 
*'''1625-1966''' - [https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-records/united-states-marriages?state=tennessee%2ctn Tennessee, United States Marriages] at [http://findmypast.com/ FindMyPast]
*'''1794-1851''' - Lucas, Silas Emmett. ''Marriages from Early Tennessee Newspapers 1794-1851''. Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 1978. {{FHL|10843|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 V2L}}.
 
 
*'''1780-2002''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1169 Tennessee State Marriages 1780-2002] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry]
 
*'''1780-2002''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1169 Tennessee State Marriages 1780-2002] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry]
 
*'''1780-2002''' - {{RecordSearch|1936414|Tennessee State Marriage Index 1780-2002}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch]
 
*'''1780-2002''' - {{RecordSearch|1936414|Tennessee State Marriage Index 1780-2002}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch]
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''Book Abstracts and Indexes''<br>
 
''Book Abstracts and Indexes''<br>
  
*'''1780-2002''' - Many county marriage records are indexed with images Ancestry]'s [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1169 Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002] ($).Be aware that this index is not complete for all counties.
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*'''1780-2002''' - Many county marriage records are indexed with images Ancestry's [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1169 Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002] ($).Be aware that this index is not complete for all counties.
 
*'''1891-1895''' - Chester County Marriage Index 1891-1895 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch. Batch {{IGI|M710201}}<ref>Genealogical Society of Utah, ''Parish and Vital Records List'' (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at [[Media:Igitennesseea.pdf|https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/6/60/Igitennesseea.pdf]].</ref>
 
*'''1891-1895''' - Chester County Marriage Index 1891-1895 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch. Batch {{IGI|M710201}}<ref>Genealogical Society of Utah, ''Parish and Vital Records List'' (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at [[Media:Igitennesseea.pdf|https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/6/60/Igitennesseea.pdf]].</ref>
 
*'''1891-1959''' - Chester County (Tennessee) County Court Clerk ''Marriages (Chester County, Tennessee) 1891-1959'' Nashville, Tennessee Filmed by the Tennessee State Library and Archives, 197-?-1988. {{FHL|231354|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Film 979716 and 1928630-31}}
 
*'''1891-1959''' - Chester County (Tennessee) County Court Clerk ''Marriages (Chester County, Tennessee) 1891-1959'' Nashville, Tennessee Filmed by the Tennessee State Library and Archives, 197-?-1988. {{FHL|231354|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN Film 979716 and 1928630-31}}
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For deaths of Methodists in Chester County (or what later became Chester County) between the 1830s and the 1920s, try:
 
For deaths of Methodists in Chester County (or what later became Chester County) between the 1830s and the 1920s, try:
  
*'''1847-1851''' - Smith, Jonathan K.T. ''Genealogical Abstracts from Reported Deaths, the Nashville Christian Advocate''. [1847-1914] 10 vols. [Jackson, Tenn.]: J.K.T. Smith, 1997-2003. {{FHL|789366|title-id|disp=FHL 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 1830s, 1840s, 1910s and 1920s.
 
 
*'''1874-1955''' - {{RecordSearch|1681020|Tennessee Deaths and Burials 1874-1955}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch]
 
*'''1874-1955''' - {{RecordSearch|1681020|Tennessee Deaths and Burials 1874-1955}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch]
 
*'''1908-1958''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2376 Tennessee Death Records 1908 - 1958 ] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry]
 
*'''1908-1958''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2376 Tennessee Death Records 1908 - 1958 ] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry]

Revision as of 15:59, 13 September 2019

Guide to Chester 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: Henderson
Organized: November 6, 1801
Parent County(s): Madison, Henderson, McNairy, Hardeman[1]
Neighboring Counties
Hardeman  • Hardin  • Henderson  • Madison  • McNairy
See County Maps
Courthouse
Chester county tennessee courthouse.jpg
Location Map
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Adoption
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for Colonel Robert I. Chester, a quartermaster in the War of 1812, an early postmaster in Jackson, and a federal marshal. The County is located in the southwest area of the state. [2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

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

County Clerk has marriage, probate records from 1890.
Clerk Circuit Court has divorce and court records.
Register of Deeds has land records. [3]

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

County Pronunciation

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

Chester 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 1890 1908 1882 1891 1890 1810
Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1914. General compliance by 1927.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

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

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

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

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

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

Cities and Towns:

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

History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

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

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Chester 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]

1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 Chester County federal population schedules are available online. For tips on accessing census records online, see Tennessee Census. If you're having trouble finding your ancestors in online indexes, try checking printed indexes. Created by local experts familiar with the area's families, these indexes are often transcribed more accurately than nationwide online indexes.

See Tennessee Population Schedule Indexes: Fiche, Film, or Book for more information about statewide printed indexes.

1880 - See parent counties

1890 Lost

  • 1890 - substitutes are available:
  • Reed, Sue S. Enumeration of Male Inhabitants of Twenty-one Years of Age and Upward, Citizens of Tennessee, January 1, 1891, as Provided for by an Act of General Assembly of Tennessee, Passed January 15, 1891, and Approved January 22, 1891. 8 vols. Houston, Texas: S.S. Reed, 1989. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 X2r v. 7 1891. Johnson County is included in Vol. 7.
  • Sistler, Byron H. and Barbara Sistler. 1890 Civil War Veterans Census, Tennessee. Evanston, Ill.: Byron Sister and Associates, 1978. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 X2s 1890.

1891 Male Voters

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Court Records[edit | edit source]

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

Bibliography

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

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

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

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

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Henderson CountyHardin CountyMcNairy CountyHardeman CountyMadison CountyTN CHESTER.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

War of 1812
There were no War of 1812 pensioners or widows of pensioners living in Chester County on 2 January 1883.[9]

Civil War

Online Records

Regiments. Men in Chester 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 Chester County:

Confederate Soldiers

Additional sources for Civil War soldiers from Chester 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 Chester County click on the following city:

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[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:

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:


Probate Records[edit | edit source]

The County Court has responsibility for Chester County probate records.

Online Records

School Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

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

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Marriages were not officially recorded in Chester County until 1838, when a law was passed mandating the practice.[10] The following publication, based on early newspapers, helps to alleviate this genealogical obstacle:

Book Abstracts and Indexes

Death[edit | edit source]

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

Divorce[edit | edit source]

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

  • W.P.A. Guide to Public Vital Statistics in Tennessee. Nashville, Tenn.: The Tennessee Historical Records Survey, 1941. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 A3gp.

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]

Chester County Library
1012 E Main St
Henderson, TN 38340
731-989-4673
E-mail: chester_library@bellsouth.net
Website

The Chester County Library contains a Genealogy Room.

West Tennessee Heritage Study Center
Paul Meek Library
University of Tennessee at Martin
731-881-7060
Website

The Heritage Study Center holds a variety of genealogical resources including materials relating to counties in Tennessee:

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Chester County Historical Society
P.O. Box 721
Henderson, TN 38340

West Tennessee Historical Society
P.O. Box 111046
Memphis, TN 38111
Phone: 1-901-475-6608
E-mail: efrank@memphis.edu
Website



Websites[edit | edit source]

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, "Chester, Tennessee" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chester_County,_Tennessee accessed 17 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 (accessed 13 March 2016).
  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. Hermione D. Embry, "War of 1812 - Tennessee Pensioners on List - January 2, 1883," Ansearchin' News, Vol. 7, No. 2 (Apr. 1960):40-45. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 B2a v. 7 (1960); digital version at journal website. (For discussion of Chester County, see page 40.)
  10. Gale Williams Bamman, C.G., "Research in Tennessee," National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vol. 81, No. 2 (June 1993):105. FHL US/CAN Book 973 B2ng v. 81 (1993)
  11. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/6/60/Igitennesseea.pdf.