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Guide to Rutherford 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: Murfreesboro
Organized: October 25, 1803
Parent County(s): Davidson[1]
Neighboring Counties
Bedford  • Cannon  • Coffee  • Davidson  • Marshall  • Williamson  • Wilson
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Courthouse
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for Griffith Rutherford (1721-1805). The County is located in the central area of the state. [2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Rutherford County Courthouse
319 N. Maple St.
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
Phone: 1-615-898-7800 -7799

County Clerk has marriage and probate records from 1804.
Register of Deeds has land records. [3]

Rutherford County Clerk
Marriage and probate records
319 N. Maple St., Suite 121
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
Phone: 1-615-898-7800

Rutherford County Register of Deeds
Land records
319 N. Maple St., Room 133
P.O. Box 5050
Murfreesboro, TN 37133
Phone: 1-615-898-7870

Rutherford County Circuit Court Clerk
Court records
20 N. Public Square, Judicial Building
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
Phone: 1-615-217-7119

Hours:
Mon.-Thurs. 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

County Pronunciation

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

Rutherford 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 1804 1881 1804 1804 1804 1810
Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1914. General compliance by 1927.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

1832 Tornado damaged courthouse records,[7] but county records are reported as complete.[8]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • 1803--Rutherford County was established 25 October 1803 from Davidson County. Early records may be found under Davidson County.
  • County seat: Murfreesboro[9]

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]

Almaville Fosterville Midland Rocky Fork
Barfield Greenwood Milton Rucker
Big Springs Gum Mona Salem
Blackman Hales Camp Mount Olive Sandhill
Browns Mill Halls Hill Mount Olivet (hist.) Sharpsville
Bunker Hill Hilltop Mount Vernon Shiloh
Cedar Grove Jefferson Springs Murfreesboro Short Creek
Christiana Kittrell New Las Casas (hist.) Silver Hill
Compton La Vergne Old Fosterville (hist.) Smyrna
Concord Lascassas Old Millersburg (hist.) Snell (hist.)
Crescent Leanna Overall Valleyview
Dilton Link Patterson Versailles
Eagleville Little Hope Plainview Wade
Eastwood Loafers Corner Pleasant Hill Walterhill
Floraton Lofton Rockdale Windrow
Florence Mankinville Rockvale Winstead (hist.)

History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Additional Information
Middle Tennessee county.

The county is named after "Griffin Rutherford, chairman of the legislature of the Southwest Territory."[10]

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 Rutherford County.

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Rutherford 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]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1810 10,265
1820 19,552 90.5%
1830 26,134 33.7%
1840 24,280 −7.1%
1850 29,122 19.9%
1860 27,918 −4.1%
1870 33,289 19.2%
1880 36,741 10.4%
1890 35,097 −4.5%
1900 33,543 −4.4%
1910 33,199 −1.0%
1920 33,059 −0.4%
1930 32,286 −2.3%
1940 33,604 4.1%
1950 40,696 21.1%
1960 52,368 28.7%
1970 59,428 13.5%
1980 84,058 41.4%
1990 118,570 41.1%
2000 182,023 53.5%
Source: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.

1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 federal population schedules of Rutherford 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 Rutherford County,TN census assignments, including links to transcribed files. The USGenWeb Census Project®.

1810

Rutherford County is one of the only Tennessee counties with a surviving 1810 census; however, even this county's census schedule is incomplete. A substitute is available, see Rutherford.

  • Houston, Martha Lou. Tennessee Census Records, No. 1, Rutherford County 1810. Washington, D.C., 1933. Digital version available at FamilySearch Digital Library
  • Presley, Mrs. Leister E. Rutherford County, Tennessee Population Schedules of the United States census, 1810: Head of Household Only. Typscript, 19--?. FHL 976.857 X2p 1810
  • 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
  • Presley, Mrs. Leister E. Rutherford County, Tennessee Population Schedules of the United States census, 1820. Typscript, 19--?. FHL 976.857 X2p 1820
  • Waldrep, G.C. "'Free Colored' Heads of Household in the 1820 Tennessee Census," available online, courtesy: Free African Americans website. Includes free African Americans in this county.

1820 Manufactures

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

The following book is a useful aid for finding the original records. A free online index, provided by Lineages, 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.

1840

  • Rutherford County Historical Society. The 1840 census of Rutherford County, Tennessee. Murfreesboro, Tennessee Rutherford County Historical Society, 1974. FHL 976.857 X2c

1840 Revolutionary War Pensioners

1850

  • Porch, Deane. 1850 census of Rutherford County, Tennessee. Nashville, Tennessee Deane Porch, 1967. FHL 976.857 X2p 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. Rutherford County is included in Vol. 2.

1880

  • Sistler, Byron H. and Barbara Sistler. 1880 Census Rutherford County, Tennessee. Nashville, Tennessee: B. Sistler and Associates, 1998. FHL 976.857 X2s 1880

1891 Male Voters

1920

  • Young, Denise, ed.. Rutherford County, Tennessee Census, 1920 (database on-line). Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 1999.Available at Ancestry $/$)[11]/$)

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.

  • Rutherford County Church Records
  • 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 Rutherford County are:
  • The Historical Projects Administration published a guide in 1943 to several Rutherford County church records. [12] FHL 24813 Use this guide to locate the following church records:
  • 1858-1819 - historical sketch of Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Murfreesboro
  • 1816-1916 - history of Hopewell Presbyterian (U.S.) Church
  • 1823-1893 - history and register of Salem Methodist Episcopal Church, South
  • 1816-1831 - sessional records of the Stones River Presbyterian Church
  • 1835-1840 - records of the Young Men's Educational Society,
  • 1841-1860 - church minutes of the Primitive Baptist Church Providence

Baptist

Church of Christ

  • 1835-1860 - Rock Spring Church of Christ Baptism Index 1835-1860 in International Genealogical Index at FamilySearch. Batch C711251</ref>
  • 1835-1860 - Rock Spring Church of Christ Marriage Index 1835-1860 in International Genealogical Index at FamilySearch. Batch M711251</ref>
  • 1835-1860 - Rock Spring Church of Christ Records. Rutherford County, 1835-1860.TSLA Reel #170
  • 1835-1860 - 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 Rock Spring Church of Christ Records. Rutherford County, 1835-1860. FHL 570844 Item 2

Presbyterian

  • 1812-1967 - First Presbyterian Church Records. Murfreesboro, 1812-1967. Manuscript. TSLA Reel #502.
  • 1812-1900 - Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. Vital Statistics from 19th Century Tennessee Church Records. Nashville: Sitler and Associates, 1979. vol. 2 FHL 976.8 K29s Index to original First Presbyterian Church Records. Murfreesboro, 1812-1967.
  • 1887-1972 - LaVergne Presbyterian Church Records. Rutherford County, 1887-1972. Manuscript. TSLA Reel #415.
  • 1887-1900 - Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. Vital Statistics from 19th Century Tennessee Church Records. Nashville: Sitler and Associates, 1979. vol. 2 FHL 976.8 K29s Index to original LaVergne Presbyterian Church Records. Rutherford County, 1887-1972.

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Law and Legislation

  • Tennessee State Library and Archives, Acts of Tennessee 1796-1850: Index to Names. [13] 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. [Includes free African Americans in this county.]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

General

As of August 2010, a query for persons born in Rutherford, Tennessee at World Connect, results in more than 45,000 entries.

  • Rutherford County, Tennessee: History & Families. Paducah, Ky.: Turner Pub. Co., 2002. FHL 976.857 H2r.

Bibliography

  • Adams - Ose, Enlow. The Family of John Washington Adams (1822-1907): and the Families of Robert Murray (1790/1800-1840/1850); Catherine Adams Stephens (ca. 1804-after 1860); Jesse Koonce (ca. 1769-ca. 1814); Nancy Brewer (ca. 1804-1850/1860); George Adams (Before 1775-1830/1840) of Rutherford and Wilson County, Tennessee. [Sacramento, Calif.]: E. Ose, 1996. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 Ad18o.
  • Austin - Steiner, Harold Austin The Levi Austin family of North Carolina and Tennessee Las Vegas, Nevada Haldor Company, 2004. FHL book 929.273 Au77.Digital version available at FamilySearch Digital Library.
  • Bingham - Bingham, Bessie Adcock The Binghams in America a genealogical history of the Bingham family. Salt Lake City, Utah Digitized by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 2009. Digital copy available at BYU Family History Archives FamilySearch Digital Library
  • Bishop - Gray, John W. The Life of Joseph Bishop, the Celebrated Old Pioneer in the First Settlements of Middle Tennessee. Nashville, Tennessee: s.p., 1858.Free digital copy.
  • Bobbitt - Mount, Allen Wade. Our Bobbitt Family: genealogical and historical record of the southern branch, with the Beck, Elliott, Goodloe and Hurd families and allied lines. Prairie Village, KS: Unknown, 1972. Available at FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 B630Lm; FHL US/CAN Film 1036692 Item 5; digital version at Heritage Quest Online ($).
  • Brothers - Brothers, Elvira. The Generations of Francis Brothers (1779-1845): A History of Francis Brothers Who Settled in Rutherford County, Tennessee about 1815, and His Descendants. Tenn.?: Ophelia B. Willard?, 1986?. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 B795be.
  • Dickson - Smith, Austin Wheeler. The Dickson-McEwen and Allied Families Genealogy. Cookeville, TN: Unknown, 1945. Available at FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 D561s. Digital version available at Heritage Quest Online ($).
  • Gambill - Brown, Louise G. and Jane C. Luna. The Descendants of Bradley Gambill. Columbia, Tenn.: P-Vine Press, 1979. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 G143b.
  • Gordon - Gordon, Thomas Gilbert. The John Hilton Gordon Family of Rutherford County, Tennessee. Tampa, Fla.: Anundsen, 1988. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 G653h.
  • Gregory - Spears, Josephine Lee Gregory. Joseph Gregory "The Centenarian" (1742-1842), Mecklenburg County, Virginia to Rutherford County, Tennessee and His Descendants. Raleigh, N.C.: J.G. Spears, 1990. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 G862s.
  • Jordan - Bamman, Gale Williams. "Challenging the Obvious Conclusion: Which John J. Jordan Did Alexander Produce?" National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vol. 82, No. 4 (December 1994):255-268. FHL Book 973 B2ng
  • Kerby - Tayloe, Stephanie Routon. Kerby Family of Rutherford County, Tennessee: Overall and Rucker Family. Buchanan, Tenn.: S.R. Tayloe, 2003. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 K452t.
  • McEwen - See Dickson.
  • McFerrin - Fitzgerald, O.P. and McFerrin, John B. John B. McFerrin, a biography Salt Lake City, Utah Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1986. FHL book 921.73 M167. Digital version available at FamilySearch Digital Library.
  • Miller - Webb, Thomas G. The Webb Families of Dekalb County, Tennessee, and 23 Related Families: Including Bethel, Cantrell, Colvert, Fuson, Gribble, Hicks, Jaco, Judkins, Magness, Mangum, Moser, Parker, Potter, Redmon, Snow, Turner, and Weedon Families, along with the Farmer and Foushee Families of Virginia; the Gray, George, and Sageley Families of Cannon County, Tennessee, the Nathaniel Miller Family of Rutherford County, Tennessee, and Others. Smithville, Tenn.: Bradley Printing Co., 2002. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 W381wt.
  • Pearcy - McGinnis, Rita A. A Pearcy/Piercy Family in America. Typescript, 1988. FHL 929.273 P316m
  • Rucker - Whitley, Edythe Johns Rucker. History of the Rucker Family and their Descendants: Sketches of Carter, Barton, Early, Johns, Lee, Martin, Pendleton, Reade, Seldon, Taliaferro, Witt and Wyatt Families. Nashville, TN: Unknown, 1927. Available at FHL US/CAN Film 1321319 Item 1; digital version at Ancestry ($); and Heritage Quest Online ($).
  • Sanders - Sanders, Charles Robert and Robert S. Sanders. History of the Family of Dr. William Josiah and Fanny Adams Sanders of Rutherford County, Tennessee. Typescript, microfilmed in 1987. FHL US/CAN Film 1421703 Item 1.
  • Sanders - Sanders, Robert S. Descendants of Drury Josiah Sanders and Frances Jane Stockard of Rutherford County, Tennessee. Typescript, 1993. FHL US/CAN Film 1697863 Item 13.
  • Sanders - Sanders, Charles Robert and Robert S. Sanders. A History of the Family of Dr. William Josiah and Fanny Adams Sanders of Rutherford County, Tennessee. Murfreesboro, Tenn.: R.S. Sanders, Jr., 1993. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 Sa56scr.
  • Smotherman - Goodwin, Sarah Jones et al. Westbrooks-Williams and Related Smothermans of Rutherford County, Tennessee: with Histories of Midland Community, Oak Grove School, Old Leb Church. Murfreesboro, Tenn.: Rutherford County Historical Society, 1984. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 W521ww.
  • Westbrooks - Goodwin, Sarah Jones et al. Westbrooks-Williams and Related Smothermans of Rutherford County, Tennessee: with Histories of Midland Community, Oak Grove School, Old Leb Church. Murfreesboro, Tenn.: Rutherford County Historical Society, 1984. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 W521ww.
  • Williams - Goodwin, Sarah Jones et al. Westbrooks-Williams and Related Smothermans of Rutherford County, Tennessee: with Histories of Midland Community, Oak Grove School, Old Leb Church. Murfreesboro, Tenn.: Rutherford County Historical Society, 1984. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 W521ww.
  • Woodruff - Woodruff, Howard W.The Woodroof-Woodrough-Woodruff Family: of Surry, Brunswick, Greensville counties, Virginia, 1700-1825, and Some Branches Who Migrated to Tennessee, Alabama, Missouri, Texas, 1820-1985. Independence, Mo.: A.L. Woodruff, 1985. Digital version at Internet Archive. Revised and updated version of Tall Trees in the Forest (1966).

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

The organization Strictly By Name provides free online indexes to early Rutherford County land records. They offer a record retrieval service to photocopy and transcribe microfilm copies of the original documents for a small fee. Available indexes:

  1. Deed Book A: 1804-1808
  2. Deed Book H: 1811-1813
  3. Deed Book K: 1814-1817
  4. Deed Book L: 1817-1819

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

  • Nance, R F, and John W. Nance. The History of Versailles, Tenth District, and Its People. Murfreesboro, Tenn. P.O. Box 906, Murfreesboro 37130: Rutherford County Historical Society, 1983. Available online
  • Some of the Earliest People in Rutherford County by Date of Their Birth Prior to 1800. Online at: Rutherford TN History.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Davidson CountyWilson CountyCannon CountyCoffee CountyBedford CountyMarshall CountyWilliamson CountyTN RUTHERFORD.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Revolutionary War
The following Rutherford 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 Rutherford County pensioners (p. 51-52).

Civil War

Online Records

Regiments. Men in Rutherford 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 Rutherford County:

'Confederate Soldiers

'Union Soldiers

'Additional sources for Civil War soldiers from Rutherford County:

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

Map showing Civil War battles in Tennessee.

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

United States Passport Applications are available from 1796-1925 - indexed at Family Search

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 Rutherford County click on the following city or town:

Book Abstracts and Indexes

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 Rutherford County Court and Chancery Court have responsibility for probate records. Many are held by the Rutherford County Archives.

Online Records


Book Abstracts and Indexes

  • Online index to Rutherford County Record Books 1803-1880. These include mostly probate information including wills, inventories of estates, estate settlements, guardianship reports, and widow allotments. However, the Record Books also contain some other court information including manumission records, apprenticeships, and trustee’s reports. Copies of the record books are available at the Rutherford County Archives orFHL film.
  • 1804-1840 - Marsh, Helen C. and Timothy R. Marsh; Timothy J. Edwards, indexer. Wills and Inventories of Rutherford County, Tennessee. Greenville, South Carolina: Southern Historical Press, 1998. (FHL book 976.857 P2m, v. 1-2.)
  • 1804-1861 - Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. Index to Rutherford County, Tennessee, wills and administrations, 1804 to 1861. Nashville, Tenn. Byron Sistler & Associates, Inc., 1990. (FHL 976.8 A1 no. 118.)

School Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

Book Abstracts and Indexes

  • 1809 Rutherford Co., TN, Tax List, 1809, The Middle Tennessee Journal of Genealogy and History, Vol. 15, No. 1 (Summer 2001); Vol. 15, No. 2 (Fall 2001). For possible FHL and online access, as well as indexes, see Periodicals.
  • 1809-1813 - Rutherford County Tax Lists 1809-1813. Typescript, 1939, W.P.A. Collection, TSLA, Nashville.
  • 1809-1813 - 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. Cites W.P.A.'s Rutherford County Tax Lists 1809-1813 as a source.
  • 1809 Tax List, 1809, Frow Chips, Vol. 35, No. 2 (Nov. 2005).
  • 1810 Taxpayers, 1810, Missed on Census, Rutherford County Historical Society Publications, Issue 4 (Fall 1974).
  • 1814 - "Direct Federal Tax-Delinquent Property Owners Listed for 1814," Ansearchin' News, Vol. 43, No. 3(Fall 1996):115-120. For possible FHL and online access, as well as indexes, see Periodicals. Includes Rutherford County.
  • 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 Rutherford County.
  • 1836 Tax Record, 1836, Rutherford County Historical Society Publications, Issue 21 (Summer 1983); Issue 22 (Winter 1984); Issue 23 (Summer 1984); Issue 33 (Summer 1989).
  • 1837 Tax Record, 1837, Rutherford County Historical Society Publications, Issue 22 (Winter 1984); Issue 23 (Summer 1984); Issue 33 (Summer 1989).
  • 1839 Tax Records, 1839, Rutherford County Historical Society Publications, Issue 23 (Summer 1984).
  • 1849 Tax List, 1849, Tennessee Researcher, Vol. 1, No. 4 (Dec. 1962).
  • 1849 Tax Record, 1849, Rutherford County Historical Society Publications, Issue 22 (Winter 1984); Issue 33 (Summer 1989).
  • 1871 Tax Record, 1871, Rutherford County Historical Society Publications, Issue 33 (Summer 1989).
  • 1890 Tax Record, 1890, Rutherford County Historical Society Publications, Issue 33 (Summer 1989).

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Early original marriage records for Rutherford County (1804-1940) are housed at the County Archives. Marriages after 1940 are kept in the County Courthouse.

'State Marriage Records

The following Rutherford County marriage records are microfilmed:

  • 1804-1963 - Marriage records at the TSLA.
  • 1902-1914 - Marriage licenses bonds at the TSLA.
  • 1804-1963 - Marriage records and bonds FHL 379648

Book Abstracts and Indexes

  • 1804-1933 - Rutherford County Marriage Index 1804-1933 in International Genealogical Index at FamilySearch
  • 1804-1883 - Online Marriage index courtesy of the Rutherford County Archives and TnGenweb.
  • 1804-1870 - Lucas, Silas Emmett and Ella Lee Sheffield. 35,000 Tennessee Marriage Records and Bonds 1783-1870. 3 vols. Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 1981. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 V2t v. 1. Abstracts include names of brides, grooms, bondsmen, marriage bond dates, and officiators for weddings in this county for the roughly specified years. Marriage data taken from an index card file at TSLA. Authors do not specify whether or not the card index completely indexes this county's marriages.
  • 1804-1864 - Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. Early Middle Tennessee Marriages. 2 vols. Nashville, Tenn.: B. Sistler & Associates, 1988. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 V2sb v. 2 . Indexes names of brides and grooms, and marriage dates for weddings in this county for the specified years.
  • 1804-1872 - Whitely, Edythe W. Marriages of Rutherford County, Tennessee, 1804-1872. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Pub. Co., 1981. FHL 976.857 V2w
  • 1804-1845 - Marriage Records, 1804-1845, Rutherford County, Tennessee. Nashville: TSLA, Historical Records Project, 1940. Typescript. FHL 24808 Items 1-2
  • 1717-1858 - Marriage Records. [20]
  • 1804-1850 - Marriage Records: Early–1850. [21]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

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

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]

Albert Gore Research Center "The Albert Gore Research Center is dedicated to preserving primary sources -- letters, diaries, organization records, photographs, memorabilia, oral histories, and the like -- that document the history of Middle Tennessee State University and the region that it serves. The center is open to the public and welcomes all researchers to use its collections." (per Web site) P.O. Box 193 1301 E. Main St. Middle Tennessee State University Murfreesboro, TN 37132 Phone: 1-615-898-2632 Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (summer hours vary)Website

Rutherford County Archives
"The archives are a hidden jewel for genealogists and researchers. The Rutherford County Archives is your source for local history." (per Web site)
435 Rice St.
Murfreesboro, TN
Phone: 1-615-867-4609
E-mail: archives@rutherfordcounty.org
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.Website

Rutherford County Tennessee Historical Society
P.O. Box 906
Murfreesboro, TN 37133-0906
Phone: 1-615-849-3823
"Historical Research Room located on the second floor of Linebaugh Public Library features Rutherford County, Tennessee materials and genealogical resources." (per Web site)Website

Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society
PO Box 330948
Nashville, TN, USA 37203-7507
The society serves the 40 counties of middle Tennessee of which Rutherford 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 2005Website

Linebaugh Public Library
105 West Vine St.
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
Phone: 1-615-893-4131
Fax: 1-615-848-5038
Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Fri.-Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sun. 1 p.m.-6 p.m.
The Linebaugh library has a historical research room which includes cemetery records, early wills, census, local histories, vital records, donated genealogy research on local families, newspapers, court records, military records, obituary index and more.Website

Smyrna Public Library
400 Enon Springs Road, West
Smyrna, TN 37167
Phone: 1-615-459-4884
Fax: 1-615-459-2370
Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Fri.-Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
The Syrna library has a small genealogy and historical collection which includes cemetery records, Sewart Air Force base collection, photographs, newpapers, court records, obituaries and more.Website

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  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, "Rutherford, Tennessee" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rutherford_County,_Tennessee accessed 03 Jan 2019
  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. [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 (accessed 13 March 2016)
  8. Robert M. McBride, Tennessee County Data (Nashville, Tennessee: Tennessee States Library and Archives, 1966), 42.
  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. "List of counties in Tennessee," Wikipedia.
  11. May be used for free at Family History Center. To locate a center near you, click here.
  12. Historical Records Project. Church records of Rutherford County, Tennessee. Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1943.
  13. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Tennessee.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  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. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State
  19. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/8/88/Igitennesseel.pdf.
  20. Orem, Utah: Automated Archives, 1994. (Family History Library compact disc number 9 part 2.) Does not circulate to Family History Centers.
  21. Orem, Utah: Automated Archives, 1992. (Family History Library compact disc number 9 part 229.) Does not circulate to Family History Centers.