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

County Facts
County seat: Hartsville
Organized: June 21, 1870
Parent County(s): Sumner, Macon, Smith, Wilson[1]
Neighboring Counties
Macon  • Smith  • Sumner  • Wilson
See County Maps
Trousdale County, Tennessee Courthouse.JPG
Trousdale County Courthouse, Hartsville, Tenn.
Location Map
Trousdale County Tennessee.png
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for William Trousdale (1790-1872), Brigadier General in the Mexican War, Governor of Tennessee, 1849–1851, and U.S. Minister to Brazil, 1853–1857. The County is located in the north central area of the state. [2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Trousdale County Courthouse
200 East Main Street Main Stree and Court Street
Hartsville, TN 37074
Phone: 1-615-374-2996 - 2906

County Clerk has marriage and probate records from1906.
Clerk Circuit Court has divorce and court records.
Register of Deeds has land records. [3]

Trousdale County Clerk
Marriage and probate records
200 East Main St.
Hartsville, TN 37074
Phone: 1-615-374-2906

Trousdale County Register of Deeds
Land records
200 East Main St.
Hartsville, TN 37074
Phone: 1-615-374-2921

Trousdale County Circuit Court Clerk
Court records
200 East Main St.
Hartsville, TN 37074
Phone: 1-615-374-3411

Mon.,Tues., Thurs., and Fri. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Wed.and Sat. 8 a.m.-noon

County Pronunciation

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

Trousdale 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 1906 1909 1903 1905 1906 1810
Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1914. General compliance by 1927.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]


1900 and 1904 Fires damaged courthouse records.[7]

  • Lost marriage records: 1870 to 1904
  • Lost probate records: 1870 to 1904

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

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • 1870--Trousdale County was established 21 June 1870 from Sumner, Macon, Smith and Wilson Counties. Early records may be found under Sumner, Macon, Smith and Wilson Counties.
  • County seat: Hartsville[8]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

Antioch Hartsville Shady Grove
Barthelia Johntown Templow
Beech Grove Paynes Store Walnut Grove
Cato Providence Willard
Halltown Rock House

History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Additional Information
Middle Tennessee county established in 1870. Trousdale County's land belonged to the pioneer Cumberland Settlements.[9]

The county is named after "William Trousdale (1790-1872), Creek and Mexican-American War soldier and officer, state senator and Governor of Tennessee."[10]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

  • Douthat, James L. Trousdale County, TN Biographies. 1887; reprint, Signal Mountain, Tenn.: Mountain Press. Free Surname Index and purchase details at Mountain Press website.

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

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Trousdale 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.
1880 6,646
1890 5,850 −12.0%
1900 6,004 2.6%
1910 5,874 −2.2%
1920 5,996 2.1%
1930 5,629 −6.1%
1940 6,113 8.6%
1950 5,520 −9.7%
1960 4,914 −11.0%
1970 5,155 4.9%
1980 6,137 19.0%
1990 5,920 −3.5%
2000 7,259 22.6%
Source: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.

1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, and 1940 federal population censuses of Trousdale 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.



  • Scott, Betty M. and Nelwyn M. Cannon. 1880 & 1900 Trousdale County, Tennessee Census records with Added Genealogical Information and Full Name Indexes. Hartsville, Tennessee Bet-Nel Books, 1998. FHL 976.8482 X2s
  • Sistler, Byron H. ’’1880 Census Dickson County, Tennessee.’’ Nashville, Tennessee: B. Sistler and Associates, 1999. FHL 976.8482 X2s 1880

1890 Lost, but 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. 6 1891. Trousdale County is included in Vol. 6.
  • 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


  • Scott, Betty M. and Nelwyn M. Cannon. 1880 & 1900 Trousdale County, Tennessee Census records with Added Genealogical Information and Full Name Indexes. Hartsville, Tennessee Bet-Nel Books, 1998. FHL 976.8482 X2s


  • Scott, Betty M. and Lorrain Bronner. 1910 & 1920 Trousdale County, Tennessee Census. Lafayette, Tennessee Ridge Runner, 2000. FHL 976.8482 X2s 1910-1920


  • Scott, Betty M. and Lorrain Bronner. 1910 & 1920 Trousdale County, Tennessee Census. Lafayette, Tennessee Ridge Runner, 2000. FHL 976.8482 X2s 1910-1920
  • Young, John C., comp. Trousdale County, Tennessee Census, 1920 (database on-line). Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2000. Available at Ancestry


  • Bronner, Lorrain and Walter L. Buckinham. 1930 Trousdale County, Tennessee Census. Lebanon, Tennessee: Brawner Books, 2005 . FHL 976.8482 X2b

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]


As of August 2010, a query for persons born in Trousdale, Tennessee at World Connect, results in more than 3,500 entries.


  • Bishop - Bishop, Maurice Lytle. Families of Maurice Lytle Bishop. MSS., Wright State University Archives, Dayton, Ohio. FHL US/CAN Film 1769339.
  • Hallum - Hallum, John. The Diary of an Old Lawyer; or, Scenes Behind the Curtain. Nashville, Tennessee: Southwestern Publishing House, 1895.Free digital copy.
  • Hughes - Townsend, Evelyn Hughes and Edward E. Townsend. The Ancestors and Descendants of John Walker Hughes, Jr.: Born 1854, Died 1927. Cleveland, Tenn.: E. Townsend, 1992. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 H874t.

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

Land Grants

  • Free index to 1500+ Pioneer Cumberland Settlements Land Grants, available online, courtesy: Cumberland Pioneer Settlers. The Cumberland Settlements region covered what is now this county. To view the land grants platted on maps, purchase the books described on this site, or access those available at the Family History Library FHL US/CAN Large Q Book 976.8 E7d.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Macon CountySmith CountyWilson CountySumner CountyTN TROUSDALE.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

War of 1812

  • Embry, Hermione D. "War of 1812 - Tennessee Pensioners on List - January 2, 1883," Ansearchin' News, Vol. 8, No. 3 (Jul. 1961):95-98. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 B2a v. 8 (1961); digital version at journal website. Includes Trousdale County pensioners (p. 97).

Civil War

Online Records

Regiments. Men in Trousdale 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 Trousdale County:

Confederate Soldiers

Additional sources for Civil War soldiers from Trousdale County:

Civil War Battle
The following Civil War battle took place in Trousdale 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 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 Trousdale County click on the following town:

  • Hartsville
  • Scott, Betty C. Meadows. Trousdale County, Tennessee, Obituaries, Articles and Scrapbook Clippings: August 1862 - December 1958. 2 vols. Lafayette, Tenn.: Ridge Runner, 2002-2004. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8482 V4s ff.

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:

Trousdale County Historical Society Newsletter
Family History Library has Volume 6, issue 4 (Oct - Dec 1995)FHL US/CAN 976.8482/H1 B2
Volumes 1-11 (Jan 1990 - Jan 2000) indexed at PERiodical Source Index

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

The Trousdale County Court has responsibility for the probate records.

Online Records

School Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

  • 1789- Cumberland Settlements, Tax List, 1789, The Middle Tennessee Journal of Genealogy and History, Vol. 4, No. 2 (Fall 1990). For possible FHL and online access, as well as indexes, see Trousdale.
  • 1917 Jim Marshall Tax Assessment, Hartsville, 1917, Trousdale County Historical Society Newsletter, Vol. 13, No. 3 (Jul. 2002).

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

The original Trousdale County marriage records are kept at the County Courthouse. Due to fire, the marriage records of Trousdale County are lost until 1905.

State Marriage Records

The following Trousdale County marriage records are microfilmed:

Book Abstracts and Indexes

  • 1905-1950 - Walker, Dorothy and Eldon Walker. Trousdale County, Tennessee, marriage index, 1905-1950. S.l.: s.n., 1995. FHL 976.8482 V22w Bride and groom indexes.

Trousdale County is not included in Sistler's Early Middle Tennessee Marriages.

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]

Fred A. Vaught Memorial Library
211 White Oak St
Hartsville, TN 37074
Phone: 1-615-374-3677Website

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Trousdale County Historical Society
211 White Oak St.
Hartsville, TN 37074
Phone: 1-615-374-3677
The society publishes a quarterly newsletter.Website

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

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, "Trousdale, Tennessee" in,_Tennessee accessed 08 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 Joyce Gaston Reece, Friends of the Archives Historical and Preservation Society, Monroe Co., TN., Secretary and American Local History Network, Board of Directors, Vice President (2010).
  5. Voice of Lynnae Weller, Kingsport, 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. Founding of the Cumberland Settlements: The First Atlas 1779-1804.
  10. "List of counties in Tennessee," Wikipedia.
  11. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State