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Tennessee Vital Records
Statewide registration of births and deaths began in 1914, with general compliance achieved by the early 1920s. Some earlier attempts were also made at recording these events, though they are fragmented. Marriages have been recorded on a county basis since as early as 1778, though many counties are incomplete or missing until as late as the 1850s.
For births and deaths between 1 July 1908 and 30 June 1912, and after 1 January 1914; and for marriages after 1945, write:
Tennessee Vital Records
Central Services Bldg. 1st Floor
421 Fifth Ave. North
Nashville, TN 37247-0450

For earlier records, write to the clerk of the county in question.

Tennessee Department of Health - Vital Records


Tennessee Research Sources

Schweitzer, George K. Tennessee Genealogical Research. Knoxville: the author, 1983. (This valuable volume provides historical information as well as listing the most helpful source material. It details library collections and county inventories with dates.)
Williams, Samuel Cole. History of the Lost State of Franklin. Johnson City, TN: Watauga Press, 1924.
Folmsbee, Stanley John, Robert E. Corlew, and Enoch L. Mitchell. History of Tennessee. 4 vols. New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Co., 1960.

Tennessee State Library and Archives
403 Seventh Avenue, North
Nashville, TN 37243-0312
http://www.tennessee.gov/tsla/

Tennessee Historical Society
War Memorial Building
300 Capital Boulevard
Nashville, TN 37243
http://www.tennesseehistory.org/

East Tennessee Historical Society
601 S. Gay Street
Post Office Box 1629
Knoxville, TN 37901-1629
http://www.east-tennessee-history.org/

Hamilton County Tennessee Genealogical Society
http://www.hctgs.org/

Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society, Inc
http://www.mtgs.org/

Tennessee Department of Health - Vital Records
http://www2.state.tn.us/health/vr/

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