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Friday, January 1, 2016

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Brick Wall Buster Series: Anderson County, TN Genealogy Gems

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This is the first in a series of posts on the local genealogy gems that may help you burst through that brick wall you are trying to get through.  We will focus on Anderson County, Tennessee for starters, and we will work through every county before we move to our next state.  If you have a state that you want to see us provide resources for next, leave your suggestion in the comment box below.

Some of the places included below have ery extensive websites, and it may be to your advantage to take the time to crawl through each site. Compare the records you find against the online collections that you have been searching to determine if the offline collection is includes addtional records.  

Anderson County Archives

One of the most valuable discoveries for Anderson County, TN is the fact that they have a County Historian who serves as a Certified Genealogist for Anderson County in the County Archives. 

Mary Sue Harris, County Historian
100 N Main St Room 307 | Clinton, TN 37716-3618
865-457-6242 | E-mail:
Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

"The Anderson County Archives provides information on the origins and history of Anderson County, Tennessee. The Archives provide public access to all holdings with the exception of the juvenile records. It provides local government sources material to court officials, genealogists, the legal profession, historians and the general public. The Archives contain documents such as Marriage Bonds, Divorce Records, Indexes and Warranty Deeds, Probate Records, Wills, Estates, Court Records, Chancery Court Records, Circuit Court Records, and Tax Records in addition to many more records and information."  

Clinton Public Library

The Clinton Public Library has a wealth of historical and genealogical print materials.  They also have a great collection of microfilm:
  • probate
  • register of deeds
  • chancery court
  • circuit court
  • county court
  • land grant index
  • tax lists
  • vital records

The following newspapers are on microfilm at the library:

Clinton Gazette
Anderson County News
Clinton Courier News
Clinton Appalachian Observer

See this complete list of newspapers for Anderson County complements of Chonicling America.  The library has a volunteer researcher who can be contacted by e-mail:  Be sure to search the library catalog to get a feel for print resources documenting Anderson County history and genealogy.

More resources

Inventory of Anderson County Records on Microfilm (Tennessee State Library and Archives)
FamilySearch Catalog: Tennessee, Anderson

Our next Brick Wall Buster will hughlight Bedford County Tennessee.


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