Grainger County “Fact Sheet” from TSLA

This document was prepared by the Tennessee State Library & Archives and is copied here for convenience of our site’s visitors.

Items available at the Tennessee State Library & Archives in Nashville.  Note that some items can be borrowed on Inter-Library Loan.  Most microfilm titles can be purchased by individuals as well as research libraries.

Selected Published County Histories

  • Gleanings From a Scrapbook (Roach, 1983) [name index]
  • Grainger County, 1796-1976: The Only Tennessee County Named for a Woman (Grainger County Bicentennial Committee, 1976?)
  • Grainger County, Tennessee and its People, 1796-1998 (Grainger County Heritage Book Committee, 1998) [surname index]*
  • Langley, Rutledge, Tennessee: A History of a Southern Mansion and its Families (Roach, 1983) [name index]

Additional county and community histories can be found at the Bibliography of Tennessee Local History Sources:  Grainger County. The items in the bibliography may not all be available at TSLA.

Published Local Records

  • 1860 Grainger County, Tennessee Census and Slave Schedule Iindexed (Collins, 2000) [alphabetical by head of household]*
  • 1870 Grainger County Tennessee (Collins, 2000)  [alphabetical name index]*
  • *1880 Census Grainger County, Tennessee (Sistler, 1994) [alphabetical by head of household]*
  • 1900 Grainger County Tennessee [Census] (Collins, 2001) [head of household name index]
  • Census of Grainger County, Tennessee, 1830 (Houston, n.d.)
  • Cherokee Reservoir Grave Removals by T.V.A. (Douthat, 2003) [name index]
  • Families of Norris Reservoir Area (Wilson, 1986) [head of household name index]
  • Grainger County, Tennessee 1836 Tennessee Civil Districts and Tax Lists (Douthat, 1993)
  • Grainger County, Tennessee 1850 Census (Treadway, 1996) [surname index]*
  • Grainger County, Tennessee 1910 Federal Census (Collins,  200?)*
  • Grainger County, Tennessee 1920 Federal Census (Collins, 200?) [alphabetical index by head of household]*
  • Grainger County, Tennessee Bonds and Marriages [1888-1926] (Collins, 200?) [alphabetical listings]*
  • Grainger County, Tennessee, Cemetery Records (McGinnis, 1982) [name index]
  • Grainger County, Tennessee Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions Record Book no. 3, 1812-1816 (Sheffield, 1983) [name index]
  • Grainger County Tennessee Court Minutes vol. 1 1796-1802 (WPA, 193?) [name index]
  • Grainger County, Tennessee, Federal Census of 1810: Population Schedule (Third Census) and County Tax Lists for 1810 (1956) [name index]
  • Grainger County, Tennessee Guardian Bonds 1796-1835 (WPA, 1938)
  • Grainger County Tennessee Inventories of Estates and Wills, Nov., 1833-May, 1852 (Reeves, 1989) [surname index]*
  • Grainger County, Tennessee Letters of Administration, 1842-1854 (Sheffield, 1983) [name index]
  • Grainger County, Tennessee, Loose Wills (1994?) [name index]*
  • Grainger County Tennessee Marriage Records 1796-1837 (WPA, 1939) [name index]
  • Grainger County, Tennessee Marriages, January 1858-October 1870, June 1881-March 1888 (Collins, 200?) [alphabetical listings]*
  • Grainger County, Tennessee Marriages 1838-1857 (WPA, 1939) [name index]
  • Grainger County Tennessee: Memorandum of Licenses Granted Merchants Since the 1st October A.D. 1809; List Voters Names 1835; Scholastic Population 1848 (WPA, 1939)
  • Grainger County Tennessee Minutes Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions no. 3 1812-16 (WPA, 1939) [name index]
  • Grainger County, Tennessee Minutes of Court of Pleas [1802-1812] (Tennessee Historical Records Survey, 1992?) [name index]
  • Grainger County, Tennessee, Tax List, 1814-1815 (19??) [name index]*
  • Grainger County Tennessee Tombstone Records (WPA, 1939)
  • Grainger County, Tennessee Vital Statistics, 1914 Through 1925 (Wiefering, 1993) [name index]*
  • Grainger County, Tennessee, Vital Statistics, 1926 Through 1935 (Wiefering, 2001) [name index]*
  • Grainger County, Tennessee, Vital Statistics 1936 Through 1946 (Wiefering, 2001) [name index]*
  • Grainger County Tennessee Wills and Settlements 1833-1841 (WPA, 193?) [name index]
  • Liberty Hill Cemetery; Liberty Hill, Grainger County, Tennessee (Nicley & Hendrix, 1981) [name index]*
  • Marriages of Grainger County, Tennessee, 1796-1837 (Whitley, 1982)*
  • Records of Grainger County Tennessee: Letters of Administration 1842-1854 (WPA, 1937) [name index]
  • Records of Grainger County Tennessee: Polls and Taxable Property in Grainger County, 1814-1815 (WPA, 1936) [name index]
  • Tennessee, Grainger County Loose Wills Old Index (WPA, 1938) [name index]
  • Tennessee, Grainger County Marriage Bonds and Licenses [Book 1, 1796-1837; Book 2, 1838-1866] (Kennerly, 1964-) [name index]
  • Tennessee, Records of Grainger County: Minutes of Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions Vol. 2 1802-1812 Part 1 & 2 (WPA, 1939) [name index]*

Local Records on Microfilm

An inventory of microfilmed Grainger County records is available on our web site.  Individual reels of microfilm may also be purchased.

Earliest records include:

  • marriages from 1796
  • wills from 1833
  • deed index from 1797
  • chancery court minutes from 1848
  • county court minutes from 1796
  • circuit court minutes from 1810
  • tax books from 1851

The following reels are available on interlibrary loan from TSLA:

  • Index to Deeds — 1797-1912  (#35, 1 reel)*
  • Inventories of Estates & Wills — 1833-1852  (#33, 1 reel)*
  • Inventories of Estates & Wills — 1852-1892  (#34, 1 reel)*
  • Marriage Bonds and Licenses — 1796-1809  (#20A, 1 reel)*
  • Marriage Bonds and Licenses — 1810-1829  (#20B, 1 reel)*
  • Marriage Bonds and Licenses — 1820-1839  (#20C, 1 reel)*
  • Marriage Bonds and Licenses — 1840-1849  (#20D, 1 reel)*
  • Marriage Bonds and Licenses — 1850-1859  (#20E, 1 reel)*
  • WPA Records, Grainger County  (Record Group #107, Roll 23,  1 reel). Roll includes County Court Minute Book (1796-1802),  Minutes, Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions (1802-1812, 1812-1816),  Marriage Records (1796-1857),  Polls & Taxable Property (1814-1815),  Wills & Administrations (1833-1841),  Letter of Administration (1842-1854),  Tombstone Records (undated),  Merchants, Voters Names, Scholastic Population (1809-1848), Guardian Bonds (1796-1835) and Loose Wills (undated).*

Newspapers on Microfilm

Newspapers were published in Rutledge.  Scattered early issues are available from 1911, and a complete run begins in 1937.  Microfilms are loaned to Tennessee libraries.  Individual reels may also be purchased.  An Inventory of Newspapers on Microfilm at TSLA is available on our web site.

Selected Manuscripts Material

Census Records

  • Census on microfilm for Grainger County:  1810-1880, 1900-1930
  • State-wide census index:  1810-1880
  • State-wide census index on microfilm  (Soundex):  1880,  1900-1930
  • Grainger County census records in book form:  1810, 1830, 1850, 1870*, 1880*, 1910*, 1920*

Additional Resources for Grainger County

* Indicates this title may be borrowed on Interlibrary Loan from TSLA.

Updated as of December 19, 2008, by TSLA staff. An updated version may be available at the TSLA Web site.

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