The Migrations Project

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Grainger County is in the northeastern part of Tennessee (surrounded by present day Union, Claiborne, Hancock, Hawkins, Hamblen, Jefferson, and Knox counties). After its creation in 1796, Grainger County became a frequent destination, both permanent and temporary, for pioneers heading west into other parts of frontier America.

Daniel Boone’s Wilderness Trail (now U. S. 25E) and the Knoxville-Abingdon Stage Road (now U. S. 11W) pass through the county. Two major rivers, Holston and Clinch, brought hundreds of travellers from Virginia into East Tennessee on their way to every state west of the Mississippi River.

The Migrations Project, created by Patrick Hays, aims to provide information about migrations from place to place to assist genealogical researchers. If your ancestors ever came through Grainger County, you may find them in local records. If you don’t find them here, but you know that they migrated to, from, or through Grainger County, you are invited to add the details to the Migrations Project using the Submit your Data button below.

When you are searching, remember that much of the area now in Union and Claiborne Counties was historically part of Grainger.

For more information about the Migrations Project and how it works, including detailed information about how to submit your data and search the database, see the FAQ for Using Migrations. For links to some other pages useful in migrations research see the Project’s Links Page.

To reach other Migrations Project county pages within Tennessee, click here to view all the names submitted.

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