Wednesday, April 24, 2013

New in TEL: Tennessee Genealogy Resources

News from the Tennessee Electronic Library (TEL):

In addition to the historic birth and death records, there are now tax lists available to all Tennesseans via the Tennessee Electronic Library.

Tennessee Early Tax List Records, 1783-1895

This database contains early tax lists from 71 of the 95 counties in Tennessee. Tennessee law did not require that tax lists be kept permanently, so many of the early records have been destroyed. In 1836 many counties sent a copy of their tax lists to the state Treasurer, and most of those have been preserved in the State Library and Archives. The database contains many tax lists for some counties, and just one or two tax lists for others.

The Tennessee tax lists included in this database typically list the names of white males over age 21 and will sometimes provide information about that person's land, slaves, and other property. They also include valuations. They can be useful both for locating an ancestor and providing an idea about his circumstances. Records available vary by county and year.

You can find this new addition to the Tennessee Records under the Genealogy tab on the TEL website. Remember that while other Ancestry.com resources require a subscription, these records are free for all Tennesseans. You will need to create a free guest account--watch this video for more information.

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