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Grundy County, Tennessee
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Founded: January 29, 1844
County Seat Altamont
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Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for Felix Grundy. The County is located in the south central area of the state. [1]

Grundy County, Tennessee Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1908 1850 1908 1844 1852 1850 1810
Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1914. General compliance by 1927.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]


Grundy County Courthouse, Altamont, Tenn. Courtesy: Collection: County Court Houses, Flickr by Jimmy Emerson. Used by permission.

Grundy County Courthouse
Hwy 56 & 108;
Altamont, TN 37301
Phone: 931.692.3455 

County Clerk has marriage and probate records 1850.
Register of Deeds has land records. [3]

Grundy County Courthouse
Courthouse Circle, Grundy St.
Altamont, TN 37301
Phone: 1-931-692-3455

Grundy County Clerk
Marriage records
P.O. Box 215
Altamont, TN 37301
Phone: 1-931-692-3622

Grundy County Chancery Court Clerk
Probate records
P.O. Box 274
Altamont, TN 37301
Phone: 1-931-692-3455

Grundy County Circuit Court Clerk
Court records
P.O. Box 161
Altamont, TN 37301
Phone: 1-931-692-3368

County Register of Deeds
Land records
P.O. Box 35
Altamont, TN 37301
Phone: 1-931-692-3621

Mon.-Fri. 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sat. 8:30 a.m.-noon

History[edit | edit source]

U.S. Attorney General Felix Grundy (1777-1840)

Middle Tennessee county in the Sequatchie Valley.

The county is named after U.S. Attorney General Felix Grundy (1777-1840).[4]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1844--Grundy County was created 29 January 1844 from Coffee and Warren Counties.
County seat: Altamont[5]

County Pronunciation[edit | edit source]

  1. Hear it spoken[6] (female)
  2. Hear it spoken[7] (male)

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

For animated maps illustrating Tennessee county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Tennessee County Boundary Maps" (1777-1985) may be viewed for free at the website.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]


1853 and 1990 Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.[8]

  • Lost marriage records: 1844 to 1849

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:

Places/Localities[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[9]

Census-designated places

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Getting Started[edit | edit source]

Use the free Search for Surnames at Mountain Press's website to quickly search a variety of published Grundy County biography, cemetery, court, marriage, probate, and WPA records. To determine which books are being searched, or to search each publication's index individually, click here. You are now equipped with a checklist of books to pull off the shelves at a genealogy library, or a wish list for your personal book collection.

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

  • Genealogical "Fact Sheets" About Tennessee Counties: Grundy County, courtesy: TSLA. (Identifies published county histories, published local records, census records, newspapers and local records on microfilm, and select manuscripts.)
  • "Grundy County Genealogical Research," The Middle Tennessee Journal of Genealogy and History, Vol. 5, No. 4 (Spring 1992). For possible FHL and online access, as well as indexes, see Periodicals.

African American[edit | edit source]

United States African Americans Gotoarrow.png Tennessee African Americans

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county Family History Library
TNGenWeb WorldCat BillionGraves
TNGenWeb Archives Linkpendium
Tombstone Project TN Gravestones
TNGenWeb Cemeteries Interment
See Tennessee Cemeteries for more information.

Additional Cemetery Resources

Census[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1850 2,773
1860 3,093 11.5%
1870 3,250 5.1%
1880 4,592 41.3%
1890 6,345 38.2%
1900 7,802 23.0%
1910 8,322 6.7%
1920 9,753 17.2%
1930 9,717 −0.4%
1940 11,552 18.9%
1950 12,558 8.7%
1960 11,512 −8.3%
1970 10,631 −7.7%
1980 13,787 29.7%
1990 13,362 −3.1%
2000 14,332 7.3%
2010 13,703 −4.4%
Source: "".

1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 federal population schedules of Grundy County are available online. For tips on accessing census records online, see Tennessee Census. If you're having trouble finding your ancestors in online indexes, try checking printed indexes. Created by local experts familiar with the area's families, these indexes are often transcribed more accurately than nationwide online indexes.

See Tennessee Population Schedule Indexes: Fiche, Film, or Book for more information about statewide printed indexes.

1810 - 1891

See Grundy County, TN census assignments, including links to transcribed files. The USGenWeb Census Project®


  • Goins, Sara A. and Norma D. Hobbs. 1850 Census, Grundy County, Tennessee.Dunlap, Tennessee: Goins and Hobbs Genealogy Service, 1986. FHL 976.878 X2g 1850
  • Sherrill, Charles A. Grundy County, Tennessee, Special Census records 1850-1880: Agricultural schedules, Slave population schedules, Mortality Schedules, Products of Industry Schedules. Nashville, Tennessee: C.A. Sherrill, 1996. FHL 976.878 X2s


  • Sherrill, Charles A. Grundy County, Tennessee, Special Census records 1850-1880: Agricultural schedules, Slave population schedules, Mortality Schedules, Products of Industry Schedules. Nashville, Tennessee: C.A. Sherrill, 1996. FHL 976.878 X2s
  • Wihelm, Mae K. United States Census, Grundy County, Tennessee, 1860.Dulap, Tennessee: Goins and Hobbs Genealogy Service, 19--? FHL 976.878 X2w 1860


  • Sherrill, Charles A. Grundy County, Tennessee, Special Census records 1850-1880: Agricultural schedules, Slave population schedules, Mortality Schedules, Products of Industry Schedules. Nashville, Tennessee: C.A. Sherrill, 1996. FHL 976.878 X2s
  • United States Census, Grundy County, Tennessee, 1870.Dunlap, Tennessee: Goins and Hobbs Genealogy Service, 19--?. FHL 976.878 X2u 1870


  • Scanned census images. USGenWeb Archives
  • Sherrill, Charles A. Grundy County, Tennessee, Special Census records 1850-1880: Agricultural schedules, Slave population schedules, Mortality Schedules, Products of Industry Schedules. Nashville, Tennessee: C.A. Sherrill, 1996. FHL 976.878 X2s

1890 Lost, but a substitute is available:

  • Sistler, Byron H. and Barbara Sistler. 1890 Civil War Veterans Census, Tennessee. Evanston, Illinois: Byron Sistler and Associates, 1978. FHL 976.8 X2s 1890

1891 Male Voters


  • Wilhelm, Mae K. United States Census, Grundy County, Tennessee, 1900.Dunlap, Tennessee: Goins and Hobbs Genealogy Service, 19--?. FHL 976.878 X2w 1900


Church[edit | edit source]

Court[edit | edit source]

Family Histories[edit | edit source]

This bibliography will eventually identify all known family histories published about residents of this county. Use this list to:

  • Locate publications about direct ancestors
  • Find the most updated accounts of an ancestor's family
  • Identify publications, to quote Elizabeth Shown Mills, about an ancestor's "FAN Club" (Friends, Associates, and Neighbors)


As of August 2010, a query for persons born in Grundy, Tennessee at World Connect, results in more than 19,000 entries.

  • Grundy County Heritage Book. Free online index.
  • Tate, Dennis Armfield. Rebels, Saints and Sinners: An Ancestral History of the Southern States. Missoula, Montana: D. Tate, 2000. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 D2td. Surnames include Savage, Tate, Hicks, Christian, Lockhart, Davison, Pope, Pace, Davison, Martin, Fortenberry, Lambert, Evans, Worsham, Lowe, Maycock/Maycocke, Harris, Fort, McKenney, Watts, Chamblis, Walton, Harris, West, Pitman, Jordan, Champion, English, Reynolds, Corker and Northcutt.


  • Brown - Brown, Rex Erwin. Brown and White Family Histories. [Fort Huachuca, Arizona?]: R.E. Brown, 1988. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 B812bre.
  • Killian - Killian, J. Yates. The History of the Killian Family in North Carolina. Unknown: Unknown, 1955. FHL US/CAN Fiche 6019000; digital versions at Ancestry ($); and Heritage Quest Online ($).
  • Sanders - Patton, David and Margie Ramey. A Grundy County Family: Ralph and Ola Dykes Sanders.
  • Tosh - Tosh, Alice. Tosh Family Genealogical Record, ca. 1835-1978. Typescript, microfilmed 1992. FHL US/CAN Film 1697649 Item 2.
  • Willis - Sherrill, Charles A. Peter Willis of Tennessee and His Descendants. Cleveland, Tenn.: C.A. Sherrill, 1986. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 W679s.

Land[edit | edit source]

  • Grundy County Register of Deeds has Land Records from 1852 and is located at the Courthouse, P.O. Box 215, Altamont, Tennessee 37301-0215; Telephone: (615) 692-3621. Land and property records include transfer of real estate or personal property, mortgages, leases, surveys, and entries.
  • The Family History Library has microfilm copies of a general index to deeds, trust deeds, and miscellaneous record books 1859-1952; deed books 1852-1925; estate settlement book 1852-1895; land entry books 1869-1898; and meeting minutes from the Board of Equalization 1912-1953.

Law and Legislation[edit | edit source]

  • Tennessee State Library and Archives, Acts of Tennessee 1796-1850: Index to Names. January 25, 2005. In addition to creating new laws, legislative acts were often required to obtain a divorce, grant legitimacy to a child, or for appointments to or grant payments for public service. The TSLA has created an index to names that appear in these acts covering the years 1796 to 1850. To read more about this valuable resource Click here. The searchable index is available at the TSLA; another version is available at World Vital Records.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

  • Raulston, J. Leonard and James Weston Livingood. Sequatchie: A Story of the Southern Cumberlands. Knoxville, Tenn.: University of Tennessee Press, 1974. FHL US/CAN Book 976.87 H2r.

Maps[edit | edit source]

Warren CountySequatchie CountyMarion CountyFranklin CountyCoffee CountyTN GRUNDY.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources
Sequatchie Valley

Military[edit | edit source]

Revolutionary War[edit | edit source]

The following Grundy County Revolutionary War records are available online through TNGenWeb:

War of 1812[edit | edit source]
Civil War[edit | edit source]

Online Records

Regiments. Civil War service men from Grundy County served in various regiments. Men often joined a regiment or a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are the military units that were formed in or had many men from Grundy County.

Confederate Soldiers

Additional sources for Civil War soldiers from Grundy County:

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Many Tennessee newspapers are filmed and available at the TSLA. Most of these newspapers may be accessed by interlibrary loan to libraries within Tennessee, although there are some newspapers which are not available in or outside of Tennessee. For further information regarding interlibrary loan policies and newspapers not available for interlibrary loan click here. For a list of newspapers available at the archives for Grundy County click on the following towns:

Occupations[edit | edit source]

  • Miller, Alan N. Middle Tennessee's Forgotten Children: Apprentices from 1784 to 1902. Baltimore, Md.: Printed for Clearfield Company, Inc., by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 2004. FHL US/CAN 976.8 U2ma. Purchase at Includes Grundy County.
  • Tennesse Bureau of Agriculture, Statistics and Mines. Coal Mines and Mining--Tennessee. Nashville, Tennessee: A.B. Travel, 1883. Free digital copy.

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Tap into the minds of local experts. Editors of genealogical periodicals publish unique sources that researchers who are new to their area would not likely discover. This type of material may be found in local, regional, or statewide genealogical society journals. The following periodicals cover this county:

Ansearchin' News
Genealogical articles with abstracts of records of Grundy County, Tennessee have been published in Ansearchin' News, the quarterly magazine of the Tennessee Genealogical Society. To view a list of these articles, visit their county index. To read digitized versions of the first 36 years of articles (Vols. 1-36), browse their archive or conduct a surname search. The Family History Library has a complete collection of the Ansearchin' News quarterly FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 B2a.
The Middle Tennessee Journal of Genealogy and History
Genealogical articles with abstracts of records of Grundy County, Tennessee have been published in The Middle Tennessee Journal of Genealogy and History, the quarterly of the Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society (23+ Vols.). To view a list of these articles, visit their online Index to Articles (1988-2005). Surname indexes are also available online for Vols. 2-22. The website also offers back issues for sale in paper and on CD. The Family History Library has a complete collection of this quarterly FHL US/CAN Book 976.85 D25m.
The Pathfinder
"Grundy County Historical Society was founded February 1988 in Tracy City, Tennessee. The Grundy County Historical Society will collect preserve, research, and interpret documents that connect us to the past." (web site).
The Family History Library has volumes beginning in 1996. FHL US/CAN Book, which includes links to digital versions of the volumes listed 976.878 H25p.

Prisons[edit | edit source]

Learn if your Grundy County, Tennessee Genealogy ancestors went to prison!

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

The Grundy County Court has responsibility for the probate records.

Online Records

FamilySearch has placed scans of the following records online in the Tennessee, Probate Court Books, 1795-1927 collection. These are browse-only collections. Handwritten indexes may be found at the front or back of some volumes:

  • Wills, 1838-1966 (Vols. 1-3)
  • Bonds, Letters, 1901-1968
  • Claims against insolvent estates, 1865-1954
  • Inventories, 1857-1968 (Vols. 1-3)
  • Settlements, 1841-1860 (Vol. 1); 1885-1929 (Vol. B)

The following Grundy County probate records have been abstracted or indexed:

  • 1844 - 1900 Sherrill, Charles A. Grundy County, Tennessee Wills and Estates, 1844-1900. Chattanooga, Tennessee: C.A. Sherrill, 1986. Indexed. Contains wills, administrators and guardians settlements, estate settlements, and loose papers, with varying years for each record type. (FHL book 976.878 P28s.)
  • 1838 - 1861 - Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. Index to Tennessee Wills & Administrations 1779-1861. Nashville, Tenn. Byron Sistler & Associates, Inc., 1990. FHL US/CAN 976.8 P22s. Includes an index to this county's probate records.

Taxation[edit | edit source]

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

The following publication is a good substitute source for local vital records:

  • Tate, Dennis and Blanche Tate. Vital Records from Grundy County, Tennessee Newspapers. Missoula, Montana: D. Tate, 1998?. FHL US/CAN Book 976.878 V2t.

See also How to order Tennessee Vital Records or order electronically online.

Birth[edit | edit source]
Marriage[edit | edit source]

The original Grundy County marriage records are kept at the County Courthouse. Because of fire, marriages are lost in Grundy County until April 1850. The following publications, based on early newspapers, helps to alleviate this genealogical obstacle:

The following Grundy County marriage records are microfilmed:

  • 1849 - 1986 - Available at the TSLA. Marriages 1817-1899 are available for interlibrary loan.
  • 1850 - 1960 - Available at the Family History Library. Some volumes are indexed.FHL 593022

The following Grundy County marriage records have been indexed:

  • 1844 - 1880 - Sherrill, Charles A. Grundy County, Tennessee, Marriage Records, 1844-1880. Cleveland Heights, Ohio: C.A. Sherrill, 1984. FHL 976.878 V28s
  • 1844 - 1880 - Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. Early Middle Tennessee Marriages. 2 vols. Nashville, Tenn.: B. Sistler & Associates, 1988. FHL Book 976.8 V2sb v. 2 ff. Indexes names of brides and grooms, and marriage dates for weddings in this county for the specified years.
  • 1850 - 1874 - Marriage Records, 1850-1874, Grundy County, Tennessee.  Nashville: TSLA, Historical Records Project, 1939. Typescript. FHL 24669 Item 2
  • 1850 - 1874 - Marriage Records. [11]
  • 1849 - 1850 - Marriage Records: Early–1850. [12]
Divorce[edit | edit source]

In 1940 and 1941, W.P.A. workers pinpointed the location of Grundy County divorce papers in diverse manuscript collections, see the following records:

  • W.P.A. Guide to Public Vital Statistics in Tennessee. Nashville, Tenn.: The Tennessee Historical Records Survey, 1941. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 A3gp.
Death[edit | edit source]

For deaths of Methodists in Grundy County between the 1830s and the 1920s, try:

Societies and Libraries [edit | edit source]

See also a List of Tennessee Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical & Genealogical Societies

Grundy County Historical Society
P.O. Box 1422
465 Railroad Ave.
Tracy City, TN 37387
Hours: Weekdays 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Saturdays by appointment

Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society
PO Box 330948
Nashville, TN, USA 37203-7507
The society serves the 40 counties of middle Tennessee of which Grundy County is one. It publishes The Middle Tennessee Journal of Genealogy and History, a quarterly containing articles of genealogical and historical interest. Little-known Tennessee records are published and indexed, along with family genealogies, Bible records and material submitted by members. There is an alphabetical Index to articles in the Journal 1988-summer 2005

Altamont Public Library
1433 Main Street
P.O. Box 228
Altamont, TN 37301
Phone: 1-931-692-2457

Tracy City Public Library
Main Street
Tracy City, TN 37387
Phone: 1-931-592-9714

Family History Centers
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Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Libraries

Websites[edit | edit source]

Wikipedia has more about this subject: Grundy County, Tennessee

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Grundy, Tennessee" in,_Tennessee accessed 20 Dec 2018
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Grundy County, Tennessee. Page 638-645 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 637-640.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Grundy County, Tennessee page 640, At various libr40ries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. "List of counties in Tennessee," Wikipedia.
  5. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), 640. (FHL Book 973 D27e 2002). WorldCat entry.
  6. Voice of Lynnae Weller, Kingsport, Tenn. (2010).
  7. Voice of Gene Black, FamilySearch employee, former resident of Bristol, Tenn. (2010).
  8. Lost Records: Courthouse Fires and Disasters in Tennessee in Tennessee State Library and Archives in Tennessee Secretary of State.
  9. Wikipedia contributors, "Grundy County, Tennessee," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,, accessed 16 November 2019.
  10. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at
  11. Orem, Utah: Automated Archives, 1994. (Family History Library compact disc number 9 part 2.) Does not circulate to Family History Centers.
  12. Orem, Utah: Automated Archives, 1992. (Family History Library compact disc number 9 part 229.) Does not circulate to Family History Centers.