James County, Tennessee Genealogy
James County was created in 1871 from parts of Bradley and Hamilton counties. James County went bankrupt in 1919. As a result it was reincorporated into Hamilton County. James County is now extinct.
Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]
"Rotating Formation Tennessee County Boundary Maps" (1777-1985) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website. They rely on AniMap 3.0 software.
Record Loss[edit | edit source]
For a list of record loss in Tennessee counties see: Tennessee Counties with Burned Courthouses
For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:
- Burned Counties. By Michael John Neill at 24-7 Family History Circle.
- When the Records are Gone. By Arlene Eakle at Arlene Eakle's Tennessee Blog.
- Burned Counties Research in the FamilySearch Research Wiki.
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 James County biography and marriage 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.
The following book includes history, vital records, biographies and other miscellaneous records of James County:
- Donnelly, Polly W. et al. James County: A Lost County of Tennessee. Ooltewah, Tenn.: Old James County Chapter, East Tennessee Historical Society, 1983. FHL US/CAN Book 976.882 H2j.
The following book includes newspaper clippings, cemeteries and other miscellaneous information.
- Wooten, John Morgan. James County Scrapbook. 1930s. FHL US/CAN Film 966946 Item 2.
Census[edit | edit source]
- 1880 Census Listing (partial) - via the James County TN Historical Society
- Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. 1880 Census, James County, Tennessee. Nashville, Tenn.: Byron Sistler & Associates, 1991. FHL US/CAN Book 976.882 X2s 1880.
Military[edit | edit source]
War of 1812
- Embry, Hermione D. "War of 1812 - Tennessee Pensioners on List - January 2, 1883," Ansearchin' News, Vol. 7, No. 4 (Oct. 1960):90-93. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 B2a v. 7 (1960); digital version at journal website. [Includes James County pensioners (p. 90).]
Vital Records[edit | edit source]
- Douthat, James L. James County, Tennessee, Marriages 1913-1919. Signal Mountain, Tenn.: Mountain Press, 1986. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 A1 no. 102.
In 1940 and 1941, W.P.A. workers pinpointed the location of James County divorce papers in diverse Hamilton County Courthouse records, see:
- 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.
Websites[edit | edit source]
- James County, TN Genealogy (USGenWeb)
References[edit | edit source]
- Robert M. McBride, "Lost Counties of Tennessee," East Tennessee Historical Society's Publications 38 (1966): 11-14.
- Tennessee Counties with Burned Courthouses in History and Facts of Tennessee Counties in Genealogy, Inc. (accessed 31 March 2014).
- "James County, Tennessee" in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_County,_Tennessee (accessed 25 May 2010).