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McMinn County, Tennessee ancestry, family history, and genealogy research page. Guide to McMinn County (established 1819) genealogy, history, and courthouse sources including birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, wills, deeds and land records, Civil War records, Revolutionary War records, family histories, cemeteries, churches, tax records, newspapers, and obituaries.

McMinn County, Tennessee
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Founded: November 13, 1819
County Seat Athens
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Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named Joseph McMinn (1758–1824). McMinn was a militia commander during the Revolutionary War, a member of the territorial legislature, speaker of the state senate, and eventually governor of the state of Tennessee. McMinn died on October 17, 1824, and is buried at Shiloh Presbyterian Cemetery in Calhoun. The County is located in the southeast area of the state. [1]

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

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1908 1901 1925 1843 1901 1900 1830
Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1914. General compliance by 1927.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]


Mcminn County Courthouse.jpg

McMinn County Courthouse, Athens, Tenn.

]] McMinn County Courthouse
6 E Madison Avenue
Athens, TN 37303
Phone: 423.745.1281 

County Clerk has marriage, probate and court
records from 1820.
Register of Deeds has land records. [3]

McMinn County Clerk
Marriage, probate and court records
5 South Hill St., Suite A
Athens, TN 37303
Phone: 1-423-745-4440

McMinn County Register of Deeds
Land records
P.O. Box 1074
Athens, TN 37303
Phone: 1-423-745-1232

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

History[edit | edit source]

East Tennessee county. Established 1819.

The county is named after Tennessee Governor Joseph McMinn (1758-1824).[4]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1819--McMinn County was established 13 November 1819 from Cherokee Indian Lands.
County seat: Athens [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]


1964 Fire damaged courthouse records.[8]

  • Lost census: 1820
  • Lack of marriage records: 1819 to 1837

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]

Unincorporated communities
  • Acme Mill
  • Addison
  • Alta Vista
  • Avalon Heights
  • Balltown
  • Barton Mill
  • Bell Spring
  • Belleview Estates
  • Bethsalem
  • Bohannon Addition
  • Brewer Addition
  • Bryson
  • Burger
  • Cambria
  • Carlock
  • Cedar Springs
  • Chestuee
  • Chuckaluck (historical)
  • Claxton
  • Clear Springs
  • Clearwater
  • Clem Jones Heights
  • Cog Hill (historical)
  • Coile
  • Collins Mill
  • Conasauga
  • Dentville
  • Double Springs
  • East Etowah
  • Fairview
  • Fiketown
  • Folger (historical)
  • Forrest Hills
  • Georgetown
  • Goodsprings
  • Goosetown
  • Grady
  • Heritage Park
  • Hillsview
  • Housley Addition
  • Hutsell
  • Idlewild
  • Ingleside Hill
  • Joshua (historical)
  • Kimbroughs
  • Knox Park
  • Lamontville
  • Liberty Hill
  • Lockmiller Addition
  • Longs Mills (historical)
  • Luskville
  • Macedonia
  • Magellan (historical)
  • Manilla (historical)
  • Marshall Hill
  • Mashburn
  • McKelvia (historical)
  • Mecca
  • Morningside
  • Mortimer (historical)
  • Mount Cumberland
  • Mount Harmony
  • Mount Verd
  • Murray Store
  • New Bethel
  • Nonaburg
  • North Etowah
  • North Liberty
  • Old Englewood
  • Pickwatina Place
  • Pine Grove
  • Pine Ridge (historical)
  • Piney Grove
  • Pond Hill
  • Poplar Hill
  • Prigmore
  • Prospect
  • Reagan
  • Regret
  • Riddles Store
  • Ridgeway
  • Rogers Creek
  • Sanford
  • Seven Cedars
  • South Liberty
  • Spring Creek
  • Suburban Hills
  • Sunset View
  • Tellico Hills
  • Tranquility
  • Union Grove
  • Watt Heights
  • Wesleyanna
  • Yancey (historical)
  • Zion Hill
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 McMinn County biography, census, history, land, 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]

African American[edit | edit source]

United States African Americans Gotoarrow.png Tennessee African Americans

Bible[edit | edit source]

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 BillionGraves
TNGenWeb Cemeteries Gravestones
See Tennessee Cemeteries for more information.

Additional Cemetery Resources

Census[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1820 1,623
1830 14,460 790.9%
1840 12,719 −12.0%
1850 13,906 9.3%
1860 13,555 −2.5%
1870 13,969 3.1%
1880 15,064 7.8%
1890 17,890 18.8%
1900 19,163 7.1%
1910 21,046 9.8%
1920 25,133 19.4%
1930 29,019 15.5%
1940 30,781 6.1%
1950 32,024 4.0%
1960 33,662 5.1%
1970 35,462 5.3%
1980 41,878 18.1%
1990 42,383 1.2%
2000 49,015 15.6%
2010 52,266 6.6%
Source: "".

1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, and 1940 federal population censuses of McMinn 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.

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

1810 - 1891

1820 - Lost[10]


1840 Revolutionary War Pensioners




1891 Male Voters

Church[edit | edit source]

Church records include baptisms, marriages and burials, as well as information about family members and clues about family migration.  For additional information about church records, religions, and religious archives in Tennessee, see Tennessee Church Records.

In 1936, a helpful guide to McMinn County church records was publised by the Works Project Administration:

  • Douthat, James L. McMinn County, Tennessee, Records : W.P.A. transcript. Signal Mountain, Tennessee : Mountain Press, 1991.  Reprint. FHL 976.8865 K2m
  • McMinn County Church Records
- FamilySearch Catalog - McMinn County Church Records
  • Church histories tell when a church started in the area, who the early members were, give data about church leaders, etc.
- FamilySearch Catalog - McMinn County Church History
  • If the records you need are not in the Family History Library collection, contact the church(es) in the area where your ancestor lived.  Two sites that give information about churches in McMinn County are:
- List of McMinn County churches with addresses and phone numbers (Yellowbook)
- List of McMinn County churches (TN HomeTownLocator)
Baptist[edit | edit source]
  • 1832 - 1967 - Mars Hill Presbyterian Church Records. Athens, 1832-1967.  TSLA Reel #466 FHL 464124 Item 4
  • 1832 - 1900 - Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. Vital Statistics from 19th Century Tennessee Church Records. Nashville: Sitler and Associates, 1979. FHL 976.8 K29s vol.2. Mars Hill Presbyterian Church Records. Athens, 1832-1967.
Methodist Episcopal[edit | edit source]
  • 1865 - 1929 - Athens Methodist Episcopal Church Records. McMinn County, 1865-1929. TSLA Reel #369
  • 1827 - 1900 - Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. Vital Statistics from 19th Century Tennessee Church Records. Nashville: Sitler and Associates, 1979. FHL 976.8 K29s vol.1   Index to original Athens Methodist Episcopal Church Records. McMinn County, 1865-1929.

Court[edit | edit source]

DNA[edit | edit source]

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DNA has been collected from men claiming descent from the following McMinn County residents. Attempts have not been made to verify the lineages of those tested.
  • Brown - Multiple descendants of James S. Brown, b. 1780 Rockingham County, Virginia, resident of Lincoln County, Tennessee mid 1820s, resident of McMinn County, Tennessee 1830, d. 1876 DeKalb County, Alabama. Y-DNA 25 and 67 Marker Tests, FTDNA (Kits 39542, 82328). Genetic signatures available online (labeled Group No. 94), genealogical description available online, courtesy: Brown/Browne/Braun DNA Study.

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 McMinn, Tennessee at World Connect, results in more than 45,000 entries.


  • Barnes - See Longley.
  • Bates - Bates, Madison C. Bates, a Brief History and Genealogy of Joseph Harrison Bates. Galesburg, Ill.: Wagoner Printing Co., 1915. FHL/VAULT US/CAN Film 1145782 Item 3; digital version at Google Books.
  • Beavers - Beavers, Donald Lewis. Beavers Family: Charles Brack Beavers, 1876-1933. n.p.: D.L. Beavers, 1980?. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 B386be.
  • Bigham - Bigham, Esther W. Genealogical Collection of Esther Bigham. MSS., microfilmed in 1993. FHL US/CAN Film 1598133 Item 1. Andres Bigham of McMinn County, Tennessee.
  • Blake - Johnson, Chester R. The Blakes of Bibb County, Alabama, 1819-1988. Cullman, Ala.: Gregath, 1988. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 B581j.
  • Boone - Hodges, J. E. Jesse Boone: His Ancestors and Descendants. Maiden, NC: Unknown, 1953. FHL US/CAN Film 1402779; digital version at Heritage Quest Online. ($).
  • Brown - Schofield, Cuma Drury. My Mother's Brown Family. [North Fork, Calif.: C.D. Schofield], 1990. FHL US/CAN Book 929.273 B812s.
  • Brown - McCornack, John C. The Family of Ollie Brown and Robert Austin of Scotts Hill, Tennessee and Foss, Oklahoma. [Peoria, Illinois]: J.C. McCornack, 1992. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 B814; digital version at FamilySearch Digital Library
  • Cantrell - See Longley.
  • Curd - See Longley.
  • Delzell - Delzell Family Bible Records, 1847-1936. Published before 1948. FHL US/CAN Film 875412 Item 6.
  • Dixon - Abshire, Wiley D. Dixon Genealogy. MSS., microfilmed in 1978. FHL US/CAN Film 1036379 Item 25.
  • Dodson - Lynn, Catherine Gaffin. The Dodson Family of Warren County, Tennessee and Allied Families. Centerville, Tenn.: Lynn, 1974. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 D668Lc.
  • Firestone - Russell, George Ely. "Firestone Family of Frederick Co., Md.," Western Maryland Genealogy, Vol. 9, No. 1 (Jan. 1993):2-14; Vol. 9, No. 2 (Apr. 1993):62-72.
  • Gentry - Edwards, Helen Watson. Echoes of the Past: A Book for the Descendants of John Alexander Gentry and Minnie Bell Woods. Montgomery, Ala.: H.W. Edwards, 1992. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 G289eh.
  • Hampton - Mellen, Diana L. Yesterday: The Hampton, McCracken, Longwith, Mabry ; Wells Families. Bowie, Md.: Heritage Books, 1991. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 H189hm.
  • Hemphill - Hemphill, Patricia Murphy. James M. Hemphill and Frances A. Neill: of North Carolina, Tennessee and Missouri: and Their Descendants (1800-1999). Decorah, Iowa: Anundsen, 1999. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 H377hp.
  • Hunt - Hunt, Edward E. Descendants of Grandison Hunt, 1801-1982. Prepared abt 1982. FHL US/CAN Film 1320815 Item 42.
  • Kelley - Smith, Paul and Alba Nannie Hickman Smith. Joel Kelley, ca 1775 - ca 1862. Alpharetta, Georgia: P. Smith, 1984. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 K287sm.
  • Kincheloe - Hendrix, Dorothy Kincheloe. Ancestors and Descendants of Alexander Bowling Kincheloe and Nancy Catherine Stout. Orem, Utah: D.K. Hendrix, 2001. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 K574h.
  • Langley - See Longley.
  • Longley - Matthews, Addah Longley. Genealogy, Curd-Longley, Cantrell-Barnes. North Newton, KS: Mennonite Press, 1966. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 C922g; digital version at Heritage Quest Online ($).
  • Morris - Morris, James L. Our Morris Family. [Boise, Idaho]: J. Morris, 1993. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 M831mjL.
  • Morton - Morgan, Donna Morton. The Lookout Mountain Mortons and Their Descendants: Plus Ancestors and Relatives from York Co., Pennsylvania; Mechklenburg Co., North Carolina; Blount Co., Tennessee; and Wacker Co., Georgia, 1731-1989. Baltimore, Md.: Gateway Press, 1989. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 M821mL.
  • Newman - Benson, Gracie Lee Armstrong, Alice Loraine Benson Slayden, Mildred Lindsey Strange and Susan Cantrill Christie. The Cantrell-Newman Genealogy. Bowie, Texas: Mrs. W.E. Benson ; Mrs. J. Slayden, [1964]. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 C169b.
  • Owen - Owen, Cyril Revella Zina and Dorothy Barbara Cross Owen. Owen - Cross Family History. Aptos, Calif.: C.R.Z. ; D.B.C. Owen, 1979. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 Ow2ocr.
  • Pope - Pope, George M. Our Pope Family in America: With Brief Genealogy of the Rutherford, Odell, Morgan and Banks Families. Murfreesboro, Tenn.: G.M. Pope, 2002. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 P81pg.
  • Rothwell - Fischer, Myra Smith. A Rothwell Book: Comprising the Descendants of Claiborne Rothwell of Albemarle County, Virginia, through Nine Generations and Interesting Sketches About Some of His Descendants. Memphis, Tennessee: M.S. Fischer, 1964. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 R746f; digital version at Heritage Quest Online ($).
  • Rutherford - Guthrie, Glenita. Family Cookin' II: With a Dash of Family History. Westville, Oklahoma: G. Guthrie, (1995). FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 R159g.
  • Smart - Goforth, George Tuttle. Smart Genealogy. Annadale, Md.: G.T. Goforth, (198-). FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 A1 no. 6413.
  • Starr - Garrett, Sandi. Descendants of Thomas Starr, Nannie Wolf ; Nancy Foreman: "Ani-Yun-Wa-Ya" Real People. Spavinaw, Oklahoma: Cherokee Woman Pub., 2000. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 St28gsa.
  • Thomas - Roy, Claude N. The Roy Family of Virginia and Tennessee: Goddard, Thomas, Lee, McDaniel. n.p.: C.N. Roy, 1994. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 R812rc.
  • Thompson - Thompson, Mary Ann Morris. Samuel Thompson of McMinn County, Tennessee and Some of His Descendants: Including the Related Families of Cobb, Cooke, Derrick, Lattimore and Rogers. Plano, Texas: M.A.M. Thompson, 1993. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 T371tm.
  • Whitmore - Whitmore, Mary Louisa. A Brief History of Mary Louisa Whitmore. FHL FAM HIST Q Storage 929.273 W598wm.
  • Wolfe - Moore, Kenneth. Jeremiah Wolfe Family. Typescript, microfilmed in 2003. FHL US/CAN Film 1440545 Item 24.

Land[edit | edit source]

In 1970, TSLA microfilmed the original McMinn County Deed Books A to II (1820-1900) as well as a Deed Index (1893-1927). FHL copies: FHL Films 830197-830213.

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]

Maps[edit | edit source]

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for more resources

Military[edit | edit source]

Revolutionary War[edit | edit source]

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

Additional resources include:

War of 1812[edit | edit source]
  • Embry, Hermione D. "War of 1812 - Tennessee Pensioners on List - January 2, 1883," Ansearchin' News, Vol. 8, No. 1 (Jan. 1961):20-23. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 B2a v. 8 (1961); digital version at journal website. Includes McMinn County pensioners (p. 20).
Civil War[edit | edit source]

Online Records

Regiments. Civil War service men from McMinn 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 McMinn County:

Confederate Soldiers

Union Soldiers

Additional sources for Civil War soldiers from McMinn County:

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Many Tennessee newspapers are filmed and available at 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 McMinn County click on the following cities or towns:

Occupations[edit | edit source]

  • Miller, Alan N. East Tennessee's Forgotten Children: Apprentices from 1778 to 1911. Baltimore, Md.: Printed for Clearfield Company, Inc., by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 2000. FHL US/CAN 976.8 U2m. Digital version at World Vital Records ($). Purchase at Includes McMinn County.

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 McMinn County, Tennessee Genealogy records 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 Book 976.8 B2a.

East Tennessee Roots
Several genealogical articles with abstracts of McMinn County, Tennessee Genealogy records have been published in East Tennessee Roots (10 vols.). A subject index to these articles is available online. Surname indexes to Volumes 9 and 10 are also available online. The Family History Library has collected most issues of East Tennessee Roots FHL Book 976.8 D25e.

Prisons[edit | edit source]

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

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

In 1970, TSLA microfilmed McMinn County Will Books A to H (1819-1925). FHL copies: FHL Films 830194-830196.

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, 1819-1925 (Vols. A-H)
  • Bonds, 1874-1921 (3 vols.)
  • Bonds, Letters, 1897-1932 (2 vols.)
  • Insolvent estate records, 1879-1942
  • Inventories, 1873-1923 (Vols. 1-4)
  • Settlements, 1876-1922 (2 vols.)

The organization Strictly By Name provides free online indexes to early McMinn County probate records. They offer a record retrieval service to photocopy and transcribe microfilm copies of the original documents for a small fee. Available indexes:

[8 Will Book A: 1819-1830]

McMinn County's probate records have been indexed and/or abstracted multiple times:

  • 1819 - 1830 - Strictly By Name (see above).
  • 1820 - 1870 - Boyer, Reba Bayless. Wills and Estate Records of McMinn County, Tennessee 1820-1870. 1966. FHL Book 976.8865 P2br. Free lookups available!
  • 1820 - 1861 - Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. Index to Tennessee Wills ; Administrations 1779-1861. Nashville, Tenn. Byron Sistler ; Associates, Inc., 1990. FHL Book 976.8 P22s. Includes an index to this county's probate records. Free Lookups Available!
  • 1823 - 1851 - Bell, Annie W.B. Record of Marriages and Wills in McMinn County, Tennessee, 1823-1851. 1935. FHL Film 823725 Item 5.
  • 1828 - 1848 - Historical Records Project (W.P.A.). Will Books, 1828-1848, McMinn County, Tennessee. Typescript, TSLA. Microfilmed in 1940. FHL Film 24749.

Taxation[edit | edit source]

TSLA microfilmed the original McMinn County Tax Books 1829-1832, 1872, 1875-1898 back in 1970. FHL copies: FHL ;US/CAN Films 830219-830225.

The following McMinn County tax records have been abstracted:[11]

  • 1825 - Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. Index to Early Tennessee Tax Lists. Evanston, Ill.: B. ; B. Sistler, 1977. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 R4s. Includes 1825 tax list.
  • 1829 - 1832, 1836 - Reksten, Harold and Reba Bayless Boyer. Index to McMinn County, Tennessee, Tax Lists 1829-1832, 1836 ; Detail from 1836 Tax. Bowie, Md.: Heritage Books, 1996. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8865 R42r.
  • 1836 "Plat of Districts, McMinn County, Tennessee" and "McMinn County, Tennessee Tax List 1836," Ansearchin' News, Vol. 36, No. 3 (Fall 1989):116-122, 129; Vol. 36, No. 4 (Winter 1989):183-188. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 B2a v. 36 (1989); free digital version at society's website. For further access, see Periodicals.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

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

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

Marriages were not officially recorded in McMinn County until 1838, when a law was passed mandating the practice.[12] The following publication, based on early newspapers, helps to alleviate this genealogical obstacle:

The following McMinn County Courthouse marriage records have been indexed:

  • 1820 - 1870 - Sistler, Byron and Barbara Sistler. Early East Tennessee Marriages. 2 vols. Nashville, Tenn.: Byron Sistler Associates, Inc., 1987. FHL Book 976.8 V2s v. 1. Indexes names of brides and grooms, and marriage dates for weddings in this county for the specified years. Free Lookups Available!
Divorce[edit | edit source]

In 1940 and 1941, W.P.A. workers pinpointed the location of McMinn County divorce papers in diverse County Courthouse records, see the following resources:

  • 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 McMinn County between the 1830s and the 1920s, try searching the following records:

Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]

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

McMinn Historical Society
6 East Madison Ave.
Athens, TN 37303
Phone: 1-423-744-3911
E-mail: mcminn

East Tennessee Historical Society
601 S. Gay St.
P.O. Box 1629
Knoxville, TN 37901-1629
Phone: 1-865-215-8824

EG Fisher Library
1289 Ingleside Ave.
Athens, TN 37303
Phone: 1-423-745-7782
Hours: Mon., Tues. and Thurs. 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
Wed. and Fri. 9:30 a.m.-5:30 a.m.
Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
E.G. Fisher Public "Library currently has over 1,000 books for the local history researcher, including county histories, transcribed county records, family histories, military histories, and church records. McMinn County, in particular, is the focus of the collection; however, the collection includes material on other East Tennessee counties, general Tennessee history, and genealogical material of other southern states, particularly Virginia and North Carolina."
Heritage Quest available

Carnegie Library
723 Ohio Ave.
Etowah, TN 37331
Phone: 1-423-263-9475
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9:30-5:30
Sat. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Fort Loudoun Regional Library
718 George St.
Athens, TN 37303

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes.

This is not a mailing address. Due to limited staff, Family History Centers are unable to respond.

Websites[edit | edit source]

Wikipedia has more about this subject: McMinn County, Tennessee

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "McMinn, Tennessee" in,_Tennessee accessed 27 Dec 2018
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), McMinn 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), McMinn County, Tennessee page 642, 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), 642. (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 (accessed 13 March 2016).
  9. Wikipedia contributors, "McMinn County, Tennessee," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Tennessee, accessed 4 December 2019.
  10. Mary Barnett Curtis, Early East Tennessee Tax Lists (Fort Worth, Texas: Arrow Printing Company, 1964), [FHL Book 976.8 R4c].
  11. The Heritage Quest Online version of PERSI aided in the compilation of this list.
  12. Gale Williams Bamman, C.G., "Research in Tennessee," National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vol. 81, No. 2 (June 1993):105. FHL US/CAN Book 973 B2ng v. 81 (1993)
  13. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at