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Moore County, Tennessee ancestry, family history, and genealogy research page. Guide to Moore County (established 1871) 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.

Moore County, Tennessee
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Founded: December 14, 1871
County Seat Lynchburg
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Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for General William Moore, an early settler and long-time member of the state legislature. The County is located in the south central area of the state. [1]

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

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1881 1872 1908 1872 1872 1871 1810
Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1914. General compliance by 1927.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Moore County Courthouse
Public Square
Lynchburg, TN 37352
Phone: 931.759.7028 

Register of Deeds has land records.
County Clerk has birth, marriage, death,
and probate records.
Clerk Circuit Court has court records.

Records are located at the courthouse.
Mailing address is P.O. Box 206, Lynchburg, TN 37352.

Mon., Tues., Wed., Fri. 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sat. 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
Closed Thursdays

History[edit | edit source]

Middle Tennessee county in the Chestnut Ridge region. Established 1871.

The county is named after "Tennessee state legislator William Moore."[4]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1871--Moore County was established 14 December 1871 from Lincoln, Franklin, Coffee, and Bedford Counties.
County seat: Lynchburg [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]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

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:[8]


Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

African American[edit | edit source]

United States African Americans
Tennessee African Americans

Biographies[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
Tombstone Project Linkpendium
TNGenWeb Cemeteries Gravestones
See Tennessee Cemeteries for more information.

Additional Cemetery Resources

Census[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1880 6,233
1890 5,975 −4.1%
1900 5,706 −4.5%
1910 4,800 −15.9%
1920 4,491 −6.4%
1930 4,037 −10.1%
1940 4,093 1.4%
1950 3,948 −3.5%
1960 3,454 −12.5%
1970 3,568 3.3%
1980 4,510 26.4%
1990 4,721 4.7%
2000 5,740 21.6%
2010 6,362 10.8%
Source: "".

1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 Moore County federal population schedules 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.

1810 - 1891

1890 Lost Substitutes are available:

  • Reed, Sue S. Enumeration of Male Inhabitants of Twenty-one Years of Age and Upward, Citizens of Tennessee, January 1, 1891, as Provided for by an Act of General Assembly of Tennessee, Passed January 15, 1891, and Approved January 22, 1891. 8 vols. Houston, Texas: S.S. Reed, 1989. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 X2r v. 6 1891. Pickett County is included in Vol. 6.
  • Sistler, Byron H. and Barbara Sistler. 1890 Civil War Veterans Census, Tennessee. Evanston, Ill.: Byron Sister and Associates, 1978. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 X2s 1890.

1891 Male Voters

Church[edit | edit source]

Court[edit | edit source]

DNA[edit | edit source]

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DNA has been collected from men claiming descent from the following Moore County residents. Attempts have not been made to verify the lineages of those tested.
  • Doss - Descendant of Samuel H. Doss, b. 1803 Virginia, resident of Shelby and Moore counties, Tennessee; Illinois; and Madison County, Arkansas. Y-DNA 37 Marker Test, FTDNA (Kit 85939). Genetic signature available online (labeled Sh-1), genealogical description available online, courtesy: The Doss DNA Project, World Families. Matches have been found.

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 Moore, Tennessee at World Connect, results in more than 4,000 entries.


Land[edit | edit source]

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Maps[edit | edit source]

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Military[edit | edit source]

War of 1812[edit | edit source]
  • Embry, Hermione D. "War of 1812 - Tennessee Pensioners on List - January 2, 1883," Ansearchin' News, Vol. 8, No. 2 (Apr. 1961):49-52. FHL US/CAN Book 976.8 B2a v. 8 (1961); digital version at journal website. Includes Moore County pensioners (p. 49).
Civil War[edit | edit source]

Online Records

Regiments. Civil War service men from Moore 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 Moore County:

Confederate Soldiers

Additional sources for Civil War soldiers from Moore 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 Moore County click on the following city:

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 Moore 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 Moore 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.

The Middle Tennessee Journal of Genealogy and History
Genealogical articles with abstracts of records of Moore 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 (1988-2016). 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.

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

The Moore County Court and Chancery Court have responsibility for 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, 1872-1966
  • Bonds, 1872-1966
  • Settlements, 1871-1962 (7 vols.)

Taxation[edit | edit source]

The following Moore County tax records have been abstracted:[9]

  • 1860 - Tax List, 1860, District 1, Moore County Review, Vol. 9, No. 2 (Jul. 1998).

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

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

See also Tennessee Vital Records

Birth[edit | edit source]
  • 1881 - 1882 - Moore County Clerk.Vital statistics, births and deaths 1908-1911, births 1881-1882. Manuscript. TSLA, 1967. FHL 501086
Marriage[edit | edit source]

State Marriage Records

The original Moore County marriage records are kept at the County Courthouse. The following Moore County marriage records are microfilmed:

  • 1872 - 1988 - Available at the TSLA.
  • 1872 - 1966 - Available at the Family History Library. Some volumes are indexed.FHL 501075

The following Moore County marriage records have been indexed:

  • 1915 - 1978 - Tennessee, Chancery Court. Chancery Court Records (Moore County, Tennessee)1830-1993; index, 1915-1978. Manuscript. Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 2007. FHL 1572735

Moore County is not included in Sistler's Early Middle Tennessee Marriages.

Death[edit | edit source]
  • 1908 - 1911 - Moore County Clerk.Vital statistics, births and deaths 1908-1911, births 1881-1882. Manuscript. TSLA, 1967. FHL 501086

For deaths of Methodists in Moore County (or what became Moore 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

Moore County Historical and Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 408
Lynchburg, TN 37352
Phone: 1-931-759-7285
Archive located in the basement of the County Building in Lynchburg
Hours: Fridays 9 am - 3 pm
Phone: 1-931-759-7068

Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society
PO Box 330948
Nashville, TN, USA 37203-7507
The society serves the 40 counties of middle Tennessee of which Moore 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

Moore County Public Library
P.O. Box 408
Lynchburg, TN 37352
Phone: 1-931-759-7285
Hours: Mon., Wed., Fri. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tues. 1-8 p.m.
Sat. 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Family History Centers
[edit | edit source]

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: Moore County, Tennessee

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Moore, Tennessee" in,_Tennessee accessed 27 Dec 2018
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Moore 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), Moore County, Tennessee page 642, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. "List of counties in Tennessee," Wikipedia.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Meigs County, Tennessee page 642, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  6. Voice of Lynnae Weller, Kingsport, Tenn. (2010).
  7. Voice of Gene Black, FamilySearch employee, former resident of Bristol, Tenn. (2010).
  8. Wikipedia contributors, "Moore County, Tennessee," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Tennessee, accessed 5 December 2019.
  9. The Heritage Quest Online version of PERSI aided in the compilation of this list.
  10. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at
  11. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at