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Tennessee, Birth Records (ER Series), 1908-1912
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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Tennessee, 
United States
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Record Description
Record Type Vital
Collection years 1908-1912
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Archive
Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville


What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection consists of birth records from the "Enumerator Record Series" in the Tennessee Division of Vital Records from 1908-1912. These births were reported yearly by the Board of School Directors in each county; the enumeration was not taken in 1913. The documents are housed at the Tennessee Division of Vital Records in Nashville, which acquired them from the Tennessee State Library and Archives in 1980. Not all records reached the state. If the person you are searching for cannot be found in this collection, try searching county records.

Image Visibility[edit | edit source]

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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

  • Name of person reporting birth
  • School District
  • City Ward
  • Name of child
  • Birth date
  • Sex
  • color
  • Birth place
  • Name of father
  • Father's birthplace
  • Father's occupation
  • Name of mother
  • Mother's birthplace
  • Name of physician
  • Name of midwife
  • Date recorded
  • Name of county court clerk

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Image[edit | edit source]

Digital Folder Number List[edit | edit source]

This collection was published as a DGS browse collection. The list does not contain any description of the DGS folder's content. A table listing each DGS number and its contents can be found at Tennessee, Birth Records, Enumerator Record Series Digital Folder Number List.

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • The approximate date of birth
  • The place where your ancestor was born
  • The names of the child's parents

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name by visiting the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View the Images[edit | edit source]

To view images in this collection:
  1. Look at the Digital Folder Number List article to determine the folder/film number for the images you want to see
  2. Go to the Browse Page
  3. Select the Film number to view the images

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

When you have located your ancestor’s birth record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Download a copy of the record, or extract the genealogical information needed. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. The information may also lead you to other records about your ancestors.

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Use the location and parents' names to find family in census and church records
  • Use the county and the certificate number to obtain a copy of the original birth certificate from the county
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct
  • Continue to search the index and records to identify siblings and other relatives who may have been born in the same area

I Can't Find Who I'm Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names
  • Look for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby localities
  • A boundary change could have occurred and the record of your ancestor is now in a neighboring locality

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Tennessee.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
Record Citation:
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Image Citation:
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.

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