Tennessee, Church Records - FamilySearch Historical Records
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Tennessee, Church Records, 1816-1995
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|Location of Tennessee|
|Record Type||Church Records|
|Pleasant Hill Methodist Church; Tennessee State Library and Archives; Church Of St. Peter Memphis, Tennessee|
What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]
This collection contains church records for the years 1816 to 1995 for various denominations in Tennessee. Three representative churches include:
- Pleasant Hill Methodist Episcopal Church, South (Henry County)
- St. Peter's Church (Memphis)
- White Pine Presbyterian Church (White Pine)
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What Can these Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]
Church records may include:
- Names of members
- Date of events
- Locations of events
- Parent's names
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How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]
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- The name of the individual
- The approximate date and or location of the event
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I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?[edit | edit source]
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I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
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- Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names, even initials
Research Helps[edit | edit source]
The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Tennessee.
- Tennessee Guided Research
- Tennessee Record Finder
- Research Tips and Strategies
- Step-by-Step Research
Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]
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