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The Daily Genealogist: Sevier County Public Library System, Tennessee

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Valerie Beaudrault

Valerie Beaudrault
Assistant Editor

Sevier County Public Library System, Tennessee

Sevier County is located in eastern Tennessee. Its county seat is Sevierville. The Sevier County Public Library System has made a number of genealogical and local history resources available through the Sevier County History Center. Click on the tabs in the contents list near the top of the page to access them.

Before Fire
A fire in Sevierville in 1856 destroyed the county’s new courthouse and nearly all of its records. On this webpage the library has collected resources on families, businesses, and records in existence prior to 1856. There are links to land records, birth and death records, marriage records, store accounts and records, soldiers' records, and warrants.

This section contains more than sixty church histories.

Court Records
This section contains a variety of items. There is an article about the Sevier County Poor Farm and a list of individuals buried in the Poor Farm Cemetery. There are marriage records for individuals in the 1812 pensions list who married in Sevier County, the 1856–1900 and 1900–1914 bride and groom combined indexes, and bride and groom indexes for 1914–1920. There are also four Chancery Court databases: a Chancery Court divorces index, deeds recorded after the 1856 fire, pre-1900 Chancery Court files in the Sevier County archive, and Sevier County deeds for 1820–1911.

Here you will find links to websites that feature Sevier County families. There are also links to nearly twenty family Bible records, some to scanned images of the pages and some to transcriptions of the records.

Several different collections are available here. Click on the “Articles done by Ms. Linn” link to read biographical information about the late county historian and some of her articles. One of the articles covers Sevier County officials since 1794. There are also links to local histories, birth records for 1908–1912, and a cemetery index. The data fields in the birth record files include child’s name, birth date, sex, race, birthplace, father’s name, father’s birthplace, mother’s name, mother’s birthplace, name of the person who delivered the baby, and certificate number.

This section includes an article on the Sevier County Community Schools, a list of former Sevier County schools, and school superintendents.

Great Smoky Mountains Property Purchase Database
When the federal government purchased land to create the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the 1920s and 1930s, records were kept about the properties that were acquired. Index cards were created to record information about each property at the time of purchase. The amount of information varies. (The cards do not provide information about who was living on the properties at the time of purchase.) Click on the GSM Land tab in the contents list to access the alphabetical-by-surname database. The data fields in the index are Government Tract number, name, number of acres, and deed number. Click on the data in the record to view the scanned index card. Click on the Maps link to view maps with the properties identified by tract number.

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