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The Daily Genealogist: Montgomery County Archives, Tennessee

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Valerie Beaudrault

Valerie Beaudrault
Assistant Editor

Montgomery County Archives, Tennessee

Montgomery County is located in northern Tennessee, in the western part of the state. Clarksville is the county seat.

The Montgomery County Department of Preservation of Records, more commonly known as the Archives, was created in January 1995. The Archives “houses the historic, permanent records of Montgomery County Government and manuscript special collections” and the Records Center “stores the non-current records of various county government agencies.” Nearly all pre-1950 Montgomery County records have been transferred to the Archives. A number of collections have been made available online. Click on the database title link to open a search page.

Deed Index
Montgomery County’s deeds index covers the period from 1788 through 1797. It is an every name index. You can search the database by name or select search criteria from title, role, and date drop-down lists. The data fields in the results are surname, given name, title, role, date, and book/page number. Roles include grantee, adjacent, assignor by heirs, surveyor, and grantor.

Marriage Index
The recording of marriages began in 1838 in Montgomery County. This database is an every name index. You can search the database by name or select a role from the drop-down list. In addition to bride and groom, roles include bondsman, mother of the bride or groom, father of the bride or groom, official, and more. The index currently includes official county marriage records from 1838 recorded in Book 1, the bride and groom index through 1888 (Book 10), and also records from four other sources detailed on the website. When completed, the index will include marriages through 1953. The data fields in the search results are surname, given name, title, role, and record date.

Voter’s List, 1891
Because the 1890 census for Tennessee no longer exists, this database can be of use to individuals whose ancestors lived in Montgomery County in 1891. An act of the General Assembly of Tennessee authorized the “enumeration of male inhabitants of twenty-one years of age and upward, citizens of Tennessee” on 1 January 1891. You can search the database by name or select a district or age from the drop down lists. The data fields in the search results are surname, first name, district, age, race, and page number.

Obituary Collection
The Obituary Collection database covers the period from 1995 to 2009, with some records from earlier dates. The obituaries indexed are from various newspapers. You can search the database by name, birth date, deceased date, and city or state, or select criteria from the drop-down list containing cemetery names. The data fields in the search results are name, birth date, deceased date, city/state, and cemetery. You may purchase a copy of an obituary from the Archives for a small fee.

Probate or Will Book
This database in an index to early Montgomery County probate books for the years 1785 to 1813, In addition to wills and administrations the records include “bills of sale, ferry bonds, bonds of county officials, sales regarding judgments, apprenticeships, emancipations, and bastardy bonds, to name only a few.” You can search the database by name or select a person’s role or year of the case from the drop-down lists. The data fields in the search results are name, role, year, and book letter/page number.


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