Anderson County, Tennessee Genealogy Guide

Anderson County, Tennessee (Map It) was created on November 6, 1801 from Knox County and Grainger County. This Anderson County was named for Joseph Anderson (1757–1837), U.S. Senator from Tennessee and first Comptroller of the U.S. Treasury. Learn More About State of Tennessee History

Anderson County is bordered by  Campbell County (north), Union County (northeast), Knox County (southeast), Roane County (southwest), Morgan County (west)and Scott County (northwest).

Anderson County Cities and Towns include  Andersonville (unincorporated), Briceville (unincorporated), Claxton (unincorporated), Clinton, Fraterville (unincorporated), Lake City, Norris, Oak Ridge and Oliver Springs. A Map of Anderson County, Tennessee contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.

Anderson County, Tennessee Courthouse Records

Anderson County, Tennessee Courthouse
Anderson County, TN Courthouse

The Anderson County Courthouse is located in Clinton, Tennessee. Learn More About State of Tennessee Court, Tax, Land and Probate Records.

Please contact the each clerk's department to confirm mailing address, hours, fees and other information before visiting or requesting information because contact information sometimes changes.  The Clerk's Office DOES NOT DO RESEARCH.  The documents are available to interested parties, barring confidential issues.  Most staff will assist people in finding the materials, but it is up to the individual to do the research.

The following dates indicates what vital, land, probate, and court records are in Anderson county or in the Tennessee State Library & Archives. The date listed for each category of record is usually the earliest registration filed. The earliest date does not indicate that there are numerous records for that year and does not mean that all such events were actually registered.

  • Anderson County Clerk has Marriage Records from 1838 and Probate Records from 1830. The County Clerk maintains Marriage & Divorce records. It also has jurisdiction over probate cases. Wills, administrations, and all other records pertaining to probate are recorded in the respective county clerk's office. If the will or administration was contested, the records of these actions may be filed in the circuit court or chancery court.
  • Anderson County Register of Deeds has Land & Deed Records from 1802. The County Register of Deeds has land records beginning with county organization, land records are available from the register of deeds at the Sevier county courthouse. Land and property records include transfer of real estate or personal property, mortgages, leases, surveys, and entries.
  • Anderson County Clerk of Circuit Court has Chancery Court Minutes from 1836, Circuit Court Minutes from 1844 and County  Court Minutes 1811. The County Clerk of Circuit Court has jurisdiction over property disputes, and circuit courts oversee criminal cases, divorces, and adoptions. Early courts included courts of common pleas and quarter sessions.
  • Anderson County Property Assessor has Tax Records from 1801, 1805, 1837-1842, 1855-1865 and are located at the Tennessee State Library and Archives. The County Property Assessor is responsible for the evaluation of all real property, the cadastral mapping of the county, valuation of all business personal property and maintaining ownership records. The property assessor prepares the tax rolls for the trustee and all the municipalities. Tax lists can be used to locate families, document historic properties and study community history. Early tax lists generally include all white males over 21 and indicate whether they owned land or slaves.
  • Anderson County Health Department issues birth certificates and death certificates (deaths which occurred in that county within the past three years, and a few county health departments keep death records for longer periods of time).

Anderson County, Tennessee Census Records

Anderson County, Tennessee Vital Records

Anderson County, Tennessee Resources

  • State of Tennessee Archives and Societies
  • Anderson County Archives and Records Department, 100 N. Main Street, 3rd Floor, Clinton , TN 37716; Phone: (865) 457-6242
  • Norris City Archives, P.O. Drawer G, Norris , TN 37828; Phone: (865) 494-7478
  • Pellissippi Genealogical and Historical Society
  • Betty Anne Jolly Norris Community Library, 1 Norris Square, PO Box 110, Norris, TN 37828 865-494-6800
  • Oak Ridge Public Library, Civic Center, 1401 Oak Ridge Turnpike, PO Box 1, Oak Ridge, TN 37831 865-425-3455

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