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Hamilton County, Tennessee (Map It) was created on October 25, 1819 from Rhea County, Marion County, and Bledsoe County. This Hamilton County was named in honor of First U.S. Secretary of the Treasury and Founding Father Alexander Hamilton (1755 or 1757–1804).Learn More About State of Tennessee History
Hamilton County is bordered by Bledsoe County (north), Rhea County (northeast), Meigs County (northeast), Bradley County (east), Whitfield County, Georgia (southeast), Catoosa County, Georgia (south), Walker County, Georgia (south), Dade County, Georgia (southwest), Marion County (west) and Sequatchie County (northwest) .
Hamilton County Cities and Towns include Apison, Bakewell, Birchwood, Chattanooga, Collegedale, East Brainerd, East Ridge, Fairmount, Falling Water, Harrison, Hixson, Lakesite, Lookout Mountain, Middle Valley, Ooltewah, Red Bank, Ridgeside, Signal Mountain, Soddy-Daisy, Walden . A Map of Hamilton County, Tennessee contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.
Hamilton County, Tennessee Courthouse Records
Hamilton County, TN Courthouse
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 Hamilton 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.
- Hamilton County Clerk has Marriage Records from 1857 and Probate Records from 1862. 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.
- Hamilton County Register of Deeds has Land & Deed Records from 1796. 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.
- Hamilton County Clerk of Circuit Court has Chancery Court Minutes from unknown, Circuit Court Minutes from 1860 and County Court Minutes ?. 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.
- Hamilton County Property Assessor has Tax Records from 1836, 1837 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.
- Hamilton 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).
Hamilton County, Tennessee Census Records
- Learn More: State of Tennessee Census Records
- U.S. Federal Population Schedules: 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragmented), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940
- U.S. Census Reconstructed Records: 1660-1820
- U.S. Federal Census Slave Schedules: 1850 and 1860
- U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Agriculture Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Industry Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Union Veterans Schedules: 1890
Hamilton County, Tennessee Vital Records
- Learn More: State of Tennessee Vital Records
- Birth Records: from January 1914 to present, also for Nashville since June 1881, for Knoxville since July 1881, and for Chattanooga since January 1882
- Marriage, Divorce and Death Records: from the past 50 years to present.
- Locations: Tennessee Office of Vital Records, Tennessee State Library and Archives
- Vital Records Online: USAVital, VitalChek or Social Security Death Index
- Vital Records by Mail: Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Divorce Certificate, Death Certificate Applications.
- In Person: Tennessee Office of Vital Records, 1st Floor, Central Services Building, 421 Fifth Avenue, North, Nashville, TN 37243; PH: 615-741-1763
Hamilton County, Tennessee Resources
- State of Tennessee Archives and Societies
- East Tennessee Historical Society
- Hamilton County Records Center, 6233 Dayton Blvd., Chattanooga , TN 37343 ; Phone: (423) 209-8980
- Hamilton County Genealogical Society, 3949 Hixson Pike, Chattanooga, TN 37415
- Chattanooga-Hamilton County Bicentenniel Library
- Baylor School Archives, Williams Island Ferry Road, PO Box 1337, Chattanooga, TN 37401 423-267-8505, ext. 209
- Chattanooga African American Heritage Museum
- Chattanooga Regional History Museum
- Southern Adventist University, McKee Library, Industrial Drive, PO Box 629, Collegedale, TN 37315 423-238-2788
- Tennessee Temple University, Cierpke Memorial Library, 1815 Union Ave., Chattanooga, TN 37404 423-493-4250
Hamilton County, Tennessee External Links
- Historical Newspapers from Tennessee (1795 - 1929 )
- Tennessee Newspaper List by County and City
- Hamilton County, Tennessee Books - Amazon
- Tennessee Real Estate Assessment Data Property Search
- Hamilton County Records on Microfilm - Order County Microfilm Inventories and Reels
- Early Hamilton County Records Available on Interlibrary Loan
- Hamilton Co., Tennessee - FindaGrave