Lauderdale County, Tennessee Genealogy Guide

Lauderdale County, Tennessee (Map It) was created on November 24, 1835 from Dyer County, Tipton County and Haywood County. This Lauderdale County was named in honor of James Lauderdale, who was killed in the War of 1812. Learn More About State of Tennessee History

Lauderdale County is bordered by Dyer County (north), Crockett County (east), Haywood County (southeast), Tipton County (south) and Mississippi County, Arkansas (west) .

Lauderdale County Cities and Towns include Gates, Halls, Henning, Ripley . A Map of Lauderdale County, Tennessee contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.

Lauderdale County, Tennessee Courthouse Records

Lauderdale County, Tennessee Courthouse
Lauderdale County, TN Courthouse

The Lauderdale County Courthouse is located in Ripley, 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 Lauderdale 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. There was a fire at the Lauderdale County courthouse in 1869. Some records were destroyed.

  • Lauderdale County Clerk has Marriage Records from 1838 and Probate Records from 1837. 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.
  • Lauderdale County Register of Deeds has Land & Deed Records from 1835. 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.
  • Lauderdale County Clerk of Circuit Court has Chancery Court Minutes from 1856, Circuit Court Minutes from 1836 and County  Court Minutes 1836. 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.
  • Lauderdale County Property Assessor has Tax Records from 1836, 1843-1850, 1852-1856, 1873-1880, 1882-1883, 1885-1886, 1888-1897 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.
  • Lauderdale 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).

Lauderdale County, Tennessee Census Records

Lauderdale County, Tennessee Vital Records

Lauderdale County, Tennessee Resources

  • State of Tennessee Archives and Societies
  • Lauderdale County Archives, 957 Doctor Hall Road, Halls, TN 38040; Phone: (731) 836-7073
  • Lauderdale County Historical Society
  • Alex Haley Museum Assocation, 200 South Church Street, PO Box 500, Henning, TN 38041 731-738-2240
  • Halls Public Library, 110 N. Church Street, PO Box 236, Halls, TN 38040 731-836-5302
  • Lauderdale County Library, 120 Lafayette Street, Ripley, TN 38063 731-635-1872

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