Carter County, Tennessee Genealogy Guide

Carter County, Tennessee (Map It) was created on April 9, 1796 from Washington County. This Carter County was named in honor of Speaker of the State of Franklin senate Landon Carter (1710–1778) .Learn More About State of Tennessee History

Carter County is bordered by Sullivan County (north), Johnson County (northeast), Avery County, North Carolina (southeast), Mitchell County, North Carolina (south), Unicoi County (southwest) and Washington County (west) .

Carter County Cities and Towns include Elizabethton (county seat), Roan Mountain (south), Johnson City (west), Pine Crest (west), Central, Watauga (northwest), Hunter (northeast) . A Map of Carter County, Tennessee contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.

Carter County, Tennessee Courthouse Records

Carter County, Tennessee Courthouse
Carter County, TN Courthouse

The Carter County Courthouse is located in Elizabethton, 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 Carter 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.

  • Carter County Clerk has Marriage Records from 1790 and Probate Records from 1794. 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.
  • Carter 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.
  • Carter County Clerk of Circuit Court has Chancery Court Minutes from 1854, Circuit Court Minutes from 1848 and County  Court Minutes 1804. 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.
  • Carter County Property Assessor has Tax Records from 1796-1800, 1860-1872, 1875-1886 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.
  • Carter 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).

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