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Chester County, Tennessee (Map It) was created on March 1, 1879 from Hardman County, Madison County, Henderson County and McNairy County. This Chester County was named in honor of Tennessee state legislator Robert I. Chester. .Learn More About State of Tennessee History
Chester County Cities and Towns include Enville, Henderson, Jacks Creek, Milledgeville, Silerton . A Map of Chester County, Tennessee contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.
Chester County, Tennessee Courthouse Records
Chester 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 Chester 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 Chester County courthouse in 1933.
- Chester County Clerk has Marriage Records from 1891 and Probate Records from 1891 . 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.
- Chester County Register of Deeds has Land & Deed Records from 1891 . 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.
- Chester County Clerk of Circuit Court has Chancery Court Minutes from 1891, Circuit Court Minutes from 1822 and County Court Minutes 1891 . 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.
- Chester County Property Assessor has Tax Records from 1890-1900 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.
- Chester 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).
Chester County, Tennessee Census Records
- Learn More: State of Tennessee Census Records
- U.S. Federal Population Schedules: 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragmented), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940
- U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules: 1880
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Agriculture Schedules: 1880
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Industry Schedules: 1880
- Union Veterans Schedules: 1890
Chester 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
Chester County, Tennessee Resources
- RAOGK Volunteers for Tennessee
- Chester County Tennessee Genealogy, History & Information
- Chester County, Tennessee Message Boards
- Chester County, Tennessee Genealogy Forum read and post messages with other genealogy researchers for Chester County
- Genealogical "Fact Sheets" About Chester County
Chester County, Tennessee External Links
- Historical Newspapers from Tennessee (1795 - 1929 )
- Tennessee Newspaper List by County and City
- Chester County, Tennessee Books - Amazon
- Chester Co. Obituaries
- Tennessee Real Estate Assessment Data Property Search
- Chester County Records on Microfilm - Order County Microfilm Inventories and Reels
- Early Chester County Records Available on Interlibrary Loan
- Chester Co., Tennessee - FindaGrave
- Chester Co. TN Cemeteries
- Chester Co. Biographies
- Chester County Tennessee Genealogy, History & Information
- Chester County History and Culture
- Chester County, Tennessee Links - Cyndi's List
- Chester Co. TNGenweb
- Chester County, Tennessee Ancestry Database Collections
- Chester Co. D.O.T. County Highway Map
- Chester County, Tennessee Military Records