Scott County, Tennessee Genealogy Guide

Scott County, Tennessee (Map It) was created on December 17, 1849 from Anderson County, Campbell County, Fentress County and Morgan County. This Scott County was named in honor of US. Army general and hero of the Mexican-American War Winfield Scott (1786–1866). Learn More About State of Tennessee History

Scott County is bordered by McCreary County, Kentucky (north), Campbell County (east), Anderson County (southeast), Morgan County (south), Fentress County (west) and Pickett County (northwest) .

Scott County Cities and Towns include Helenwood, Huntsville, Oneida, Winfield . A Map of Scott County, Tennessee contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.

Scott County, Tennessee Courthouse Records

Scott County, Tennessee Courthouse
Scott County, TN Courthouse

The Scott County Courthouse is located in Huntsville, 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 Scott 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 Scott County courthouse in 1946 and many court house records were lost.

  • Scott County Clerk has Marriage Records from 1854 and Probate Records from 1892. 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.
  • Scott County Register of Deeds has Land & Deed Records from 1850. 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.
  • Scott County Clerk of Circuit Court has Chancery Court Minutes from 1858, Circuit Court Minutes from 1850 and County  Court Minutes 1856. 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.
  • Scott County Property Assessor has Tax Records from 1875-1887, 1888-1900 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.
  • Scott 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).

Scott County, Tennessee Census Records

Scott County, Tennessee Vital Records

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