Hancock County, Tennessee Genealogy Guide2016-05-26T23:02:57+00:00

Hancock County, Tennessee Genealogy Guide

Hancock County, Tennessee (Map It) was created on January 7, 1844 from Claiborne County and Hawkins County. This Hancock County was named in honor of President of the Continental Congress John Hancock (1737–1793). Learn More About State of Tennessee History

Hancock County is bordered by Lee County, Virginia (north), Scott County, Virginia (northeast), Hawkins County (east), Grainger County (southwest) and Claiborne County (west) .

Hancock County Cities and Towns include Kyles Ford, Sneedville, Treadway . A Map of Hancock County, Tennessee contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.

Hancock County, Tennessee Courthouse Records

Hancock County, Tennessee Courthouse
Hancock County, TN Courthouse

The Hancock County Courthouse is located in Sneedville, 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 Hancock 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 were fires at the Hancock County courthouse in 1885 and 1930 most early records were destroyed.

  • Hancock County Clerk has Marriage Records from 1930 and Probate Records from 1924. 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.
  • Hancock County Register of Deeds has Land & Deed Records from 1879. 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.
  • Hancock County Clerk of Circuit Court has Chancery Court Minutes from 1870, Circuit Court Minutes from 1936 and County  Court Minutes 1930. 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.
  • Hancock County Property Assessor has Tax Records from ? 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.
  • Hancock 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).

Hancock County, Tennessee Census Records

Hancock County, Tennessee Vital Records

Hancock County, Tennessee Resources

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