Polk County, Tennessee Genealogy Guide2016-05-27T11:45:44+00:00

Polk County, Tennessee Genealogy Guide

Polk County, Tennessee (Map It) was created on November 28, 1839 from Bradley County and McMinn County. This Polk County was named in honor of U.S. President James K. Polk (1795–1849). Learn More About State of Tennessee History

Polk County is bordered by Monroe County (northeast), Cherokee County, North Carolina (east), Fannin County, Georgia (southeast), Murray County, Georgia (southwest), Bradley County (west) and McMinn County (northwest) .

Polk County Cities and Towns include Benton, Copperhill, Ducktown . A Map of Polk County, Tennessee contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.

Polk County, Tennessee Courthouse Records

Polk County, Tennessee Courthouse
Polk County, TN Courthouse

The Polk County Courthouse is located in Benton, 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 Polk 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 Polk County courthouse in 1895 and 1935.

  • Polk County Clerk has Marriage Records from 1894 and Probate Records from 1873. 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.
  • Polk County Register of Deeds has Land & Deed Records from 1894. 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.
  • Polk County Clerk of Circuit Court has Chancery Court Minutes from 1866, Circuit Court Minutes from 1866 and County  Court Minutes 1840. 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.
  • Polk County Property Assessor has Tax Records from 1861 (voter list), 1893, 1894, 1896, 1897, 1899-1900 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.
  • Polk 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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