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DeKalb County

DeKalb County

DeKalb County was formed in 1837 from
Cannon, Jackson and White counties
(Acts of Tennessee 1839-40, Chapter 2).

The county seat is Smithville.


SELECTED PUBLISHED COUNTY HISTORIES

  • Bicentennial History of DeKalb County, Tennessee (Webb, 1995) [name index]
  • DeKalb County (Fusion & Baker, 2012)
  • DeKalb County (Webb, 1986)*
  • Goodspeed's DeKalb County History (1990) [name index]
  • History of DeKalb County, Tennessee (Hale, 1969) [surname index]
  • History of Tennessee From the Earliest Time to the Present : Together with an Historical and a Biographical Sketch of Cannon, Coffee, Dekale [sic], Warren, (Goodspeed, 1979)*
  • History of the DeKalb County Fair : The Grandpa Fair of the South, 1856-1996 (19??)
  • Pictorial Sampling of DeKalb County, Tennessee (1989)
  • Turning Ground  (Evans,  1995) [name index]*

Additional county and community histories can be found at the Bibliography of Tennessee Local History Sources:  DeKalb County. The items in the bibliography may not all be available at TSLA.  

 

PUBLISHED LOCAL RECORDS


  • 1839 DeKalb County, Tennessee, Tax List (Douthat, 2005) [name index]*
  • 1840 Census, DeKalb County, Tennessee (Parsley, 1985) [surname index]*
  • 1880 Census, DeKalb County, Tennessee (Sistler, 1993) [alphabetical by head of household]*
  • Death Certificates from Tennessee State Archives, 1914-1925, for DeKalb County, Tennessee (Parsley, 1994?) [name index]*
  • DeKalb County Cemeteries (Gilbert, 1989) [name index]*
  • DeKalb County Marriage Book, 1901-1950 (Gilbert, 1994?) [name index]*
  • DeKalb County, Tennessee, Cemetery & Church Records [Baptist Church of Christ minutes] (WPA, 1936)
  • DeKalb County, Tennessee, Chancery Court Minutes, 1844-1891 (Partlow, 2000) [name index]
  • DeKalb County, Tennessee, Chancery Court records, 1844-1892 (Partlow, 2001) [name index]
  • DeKalb County, Tennessee, Deed Books [vol 1. 1838-1869; vol. 2 1869-1885; vol. 3 1885-1900] (Partlow, 1997) [name index]
  • Dekalb County, Tennessee Genealogy from Administrator's Settlement Books (1846-1907) (Majors, 1992) [name index]
  • DeKalb County, Tennessee, Marriage Book B, 1848-1859 (WPA, 1936) [groom index]
  • DeKalb County, TN African American Death Certificates [1914-1955] (Denning, 2009) [surname index]
  • DeKalb County, TN Death Certificates [vol. 1 1908-1912; vol. 2 1926-1930;vol. 3 1931-1935; vol. 4 1936-1940; vol. 5 1941-1945; vol. 6 1946-1950; vol. 7 1951-1955] (Denning, 2009 - ) [surname index]
  • DeKalb County, TN Marriages 1848-1880 (Sistler, 1985) [alphabetical listings]*
  • Index to History of DeKalb County Tennessee by Will T. Hale  (Bowman,  1974) [name index]*
  • Land Deed Genealogy of DeKalb County, Tennessee, 1838-1869 (Partlow, 1999) [name index]
  • Land Deed Genealogy of DeKalb County, Tennessee, 1868-1885 (Partlow, 2006) [name index]
  • Marriages Recorded in DeKalb County, Tennessee, 1848-1900 (Parsley & Gilbert, 1990) [name index]*
  • Name Index to History of DeKalb County Tennessee  (Marler,  1970) [name index]*
  • Name Index to History of Tennessee ... Together with ... Sketch of the Counties of White, Warren, Coffee, DeKalb and Cannon (Marsh, 1972)
  • Population Schedule of the United States Census of 1850 (seventh census) for De Kalb County, Tennessee (Webb & Thornton, 1965) [surname index]*
  • Population Schedule of the United States Census of 1850 (seventh census) for DeKalb [sic] County, Tennessee (Parsley, 1988) [surname index]
  • Population Schedule of the United States Census of 1860 (eighth census) for DeKalb County, Tennessee (Parsley, 1979) [surname index]
  • Population Schedule of the United States Census of 1870 (ninth census) for Dekalb County, Tennessee (Parsley, 1985) [surname index]*
  • Population Schedule of the United States Census of 1880 for DeKalb County, Tennessee (Parsley, 198?) [surname index]*
  • Population Schedule of the United States Census of 1900 for DeKalb County, Tennessee (Parsley, 1988) [surname index]*
  • Population Schedule of the United States Census of 1910 for DeKalb County, Tennessee) (Parsley, 1992) [name index]*
  • Population Schedule of the United States Census of 1920 for DeKalb County, Tennessee (Parsley, 1992) [name index]*
  • Private Acts of DeKalb County, Tennessee (McIntyre & King, 1984)
  • Tennessee, Records of DeKalb County : Salem Baptist Church Minutes, 1809-1908 (WPA, 1938) [name index]
  • Tennessee, Records of DeKalb County, Will book A, 1838-1854 (WPA, 1936) [name index]
  • World War II Veterans of DeKalb County, Tennessee (DeKalb County Genealogical Society, 2005) [alphabetical]

 

LOCAL RECORDS ON MICROFILM 

An inventory of microfilmed DeKalb County records is available on our web site.  Individual reels of microfilm may also be purchased.   

Earliest records include:

  • marriages from 1848
  • wills from 1846
  • deed index from 1838
  • chancery court minutes from 1844
  • county court minutes from 1838
  • circuit court minutes from 1860
  • tax books from 1857

 

The following reels are available on interlibrary loan from TSLA:

  • *Administrators' Settlement Books -- 1846-1907 (#39, 1 reel)*
  • *Deed Index -- 1838-1925 (#78, 1 reel)*
  • *Marriages -- 1848-1887 (#49, 1 reel)*
  • Minutes of Insolvent Estates -- 1856-1946 (#47, 1 reel)*
  • Will Books -- 1838-1968 (#77, 1 reel)*
  • WPA Records, DeKalb County  (Record Group #107, Roll 17,  1 reel). Roll includes Will Book A (1838-1854),  Marriage Book B (1848-1859),  Salem Baptist Church Minutes (1808-1908), and Tombstone Inscriptions & Baptist Church of Christ Minutes (undated).*

 

NEWSPAPERS ON MICROFILM 

Newspapers were published in Alexandria, Liberty and Smithville.  Scattered early issues are available from 1896, and a complete run begins in 1958.  Microfilms are loaned to Tennessee libraries.  Individual reels may also be purchased.  An Inventory of Newspapers on Microfilm at TSLA is available on our web site.  

 

SELECTED MANUSCRIPTS MATERIAL

 

CENSUS RECORDS

  • Census on microfilm for DeKalb County:  1840-1880, 1900-1930
  • State-wide census index:  1840-1880
  • State-wide census index on microfilm  (Soundex):  1880,  1900-1930
  • DeKalb County census records in book form:  1840*,  1850*,  1860,  1870*,  1880*,  1900*,  1910*,  1920*

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR DEKALB COUNTY

 

* Indicates this title may be borrowed on Interlibrary Loan from TSLA.

 

 

Updated April 10, 2013

 

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