Thursday, April 18, 2013

Looking Closer at Early Tennessee Records

At the beginning of the month, I wrote about finding a 1 August 1796 reference to Thomas Jones in the Jefferson County Court Minutes. As a single piece of information, there's not really enough to link this Thomas Jones to my line (although I'm pretty certain this is the same person I'm tracking in early Jefferson County records). To remedy this, I've ordered two sets of microfilm through FamilySearch.

I'll report back after reviewing the contents of the microfilm. The first set contains the following:
1. Quorum minutes, 1792-1802, Jefferson County
2. Grant Books, 1792-1794, Jefferson County
3. Tombstone records of Jefferson County
4. Church and family records of Jefferson County (including White Pine and French Broad Baptist)
5. Marriage records, 1792-1870, Jefferson County (I believe the marriage records set has already been digitized)

The second set contains:
1. Record of monies received by County Court Clerk, 1827-1860, Jefferson County
2. Scholastic Population, 1841-1861, Jefferson County
3. Tax List, 1822-1830, Jefferson County

In total, this is a big set of records, but given the range of information and the period of time covered by the set, I think this will produce some good results. This is also a test run for other potential orders of microfilm. My budget for this type of research is limited, so I'm interested to see what can be found with targeted use of FamilySearch' microfilm options.

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