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Nashville & Davidson County

Research at Metro Archives

3801 Green Hills Village Drive
Monday-Friday 9:30 am-5:30 pm (615-862-5880)

Davidson County Land Deeds 1784-1900 (on microfilm)
After 1901, records at TSLA or Register of Deeds office

Index to Historic Houses in Davidson County

Historian Paul Clements,
A Past Remembered, 1987

Nashville: A Short History & Selected Buildings
, Metro Historical Commission, 1974

Clayton's History of Davidson County, 1880

Wooldridge, History of Nashville, Tennessee, 1890

Birth & Death Records on this website and other references to these Vital Records

Marriage Records 1788-1830 and 1905-1916 on this website

Marriage Records 1916-1996
Alphabetical Index by groom & bride's names at Metro Archives

Wills 1783-1924 – beginning of entries on these records

Wills 1924-1949 on microfilm
Original Wills after 1950 in Archives collection

City Directories 1853-2002
On microfilm through 1929. After 1929 in bound volumes

Maps of City & County

Sanborn Insurance Atlases of Nashville

Nashville 19th century newspapers on microfilm

Criminal Court Records 1844-1899. Volumes

Chancery Court Records 1846-1979. Volumes

County Court Records 1783-1975. 1783-1960. On microfilm

Circuit Court Records 1803-1959. On microfilm

Quarterly Court Records 1868-1951. On microfilm

U.S. Census for Davidson County. Published indexes 1820-1870
1880, 1900 & 1910 on microfilm

At Nashville Public Library, access through

Books of Nashville African-Americans by Dr. Bobby L. Lovett

Local church histories

Afro American Genealogy Sourcebook, Dr. Tommie Morton-Young

Locations & maps to Davidson County cemeteries. Descendants
may request assistance with directions to family cemeteries.

Research at Tennessee State Library & Archives (TSLA)

403 Seventh Avenue North (615 741-2764)

Accessible on computers at TSLA

Fold3 > Military Service records
From Revolutionary War to Vietnam
ProQuest > 19th century newspapers with Search Engine

Nashville 19th & 20th newspapers on microfilm

U.S. Census Records

Vertical files on families

Nashville City Directories, beginning 1853

Tennesseans in the Civil War

Bible and Church records

Mt. Olivet Cemetery Interment records, beginning 1856

Research at Nashville Room/Special Collections

Nashville Public Library, 615 Church Street (615 862-5800)

Important books on Nashville history

Vertical files on families

Nashville 19th & 20th newspapers on microfilm

Notebooks on historic houses

Obituaries in Nashville newspapers beginning 1964. Search by Name

U. S. Census accessible through

Historic Brochures at Metro Historical Commission

Many historical brochures are available, free of charge, at the MHC office at Sunnyside located in Sevier Park.
Brochures include Walking Tours of Downtown Nashville, Civil War Tours, Nashville City Cemetery, Historic Buildings and local Architecture.

Family History Research History Research at TSLA

How to Begin Tracing Your Family TreeInstructions from TSLA

www.tnportraits.orgOver 2500 portrait images.

www.familysearch.orgFree site for research

www.mtgs.orgMiddle Tennessee Genealogical Society

www.thenashvillecitycemetery.orgObituaries in Nashville newspapers 1822-1876 – Compiled by Sarah Armistead, volunteer with Nashville City Cemetery Association. to Death Notices in Nashville newspapers 1855-1907 – Compiled by Clarance Campbell, volunteer at Tennessee State Library and Archives

Your Family Papers: Will They Last?The Metro Archives' guidelines for preserving family papers.

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