County Spotlight: Haywood County

Today for our weekly County Spotlight series we are visiting Haywood County.

Coordinator:  Your coordinator for Haywood County is Jim Ackerman, who has been with the TNGenWeb Project since late 2007.   Jim actively updates the Haywood County website – if you have family from this area, you’d do well to make sure you spend some time to keep up with all that Jim posts.  The What’s New page on the Haywood site is particularly helpful as you can, at-a-glance, see what has been added since the last time you visited.

Records Highlight:  As a user of the Haywood County site, there are three record collections that you will quickly come to find to be great sources of information.  

  • Cemetery Burials –  Jim has a great collection of burial records on the site from cemeteries all across the county.  The Cemeteries page has links to many, many cemeteries and combined there are more than 20,000 burial records.  20,000!!!  
  • Marriages – check out the collection of marriage records from 1859-1908. 
  • Obituary Index –  many obits indexed alphabetically by last name, at least 3,000 of them. Most come from the Brownsville States-Graphic newspaper.

Trivia:  Nutbush, TN.  Sound familiar? Haywood County is the home of Anna Mae Bullock (aka Tina Turner).  The West TN Delta Heritage Center even hosts an annual Tina Turner Heritage Days event!  In doing a little research on Tina’s family tree, I was able to quickly find on the Haywood County site the marriage information for her paternal grandparents, Alex and Roxanna (Whitelaw) Bullock. They married January 17, 1878.   


young Anna Mae Bullock in the 1940 census with parents Richard and Zelma

Many thanks to Jim for doing such a great job with the Haywood County website, and thanks to those that have donated information.  Let’s keep up the good work — remember, donate your family history information and others may benefit!

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