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  • Carter County Census Listings and Indexes

    1830 Census
    of Carter County
    A  through  L
    1830 Census
    of Carter County
    M  through  Z
    1840 Census
    of Carter County
    A  through  L
    1840 Census
    of Carter County
    M  through  Z
    1850 Census Index
    of Carter County
    A  through  Z
    1860 Census Index
    of Carter County
    A  through  Z

  • County Historian
    At present, this position is vacant pending a replacement for Sue Maxwell

  • Libraries with Genealogical Resources

    East Tennessee State University Libraries, Sherrod Library
    PO Box 70665
    Johnson City, TN 37614
    Information Desk (423) 439-4307 Fax (423) 439-5674
    On-line catalog: telnet to
    Hours vary with the academic calendar.
    Special Notes: Stop by the Public Safety Office on University Parkway to obtain a free parking permit and a map when you arrive.
    Sherrod Library contains a wealth of genealogical information about the East Tennessee Region.

    Elizabethton/Carter County Public Library
    201 N. Sycamore Street
    Elizabethton TN 37643
    Phone: (423) 547-6360
    Joyce H. White, Library Director

    Hours: Monday and Thursday 10 A.M. - 8 P.M.
    Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10 AM - 6 P.M.
    Saturday 10 A.M. - 4 P.M., closed Sunday and major holidays

    Paty-McCellan-Dungan Archives Room

    This historical room is for those trying to get in touch with their roots.  The area features census records, city directories and county records on microfilm, as well as tips for those studying their family background.   It houses a collection of county, state and local area history and genealogy books.  A photocopy machine is located near the front door. Cost is $.15 per copy.

    Volunteers are available on the first Thursday night of each month, from 6:30 - 8:00 P.M, to help beginners with their genealogy research.

    List of Carter County Genealogy Information within the library.

  • County Offices with Records of Genealogical Interest

    Carter County Courthouse
    Main St. & East Elk Avenue
    Elizabethton TN 37643

    Carter County Court Clerk
    (423) 542-1814
    Carter County Courthouse
    (Marriage,wills, probate records)

    Carter County Register of Deeds
    (423) 542-1830
    Carter County Courthouse
    (Land deeds and deeds of trust)

    Circuit Court Clerk
    (423) 753-1613
    Carter County Courthouse
    (Circuit Court Records)

    Carter County Trustee
    (423) 542-1811
    Carter County Courthouse
    (Tax Records)

    Hours: Eastern Time Zone Monday-Friday 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.; several of the county offices are open from 8:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. on Saturdays.  Call for information.

  • Carter County Court Records

    Scope and Content

    The Carter County Court Records contains administrative records of the county government.  All records should be contained within the courthouse but due to neglect, lack of security and bad management, several of the county records have been "lost" o ver the years.  The court house contains: court dockets, minutes and registers; legal documents, correspondence and exhibits pertaining to cases in circuit, chancery and county courts.

    At present, there is no known list of the contents of the Carter County Courthouse.  This information will be added when a listing for a particular office is compiled

    The County Court Clerk's Office contains the records of Administrators & Executors, Births & Deaths(Limited Years), County and Quarterly Court, Guardians, Marriages, Taxes, Wills and several volumes of Miscellaneous re cords.

    Records in Print

    Abstracts of Tennessee Death Records for Carter County 1908-1925
    by Eddie M. Nikazy, 1992.
    Heritage Books Inc.
    1540 E. Pointer Ridge Pl.
    Bowie, Maryland 20716

    Carter County Tennessee Death Records Abstracts 1926-1934
    by Eddie M. Nikazy, 1993.
    Heritage Books Inc.
    1540 E. Pointer Ridge Pl.
    Bowie, Maryland 20716

    Carter County Tennessee Marriages 1871-1920
    by Eddie M. Nikazy, 1993.
    Heritage Books Inc.
    1540 E. Pointer Ridge Pl.
    Bowie, Maryland 20716

    Carter County Tennessee Marriage Records 1796-1870
    Goldene Fillers Burgner, 1987.
    Southern Historical Press
    %The Rev. Silas Emmet Lucus, Jr.
    P. O. Box 738
    Easley SC 29641-0738

    Tennessee Marriage Records - Volume 1
    Carter County 1796 - 1850
    Edited by Pollyanna Creekmore, 1958
    Clinchdale Press
    Knoxville, Tennessee

    Carter Co. Tn. Wills & Inventories 1794 - 1847
    James L. Douthat, 1985.
    Mountain Press
    2504 Kell Road
    Signal Moutain TN 37377

    Abstracts of the Deeds of Carter County, Tennessee 1796-1825
    by Mary McIver, 1985.
    (Note: Mrs. McIver is deceased) Some books may still be available from her family.

  • City/Local Directories

    The Elizabethton Public Library has old city directories.

  • Genealogical and Historical Societies

    Watauga Association of Genealogists - Upper East Tennessee
    P.O. Box 117
    Johnson City, TN 37605-0117

    The Association meets the first Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m., in the Conference Room of the Johnson City Public Library, 100 W. Millard Street, Johnson City, TN.

    In May and October the Association publishes the Bulletin, which focuses on copies and abstracts of original source materials relating to Tennessee and adjacent areas.

    Membership: Annually $15/yr. payable to WAGS not later than January 1 of each calendar year.
    Each member is entitled to one query each issue.  No query space for non-members.

    The Watauga Historical Association
    1651 West Elk Avenue
    Elizabethton TN 37643
    Contact: Herb Roberts(423) 543-5808

    D.A.R., "Daughters of the American Revolution"
    Julius Dugger Chapter
    Contact: Joy Reecer (423) 542-4036

    D.A.R., "Daughters of the American Revolution
    John Carter Chapter
    Regent: Dr. Evelyn Elmer (423) 926-0721
    Mrs. Lewis Merryman (423) 543-1089

    Carter County History Book Committee
    168 Laurel Ridge Road
    Jonesborough, TN 37659
    Chairperson: Dawn Peters (423) 913-0133

  • Map Sources

    Modern road maps:
    The Elizabethton/Carter County Chamber of Commerce,
    500 19E Bypass
    Elizabethton TN 37643

    Area Maps
    U. S. Forest Service
    District Rangers Office
    Route 9
    Elizabethton TN 37643

  • Newspapers

    The Elizabethton Star 300 N. Sycamore Street
    Elizabethton TN 37643
    (423) 542-4151
    The paper has back issues on microfilm.
    Published weekdays and Sunday

  • Funeral Homes

    Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home
    101 Ease F. Street Elizabethton TN 37643
    (423) 543-5544

    Memorial Funeral Home
    212 N. Main Street
    Elizabethton TN 37643

    Tetrick Funeral Home
    211 North Riverside Drive
    Elizabethton TN 37643
    (423) 542-2233

  • Local Genealogy/History Authors

  • Museums with Historical Artifacts

    B. Carroll Reece Museum
    East Tennessee State University
    PO Box 70660 Johnson City TN 37614 Phone: (423) 439-4392

    The museum is located on the campus of East Tennessee State University, adjacent to the Sherrod Library.  In addition to memorabilia from Congressman B. Carroll Reece (1889-1961), the museum features antique musical instruments and a variety of chang ing exhibits of the region's cultural heritage and work by contemporary local artists.

    For additional information, contact: Director of the B. Carroll Reece Museum.

  • Local Researchers

    Mildred Kozsuch
    546 Matson Rd.
    Jonesborough, TN 37659
    (423) 928-3829
    Area of specialization: Local history

    Robert T. Nave
    509 Woodhaven Drive
    Johnson City, TN 37604
    (423) 434-2059
    Area of specialization: Genealogy, local history

    Dawn Peters
    168 Laurel Ridge Road
    Jonesborough TN 37659
    (423) 913-0133
    Area of specialization: Genealogy, local history

    Frances C. Young
    1218 Allview Ct.
    Louisville, TN 37777
    865 980-9325
    Area of specialization: Genealogy

    Rebekah Whitehurst
    Online at The Census Mom
    Area of specialization: Genealogy

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