In Jackson County death records are available for the period 1881-1883 and from 1908-1912.
In addition, you may obtain a book containing these records that were transcribed by Betty M. Scott and Shelta McCarter Shrum, Jackson County, TN Marriage & Death Records. Order from Ridge Runner Publications, 5700 Hwy. 52 W, Lafayette, TN 37083-3268; $25.00 ppd, or check your local library.
You may also obtain death records for the period from the Tennessee State Library and Archives. Those for the time period of 1908-1912 are available on-line. They also have an index of records from 1914-1927.
These records can be invaluable in your search. It is advisable to obtain a person's death record even if you think you know everything about the person. Info included on these records includes name of the deceased, birth and death place and date, marital status making it possible to determine if a spouse died before or after the deceased, name and birthplace of parents, place of burial, name of the undertaker or funeral home where you may find more records, and in some cases, the cause of death. To obtain the cause you may have to state your relationship to the person and that the request is for genealogical research.
You can search for death, divorce and marriage records on any
county in the state on the Shelby
County Register of Deeds web site.
For death records beginning in 1950 to the present, you will need to contact the Tennessee Vital Records office.
Mizi Freeman also has contributed some Jackson County Obituaries, along with Wills and Estate Records to the TNGenWeb Archives Digital Library.
Many thanks to Karra Porter for the Jackson County Death Records she transcribed from microfilm. The Dr. C. E. Reeves prominently mentioned in these records is the great-grandfather of your Jackson County TNGenWeb co-host.
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Jane Hembree Crowley
Charles Reeves, Jr.,
Jackson County Coordinators