Putnam County is located in one of the state's three "grand divisions," Middle Tennessee, as depicted in the map below.
Putnam County was first formed in 1842, but it was short-lived, since it was declared unconstitutional and dissolved. It was permanently established in 1854 and was named for Israel Putnam, a Revolutionary War hero.
If you do find the new addresses (URLs) for broken links on these pages, if you will send them to Charles Reeves, Jr., I'll correct them. Thanks.The United States Reference Unit at the Family History Library has launched a Research Guide for Putnam County, Tennessee in the new FamilySearch Wiki format. Anyone who wishes to can register and add material or make changes.
History of Putnam County
Topography and Migration Patterns of Putnam County
Putnam County Research Helps
Putnam County Historic Sites of Interest
Those doing Research on Families from the County
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Putnam County Cemetery Listing
Putnam County Related Obituaries
View Old Posted Putnam County Queries
Putnam County Scenes from Old Postcards
Putnam County Photos
Calendar of Events
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This page was created by Charles Reeves, Jr. with considerable input from Billie R. McNamara, Fred Clark, and others as indicated in the references.
Note: No claims or estimates are made nor intended of the validity of the information contained on the Putnam County Website. Each new piece of information found should not be taken at face value, but should be researched and proved or disproved by weight of evidence. Among the items you may find are copies of copyright-expired texts pertaining to the history of Putnam County, Tennessee. These must be considered in the era that they were written. You are welcome to copy information found at the Putnam County Tennessee Genealogy Website for personal use and share information with other researchers or genealogical organizations, but this information may not under any conditions be sold or used in a commercial project without expressed prior written permission. The entire contents of the Putnam County TNGenWeb pages are copyright 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2011, 2013 by Charles A. Reeves, Jr.