Courthouse & Vital Records

How to Find Information

In Tennessee, the deeds, wills and marriage records are handled by different departments within the courthouse, and are not all inclusive in the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office as in Virginia.

 

SULLIVAN COUNTY REGISTER OF DEEDS   (Land records from 1770)

Bart Long

3411 Highway 126, Blountville, TN 37617

Mailing address: P.O. Box 570, Blountville, TN 37617

Phone: (423) 323-6420       Fax: (423) 279-2771

 

SULLIVAN COUNTY CHANCERY COURT CLERK’S OFFICE   (Wills and probate records from 1867)

Sarah Housewright

140 Blountville Bypass, Blountville, TN 37617

Mailing address: P.O. Box 327, Blountville, TN 37617

Phone: (423) 323-6483      Fax: (423) 279-3280

 

225 West Center Street, Kingsport, TN 37660

Phone: (423) 224-1726       Fax: (423) 224-1736

 

801 Anderson Street, Room 239, Bristol, TN 37621

Phone: (423) 989-4363     Fax: (423) 989-4362

 

SULLIVAN COUNTY CLERK’S OFFICE  (Marriage records from 1863 (records prior to 1863 were burned.))

Jeanie Gammon

3258 Highway 126, Suite 101, Blountville, TN 37617

Mailing address: P.O. Box 327, Blountville, TN 37617

Phone: (423) 323-6428           Fax: (423) 279-2725

 

SULLIVAN COUNTY PROPERTY ASSESSOR

Bob Icenhour

3411 Highway 126, Blountville, TN 37617

Mailing address: P.O. Box 587, Blountville, TN 37617

Phone: (423) 323-6455      Fax: (423) 279-2808

 

SULLIVAN COUNTY LIBRARY

1655 Blountville Boulevard, Blountville, TN 37617

Mailing address: P.O. Box 510, Blountville, TN 37617

(423) 279-2714

The library has 400 microfilm rolls of courthouse records through 1950. The library also features a newly-remodeled Genealogy Room with hundreds of books, including several three-ring binders with copies of obituaries. Contact Theresa, the library director for additional information.

 

SULLIVAN COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF ARCHIVES & HISTORY

3425 Hwy. 126, Blountville, TN 37617

Mailing address: P.O. Box 3179, Blountville, TN 37617

Phone (423) 323-4660      Fax (423) 323-4635

Contact: Shelia Hunt at info@sullivancountytn.gov

Opened in 2004, the Sullivan County Archives welcomes historical and genealogical researchers. Its primary focus is to preserve county governmental records and to serve as a regional research center for history and genealogy.  The Research Center is home to the Sullivan County Historical and Genealogical Society (link to their Facebook page.)  It is located next door to the old Sullivan County Courthouse on Highway 126 in historic downtown Blountville. For additional information or visit the website at www.historicsullivan.com. Its holdings include:

  • History and genealogy books
  • Artifacts
  • Photographs
  • Family books and vertical files (thousands of surname files)             
  • Manuscript collections
  • Maps
  • Microfilms
  • Chancery suits, 1863-1950
  • Collections on loan
  • County governmental records
  • Court Minutes
  • Marriage records 1863-1950 (Indexed)                                           
  • Marriage records 1951-1999 (Indexed)
  • Tax Records
  • Wills, 1830-2001 (Indexed)

You may also write to the Sullivan County Historical and Genealogical Society at P.O. Box 568, Blountville, TN 37617.

 

TENNESSEE VITAL RECORDS

Central Services Building, 1st Floor

421 5th Avenue North, Nashville, Tennessee 37247-0460

(615) 741-1763

The Department of Health has Tennessee death, divorce and marriage records for the years 1957-2007. Fees are as follows:

Births: $15.00 for first copy and $2.00 for each additional copy of the same record. For births from 1949 to present a computer generated copy can be obtained for $5.00 with each additional copy $2.00. Both types are certified and include a raised, embossed seal.

Deaths: $5.00 per certified copy. The cause of death is not normally included on a certified copy unless specifically requested and then is available only to certain family members or legal representatives.

Marriage and Divorce Records: $10.00 for the first copy and $2.00 for each additional copy.

Fees include a search the year before and the year after the requested record date. If no record is found in the search, you will be notified by mail. The fee is not refunded as it is charged for the search.

You may order Vital Records Certificates online here (VitalCheck.)

 

TENNESSEE STATE LIBRARY & ARCHIVES

403 Seventh Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37243-0312

(615) 741-2764

Contains records from the early years not maintained by the Office of Vital Records.  Patrons may submit questions to reference.tsla@state.tn.us
How to request information by mail
Archives and Manuscript Collections

 

BRISTOL PUBLIC LIBRARY

701 Goode Street, Bristol, VA 24201

Phone (276) 645-8780       Fax (276) 669-5593

 

KINGSPORT PUBLIC LIBRARY

400 Broad Street, Kingsport, TN 37660 (one block from Center Street between cross streets New Street and Sullivan Street.)

Information: (423) 229-9489 • Archives: (423) 224-2559 • Youth Services: (423) 229-9366

Circulation: (423) 229-9465 • Director: (423) 229-9388 • Reference: (423) 224-2539

The Palmer Room has genealogical information plus extensive cemetery records of Sullivan County.

 

THE E.W. KING LIBRARY at KING COLLEGE

1350 King College Road, Bristol TN 37620

(800) 362-0014 or (423) 652-4861

King College in Bristol, Tennessee has a special collection which contains materials on local Presbyterian churches and regional Presbyterianism, as well as the most complete microfilm records of the runs of Bristol newspapers.

 

THE SHERROD LIBRARY at EAST TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY

Box 70267, Johnson City, TN 37614-0054

(423) 439-1000

Contains the Archives of Appalachia and much genealogical material.