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The Jefferson County Genealogical Society

Jefferson City - Dandridge - Talbott - New Market - White Pine

Glenmore Mansion, Jefferson City

About Us

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The Jefferson County, Tennessee Genealogical Society (JCGS) is a nonprofit organization that seeks to bring people together to promote fellowship and cooperation between persons who are interested in discovering their own family history. We collect, preserve and make research data available to those who are researching family histories concerning past and present families of Jefferson County, Tennessee.

The JCGS meets on the third Monday of every month (except December) in the Fellowship Hall of First Baptist Church, at 1610 Russell Avenue, Jefferson City, TN 37760. Visitors are welcomed. Society membership is $20.00 per calendar year for an individual and $25 per family, renewable in January, which includes two issues (Spring and Fall) of the JCGS newsletter, the Journal. Each issue of the Journal contains Jefferson county records, documents, and other items of interest.

2023 Agenda

NovemberBush Breazeale Hosts His Own Funeral by Frank Anderson
DecemberHoliday - no meeting until next year

Contact Information

Jefferson County Genealogical Society
PO Box 267
Jefferson City, Tennessee 37760

For more information, email Rob Beuch, JCHS President.

his site last updated 4 November 2023. See the Change Log
For website suggestions or to report broken links, email support@jctngenealogy.org

Local Resources

The Jefferson County Archives

The Jefferson County Archives are located on the second floor of the historic Jefferson County Courthouse on the corner of Main and Gay Streets in downtown Dandridge. The Archive's collection includes microfilm records, reference books, and courthouse records dating back to 1792. The archive is open Monday through Friday, 9:00 to 3:30. Call 865-397-4904 or email archives@jeffersoncountytn.gov

Map to the Jefferson County archives

Dandridge Memorial Library

The Dandridge Memorial Library overlooking Douglas Lake is located at 1235 Circle Drive in Dandridge. The library houses a genealogy collection that includes local and family histories.

Carson-Newman University Library

The Stevens-Burnett Memorial Library at 1446 Russell Avenue on the campus of Carson-Newman University in Jefferson City maintains different hours depending on the school term. Call 865-471-3335 for hours and more information.

The McClung Historical Collection

The Knox County Public Library maintains the Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection at the East Tennessee History Center at 601 South Gay Street in Knoxville, Tennessee. An online collection of images from the Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection is available at The McClung Collection. Contact: DigitalCollections@knoxlib.org.

The Knox County Archives

The Knox County Archives preserves and provides public access to the permanent records of this historic county (1792-present) at 601 Gay Street in Knoxville, Tennessee. These records include deeds, marriages, divorces, school records, various court records, and more. Records have suffered no major destruction and are remarkably intact. Phone 865-215-8800 or archives@knoxlib.org.

Online Resources

Popular Commercial Web Sites

NOTE: These links are provided as a courtesy by the Jefferson County Genealogical Society, but this is is not an endorsement of any site. Some of these websites may charge for a subscription. All Website links open in a new browser.

Find My Past
Genealogy Bank

Phone Apps and Browser Extensions

Download these free mobile apps and browser extensions to make connecting with your family across generations easier than ever before.

  • The Family Tree App - A full-featured genealogy app from FamilySearch that allows you to create, edit and share your family story. Available for Android and Apple smart phones.
  • Memories. A digital scrapbook by FamilySearch that brings joy to your family now and in the future. Available for Android and Apple smart phones.
  • The Wikitree Browser Extension adds family tree charts, auto biography builder and more to Wikitree. Available for Mozilla (Firefox) and Chrome browsers (including Opera, Edge, Brave, and Vivaldi).

Record-Keeping Aids

These aids are provided courtesy of Ancestry.com

  • Relationships explained. What exactly is a first cousin twice removed? This article explains.
  • NEW Nicknames - You may know that Bill is short for William, and Jos. short for Joseph, but did you know Mary was sometimes called Polly, Caroline called Lynn or that Della is short for Deliverance, and Dorothy sometimes went by Dolly?
  • Ancestral Chart - This chart allows you to record the ancestors from whom you directly descend.
  • Research Calendar - Stores an account of every record source you have searched.
  • Research Extract - Summarizes information which may be time-consuming or difficult to reread quickly.
  • Correspondence Record - Helps keep track of those with whom you have had correspondence.
  • Sources Summary - Records a quick reference to information and sources you have found on a particular family.

County-Specific Resources


Jefferson County Genealogy on FamilySearch.org. A guide to Jefferson County, Tennessee ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, and military records available on FamilySearch.

TN Genealogy Trails

Jefferson County Genealogy & History on Tennessee Genealogy Trails. A site to help you track your ancestors through time by transcribing genealogical and historical data and placing it online for the free use of all researchers.

TN Genealogy Net

Ancestry Research & Family Histories on Tennessee Genealogy Net. Records for more than 200 years of Tennessee history available online or from many archives and libraries located throughout the state.


New WeRelate.org - online collaboration for more sources of information.

TN State Sec

Genealogical "Fact Sheet" on Jefferson County from the office of the Secretary of State of Tennessee. A list of resources and many links to selected manuscripts and records.


Genealogy Research Resources from the Tennessee Secretary of State and the State Library & Archives. An excellent starting point for Family Researchers and Genealogists.

NGS Free

Free Genealogy Resources. A list of eighteen important free web sites for genealogy research recommended by the National Genealogical Society.

Civil War Trails

Civil War Trails: People, places, and artifacts of the Civil War in East Tennessee at the Tennessee State Library sand Archives.

Statewide Online Resources


NEW Tennessee Historical Newspaper Summaries Online from The Ancestor Hunt.

Genealogy and History Groups on Facebook

Some groups may be private and you must request permission to join.


Tennessee Genealogy Research - (Private group) Anyone can find this group although only members can see who's in the group and what they post.


First Settlers of Tennessee - (private group) The First Settlers of Tennessee are people who were living in the area from the early British exploration and settlement of the 1750s up through the Antebellum years (1841–1861).


Civil War History of East Tennessee - (public group) A friendly group page for sharing East Tennessee Civil War stories and photographs, both Union and Confederate.


East Tennessee Cemeteries - (private group) This group posts information about cemeteries in East Tennessee. It is not for posting grave transcriptions.


Jefferson County History & Heritage - (public group) Neighboring Jefferson enjoys a rich heritage of history from early Native Peoples, exploration by David Crockett through the War Between the States and up to the present.

Local Publications

These publications are available from the Jefferson County Genealogical Society

  • Stories in Stone, Volume III a book on cemeteries in Talbott, Jefferson City, New Market and Strawberry Plains - $22.
  • The Blue and the Grey at Rest, Civil War Soldiers in Jefferson County - $20.
  • From the Battlefields to the Smokies, Revolutionary War Soldiers at Rest in Jefferson County - $20.
  • People and Places of Jefferson County by Estle P. Muney - $20.
  • Bent Twigs in Jefferson County by Jean Bible (hardcover) - $15.
  • Civil War Claims, Jefferson County (softcover) - $7.
  • 1850 Jefferson County Census by Burl Underwood, (reprinted with new index) - $25.

== Postage is additional on all items. ==

The following items are available from the Jefferson County Archives:

  • Stories in Stone, Volume I a book on cemeteries South of the French Broad River and in Dumplin Valley - $22.
  • Stories in Stone, Volume II a book on cemeteries in Dandridge and in White Pine - $22.
  • Jefferson county TN Boundary & Civil Districts, 1792-1998 (softcover) - $20.