Tennessee, Gibson County Court Records - FamilySearch Historical Records

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This article describes a collection of records scheduled to become available at FamilySearch.org.
Gibson, Tennessee, 
United States
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Location of Gibson County, Tennessee
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Location of Tennessee
Record Description
Record Type Court Records
Collection years 1825-1900
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Sample Images[edit | edit source]

The collection consists of images of Circuit Court case files and apprenticeships from Gibson County for the years 1825 to 1900.

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Collection Content[edit | edit source]

What Can This Collection Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

Information found in this collection may include:

  • Names of interested parties
  • Date of court proceeding or transaction
  • Details of the case
  • Place of residence
  • Names of witnesses

How Do I Search the Collection?[edit | edit source]

To begin your search, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor.
  • The residence of your ancestor.
  • The approximate date of the court case.
  • The names of family members or other people who may be named in the court case.

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How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

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What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

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I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Use the date and locality to search for the family in census records.
  • Use the date and locality to search for the family in church records.
  • Use the date and locality to search for the family in land records.
  • Use the date and locality to search for the family in additional county and state records.
  • Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname as the deceased, this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have been in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
  • Witnesses in court cases may be close relatives.

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names.
  • Look for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Tennessee.


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