Tennessee, Gibson County Land 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 Land Records
Collection years 1784-1937
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This collection will include records from 1825-1900.

Images of land grants, warranty deeds, and mortgages from Gibson County.

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Collection Content[edit | edit source]

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

The information varies by record. You may find any of the following:

  • Names of interested parties
  • Date of transaction
  • Legal description of the property
  • Monies exchanged
  • Details of the transaction
  • Names of witnesses
  • Occupations

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

To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor.
  • The approximate date of the land transaction.
  • The property description.
  • The names of family members or others who may be part of the land transaction.

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

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

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

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Make a photocopy of the deed, or extract the genealogical information needed. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family.

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

  • Use the names and time periods to locate the family in church records.
  • Use the names and time periods to locate the family in census records.
  • Use the names and time periods to locate the family in other county and state records.
  • Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment records or military records.
  • Search for the land transactions of a couple and their children. The parents may have sold or given property to a son or daughter. Such transactions confirm relationships that might not be found in other records.
  • Search for records of people in the county who shared a surname. These may have been the couple’s parents, uncles, or other relatives. Your ancestor may have been an heir who sold inherited land that had belonged to parents or grandparents.
  • To find later generations, search the land records a few years before and after a person’s death. Your ancestor may have sold or given land to his or her heirs before death, or the heirs may have sold the land after the individual died. For daughters, the names of their husbands are often provided. For sons, the given names of their wives may be included. Heirs may have sold their interest in the land to another heir even though the record may not indicate this. Continue this process for identifying each succeeding generation.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • Some counties were subdivided or the boundaries may have changed. Consider searching neighboring counties as well since that courthouse may have been more convenient for the person.
  • One deed does not usually give sufficient information about a couple and their children. A careful study of all deeds for the person or the family will yield a richer return of information.
  • For each parcel of land owned, you should obtain two documents:
  1. The deed that documents when ownership transferred to the individual or the family and
  2. The deed that documents when ownership was transferred to someone else.

I Can't Find Who 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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