Tennessee, Madison County Cemetery Paupers Files - FamilySearch Historical Records

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This article describes a collection of records scheduled to become available at FamilySearch.org.
Madison, Tennessee, 
United States
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Record Description
Record Type Cemetery
Collection years 1849-1899
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What Is in the Collection?[edit | edit source]

The collection consists of images of pauper and coffin files for 1849-1899, located in Jackson, Tennessee.

Cemeteries begin keeping records as soon as they are opened. The purchase of a burial plot is a land transaction and is recorded with a deed. Cemetery records are kept as a permanent record of who was buried and usually who purchased the burial plot. The information in these records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.

You will be able to browse through images in this collection when it is published.


Image Visibility[edit | edit source]

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Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Images[edit | edit source]

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

The key genealogical facts of these records may include the following:

  • Name of Cemetery
  • Location of grave including Section and Lot number
  • Names of all individuals in burial plot
  • Date of death
  • Designation if grave is a veteran's grave
  • Designation whether plot is full or half

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

To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor.
  • The date of death.

View the Images[edit | edit source]

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

  1. Select County
  2. Select Record Type and Year Range to view the images.

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 burial record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Burial records are often brief so it can be easy confuse individuals. Compare what is information is given with what you already know about your ancestor to make sure it is the correct person.

Next, look at the pieces of information given in the burial record for new information. Add any new information to your records of each family. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors.

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

  • Use the birth date or year to search for birth records.
  • Use the birth date along with your relative’s names to find the family in census records.
  • Use the locality and relative's name to locate church and land records.
  • The name of the undertaker or mortuary could lead you to funeral and cemetery records, which often include the names and residences of other family members.
  • Compile the entries for every person with the same surname. This is especially helpful for rural areas or unusual surnames.
  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the deceased who may have been buried in the same cemetery or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
  • When looking for a person with a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.

I Can't Find Who I'm Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby cemeteries.

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

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


Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information.  

Collection Citation:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
Record Citation:
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Image Citation:
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.


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