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McMinn County Our Tennessee Home


In Memoriam 

Joyce Reece


Welcome to McMinn County

"Our Tennessee Home"

Photo taken by Sharon McCormack April 27, 2003

"The Knobs in eastern McMinn County"

Dedicated to the history of our county and those who made it
And the future--
whose people will see our time as history...

Sharon McCormack & Joyce G. Reece, May, 2003

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Some Older Communities in McMinn County
Click here for a larger version of this map

A wonderful map of the Overhill region which includes McMinn County.  The communities of Delano, Calhoun, Riceville, Etowah, Englewood, Athens & Niota showing on this map are in our county.  Just north are the Monroe County communities of Tellico Plains, Madisonville, Coker Creek, Sweetwater and Vonore.  South are towns of Polk County which include Copperhill, Ducktown, Turtletown, Farner, Reliance, Conasauga, Old Fort, Ocoee, Benton and the Wetmore community adjacent to Delano.  This region is called the "Overhill" in honor of the Over-the-Hill Cherokee People.



Our on-site records are now located thru this link


For information on McMinn County History & Genealogy Society

follow this link


All off-site links are now located thru this link



McMinn County History IS Here!

McMinn County History

Goodspeed History

Look for it here!

McMinn Timeline

Full text of "Tennessee County History series : McMinn County / by C. Stephen Byrum ; Frank B. Williams, Jr., editor"

This is likely the most accurate history ever written concerning the history of McMinn County



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In the subject put what year and type records your asking for.
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They work hard and do a great job!




Barbara Dooley [email protected] Census Records 1840, 1870, 1880
Chancery Court Lookups page Chancery Court Lookups  Click here

For an article that helps explain the Chancery Court system please click here.

For a listing of District Chancery Court documents 1832-1842 please visit  Archives link



Peg White Sulfsted [email protected] SAR Patriot Index Edition III 2002
This search may or may not turn up your patriot. They only show those who have descendants in the Society. Your ancestor may have served and not have a descendant in the society.
Jean Kinzalow [email protected] McMinn County Census
Be sure to put McMinn County in the subject line. Jean does a lot of counties and needs to know which one you want
Doris Melton [email protected] McMinn County Cemetery Index
by Sharon McCormack based on Marvin and Samme Templin's Book and Cemetery Webpages
Mary Jo Bohmholdt [email protected] McMinn County Cemeteries from the Samme and Marvin Templin book  
Rex Bertram [email protected]
check his webpage at
List the State and Year in Subject Line
Limit two per lookup request
1790 Census Index
1850 TN Census Index
1860 TN Census Index
1880 Census Index
Linda Manuel [email protected] WPA McMinn Transcripts book Bible Records and original Cedar Grove Cemetery
Jane Lasley [email protected]
Check out the other books she can do lookups from at


The Legend of Buster Duggan
Mary Clyde Reid Mungo
[email protected]Only two lookups per week and make sure it's specific name not just a surname and mention specific book lookup in subject line
King'sMountain and It's Men by Lyman C Draper
King's Mountain Men by KK White
Patriot's of King's Mountain by Bobby Gilmer Moss
Samme and Marvin Templin Marvin Templin
[email protected]
Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness Still photos of tombstones Will also do digital photos and email.

Also at


Kristi Moffitt
[email protected] please send Kristi as much information as you have regarding the person or family you are seeking Census 1900-1930
Claudia B Carson [email protected]

The Annals of Tennessee to the end of the eighteenth century comprising its settlement, as The Watauga Association, from 1796 to 1777; A Part of North Carolina, from 1788 to1784; The Territory of the U. States, South of the Ohio, from 1790 to1796; The State of Tennessee, from 1796 to 1800 by J.G.M. Ramsey, A.M., M.D. 






Surname Links Page

Check this list for surnames you are interested in or can contribute to.  These names cover the southeast Tennessee region.


Need Professional Help?

Here is a list of people who can do research here in McMinn County

Professional Researchers



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Below are the Message boards at Genforum

The internet offers many message boards but the two best are Ancestry/Rootsweb and Genforum. Remember however everyone does not always read or send messages to both so be sure to check both for some informative help.

McMinn Genforum Monroe Co Genforum Bradley Genforum
Hamilton Co Genforum Polk Genforum TN Genforum


Libraries are always a great resource.  Here are links for a few in our area.

(Data compiled by Sharon McCormack)

EG Fisher Library
1289 Ingleside Av
Athens, TN 37303
Carnegie Library
723 Ohio Ave
Etowah, TN 37331
Fort Loudoun Regional
718 George St
Athens, TN 37303
Fort Loudon webcat
305 College St
Madisonville, TN 37354
[email protected] Kim Hicks Lib. Director
[email protected] Head of Genealogy Dept-Jo Stakely
210 Mayes Av
Sweetwater, TN 37874
Chattanooga Bicentennial Library
1001 Broad St.
Chattanooga, TN 37402
Chattanooga Bicentennial Library
Lawson McGhee
500 West Church Avenue
Knoxville, TN
Knoxville Public
500 West Church Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37902
Decatur Public Library
120 E Memorial Dr

Cleveland Public Library History Branch
833 N Ocoee
Cleveland, TN 37311

Tennessee State Library and Archives
East Tennessee Historical Center
314 West Clinch Avenue
Knoxville, TN
Calvin McClung Collection
314 West Clinch Avenue
Knoxville TN
McMinn County Historical Society and Archives





These links take you to area newspapers that contain McMinn, Bradley and Polk Co Obituaries

The Daily Post Athenian The Cleveland Daily Banner Monroe County Democrat/Advocate Polk County News email


Please visit the websites of our neighboring counties

Bradley Co TnGenWeb

Bradley TNLHN

Hamilton Co TN Loudon Co TN Meigs Co TnGenWeb


Monroe Co TnGenWeb

Monroe Co., TNLHN

Polk Co TN at TenGenWeb

Polk Co TN /AGHP

Polk Co, TN ALHN

Rhea Co TN Roane Co TN

McMinn TnGenWeb

American Local History Network

American History and Genealogy Project Tennessee Local History Network




Helpful Sites



This page will give addresses for some more really helpful research locations such as cd lookups



Awards Page

Awards that this site has won



McMinn County Migrations


We are currently trying to add to the Migrations database.
The migrations database is attempting to help locate and follow the trails of migration.
McMinn County was a major stopping place and a large jumping off place for Migrations west
Access the Migrations Project National Database!

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Sharon McCormack

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The Tennessee Overhill Tourism has a new project in process.  It is attempting to find the exact path of the Cherokee during the 1838 Enforced Removal as they passed through Monroe and McMinn Counties.  If your family has an oral history of the Cherokee passing thru the area of these two counties please call Tennessee Overhill Tourism at 423.263.5719