Frequently Asked Questions
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS . . .
. . . ABOUT SUMNER
When did Sumner County become a county? And from what
- It became a county in 1786 and was formed from the eastern part of Davidson
Where is the county seat of Sumner
The county seat is Gallatin, Tennessee.
For whom was Sumner County named?
- The county was named after General Jethro Sumner, a Revolutionary War hero, who
was born in 1733 and died in 1807 in Warren County, NC.
. . . ABOUT RESEARCHING IN SUMNER
How do I get a copy of a birth record from Sumner
How do I get a copy of a death record from Sumner
- You can obtain a copy of a birth record from the Sumner County Archives or the Tennessee State
Library & Archives. (Note: Several birth records are online. View the Online Birth Records site.)
How do I get a copy of a marriage record from Sumner
- You can obtain a copy of a death record from the Sumner County Archives or the Tennessee State
Library & Archives. (Note: Several death records are online. View the Online Death Records site.)
- You can obtain a copy of a marriage record from the Sumner County Archives or the Tennessee State
Library & Archives. (Note: Marriage records from 1787-1850 & 1858 are online. View the Online Marriage Records site.)
I would like copies of wills and other probate records. Where
do I look?
- You can obtain copies of wills and other probate records (estate, inventory, accounts,
settlements, etc.) from the Sumner County Archives. Don't forget
to search through the hundreds of wills on the Sumner Co. TNGenWeb Will Transcription Site!
What years did Sumner County keep census records? Are any
- Sumner County, TN has census records beginning in 1820. Several census years are
online, including mortality schedules. Check out all the listing on the Sumner County, TN Census and Mortality
I would like to obtain military records for my Sumner County
ancestor. Where do I look?
- The Tennessee State Library and Archives in Nashville provides War of 1812 muster
rolls; militia commissions of officers, 1796-1862; Civil War records and World War I records.
the Sumner Co. TNGenWeb page we have several Military Histories
and Muster Rolls
How do I find other people researching the same surname(s)
that I am researching?
- Search through the numerous contributions found on the Sumner Co. TNGenWeb
Family Album Biographies & Descendancy Charts site and
check the Queries on the Sumner Co., TN Rootsweb Message Board.
You have Sumner County cemeteries listed. But how do I
out where my ancestor is buried?
- A great resource book called Sumner County, Tennessee
Cemetery Records, compiled by Margaret Cummings Snider and Joan Hollis
Yorgason, provides comprehensive cemetery listings up to the 1970s. Several cemteries have
been transcribed and placed on the Cemetery Listings site. If you
can't find the burial you are looking for you can request a Sumner County Cemetery Lookup.
Is there an Archives in Sumner
County? Is there an Archives for the State of Tennessee
- Yes, there is the Sumner County Archives, an excellent source of information.
They have a website and an e-mail. Check out the Sumner County Archives. Another great source
of information is the Tennessee State
Library & Archives.
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