Tennessee Family History Societies(O-U)

This section lists associations from Overton to Smith giving details about each one and what resources and publications they offer.

County and Other Societies

Overton County Historical Society

Many databases and Indexes are available, which comprise:

  • Cemetery Transcripts
  • Divorces 1852-1861, 1857-1868 and 1865-1866
  • Family Bibles for Curtis-Hardy Webb and Green
  • Joseph Copeland's Will of 1852
  • Overton Co. Records 1852-1862 (Deaths 1852-1862, Bastardy, Murder and Divorces)
  • Pension Records (John Gore)
  • Wills (Joseph "Big Joe" Copeland 1852)

Numerous publications are sold by the society, which incorporate:

  • Birth and Death Records 1908-1912 and 1925-1938
  • Checklist of Cemeteries and Graveyards
  • Newsletters 1997-2007
  • Overton Co. WPA Writers Project 1941

Polk County Historical and Genealogical Society

Polk County Historical Society was established in 1955 and incorporated in 1962.  The association changed its name in 1995, adding the word 'genealogical'. By the end of their first year they had 160 members, and now have approximately 450.

These members do not only come from Polk Co., but from all over the country.  

Many publications are available for sale, which include:

  • Back Issues of the PCHGS Quarterly
  • Cemetery Inscriptions
  • Census Returns
  • Fun, Facts and Philosophy: The Diary of John Coffee Williamson 1858-1861
  • Marriages 1894-1970
  • Polk Co. Confederate History
  • Polk Co. Heritage 1839-1997
  • Polk Co. History 1839-1999
  • Vital Statistics 1911-1912

Rutherford County Historical Society

Publications sold by the society include: 

  • Census Books
  • Deaths and Estate Settlements
  • Marriages 1851-1860 (Some volumes out of print)
  • Rutherford Co. Cemeteries
  • Tax Books
  • Will Abstracts

For further information about volumes available, please visit their site.


Smith County Historical and Genealogical Society

The society was organised in 1965 and now has nearly 300 members across the United States.  They are currently involved with the maintenance and restoration of Rome Ferry, Dixon Springs, Stonewall Bridge and the Heritage Museum.

Indexes to Smith Co. Cemeteries North and South of the Cumberland River is accessible.  These Indexes can be searched by Location or by Name.

Many publications are available for sale, which include:

  • Cumberland Pioneer Settlers Volume I - Founding of the Cumberland Settlements: The First Atlas 1779-1804
  • Volume II - Thoroughfare for Freedom: The Second Atlas of the Cumberland Settlements 1779-1804
  • Volume III - The First Southwest: The Third Atlas of the Cumberland and Duck River Settlements

It is also possible to join the Smith County Mailing List, which is maintained by Rootsweb.


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