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Bedford County, Tennessee

Bedford County, Tennessee Facts

When was Bedford County, TN Created?

Bedford County was founded on December 7, 1807 from Rutherford County. This county was named for Revolutionary War officer Thomas Bedford, a large landowner in the area .

What is the County Seat of Bedford County, TN?

The County Seat of government is located in Shelbyville also, the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Bedford County, TN?

Bordering counties are Rutherford County (north), Coffee County (east), Moore County (southeast), Lincoln County (south) and Marshall County (west).

What cities and towns are in Bedford County, TN?

Cities and towns located in the county include Bell Buckle, Normandy, Shelbyville, Wartrace.

Bedford County Courthouse and Government Records

What genealogical records can I find in the Bedford County Courthouse?

Bedford County Courthouse

The following indicates what vital, land, probate, and court records are in Bedford county or in the Tennessee State Library & Archives. The dates indicated below are the first known records for each county. There were fires at the Bedford County courthouse in 1863 & 1934. There was a tornado at the courthouse in 1830. Most records were destroyed in 1863.

Please get in touch with the clerk's office to affirm hours, mailing address, fees and other specifics before visiting or requesting information because of in some cases changing contact details. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The records are accessible to interested parties, barring confidential issues. A lot of workers will guide individuals in obtaining the resources, however it's up to the individual to complete the basic research.
  • Bedford County Clerk maintains Marriage & Divorce records. It also has jurisdiction over probate cases. Wills, administrations, and all other records pertaining to probate are recorded in the respective county clerk's office. If the will or administration was contested, the records of these actions may be filed in the circuit court or chancery court.
    • Address: 104 Northside Square, Shelbyville, TN 37160
    • Phone: 931-684-1921
    • Marriage Records: 1861
    • Probate Records: 1861
  • Bedford County Register of Deeds has land records beginning with county organization, land records are available from the register of deeds at the Sevier county courthouse. Land and property records include transfer of real estate or personal property, mortgages, leases, surveys, and entries.
    • Address: 108 North Side Square, Shelbyville, TN 37160
    • Phone: (931) 684-5719
    • Land & Deed Records: 1808
  • Bedford County Clerk of Circuit Court has jurisdiction over property disputes, and circuit courts oversee criminal cases, divorces, and adoptions. Early courts included courts of common pleas and quarter sessions.
    • Address: 1 Public Sq., Courthouse, Room 200, Shelbyville, TN 37160
    • Phone: 931-684-3223
    • Chancery Court Minutes: 1830
    • Circuit Court Minutes: 1840
    • County Court Minutes: 1848
  • Bedford County Property Assessor is responsible for the evaluation of all real property, the cadastral mapping of the county, valuation of all business personal property and maintaining ownership records. The property assessor prepares the tax rolls for the trustee and all the municipalities. Tax lists can be used to locate families, document historic properties and study community history. Early tax lists generally include all white males over 21 and indicate whether they owned land or slaves.
    • Tax Records: 1812, 1814, 1836-1839, 1875-1900(located at the Tennessee State Library and Archives)
    • Bedford County Health Department, 140 Dover Street , Shelbyville, TN 37160-2607 ; (931) 684-3426 , issues birth certificates and death certificates (deaths which occurred in that county within the past three years, and a few county health departments keep death records for longer periods of time)

Where can find Bedford County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?

Bedford County vital records can be found at the Tennessee Department of Health (VDH) Office of Vital Records which has copies for copies of birth certificates, marriage licenses and divorce decrees. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Tennessee for current fees and application process.

Marriage license records are available from the county clerk who issued the marriage license. Court divorce orders may be obtained from the clerk of the court that granted the divorce.

You can search online for Bedford County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also Order Electronically Online or can download an application for Tennessee Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Divorce Certificate, Death Certificates to mail.

What Bedford County, TN census records are available?

Federal Population Schedules for Bedford County can be found for 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Bedford Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Bedford Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Bedford Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. The Slave Schedules exist for 1850 & 1860. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research.

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Bedford County, TN?

A list of Bedford County Historical and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.

Bedford County Genealogy Resources

Where can I connect with other Bedford County, TN Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in Bedford County, TN?

The following are links to Family history and genealogy, Records and Resources relevant to Bedford County. A majority of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Business oriented Sites, Personal Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some call for a payment. This is merely a collection which has been collected or submitted. I do not endorse or promote one genealogy site over another. Feel free to suggest your own most popular Bedford County genealogy or family history affiliated sites.

Bedford Co. TN Books, Newspapers & Publications

Bedford Co. TN Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Bedford Co. TN Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Bedford Co. TN Census Records

Bedford Co. TN Cemeteries & Church Records

Bedford Co. TN Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Bedford Co. TN General and History Websites

Bedford Co. TN Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Bedford Co. TN Military Records

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