Bedford County, Tennessee
Genealogy and Facts

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 .

The Bedford County Seat is located in Shelbyville also, the county government website is www.bedfordcountytn.org

Areas bordering to Bedford County are Rutherford County (north), Coffee County (east), Moore County (southeast), Lincoln County (south) and Marshall County (west).

Cities and towns located in Bedford County include Bell Buckle, Normandy, Shelbyville, Wartrace.

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.

Bedford County consists of Federal Census Schedules to guide in looking into your family tree. Federal Population Schedules 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.

Bedford County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Bedford County Courthouse and Government Records


Bedford County Courthouse

Genealogist frequently overlook the value of County court, probate, and land files as a useful resource of genealogical details. Buried away in Tennessee courthouses and archives everywhere could be the dreams and worries of many Tennessee residents.

The chances are great that your particular ancestors and forefathers have left a in-depth record of at least quite a few factors of their lives in the County court records. Even if your forebears is not referred to in a Court case, consider all of the other procedures which often can have lead to her or him appearing in court records.

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.
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