Bradley County, Tennessee
Genealogy and Facts

Bradley County was founded on May 2, 1836 from the Ocoee District (which had been part of the Cherokee Nation). This county was named in honor of Tennessee state legislator Edward Bradley .

The Bradley County Seat is located in Cleveland also, the county government website is www.bradleyco.net .

Areas bordering to Bradley County are Meigs County (north), McMinn County (northeast), Polk County (east), Murray County, Georgia (southeast), Whitfield County, Georgia (south) and Hamilton County (west) .

Cities and towns located in Bradley County include Charleston, Cleveland, East Cleveland, Hopewell, South Cleveland, Wildwood Lake and Georgetown .

Bradley 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 Bradley 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.

Bradley County consists of Federal Census Schedules to guide in looking into your family tree. Federal Population Schedules can be found for 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Bradley Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Bradley Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Bradley 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.

Bradley County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Bradley County Courthouse and Government Records


Bradley 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 Bradley county or in the Tennessee State Library & Archives. The dates indicated below are the first known records for each county.

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.
  • Bradley 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: PO Box 46, Cleveland, TN 37364
    • Phone: 423-728-7226
    • Marriage Records: 1864
    • Probate Records: 1859
  • Bradley 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: 155 North Ocoee St., Cleveland, TN 37364-0579
    • Phone: (423-728-8888
    • Land & Deed Records: 1862
  • Bradley 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: 155 North Ocoee Street, Rm. 205, Cleveland, TN 37311-5068
    • Phone: 423-728-7220
    • Chancery Court Minutes: 1838
    • Circuit Court Minutes: 1838
    • County Court Minutes: 1864
  • Bradley 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.
    • Address: P.O. Box 1412, Cleveland, TN 37364-1412
    • Phone: (423) 728-7125
  • Tax Records: 1837-1839, 1865-1876, 1878-1880, 1885-1888, 1890, 1891, 1893-1898 (located at the Tennessee State Library and Archives)
  • Bradley County Health Department, 201 Dooley Street, S.E., Cleveland, TN 37311, (423) 728-7020 , 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).

Bradley County Links

The following are links to Genealogy, Records and Resources relating to Bradley County. These genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Commercial Sites, Personal Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some require a payment. This is just a list that has been collected or submitted. I do not endorse or promote one genealogy site above another. Feel free to submit your own favorite genealogy or family history related sites.

Bradley Co. TN Books, Newspapers & Publications

Bradley Co. TN Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Bradley Co. TN Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Bradley Co. TN Census Records

Bradley Co. TN Cemeteries & Graveyards

Bradley Co. TN Church & Bible Records

Bradley Co. TN Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Bradley Co. TN General and History Websites

Bradley Co. TN Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Bradley Co. TN Military Records

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