Carter County, Tennessee
Genealogy and Facts

Carter County was founded on April 9, 1796 from Washington County. This county was named in honor of Speaker of the State of Franklin senate Landon Carter (1710–1778) .

The Carter County Seat is located in Elizabethton also, the county government website is www.cartercountytn.com .

Areas bordering to Carter County are Sullivan County (north), Johnson County (northeast), Avery County, NC (southeast), Mitchell County, NC (south), Unicoi County (southwest) and Washington County (west) .

Cities and towns located in Carter County include Elizabethton (county seat), Roan Mountain (south), Johnson City (west), Pine Crest (west), Central, Watauga (northwest), Hunter (northeast) .

Carter 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 Carter 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.

Carter County consists of Federal Census Schedules to guide in looking into your family tree. Federal Population Schedules can be found for 1800, 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

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

Carter County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Carter County Courthouse and Government Records


Carter 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.

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.

The following information and facts indicates whatever birth, death, marriage, land, wills, and courtroom records will be in Carter County or in the Tennessee State Library & Archives. The dates indicated below could be the first widely known documents for this county.

  • Carter 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: 801 Elk Avenue, Elizabethton, TN 37643
    • Phone: 423-542-1862
    • Marriage Records: 1790 
    • Probate Records: 1794
  • Carter 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: 801 East Elk Ave., Elizabethton, TN 37643
    • Phone: (423) 542-1830
    • Land & Deed Records: 1796
  • Carter 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: Courthouse Annex 900 East Elk Avenue, Elizabethton, TN 37643
    • Phone: 423-542-1835
    • Chancery Court Minutes: 1854
    • Circuit Court Minutes: 1848
    • County  Court Minutes: 1804
  • Carter 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 slav es.
    • Address: 801 East Elk Avenue, Elizabethton, TN 37643
    • Phone: (423) 542-1806
  • Tax Records:1796-1800, 1860-1872, 1875-1886(located at the Tennessee State Library and Archives)
  • Carter County Health Department, 403 East "G" Street, Elizabethton, TN 37643; (423) 543-2521 , 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).

Carter County Links

The following are links to Family history and genealogy, Records and Resources relevant to Carter 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 Carter County genealogy or family history affiliated sites.

Carter Co. TN Books, Newspapers & Publications

Carter Co. TN Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Carter Co. TN Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Carter Co. TN Census Records

Carter Co. TN Cemeteries & Graveyards

Carter Co. TN Church & Bible Records

Carter Co. TN Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Carter Co. TN General and History Websites

Carter Co. TN Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Carter Co. TN Military Records

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