Davidson County, Tennessee
Genealogy and Facts

Davidson County was founded on October 6, 1783 from Washington County, North Carolina. This county was named in honor of William Lee Davidson (1746–1781), a Brigadier General who died at the Revolutionary War Battle of Cowan's Ford.

The Davidson County Seat is located in Nashville also, the county government website is www.nashville.gov .

Areas bordering to Davidson County are Robertson County (northwest), Sumner County (northeast), Wilson County (east), Rutherford County (southeast), Williamson County (south) and Cheatham County (west) .

Cities and towns located in Davidson County include Belle Meade, Berry Hill, Forest Hills, Goodlettsville (partial), Lakewood, Nashville (Nashville's government is merged with Davidson County), Oak Hill, Ridgetop (partial) .

Davidson 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 Davidson 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.

Davidson County consists of Federal Census Schedules to guide in looking into your family tree. Federal Population Schedules can be found for 1790, 1800, 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

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

Davidson County Societies and Family History Resources

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

  • Metropolitan Government Archives, 3801 Green Hills Village Drive, Nashville, TN 37215; (615) 862-5880, Fax: (615) 862-5883; Metropolitan Government Archives has the following records, these are no longer located in the courthouse: Births records 1881-1913, Death records 1874-1913, Marriage records 1789-1991; Deed records 1784-1901, Probate records 1784-1959, Court Records 1783-1970
  • Historical Commission of Metropolitan Nashville,3000 Granny White Pike, Nashville, TN 37204 615-862-7970
  • The Public Library of Nashville and Davidson County- The Ben West Library, 225 Polk Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203; Phone: (615) 862-5783; Hours: Mon. -Sat. 8:00-5:00, Sun. (Oct-May) 2:00 - 5:00
  • Nashville Historical Newsletter, 2707 Lakeland Drive, Nashville, TN 37214
  • The Tennessee Historical Society, War Memorial Building, Nashville, TN 37243-0084, 615/741-8934
  • Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society, PO Box 190625, Nashville, TN 37219-0625; (615) 297-3085
  • Aquinas College Library, 4210 Harding Road, Nashville, TN 37205 615-297-7545, ext. 5
  • Belle Meade Plantation, 5025 Harding Road, Nashville, TN 37205 615-356-0501
  • Belmont University, Lila D. Bunch Library, Belmont Special Collections, 1900 Belmont Blvd., Nashville, TN 37212 615-460-6782
  • Meharry Medical College Archives, (Meharry Medical College Library), 1005 D. B. Todd Boulevard, Nashville, TN 37208 615-327-6728
  • Saint Thomas Hospital, Julius Jacobs Health Sciences Library, 4220 Harding Road, PO Box 380, Nashville, TN 37205 615-222-3853
  • Travellers Rest Plantation & Museum, 636 Farrell Parkway, Nashville, TN 37220 615-832-8197
  • American Baptist College, T.L. Holcomb Library, 1800 Baptist World Center Drive, Nashville, TN 37207 615-687-6904
  • Diocese of Nashville Archives, The Catholic Center, 2400 21st Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37212 615-383-6393
  • Free Will Baptist Bible College, Welch Library. Free Will Baptist Historical Collection, 3606 West End Avenue, Nashville, TN 37205 615-383-1340
  • Gospel Advocate Archives & Library, 1006 Elm Hill Pike, Nashville, TN 37210 615-254-8781
  • Lifeway Christian Resources, E. C. Dargan Research Library, One LifeWay Plaza, Nashville, TN 37234 615-251-2751
  • Tennessee Conference Commission on Archives and History, United Methodist Church, 520 Commerce Street #205, Nashville, TN 37203 615-263-0518
  • Trevecca Nazarene University, Waggoner Library, Trevecca Archives, 333 Murfreesboro Road, Nashville, TN 37210 615-248-1214
  • United Methodist Church, The Upper Room Devotional Library, 1908 Grand Avenue, PO Box 340004, Nashville, TN 37203 615-340-7204
  • Tennessee Genealogy Community (plus.google.com)
  • Tennessee State Genealogy Network (facebook.com)
  • Davidson County Tennessee Archives (usgwarchives.net)
  • Davidson County, Tennessee Message Boards (boards.ancestry.com) read and post messages about your ancestors in Davidson County
  • Davidson County, Tennessee Genealogy Forum (genforum.genealogy.com) read and post messages with other genealogy researchers for Davidson County
  • Genealogical "Fact Sheets" About Davidson County (tn.gov) The purpose of these fact sheets is to help determine what sources are available for genealogical research about the people and places in Davidson County. Although this is by no means an exhaustive list of all the possible places one might search, it does cover the major publications and microfilms available at TSLA on the Davidson County.

Davidson County Courthouse and Government Records


Davidson 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 information and facts indicates whatever birth, death, marriage, land, wills, and courtroom records will be in Davidson County or in the Tennessee State Library & Archives. The dates indicated below could be the first widely known documents for this 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.
  • Davidson 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: 700 2nd Ave South, Suite 101, P.O. Box 196333, Nashville, TN 37210
    • Phone: 615 862-6050
    • Marriage Records: 1784 
    • Probate Records: 1784
  • Davidson 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: P.O. Box 196398, Nashville, TN 37219
    • Phone: (615) 862-6790
    • Land & Deed Records: 1784
  • Davidson 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: P.O. Box 196303, 1 Public Square, Suite 302, Nashville, TN 37201
    • Phone: 615-862-5181
    • Chancery Court Minutes: 1846
    • Circuit Court Minutes: 1803
    • County  Court Minutes: 1783
  • Davidson 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: Howard Office Building, 700 Second Avenue South, Suite 210, PO Box 196350, Nashville, TN. 37219
    • Phone: (615) 862-6080
  • Tax Records: 1789, 1805, 1811, 1829, 1839, 1871-1873, 1881-1900 (located at the Tennessee State Library and Archives)
  • Davidson County Health Department, 311 23rd Avenue, North, Nashville, TN 37203; (615)340-5616 , 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).

Davidson County Links

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

Davidson Co. TN Books, Newspapers & Publications

Davidson Co. TN Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Davidson Co. TN Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Davidson Co. TN Census Records

Davidson Co. TN Cemeteries & Graveyards

Davidson Co. TN Church & Bible Records

Davidson Co. TN Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Davidson Co. TN General and History Websites

Davidson Co. TN Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Davidson Co. TN Military Records

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