Hamblen County, Tennessee
Genealogy and Facts

Hamblen County was founded on June 9, 1870 from Graingier County, Greene County and Jefferson County. This county was named in honor of Early settler Hezekiah Hamblen.

The Hamblen County Seat is located in Morristown also, the county government website is www.hamblencountygovernment.us/ .

Areas bordering to Hamblen County are Hawkins County (northeast), Greene County (east), Cocke County (southeast), Jefferson County (southwest) and Grainger County (west) .

Cities and towns located in Hamblen County include Alpha (unincorporated), Morristown, Russellville (unincorporated), Talbott (unincorporated), White Pine, Whitesburg (unincorporated) .

Hamblen 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 Hamblen 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.

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

Hamblen Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1870 and 1880. Hamblen Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1870 and 1880. Hamblen Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research.

Hamblen County Societies and Family History Resources

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

  • Hamblen County Archives, Room 102, Courthouse, 511 W. 2nd Street, Morristown , TN 37814-1530; Phone: (423) 586-1961
  • East Tennessee Historical Society, P.O. Box 1629, Knoxville 37901
  • Hamblen County Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 1213, Morristown, TN 37816; (423) 586-5581
  • Hamblen County Historical Society, 346 Fuller Estate Circle, Morristown, TN 37813; (423) 581-8386
  • Morristown Hamblen County Public Library, 417 West Main Street, Morristown, TN 37814 423-586-6410
  • Tennessee Genealogy Community (plus.google.com)
  • Tennessee State Genealogy Network (facebook.com)
  • Hamblen County Tennessee Archives (usgwarchives.net)
  • Hamblen County, Tennessee Message Boards (boards.ancestry.com) read and post messages about your ancestors in Hamblen County
  • Hamblen County, Tennessee Genealogy Forum (genforum.genealogy.com) read and post messages with other genealogy researchers for Hamblen County
  • Genealogical "Fact Sheets" About Hamblen 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 Hamblen 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 Hamblen County.

Hamblen County Courthouse and Government Records


Hamblen 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 Hamblen 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.
  • Hamblen 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: 511 W. 2nd North St, Morristown, TN 37814
    • Phone: 423-586-1993
    • Marriage Records: 1872 
    • Probate Records: 1872
  • Hamblen 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: 511 West 2nd North Street, Morristown, TN 37815
    • Phone: (423) 586-6551
    • Land & Deed Records: 1870
  • Hamblen 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: Justice Center 510 Allison Street, Morristown, TN 37814
    • Phone: 423-586-5640
    • Chancery Court Minutes: 1870
    • Circuit Court Minutes: 1870
    • County  Court Minutes: 1871
  • Hamblen 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: Hamblen County Courthouse, 511 West Second North Street, Morristown, TN 37814
    • Phone: (423) 586-1852
  • Tax Records: 1877, 1879-1882, 1886-1889, 1891-1895 (located at the Tennessee State Library and Archives)
  • Hamblen County Health Department, 331 W. Main, P. O. Box 429, Morristown, TN 37815-0429; (423) 586-6431 , 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).

Hamblen County Links

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

Hamblen Co. TN Books, Newspapers & Publications

Hamblen Co. TN Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Hamblen Co. TN Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Hamblen Co. TN Census Records

Hamblen Co. TN Cemeteries & Graveyards

Hamblen Co. TN Church & Bible Records

Hamblen Co. TN Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Hamblen Co. TN General and History Websites

Hamblen Co. TN Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Hamblen Co. TN Military Records

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