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Lincoln County, Tennessee

Lincoln County, Tennessee Facts

When was Lincoln County, TN Created?

Lincoln County was founded on November 14, 1809 from Bedford County. This county was named in honor of U.S. Secretary of War Benjamin Lincoln (1733–1810).

What is the County Seat of Lincoln County, TN?

The County Seat of government is located in Fayetteville also, the county government website is .

What counties are adjacent to Lincoln County, TN?

Bordering counties are Bedford County (north), Moore County (northeast), Franklin County (east), Madison County, AL (south), Limestone County, AL (southwest), Giles County (west) and Marshall County (northwest) .

What cities and towns are in Lincoln County, TN?

Cities and towns located in the county include Fayetteville, Petersburg .

Lincoln County Courthouse and Government Records

What genealogical records can I find in the Lincoln County Courthouse?

Lincoln County Courthouse

The following information and facts indicates whatever birth, death, marriage, land, wills, and courtroom records will be in Lincoln 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.
  • Lincoln 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: 112 Main Avenue St, Ste. 102, Fayetteville, TN 37334
    • Phone: 931-433-2454
    • Marriage Records: 1838 
    • Probate Records: 1809
  • Lincoln 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: 112 Main Avenue South, Room 104, Fayetteville, TN 37334
    • Phone: (931) 433-5366
    • Land & Deed Records: 1810
  • Lincoln 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: Room 203 112 Main Avenue, Fayetteville, TN 37334
    • Phone: 931-433-2334
    • Chancery Court Minutes: 1838
    • Circuit Court Minutes: 1849
    • County  Court Minutes: 1810
  • Lincoln 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: 112 Main Avenue South, Room 105, Fayetteville, Tennessee 37334
    • Phone: (931) 433-5409
    • Tax Records: 1829-1833, 1836, 1846-1850, 1865-1867, 1870-1889, 1892-1900 (located at the Tennessee State Library and Archives)
    • Lincoln County Health Department, 1000 Washington Street, West, Suite A, Fayetteville, TN 37334; (931) 433-3231 , 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).

Where can find Lincoln County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?

Lincoln 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 Lincoln 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.

What Lincoln County, TN census records are available?

Federal Population Schedules for Lincoln County can be found for 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

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

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Lincoln County, TN?

  • Lincoln County Genealogical Society, 1508 Washington Street, Fayetteville, TN 37334; (931) 625-2939
  • Lincoln County Archives, 1000-B Washington St. West, Fayetteville , TN 37334; Phone: (931) 732-4214
  • Fayetteville-Lincoln County Public Library, 400 Rocky Knob Lane, Fayetteville, TN 37334 931-433-3286

Lincoln County Genealogy Resources

Where can I connect with other Lincoln County, TN Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in Lincoln County, TN?

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

Lincoln Co. TN Books, Newspapers & Publications

Lincoln Co. TN Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Lincoln Co. TN Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Lincoln Co. TN Census Records

Lincoln Co. TN Cemeteries & Church Records

Lincoln Co. TN Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Lincoln Co. TN General and History Websites

Lincoln Co. TN Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Lincoln Co. TN Military Records

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