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Monroe County, Tennessee

Monroe County, Tennessee Facts

When was Monroe County, TN Created?

Monroe County was founded on November 13, 1819 from lands formerly belonging to the Overhill Cherokees. This county was named in honor of U.S. President James Monroe (1758–1831).

What is the County Seat of Monroe County, TN?

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

What counties are adjacent to Monroe County, TN?

Bordering counties are Loudon County (north), Blount County (northeast), Graham County, NC (east), Cherokee County, NC (southeast), Polk County (southwest) and McMinn County (west) .

What cities and towns are in Monroe County, TN?

Cities and towns located in the county include Madisonville, Tellico Plains, Sweetwater, Vonore .

Monroe County Courthouse and Government Records

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

Monroe County Courthouse

The following information and facts indicates whatever birth, death, marriage, land, wills, and courtroom records will be in Monroe County or in the Tennessee State Library & Archives. The dates indicated below could be the first widely known documents for this county. There were fires at the Monroe County courthouse in the 1820s and 1960.

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.
  • Monroe 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: 103 College Street, Suite 1, Madisonville, TN 37354
    • Phone: (423) 442-2220
    • Marriage Records: 1838
    • Probate Records: 1836
  • Monroe 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: 103 College Street Suite 4, Madisonville, TN 37354
    • Phone: (423) 442-2440
    • Land & Deed Records: 1820
  • Monroe 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: 105 College Street, Suite 103, Madisonville, TN 37354
    • Phone: 423-442-2396
    • Chancery Court Minutes: 1832
    • Circuit Court Minutes: 1827
    • County  Court Minutes: 1858
  • Monroe 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: 103 College Street, Suite 27, Madisonville, TN 37354
    • Phone: (423) 442-3637
    • Tax Records: 1836, 1868, 1874, 1896, 1899, 1900 (located at the Tennessee State Library and Archives)

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

Monroe County vital records can be found at the Monroe County Health Department, 3469 New Highway 68, Madisonville, TN 37354; (423) 442-3993 , 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).

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.

Tennessee Department of Health (VDH) Office of Vital Records 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.

You can search online for Monroe 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 Monroe County, TN census records are available?

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

Monroe Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Monroe Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Monroe 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 Monroe County, TN?

  • Monroe County Archives, 105 College Street, Madisonville , TN 37354; Phone: (615) 442-3981
  • Madisonville Public Library, 884 Englewood Road Suite A, Madisonville, TN 37354 423-442-4085
  • Sweetwater Public Library, 210 Mayes Avenue, Sweetwater, TN 37874 423-337-5274
  • Vonore Historical Society, c/o Vonore Public Library, 611 Church Street, Vonore, TN 37885 423-884-6729

Monroe County Genealogy Resources

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

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

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

Monroe Co. TN Books, Newspapers & Publications

Monroe Co. TN Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Monroe Co. TN Cemeteries & Church Records

Monroe Co. TN Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Monroe Co. TN General and History Websites

Monroe Co. TN Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Monroe Co. TN Military Records

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