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Polk County, Tennessee Facts

When was Polk County, TN Created?

Polk County was founded on November 28, 1839 from Bradley County and McMinn County.

What is the County Seat of Polk County, TN?

The County Seat of government is located in Benton also, the county government website is www.polkgovernment.com/ .

What counties are adjacent to Polk County, TN?

Bordering counties are Monroe County (northeast), Cherokee County, NC (east), Fannin County, Georgia (southeast), Murray County, Georgia (southwest), Bradley County (west) and McMinn County (northwest) .

Polk County Courthouse and Government Records

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


Polk County Courthouse

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

  • Polk County Clerk
    • Address: P.O. Box 158, 6239 Hwy 411, Office #102, Benton, TN 37307
    • Phone: (423) 338-4526
    • Marriage Records:1894 
    • Probate Records: 1873
  • Polk County Register of Deeds
    • Address: P.O. Box 293, Benton, TN 37307
    • Phone: (423) 338-4537
    • Land & Deed Records: 1894
  • Polk County Clerk of Circuit Court
    • Address: 6239 Hwy. 411, Benton, TN 37307
    • Phone: 423-338-4524
    • Chancery Court Minutes: 1866
    • Circuit Court Minutes:1866
    • County  Court Minutes: 1840

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

Polk 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 Polk 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 Polk County, TN census records are available?

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

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

Polk County Genealogy Resources

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

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

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

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