Sevier County, Tennessee
Genealogy and Facts

Sevier County was founded on September 28, 1794 from Jefferson County. This county was named in honor of John Sevier (1745–1815), governor of the State of Franklin and first Governor of Tennessee.

The Sevier County Seat is located in Sevierville also, the county government website is www.seviercountytn.org/ .

Areas bordering to Sevier County are Jefferson County (north), Cocke County (east), Haywood County, NC (southeast), Swain County, NC (south), Blount County (west) and Knox County (northwest) .

Cities and towns located in Sevier County include Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Pittman Center, Sevierville .

Sevier 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 Sevier 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.

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

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

Sevier County Societies and Family History Resources

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

  • Sevier County Preservation of Records Department, 125 Court Avenue, Suite 201E, Sevierville , TN 37862; Phone: (865) 774 3627
  • Anna Porter Public Library, (Smoky Mountain Collection) , 207 Cherokee Orchard Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738 865-436-5588
  • Pigeon Forge Public Library, 2449 Library Drive, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863 865-429-7490
  • Sevier County Public Library, 321 Court Avenue, Sevierville, TN 37862 865-453-3532
  • Tennessee Genealogy Community (plus.google.com)
  • Tennessee State Genealogy Network (facebook.com)
  • Sevier County Tennessee Archives (usgwarchives.net)
  • Sevier County, Tennessee Message Boards (boards.ancestry.com) read and post messages about your ancestors in Sevier County
  • Sevier County, Tennessee Genealogy Forum (genforum.genealogy.com) read and post messages with other genealogy researchers for Sevier County
  • Genealogical "Fact Sheets" About Sevier 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 Sevier 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 Sevier County.

Sevier County Courthouse and Government Records


Sevier 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 Sevier County or in the Tennessee State Library & Archives. The dates indicated below could be the first widely known documents for this county. There was a fire at the Sevier County courthouse in 1856, nearly all records were destroyed.

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.
  • Sevier 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: 125 Court Ave., Suite 202, Sevierville, TN 37862
    • Phone: (865) 453-5502
    • Marriage Records: 1856
    • Probate Records: 1849
  • Sevier 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: 125 Court Avenue, Suite 209W, Sevierville, TN 37862
    • Phone: (865) 453-2758
    • Land & Deed Records: 1845
  • Sevier 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: 125 Court Square, Suite 204E, Sevierville, TN 37862
    • Phone: 865-453-5536
    • Chancery Court Minutes: 1854
    • Circuit Court Minutes: 1850
    • County  Court Minutes: 1856
  • Sevier 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: 125 Court Ave, Suite 210 West, Sevierville, TN 37862
    • Phone: 865.453.3242
  • Tax Records: 1837, 1838, 1864-1867, 1869-1872 (located at the Tennessee State Library and Archives)
  • Sevier County Health Department, 227 Cedar Street, P. O. Box 4648, Sevierville, TN 37864-4648; (865) 637-6853 , 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).

Sevier County Links

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

Sevier Co. TN Books, Newspapers & Publications

Sevier Co. TN Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Sevier Co. TN Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Sevier Co. TN Census Records

Sevier Co. TN Cemeteries & Graveyards

Sevier Co. TN Church & Bible Records

Sevier Co. TN Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Sevier Co. TN General and History Websites

Sevier Co. TN Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Sevier Co. TN Military Records

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