Newspapers Obituary Indexes in Public Libraries

The following information was obtained by surveying public libraries around the state in 1995. Counties not represented on this list did not respond to the survey. Contact the library directly to request a search of their obituary index. Microfilm copies of nearly all Tennessee newspapers are available at the Library and Archives, and most public libraries have microfilm copies of newspapers from their area.

County
Type of Index
Dates of Index
Library Location
Notes
Anderson
Computer file
1980-present
Oak Ridge
Indexes Oak Ridge residents only
Bedford
None
 
 
 
Benton
None
1988-present
Camden
 
Bledsoe
None
 
Pikeville
 
Bradley
Card File
1865-present
Cleveland
Published 1865-1883
Campbell
None
 
La Follette
 
Cannon
None
 
Woodbury
 
Carroll
Card File
1988-present
Huntingdon
some older
Cheatham
Card File
1986/87-present
Ashland City
 
Claiborne
None
 
 
 
Cocke
None
 
Newport
 
Coffee
Published
1880-1899
Manchester
Coffee Co. Historical Quarterly v. 9 & 10
Coffee
None
 
Tullahoma
 
Crockett
None
 
Alamo
 
Cumberland
None
 
Crossville
 
Davidson
Annual/computer
1964-present
Nashville
Before 1978, index is annual
Dekalb
None
 
Smithville
 
Dickson
None
 
Dickson
 
Fayette
Computer print out
1840-1953
Somerville
Somerville Reporter/Fayette Falcon
Franklin
Clippings
 
Winchester
WII obits, dates vary
Gibson
None
 
Humboldt
 
Greene
Card file/computer
1991-present
Greeneville
 
Hamilton
Annual List
1897-present
Chattanooga
Computer file 1897-1950
Hancock
None
 
Sneedville
 
Hawkins
None
 
Kingsport
 
Haywood
Card file
1992-present
Brownsville
 
Henry
None
 
Paris
 
Humphreys
None
 
 
 
Jefferson
None
 
Dandridge
 
Knox
Computer file
1991-present
Knoxville
 
Lawrence
Annual list
1936-1979
Lawrenceburg
Dates vary 1936-1949
Lewis
None
 
Hohenwald
 
Lincoln
None
 
Fayetteville
 
Loudon
None
 
Lenoir
 
Madison
Published and Computer File
1824-1952
Jackson
Jackson, TN newspapers only
Marion
Published
1895-1920
Whitwell
Surname only
McMinn
Computer file
1986-present
Athens
 
McNairy
None
 
Adamsville
 
Meigs
None
 
Decatur
 
Monroe
None
 
Madisonville
 
Montgomery
Typescript
1810-1971
Clarksville
 
Moore
Published
1960-1986
Lynchburg
 
Overton
Microfilm
1908-1934
Livingston
 
Perry
Published
1956-1989
Linden
 
Putnam
None
Cookeville
 
 
Rhea
Typescript
1977-present
Dayton
 
Rhea
None
 
Spring City
 
Rhea
None
 
Paris
 
Roane
None
 
Harriman
Maxwell Funeral Home on microfilm
Rutherford
Computer File
1989-present
Murfreesboro
 
Scott
None
 
Oneida
 
Sevier
None
 
Gatlinburg
 
Shelby
*
 
Memphis
*Death record index 1848-1939; Funeral home records index 1856-1939
Sumner
None
 
Portland
 
Tipton
None
 
Brighton
 
Van Buren
None
 
Spencer
 
Warren
Computer file
1940-1972
McMinnville
 
Washington
Published
1869-1907
Jonesboro
Dates Vary
Wayne
None
 
Waynesboro
 
Weakley
None
 
Dredsen
 
White
None
 
Sparta
 
Williamson
Published
1821-1899
Franklin
Computer file obits 1900 to date.
(Note: 1900-1920s miscellaneous issues only)
Wilson
Clippings/notebook
1992-present
Lebanon
Laminated and indexed
Wilson
None
 
Mt. Juliet
 

 

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