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Giles County

Giles County

Giles County was formed in 1809 from Indian lands
(Acts of Tennessee 1809 [First Session], Chapter 55).

The county seat is Pulaski.

There were fires at the Giles County
courthouse in 1813, 1857 and 1907.



  • Black History in Giles County [2 volumes] (Wood, 2000)*
  • Brief Sketch of the Settlement and Early History of Giles County, Tennessee : 1876 (McCallum, 1983) [name index]*
  • Early History of Giles County (McCallum, 1997) [name index]*
  • Finding Our Past : History of Black Education in Giles County, 1920-1970 (Savage, 1986?)
  • Flournoy Rivers' Manuscripts ; and, History of Pisgah by W. Thomas Cardin (Parker & White, 19??)*
  • Giles County : History of Tennessee (Goodspeed, 1990)
  • Giles County, Tennessee : Homecoming '86 (Hannah, 1986)
  • Goodspeed Histories of Giles, Lincoln, Franklin & Moore Counties of Tennessee (Goodspeed, 1972) [name index]
  • Guide to Historic Sites and Places of Interest in Giles County, Tennessee (Butler, 1995)*
  • Historic Places in Davidson, Williamson, Maury and Giles Counties (Tennessee Historical Commission, 1921?)
  • Historical Study of the Elk River from Fayetteville to Elkton, Tennessee (Sorrells, 1973)
  • In Their Own Words: The Abernathy (Eason, Rivers and Tarpley) Slaves of Giles County, Tennessee (Chase, 2014) [name index]
  • *Official Souvenir Program [of] Giles County, Tennessee, Sesquicentennial, 1809-1959. July 11-18, 1959 (Giles County Sesquicentennial Association, 1959)*
  • Our Town : Pages of the Pulaski Citizen [1810-1890s] (Wamble, 2001)
  • Picture Giles County (Phelps, 1996)
  • Pulaski, Giles County, Tennessee; A Land Flowing with Milk and Honey (195?)*
  • Times From Giles County (Solomon, 1976)*

Additional county and community histories can be found at the Bibliography of Tennessee Local History Sources: Giles County. The items in the bibliography may not all be available at the Tennessee State Library and Archives.  



  • 1836 Giles County, Tennessee, Civil Districts and Tax List (Douthat, 2004) [name index]*
  • 1880 Census, Giles County, Tennessee (Sistler, 2000) [alphabetical by name of head of household]*
  • Abstracts of Giles County, Tennessee : County Court Minutes, 1813-1816, and Circuit Court Minutes, 1810-1816 (Wells, 1995) [name index]*
  • Abstracts, Giles County Court Minutes, 1865 thru 1868 (Parker, 1989) [surname index]*
  • Book B, Record of Causes Decided in Chancery Court at Pulaski, Giles County, Tenn., Sept. Term 1838 to Mar. term 1842 : Abstracts of Genealogical Value (Browning, 1983) [surname index]
  • Cemetery Records of Giles County, Tennessee (Giles County Historical Society, 1986) [surname index]*
  • Cemetery Records of Giles County, Tennessee (Giles County Historical Society, 1998) [surname index]
  • Early Marriages in Giles County, Tennessee (Parker, 1994?) [alphabetical by groom; bride name index]*
  • Estate Settlements, Giles County Court (White, 1994?) [surname index]*
  • Giles County Census, 1850 (Porch, 1971) [surname index]*
  • Giles County Census, 1860 (White & Parker, 1987) [surname index]*
  • Giles County Chancery Court : Woodruff Files A thru S 1830-1900 [6 vols.] (White, 1987) [name index]
  • Giles County, County Court Minutes, Vol. H, 1823-1825 [2 vols.] (WPA, 1942) [name index]
  • Giles County, County Court Minutes, 1833 (WPA, 1942) [name index]
  • Giles County Court Minute Book "S", 1847-1850 (Parker, 1990) [surname index]*
  • Giles County Lineage Book (Giles County Historical Society, 1982) [surname index]
  • Giles County, Minutes of Trustees and Building Committee of Pisgah Church, 1867-1869 (WPA, 19??)
  • Giles County, Tennessee County Court Minutes, vol. H, 1823-1825 (Tennessee Historical Records Survey Division of Community Service Program Works Projects Administration, 1992?) [name index]
  • Giles County, Tennessee, Court Minutes, vol. 1, 1825-1827 (WPA, 1938) [name index]
  • Giles County, Tennessee Marriage Book [vol. 1 1865-1870; vol. 2 1871-1885] (Cosby, 1994-) [name index]*
  • Giles County, Tennessee, Marriage Records, vol. 2, 1865-70 (WPA, 1939) [name index]
  • Giles County, Tennessee, Marriages, 1818-1862 (1978) [name index]*
  • Giles County, Tennessee, Minute Book B, 1813-15 (WPA, 19??) [name index]
  • Giles County, Tennessee, Miscellaneous Wills, 1830-1857 (WPA, 1940) [name index]
  • Giles County, Tennessee, Population Schedules of the United States Census of 1820 (Presley, 1970?) [surname index]*
  • Giles County, Tennessee, Will Abstracts, 1815-1900 (Parker, 1988) [surname index]*
  • Giles County, Tennessee's Bit For Uncle Sam During World War I (Ezell, 19??) [name index]
  • History of Giles County, Tennessee [1953 thesis] (Parker, 1996)
  • Index to Giles County, Tennessee Wills; Original Wills, Before 1900, on File in the County Court Clerk's Office, Pulaski, Tennessee (Embry, 1960) [alphabetical listing]*
  • Index, Loose Chancery Court Cases, Giles County, Tennessee, 1830-1900 (19??) [alphabetical listing]
  • Legacy : Early Family of Giles County, an Account of Some of the Pioneer Families of Giles County (Butler, 1991) [name index]
  • Marriage Records of Giles County, Tennessee Families 1762-1860 (Turner, 2011) [alphabetical by groom; alphabetical by bride]*
  • Marriages of Giles County, Tennessee. 1818 through 1862 (Smith, 1952) [surname index]*
  • Maury County Neighbors; Records of Giles, Lewis, and Marshall Counties, Tennessee (Lightfoot & Shackelford, 1967)
  • Name Index to History of Tennessee ... Together With ... Sketch of Giles, Lincoln, Franklin, and Moore Counties (Marsh, 1971) [name index]
  • Obituaries from Giles County, Tennessee (Wilhelm, 198?) [alphabetical listing]
  • R.F.D Mail Directory for Giles County, Tennessee : Names of Subscribers on the Rural Free Delivery Routes of Giles County, Tennessee (Benson, 19??) [name index]
  • Supplement (Corrections and additions) : Cemetery Records of Giles County, Tennessee (Giles County Historical Society, 1988) [surname index]*
  • Tennessee, Records of Giles County, First Presbyterian Church and Masonic Hall, Pulaski, 1828-1885 (WPA, 1938) [name and surname index]
  • Tennessee, Records of Giles County, General Index to Deeds, vol. A, 1810-1859 (WPA, 1940) [alphabetical by grantor]
  • Tennessee, Records of Giles County, Minute Book vol. C, 1816-1817 (WPA, 1936) [name index]
  • Uncommon Valor : Giles County's Men and Women Who Served During World War II (Ezell, 2010) [name index]
  • West Central Tennessee Regional Polk City Directory : Including Giles, Lawrence, Lewis and Maury Counties (R.L. Polk & Co., 1997) [alphabetical listing]



An inventory of microfilmed Giles County records is available on our web site.  Individual reels of microfilm may also be purchased.

Earliest records include:

  • marriages from 1865
  • wills from 1860
  • deed index from 1810
  • chancery court minutes from 1838
  • county court minutes from 1810
  • circuit court minutes from 1817
  • tax books (duplicates) from 1875




Newspapers were published in Lynnville and Pulaski.  Scattered early issues are available from 1838, and a complete run begins in 1961.  Microfilms are loaned to Tennessee libraries.  Individual reels may also be purchased.  An Inventory of Newspapers on Microfilm at the Library and Archives is available on our web site.





  • Census on microfilm for Giles County:  1820-1880, 1900-1930
  • State-wide census index:  1820-1880
  • State-wide census index on microfilm  (Soundex):  1880,  1900-1930
  • Giles County census records in book form: 1820*, 1850*, 1860*, 1880*





* Indicates this title may be borrowed on interlibrary loan from the Library and Archives.