Pickett County was formed in 1879 from
Fentress and Overton counties
(Acts of Tennessee 1879, Chapter 34).
The county seat is Byrdstown.
There was a fire at the Pickett County courthouse in 1934.
SELECTED PUBLISHED COUNTY HISTORIES
- History & Genealogy of Families in Pickett County (Pickett County Book Committee, 1991) [surname index]*
- History of Pickett County, Tennessee (Huddleston, 1973)*
Additional county and community histories can be found at the Bibliography of Tennessee Local History Sources: Pickett County. The items in the bibliography may not all be available at the Tennessee State Library and Archives.
PUBLISHED LOCAL RECORDS
- 15th Census of the United States, 1930 : Pickett County, Tennessee (Gann, 2005) [name index]
- Gone But Not Quite Forgotten : Pickett County Cemeteries (Pierce, 1994) [surname index]*
- Pickett County Cemetery Book : Bye and Bye (Norris, 2002) [alphabetical listings]
- Pickett County Census, 1900 (Pierce, 1988) [name index]*
- Pickett County, TN Death Certificates, 1914-1925 (Gray, 1999) [alphabetical listings]*
- Pickwick Landing Reservoir Cemeteries (Douthat, 1987) [surname index]*
- Pioneer Families of Pickett County, Tennessee (Huddleston, 1968)*
- Thirteenth Census of the United States, Pickett County, Tennessee : 1910 census (Pierce, 1990) [surname index]*
- Veterans of Pickett County (Hassler, Groce & Maiwald, 2004) [alphabetical listings by war]
LOCAL RECORDS ON MICROFILM
An inventory of microfilmed Pickett County records is available on our web site. Individual reels of microfilm may also be purchased.
Earliest records include:
- marriages from 1934
- wills from 1933
- deed index from 1934
- chancery court minutes from 1934
- county court minutes from 1934
- circuit court minutes from 1935
- tax books from 1932
NEWSPAPERS ON MICROFILM
Newspapers were published in Byrdstown. Scattered early issues are available from 1963, and a complete run begins in 1963. 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 Pickett County: 1820-1880, 1900-1930
- State-wide census index: 1820-1880
- State-wide census index on microfilm (Soundex): 1880, 1900-1930
- Pickett County census records in book form: 1900*, 1910*, 1930*
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR PICKETT COUNTY
- County Index to Tennessee Confederate Pension Applications
- Early Tennessee Tax Lists at the Tennessee State Library and Archives
- Funeral Home Records at the Tennessee State Library and Archives
- Index to Tennessee Death Records 1908-1912
- Index to Tennessee Death Records 1914-1933
- School Census Records
- Tennessee World War I Veterans
* Indicates this title may be borrowed on Interlibrary Loan from the Library and Archives.