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Union County

Union County

Union County was formed in 1850 from Anderson,
Campbell, Claiborne, Grainger and Knox counties
(Acts of Tennessee 1849-50, Chapter 61).

The county seat is Maynardville.

There was a fire at the Union County
courthouse in 1869 and in the 1870s.



  • Dawn of Union County  (Stiner,  1970)*
  • From Hearth and Hoe : Union County, Tennessee, 1910-1940 (Tharpe & Collins, 1985) [name index]*
  • Luttrell, Union County, Tennessee (Tharpe, 1988)*
  • Our Union County Families : A Pictorial History with Genealogical Summaries of Union County Families (McDonald & Peters,  1992) [name index]*
  • Our Union County Heritage : A Historical and Biographical Album of Union County--People, Places, and Events [2 vols.]  (Graves & McDonald,  1978 & 1981)
  • To Loy's Cross Roads : Union County, Tennessee (Tharpe, 1989) [name index]
  • Union County Faces of War : A Pictorial History of Union Countians Involvement in the Military Service of Our Country (Peters & McDonald, 1995) [name index]*
  • Union County School Memories : A Pictorial History of Union County Elementary Schools From the Mid-1800s to the 1960s (Peters, 1999)
  • Union County, Its Cities, Towns and Points of Interest as of 1940, Updated 1986  (Page,  1986)*

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



  • 1880 Census, Union County, Tennessee (Sistler, 1996) [alphabetical by surname]*
  • 1926-1975 Union Co. Tn. Marriages (Collins, 2000) [name index]*
  • Ailor Mortuary Records, 1933-1983 (Carter, 1994) [alphabetical listings]*
  • Ailor Mortuary Records, 1984-1999 (Carter, 2000) [alphabetical listings]
  • Cemeteries and Tombstone Inscriptions Central Peninsula, Norris Reservoir, Union, and Campbell Counties TN    (Hill & Hutton, 1985)*
  • County Court Minutes, Volume 1, 1854-1858 (WPA, 1940) [name index]
  • Families of Norris Reservoir Area (Wilson, 1986)
  • Footprints : Union County, Tennessee Cemeteries (Union County Historical Society, 1986) [name index]*
  • Footprints : Union County, Tennessee Cemeteries, 2000 Update (Union County Historical Society, 2000) [name index]*
  • Marriages Union County, Tennessee, 1856-1925 (Collins, 1997) [alphabetical]
  • Tennessee Union County Marriage Applications and Licenses [1864-1900] (Hickle, 1983) [name index]
  • Union County, Tennessee 1920 Federal Census (Carter, 1997) [surname index]*
  • Union County, Tennessee Cemeteries : W.P.A. Records (Hayes, 199?) [name index]
  • Union County, Tennessee Marriage Records, 1863-1877 (Pope, 1976) [name index]
  • Union County, Tennessee, Vital Statistics, 1914 through 1925 (Wiefering, 1994) [name index]*
  • Wills, Union County, Tennessee [2 vols.: Vol. A. 1856-1874, Administrative settlement index 1859-1899; Vol. B. 1875-1911] (Tharpe, 1983)
  • Union County Tennessee Marriages [1976-1990] (Collins, 200?) [name index]



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

Earliest records include:

  • marriages from 1864
  • wills from 1859
  • deed index from 1856
  • county court minutes from 1854
  • tax books from 1854


The following reels are available on interlibrary loan from the Library and Archives:

  • Administrators Settlements -- 1859-1884  (#1, 1 reel)*
  • Deed Index -- 1856-1907  (#12, 1 reel)*



Newspapers were published in Maynardville.  Scattered early issues are available from 1952, and a complete run begins in 1976.  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 Union County:  1850-1880, 1900-1930
  • State-wide census index:  1850-1880
  • State-wide census index on microfilm  (Soundex):  1880,  1900-1930
  • Union County census records in book form:  1880*,  1920*




* Indicates this title may be borrowed on Interlibrary Loan from the Library and Archives.