Penitentiary Records

This page is the introduction to the index of inmates held in the Tennessee State Penitentiary from 1831 - 1850.
This page is the introduction to the index of inmates held in the Tennessee State Penitentiary from 1851 - 1870.
April 14, 2018 - Following the trail of an ancestor in trouble with the law or plagued with mental illness is often difficult. Using examples from actual records in Tennessee and elsewhere, State Librarian and Archivist Chuck Sherrill discusses how to locate the records, what to glean from the information and how to deal with confidentiality restrictions.
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