Project: Tennessee

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Tennessee is part of the United States Project.

Welcome to the Tennessee Project!

Tennessee State line in Memphis

"Tennessee was admitted to the Union on June 1, 1796 as the 16th state. What is now Tennessee was initially part of North Carolina, and later part of the Southwest Territory. Tennessee was the last state to leave the Union and join the Confederacy at the outbreak of the U.S. Civil War in 1861 and the first state to be readmitted to the Union at the end of the war. However, citizens fought on both sides of the war with many from Eastern Tennessee being pro-Union. In fact, the state's early Quakers were among the first in the nation who sought to abolish slavery. Today, Tennessee is the 36th most extensive and the 17th most populous of the 50 U.S. states. Its capital and second largest city is Nashville, and Memphis is the state's largest city." [1]



Our mission is to have a foundation for all things Tennessee. From cities, to citizens, to favorite tourist spots, to cemeteries, we aim to have it all here for you in one central location.

How to Join

It is not necessary that you be related to someone who lived in the state of Tennessee or live there yourself to join. Anyone with an interest is welcome! If you would like to participate, please do the following:

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For a full list of participants in the United States Project, see the badge report.

Please see our goals and list of things to do below for ways you can help.


The project box template is {{Tennessee}} which will give you:

Tennessee state flag
... ... ... is a part of Tennessee history.
Join: Tennessee Project
Discuss: tennessee

This above template is for use only on profiles that are of importance to the project or need to be PPP'd and managed by the project.

It is not for every single person from Tennessee. The following sticker might be used in that circumstance:

Tennessee Sticker Directions
Deceased persons {{Tennessee Sticker}}
... ... ... was a Tennessean.
Living Persons {{Tennessee Sticker|living=y}}
... ... ... is a Tennessean.

Project Pages

Various Tennessee Project Pages
Tennessee History a comprehensive timeline of Tennessee history (in progress)
Pictures and Images a place to house project- related images and pictures
Vaughns Gap, Tennessee One Place Study on the community of Vaughns Gap
in Davidson County, Tennessee. Coordinator: Elizabeth Gatlin
Tennessee Floods of 2010 (in development) a space to showcase the disastrous flooding
in Nashville, Tennessee that began on May 1, 2010.
Massacre at Cavett's Station (in development) A project dedicated to telling how the Cavett family was murdered
by Cherokee and Creek Native Americans; an event which led to the
abandonment of a greater plan to attack and destroy the city of Knoxville, Tennessee.
Nashville, Tennessee - 1833 Cholera Epidemic This page will pay tribute to the victims of the epidemic, particularly the 19 prisoners
incarcerated in the Tennessee State Penitentiary, who died during epidemic.
They were buried in the Nashville City Cemetery in unmarked graves.
In 2011, the Wooden Markers project began, and was completed in 2016.
Now, each of those 19 graves has a wooden marker.
The Great Smoky Mountains (in development) - A page to showcase the beauty and wonder
of the Smoky Mountains
1780 Cumberland Compact & Signers A page to connect and develop profiles of the 255 signers of the 1780 Cumberland Compact.
The Bell Witch This tells the story of the Bell family of Robertson County, Tennessee,
and the entity nicknamed "The Bell Witch", which would become one of
America’s most famous ghost stories, and best-known poltergeist case.
Greene-Jones Family Feud A page to document the Greene-Jones family feud, centered on Hancock County, and the people involved.

Tennessee County Pages
Anderson Bedford Benton Bledsoe Blount Bradley Campbell Cannon
Carroll Carter Cheatham Chester Claiborne Clay Cocke Coffee
Crockett Cumberland Davidson Decatur DeKalb Dickson Dyer Fayette
Fentress Franklin Gibson Giles Grainger Greene Grundy Hamblen
Hamilton Hancock Hardeman Hardin Hawkins Haywood Henderson Henry
Hickman Houston Humphreys Jackson Jefferson Johnson Knox Lake
Lauderdale Lawrence Lewis Lincoln Loudon Macon Madison Marion
Marshall Maury McMinn McNairy Meigs Monroe Montgomery Moore
Morgan Obion Overton Perry Pickett Polk Putnam Rhea
Roane Robertson Rutherford Scott Sequatchie Sevier Shelby Smith
Stewart Sullivan Sumner Tipton Trousdale Unicoi Union Van Buren
Warren Washington Wayne Weakley White Williamson Wilson
Historic Counties: James

Tennessee City Pages
Memphis, Tennessee Nashville/Davidson County, Tennessee Chattanooga, Tennessee Knoxville, Tennessee Clarksville, Tennessee


  1. Add Tennessee-related profiles, checking for existing profiles to avoid duplication. If any duplicate profiles exist, request merges, starting with the oldest generation.
  2. If profiles were loaded by GEDCOM, use WikiTree Styles and Standards to clean up residue and broken links.
  3. Search out original rather than derivative documentation and add sources.
  4. Write comprehensive, well-sourced biographies.
  5. Add the Tennessee sticker to the profiles along with any relevant categories.
  6. PPP status for those profiles that meet the criteria for project protection. This will protect them from an incorrect merge.
  7. Make sure profiles of all family members are correct and documented.
  8. Profiles need to be linked to the greater WikiTree. Try to find the connection.
  9. If you have any Tennessee state resources that you are willing to do lookups, please add them to the Tennessee Resources Page.
  10. If you live in Tennessee, please consider adding Catalog: Tennessee Research Assistance to your Wikitree profile page.

Ongoing List of Things to Do

  1. Adopt a county; build a space page for it if needed. See this page to see which counties are available for adoption.
  2. Continuous improvement of current Tennessee categories - adding as needed. Please see here if you need help creating a category for Tennessee:
  3. Work on Tennessee's unconnected, unsourced, and Unknown TN Locations profiles.
  4. Create new profiles for people of Tennessee who are documented in a family member's profile, but might not have their own profiles yet. See Needs Profiles Created
  5. Work on Suggestions for profiles from Tennessee, as reported by the Data Doctors Project.
  6. Collaboration with the Military & War Project to ensure creation and protection of notable figures in Tennessee's war history - see TN People in the Civil War
  7. Collaboration with the Notables Project for creation and protection of Tennessee Historical persons/Notables not already on WikiTree -Excellent resource People from Tennessee
  8. Work with the Cemeterist Project to ensure Tennessee Cemeteries are photographed, indexed, and listed.
  9. Add profiles for those who obtained land grants and homesteaded in Tennessee. See the Homesteaders Project -and Land Grants by State
  10. Add military categories/templates to profiles of the Tennessee men and women who served in and/or died in the various wars and conflicts.
  11. Collaborate with the Native American Project to ensure the preservation of Tennessee's strong Native American heritage; ensure profiles are linked to TN. - see also 1851 Chapman Rolls and TN Cherokee by Blood
  12. Add profiles for soldiers who died in World War I, serving from Tennessee in the Great War project and for the Roll of Honor project.
  13. Add records and profiles of Tennessee slaveholders and enslaved persons.

Profiles To Create

Editing Pre-1700 and Project Protected Profiles

There is a lot of unproven, speculative, and just plain wrong information out there in the genealogy world. In the 19th century, standards of genealogical proof were more relaxed than today, and dubious links to specific families and locations in England were often based on nothing more than a similar-sounding name. Please don't take it personally if we ask for verification, or point you to an article where a cherished family claim was disproved!

  • Please see: Project Participation and Certain Profiles.
  • If you have encountered a pre-1700 profile that is related to or protected by the Tennessee Project, and you wish to make any significant changes to a profile, the project coordinator should be contacted prior to editing.
  • For minor edits and corrections on the profile, we do ask you to collaborate with us on your proposed changes by contacting the profile manager first. We will be happy to work with you!
  • In particular, we are interested in making sure profiles are consistent with our project guidelines, and WikiTree guidelines. To edit these profiles, we will ask you to complete the Pre-1700 Quiz.

Tennessee Project Members

State Resources


Geography and Maps

Records and General Genealogical Resources

History and Genealogy Organizations

Special Interest Resources

Related Tennessee Categories on WikiTree

Related Projects and Pages on WikiTree

WikiTree Resources

Remember a lot of questions can be answered by referring to the help pages link at the top right on all pages.

The Great Smoky Mountains

Page References

  1. Wikipedia: TN History

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