Tennessee State Public Library Adds more than 1,500 Digitized and Searchable Family Bibles Online

Before the 20th century, Tennessee and many other states did not keep comprehensive records of births, marriages, and deaths. Families recorded their own vital records in family Bibles that were passed down through generations. The Tennessee State Library and Archives holds hundreds of family Bible records in several formats and within many collections. The Bible records recently placed online were taken from photocopies in TSLA’s vertical files; additional records will be added as they are donated or discovered in manuscripts collections. The bulk of the records in this collection date between the late 18th and early 20th century. Many prominent Tennessee families are represented here; some records even include the names of families’ slaves.

The Bibles may be found at http://tnsos.net/TSLA/Bibleproject.

My thanks to newsletter reader Noel Kersey for telling me about this great resource.

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Great news. I looked at all the SMITH records tonight. While they had SMITHs, the records contain other surnames as well and those are NOT referenced under their initial. These are not transcribed and some are almost impossible to read. Others are extremely clean. I was looking for any SMITHs who were born or lived in TN during the 1700s. I found a few. Thanks so much for the post.

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