You can order death records for the period 1908-1949 from the
Tennessee State Library and Archives. Those for the time period of
1908-1912 are available on-line. They also have a partial index of
records from 1914-1925.
These records can be invaluable in your search. It is advisable
to obtain a person's death record even if you think you know
everything about the person. Info included on these records includes
name of the deceased, birth and death place and date, marital status
making it possible to determine if a spouse died before or after the
deceased, name and birthplace of parents, place of burial, name of
the undertaker or funeral home where you may find more records, and
in some cases, the cause of death. To obtain the cause you may have
to state your relationship to the person and that the request is for
For death records beginning in 1950 to the present, you will need
to contact the Tennessee Vital Records Office.
An Index to Death Records 1980-1912 at the Tennessee State
Library and Archives can be found here.You can search for death, divorce and marriage records on any county in the state on the Shelby County Register of Deeds web site.
Death records in the USGenWeb Archives.
In addition the following published resources are available.
Check library catalogs for
availability and interlibrary loan.
- Lynch, Louise Gillespie, Death records of Bedford
County, Tennessee , 1984.
- Marsh, Helen Crawford, Hoover funeral and burial records
of Bedford County, Tennessee, c 1989. This book may also be
purchased from Sistler
- Martha Smotherman Mendez transcribed and provides
records from the"Death Records" found in the ledger in
the Bedford Archives.
from the Nashville Christian Advocate prepared by Lucy Bryant Dunaway
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