Welcome to the Volunteer State: Tennessee State Research Guide

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on July 4, 2014 in Research

On June 1, 1796, Tennessee became the 16th State admitted to the Union.

Five things you might not have known about Tennessee:

  1. Before Tennessee became a state, in 1784, part of what would become the state became the State of Franklin; Franklin dissolved in 1788.
  2. Shelby County has more horses per capita than any other county in the United States.
  3. Tennessee became known as the Volunteer State  when volunteer soldiers displayed outstanding bravery in the Battle of New Orleans in the War of 1812.
  4. “The Grand Ole Opry,” broadcasting out of Nashville since 1925, is the longest continuously running live radio program in the world.
  5. Graceland, Elvis Presley’s home, is located in Memphis and is the second most visited house in the United States; the most visited is the White House.
Library of Congress, "Gates, Graceland, Memphis, Tennessee," original digital file, Prints & Photographs Online Catalog, ( : accessed 3 Jul 2014), photo taken 2008, Reproduction no. LC-DIG-highsm-04470

Library of Congress, “Gates, Graceland, Memphis, Tennessee,” original digital file, Prints & Photographs Online Catalog, ( : accessed 3 Jul 2014), photo taken 2008, Reproduction no. LC-DIG-highsm-04470

Our new free state guide, “Tennessee Research Guide: Family History Sources in the Volunteer State,” has an overview and timeline of the state, along with resources to explore when searching for your Mississippi ancestors.

Guides for other states are also available in the Learning Center under Free State Research Guides.

About Anne Gillespie Mitchell
Anne Gillespie Mitchell is a Senior Product Manager at She is an active blogger on and writes the Ancestry Anne column. She has been chasing her ancestors through Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina for many years. Anne holds a certificate from Boston University's Online Genealogical Research Program, and is currently on the clock working towards certification from the Board for Certification of Genealogists. You can also find her on Twitter, Facebook and Finding Forgotten Stories.


1 tami glatzJuly 4, 2014 at 6:03 pm

You spelled Tennessee incorrectly in the headline :) (missing an “e” at the end)

2 Amy Johnson CrowJuly 4, 2014 at 8:38 pm

Thanks for bringing that to our attention, Tami. We’ve corrected it. :)

3 Michael MarchiJuly 13, 2014 at 8:13 pm

“Searching for your Mississippi ancestors” on the Tennessee page?

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