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CUMBERLAND COUNTY, TN
The Cumberland County Archives and Family Heritage Center has established a certification program to recognize and honor the early pioneers who were residents of Cumberland County, Tennessee when the 1860 census was taken. Cumberland County was formed in 1855/56 and the 1860 census was the first federal census taken following the formation of the county. The application files will provide valuable documentation on family histories of many Cumberland County founders and will be available for future genealogical research.
Eligibility for Certification: The applicant must directly descend from an ancestor who settled in Cumberland County on or prior to 1860. The applicant must prove residency of the ancestor as well as descent for each generation, including proof of the applicant. Current Cumberland County residency is not required. The application must be accompanied with the documentation. There is no charge.
Documentation: We encourage genealogical research and request photocopies of original documents as proof of lineage. Do not send original documents as they cannot be returned. We can photocopy records for you while you wait at the archive. While primary sources offer the best proof, secondary sources may be considered if proof is not available. Primary sources include birth and death records, marriage records, census records, wills/estate records, land records, tax records, military records, church records, and court records. Supplemental or secondary sources include bible records including a photocopy of the page showing the publisher, date of publication, and the actual pages showing the names, dates and events, obituaries giving name and location of the paper, tombstone inscriptions, and funeral home records.
Application form instructions: Complete the Early Families application form, line of descent chart, and source records sheet for each ancestor. Additional material is strongly encouraged, such as photos of people, homes and tombstones and other material that may be of interest to future researchers. Once an application is approved, a certificate of recognition will be issued to the applicant designating their ancestor as an early Cumberland County family.
Submitted Information: All applications and supporting documentation will be retained and will be available for research purposes. Eligibility will be determined by a committee appointed by the Cumberland County archivist. The committee’s decision will be final. Incorrect or incomplete applications will be returned for additions and corrections, and the applicant will need to resubmit.
Materials at the Cumberland County Archives and Family History Center are available to assist you in the research process. Volunteer genealogists are also available to help you get started in your research.
The application and photocopied proofs should be mailed or hand delivered to:
The Cumberland County Archives and Family Heritage Center is located adjacent to the Art Circle Public Library in Crossville, TN. The archives is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 9 to 4.
Saturday, August 10, 2019