Only a small portion of the land granted in Tennessee was free land, and that was granted to those who provided some form of service to North Carolina. Earliest land records, including early grants issued by North Carolina and Tennessee, are microfilmed with a card index available in the Public Services Section of the Tennessee State Library & Archives. Other holdings include land warrants, survey certificates, and records from county register of deeds offices.
Online Blount County Land Records
- Partial census of 1787 to 1791 of Tennessee as taken from the North Carolina land grants
In the 1960s, Lucy Kate McGhee self published a three volume work in an attempt to replace the extant 1791 and 1795 territorial census of Tennessee. To do this she consulted early North Carolina land records and extracted the pertinent facts from those records to recreate a census of landowners. Her manuscript covers the period before Blount County was formed and as such you will find future Blount County residents residing in Greene and Harkin Counties in volume 2.
- Blount County, Tennessee, Deeds, Deed Book 1, 1795-1819
Abstracted by Jane Kizer Thomas in 1990 this manuscript does a great job as a finding aid for any deed between those years. There were two volumes to this manuscript, unfortunately only the first is available online. you can purchase volume one and two through Amazon. Volume 1, Volume 2.
- Blount County Deeds, 1794-1881; deed index, 1794-1916.
These are microfilms of the original records held at the Blount County Courthouse. Most volumes are individually indexed. The volumes of indexes are mixed up and not in alphabetical order. Some names may be missing or hard to find because of arrangement, so we suggest you use the index at the end of each volume. You can use the extraction available above for book 1. You will need a free membership to FamilySearch and be signed in to view these films.
- Deed index, v. 1, 1794-1868 – v. 2, 1869-1891
- Deed index, v. 3-5, 1891-1916
- Deeds, v. 1-2, 1794-1829
- Deeds, v. 3-5, 1829-1836; Deeds, v. M, 1836-1838
- Deeds, v. N-R, 1838-1842
- Deeds, v. S-U, 1842-1847
- Deeds, v. V-Z, 1847-1854
- Deeds, v. Y-Z, 1854-1860
- Deeds, v. AA-BB, 1860-1869
- Deeds, v. CC-DD, 1869-1872
- Deeds, v. EE-FF, 1872-1877
- Deeds, v. GG-HH, 1877-1881
- Blount County Tennessee, Entry Taker’s Book, 1824-1826
Microfilm of typescript in Nashville, Tennessee. This microfilm is only viewable at an FHC. The entry taker’s book is a shortened version of a land record.