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Rhea County, Tennessee History & Genealogy

When was Rhea County, TN Created?

Rhea County was founded on December 3, 1807 from Roane County. This county was named in honor of U.S. Representative John Rhea (1753–1832). You can read a summary narrative history of the county in The Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture.

What is the County Seat of Rhea County, TN?

The County Seat of government is located in Dayton also, the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Rhea County, TN?

Bordering counties are Cumberland County (north), Roane County (northeast), Meigs County (east), Hamilton County (south) and Bledsoe County (west).

What cities and towns are in Rhea County, TN?

Cities and towns located in the county include Dayton, Graysville, Spring City.

What historical and genealogical records can I find in the Rhea County Courthouse?

      Rhea County Courthouse

The following information and facts indicates whatever birth, death, marriage, land, wills, and courtroom records will be in Rhea County or in the Tennessee State Library & Archives. The dates indicated below could be the first widely known documents for this county. There were fires at the Rhea County courthouse in 1869 and 1927.

Please get in touch with the clerk's office to affirm hours, mailing address, fees and other specifics before visiting or requesting information because of in some cases changing contact details. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The records are accessible to interested parties, barring confidential issues. A lot of workers will guide individuals in obtaining the resources, however it's up to the individual to complete the basic research. If you need historical or genealogical research, click HERE.

Where can I find Rhea County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?

Rhea County vital records can be found at the Tennessee Department of Health (VDH) Office of Vital Records which has copies of birth certificates, marriage licenses and divorce decrees. There is a fee for each copy requested, and privacy restrictions may apply for more recent records unless you are next of kin, or have authorization from an interested party or a court. Generally speaking, death certificates in Tennessee are public fifty years after the date of death, and birth certificates one hundred years after birth date. The earliest statewide birth and death records in Tennessee date from 1908, and systematic statewide vital records date from 1914.

Marriage license records are available from the county clerk who issued the marriage license. Court divorce orders may be obtained from the clerk of the court that granted the divorce.

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Rhea County, TN?

Where can I find someone to do historical or genealogical research in Rhea County, TN?

Generally the staff of public offices and local libraries and historical and genealogical societies cannot undertake extensive or detailed research for individuals beyond limited index lookups, etc. Each office can advise as to their policy. Scott Searches/Historycatcher is a professional research service that offers historical and genealogical research in Bradley County. Projects can range from searching records & obtaining photocopies or digital scans of documents to more complex topical research and analysis, depending on need. Other services include an on-site photography service if you need photographs of cemetery markers, or other historically significant locations, and interviews with cooperative and knowledgable local persons, including high quality digital audio recordings, verbatim transcripts, or interview summaries.

Scott Searches/Historycatcher can also assist attorneys, estate administrators, professional genealogists, amateur family historians, reunion organizers, and individuals locate living relatives or descendants through specialized forensic genealogical services, and missing persons investigations.

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