Polk County, Tennessee Records

Polk County, Tennessee (Map It) was created on November 28, 1839 from Bradley County and McMinn County. This Polk County was named in honor of U.S. President James K. Polk (1795–1849).

Polk County is bordered by Monroe County (northeast), Cherokee County, North Carolina (east), Fannin County, Georgia (southeast), Murray County, Georgia (southwest), Bradley County (west) and McMinn County (northwest) .

Polk County Cities and Towns include Benton, Copperhill, Ducktown .

A Map of Polk County, Tennessee contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.

Polk County, Tennessee Courthouse Records

Polk County, Tennessee Courthouse
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Polk County, TN Courthouse

The Polk County Courthouse is located in Benton, Tennessee. The Clerk's Office DOES NOT DO RESEARCH. Most staff will assist people in finding the materials, but it is up to the individual to do the research.

The following dates indicates what vital, land, probate, and court records are in Polk county or in the Tennessee State Library & Archives. The date listed for each record is usually the earliest registration filed. The date does not indicate that there are alot records for that year and does not mean that all such events were actually filed with the clerk.

There were fires at the Polk County courthouse in 1895 and 1935.

  • Polk County Clerk has Marriage Records from 1894 and Probate Records from 1873.
  • Polk County Register of Deeds has Land & Deed Records from 1894.
  • Polk County Clerk of Circuit Court has Chancery Court Minutes from 1866, Circuit Court Minutes from 1866 and County  Court Minutes 1840.
  • Polk County Property Assessor has Tax Records from 1861 (voter list), 1893, 1894, 1896, 1897, 1899-1900 and are located at the Tennessee State Library and Archives. Tax lists can be used to locate families, document historic properties and study community history. Early tax lists generally include all white males over 21 and indicate whether they owned land or slaves.
  • Polk County Health Department issues birth certificates and death certificates (deaths which occurred in that county within the past three years, and a few county health departments keep death records for longer periods of time).

Polk County, Tennessee Census Records

Polk County, Tennessee Vital Records

Polk County, Tennessee Resources

Polk County, Tennessee External Links

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