Serving Coffee County Tennessee

Genealogy Collection

The Coffee County Manchester Public Library is proud of the extensive collection of research materials available in their Genealogy Department. Many genealogy researchers have come here from all over North America to explore their Middle Tennessee roots.

Our resources include, but are not limited to the following:

1 Microfilm reader and 1 microfilm reader/printers
2 Copy machines

Periodicals and newsletters:
Genealogical Helper: 1973 – Current
Civil War Times: 1981 – Current
Ansearchin News: Old issues, 1954 – 1987
Middle Tennessee Genealogy: Bound issues, 1990 – Current
Tennessee Historical Quarterly: Bound issues, 1942 – Current
Coffee County Historical Quarterly: Bound issues, 1970 – Current
Historic Preservation Society of Tullahoma: Bound issues, 1980 – Current
Warren County Tennessee Genealogical Association: Bound issues, 1992 – Current

Records on Microfilm: (including, but not limited to):
Manchester Times, 1863 – Current (limited issues prior to 1900)
Manchester Independent, 1994 – 1995 (extent of publication)
Manchester Newsleader, 1995-1996 (merger of Coffee Co. Shopper & The Independent)
Tullahoma News & Guardian, 1867 – 1995
Winchester Daily Bulletin, 1862 – 1863
Service Records:
Tennessee Confederate Index
Civil War Collection
World War I Gold Star Collection
World War I Veterans and Ex-servicemen
Military Discharges, 1919-1969
Register of Absentee Armed Forces Ballots, 1944 – 1962
Census Records:
1790: CT, ME, MD, MA, NH, NY, NC, PA, RI, SC, VT, VA
1800: NC, SC
1810: NC, SC, TN, VA
1820: GA, NC, SC, TN
1830: AL, GA, NC, SC, TN
1840: TN (All counties)
1850: TN (All counties)
1860: TN (All counties)
1870: TN (All counties)
1880: TN (All counties)
1890: Special Schedule of Eleventh Census (enumerates only TN Union Veterans & Widows
of Union Veterans of the Civil War)
1900: TN (All counties)
1910: TN (All counties)
1920: TN (All counties)
1930: TN (All counties)
Coffee County:
Chancery, Circuit, and County Court Records
Wills, Insolvent Estates and Probate Records
Board of Education Minutes
Deeds and Trust Deeds
Tax Books, 1879-1968
Manchester City Hall Minutes
Marriage Records
Birth & Death Indexes and Certificates (limited)
Loose Records
Katherine & E.P. Vaughan Records/Diaries
Warren County Marriages, 1852-1968
Warren County Wills, 1827-1917
Warren County Tax Books, 1876-1880
Grundy County Tax Books, 1850-1882
Grundy County Wills, Vol. 1-3
Grundy County Marriages, 1850-1904
Franklin County Marriages, 1884-1903
Franklin County Tax Books, 1852-1878
Cannon County Marriages
James J. Womack Diaries, etc., 1872-1879 (McMinnville, Warren Co. lawyer & educator)
Account Books of John Custer, 1861-1885 (Tanner of leather, Warren/Coffee Co.)
Thomas Barnes Papers
Dr. Dan Sneed Papers, 1907-1938

Ship passenger lists, immigration and emigration records
Sons and Daughters of the Confederacy and DAR records
Family histories
” Colonial Families”
” American Ancestry”
” Cherokee Descendants,” “Cherokee by Blood,” and the Dawes & Guion Miller Rolls
” Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy”
” Revolutionary Period Bible, Family & Marriage Records”
” Genealogical Abstract of Revolutionary War Pension Files”
” Pension Roll of 1835”
Papers and correspondences of Andrew Jackson, Andrew Johnson, and James K. Polk
” Confederate Patriot Index”
Civil War record books
Books covering many counties in VA, NC, SC, GA, AL, KY & AR

Books Specifically Tennessee:
Tennessee census books, 1830-1870
Tennessee marriages
” Tennessee Land Grants”
” Tennessee Civil War Veterans Questionnaires”

Books specific to Coffee, Cannon, Warren, Franklin, and
other Middle Tennessee counties:
“ The Summitville Story”
“Cemeteries and Tombstone Inscriptions of Coffee County, TN” 2 vols.

“Tennessee County Heritage Books” for:
Bedford County
Cannon County
Cocke County
Coffee County
Grundy County
Lincoln County
Moore County
Sullivan County
Warren County
White County

Online Catalog:
To browse our genealogy collection from eLibrary (the online catalog), click on “Switch to Power Search” icon. Under second group of choices, for Library choose Manchester from the drop-down box and for Location choose Genealogy. Click the Search button. This will give a listing of all items in our genealogy collection that have been catalogued. By clicking on “Full Details” to the left of the record, more specific information can be obtained. For example: several microfilm rolls are entitled “Coffee County Register of Deeds.” By clicking “Full Details” it can be learned that Roll A-7336 covers Vol. 137-139, Aug. 1972 through April 1973.
Volumes containing specific family names can be displayed by typing “Jones family” or “Smith family,” etc. in the “Words or phrases” box. (Note: If only 10 volumes appear under Jones family, this does not necessarily mean there are only 10 books with the Jones name in it, but that the Jones name has been catalogued with only 10 books.)

Family History Files:
There is also a file cabinet that houses family histories and genealogies provided by genealogists to share with others researching the same names. Researchers are invited to leave copies of their research information, or to make copies from files.

No genealogy material is available for Interlibrary Loan.