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Welcome to Hamilton County!
Welcome to the home page of the original Hamilton County Tennessee Genealogy Society. The HCTGS is an Internet based society that was formed April 17, 2001 by a group of enthusiastic genealogists who wanted to share their knowledge of Hamilton County with others on the Internet and provide a forum for fellow researchers interested in the genealogy and history of Hamilton County Tennessee. There is a wealth of information on our website with more being continuously added. If you have Hamilton County information you would like to share on this site, please submit it to the address below. We hope you enjoy your visit and come back often.

Hamilton County Was Established in 1819
Hamilton County Tennessee was created by an act of the General Assembly of the State of Tennessee on October 25, 1819 with lands taken from Rhea County. Only lands north of the Tennessee River were included in its boundaries until the Treaty of 1835 added the Cherokee Nation, south of the river.

The county was named for Alexander Hamilton, Secretary of the Treasury in the administration of George Washington. The first courthouse for Hamilton County was Poe’s Tavern at Poe’s Cross Roads. Later the farm of Asahel Rawlings was selected as the county seat and a log courthouse was erected. The county seat was originally known as “Hamilton County Courthouse” until it was given the name Dallas, in honor of Alexander James Dallas. Dallas remained the county seat until 1840 when it was moved to Vann’s Town and soon afterward to Harrison. In 1870 the county seat was
moved to Chattanooga where it remains today.

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Rhea County Marion County Catoosa County, GA
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In all of our research, we make mistakes. Mistakes happen out of lack of understanding of what we are researching. All we have to do is say, I goofed and then move on and correct our mistakes. However, if we do not discover our mistakes and move ahead, the results will damage anyone that follows us in the future for generations to come. Now is the time to double check our records from the beginning. READ MORE



If someone walked up to you and said "Howdy, I'm your third cousin, twice removed," would you have any idea what they meant? Most people have a good understanding of basic relationship words such as "mother," "father," "aunt," "uncle," "brother," and "sister." But what about the relationship terms that we don't use in everyday speech? Terms like "second cousin" and "first cousin, once removed"? We don't tend to speak about our relationships in such exact terms ("cousin" seems good enough when you are introducing one person to another), so most of us aren't familiar with what these words mean. READ MORE



"If only the typewriter had been invented a few centuries earlier!" That's often the cry of people trying to read older records. Old fashioned handwriting often gives older documents charm, but it also can be difficult to decipher. There are even some styles of handwriting that were not taught in schools, but by notaries or others to their helpers. The secretary hand, the court hand, the italic hand -- each had distinct letter forms and abbreviations. READ MORE

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