Hamilton County Tennessee
Genealogy Society


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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 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.




If you have Hamilton County information you would like to share on this website, e-mail it to Dennis Wilson:

Mailing Address:
Hamilton County Tennessee 
Genealogy Society
368 Middle View Drive
Ringgold, GA 30736






Beginning Again

The New Year is a time to begin all over again in our genealogical research. I donít mean to toss out all that you have done for all those years. Instead, this is the time to revisit that research. READ MORE


Hamilton County Pioneers:
The Talleys

Robert and Rachel Talley arrived near Birchwood prior to the Indian removal and purchased their property from the departing Indians. In the Civil War, three Talley sons marched away to fight for the Union. Another son who favored the Confederate side, James Pleasant Talley, was one of the nine commissioners named to organize James County. READ MORE


Most Unused Resources

 For many genealogical researchers, there are resources that are never or seldom ever checked for our ancestors. We all tend to use the same set of resources over and over with each new searchREAD MORE


Finding Your Ancestors on the Internet

Searching the Internet for specific information on your family or surname is often analogized with trying to find the proverbial needle in a haystack.  You know that the information is there, but you feel like you are having to move the entire haystack piece by piece to find it. READ MORE


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"To rescue from oblivion the history of a large and honorable family is a praiseworthy achievement. Somebody must begin the work. It is to be hoped someone will complete it."
Rev. Joseph Woodruff Bozeman, 1885.

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