Hamilton County Tennessee
Genealogy Society

March 17

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.

Irish Genealogy Toolkit will guide you to your Irish ancestors

Irish genealogy gained a reputation long ago for being a frustrating one-way street to disappointment and headache. Thankfully, calming potions and analgesics are no longer essential equipment for the amateur genealogist because family history in Ireland has entered a golden era. READ MORE

Grandpa's Obit

The first couple of things one has to remember about obituaries is that every newspaper that prints them is different. The policy regarding their inclusion in the paper varied with each editor/owner. Some papers considered these a courtesy to the reader, while others placed these in the unnecessary category and could leave them out at will. Today, most newspapers contain these only for a fee. READ MORE

Hamilton County Pioneers:
The Websters

When Thomas Webster was a boy living near Birmingham, England, his father took him to see George Stephenson and his amazing new locomotive. From that day forward, he knew that his future would be as a machinist, helping to produce the powerful new engines that would change the way people traveled and shipped freight around the world. READ MORE

Are You a Genealogy Genius?

Have fun with this quiz which tests your knowledge of some of the basic premises of genealogy. READ MORE

African American Family History Step By Step

Few areas of American genealogy research pose as much of a challenge as the search for African American families. The vast majority of African Americans are descendants of the 400,000 black Africans brought to North America to serve as slaves in the 18th and 19th centuries. Since slaves had no legal rights, they are often not found in many of the traditional record sources available for that period. Don't let this challenge defer you, however. READ MORE

Tax Records

It is said that there are only two things certain in this life - death and taxes. We all say this in jest, but then we know they are true. Paying taxes has been a way of life since most of us came onto the earth. We also find taxation in the Bible as a part of their life as well. In the field of genealogy, the tax listings of an area are one of those often overlooked resources. READ MORE

Black History Month: Efforts to Preserve History in Abandoned African-American Cemeteries

As we reach the mid-point of the time that we celebrated Black History Month, tonight, there's one part of that history that is quickly being forgotten. That lost piece, the history that is neglected African-American cemeteries. There are restoration efforts that has uncovered black history in one cemetery in Chattanooga, and hopes to do the same in another. READ MORE


  Start Looking

The Chattanoogan.com - Chattanooga's source for breaking local news

Mountain Press Homepage

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


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



Report a broken link:
Webmaster HCTGS.org



"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.

Painting is ©Penny Parker, all rights reserved to the artist
and Used with permission.

© 2001-17  by Dennis C. Wilson.  All rights reserved.

Background Music:
The Merry Blacksmith