GENEALOGICAL ABSTRACTS FROM THE OFFICIAL STATE DEATH CERTIFICATES OF INDIVIDUALS WHO DIED IN MADISON COUNTY TENNESSEE 1920-1924 WHO WERE BORN BEFORE AND INCLUDING THE YEAR 1860
Abstracted and Prepared by
Jonathan K.T. Smith
The official state-wide registration of deaths occurring in the State of Tennessee began in 1914. In the death certificates presently abstracted, 1920-1924 period for Madison County, Tennessee, there are many mis-statements and errors of fact. Many of the registers were simply careless in recording information. Some records could not be read by me, so dim had the ink or typewritten letters become or else were poorly microfilmed about 1981. Names, given and surnames, are often misspelled, or were smeared with ink. Even so, these are quite valuable records, containing as they do, essential genealogical data, much of it unavailable elsewhere. This compilation is not an index; an officially prepared index for each each is available in the Tennessee State Library and Archives in Nashville up to and including the year 1943. These present abstracts have been made to assist researchers in a genealogical overview for the period covered and as a cross-reference for family names.
In this compilation, the decedent's name is given; his or her vital statistics, place of birth and death; his or her parentage, with birthplaces of parents; name of cemetery where decedent was buried. If this information was not furnished in the original death certificates or else the cemetery name was not recorded or could not be read by me, then a complete listing cannot be given. Often place of birth or death may be given simply as "Madison County," "Carroll County," "Henderson County," which are undoubtedly meant to represent Madison County, Tennessee and neighboring counties. Two particular abbreviations are: (w),which represents "white" race; CD, which represents civil district.
Researchers are advised to obtain photocopies of the original death certificates of interest to them.
Jonathan K. T. Smith
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