Introduction to Cemetery Transcriptions
For several years now the Greene County Genealogical Society members and other interested persons have visited numerous Greene County cemeteries to read tombstones. The last comprehensive undertaking occurred in the mid-1960’s, and even then some cemeteries were omitted. Therefore, the Society thought an update after forty plus years would be of vast importance to many persons with Greene County roots.
Any cemetery at this website has been surveyed, researched, reviewed and sanctioned by members of the Greene County Genealogical Society. This assures the highest level of authenticity, and only those cemetery transcriptions that are sanctioned by the Genealogical Society are allowed to be placed on this website.
In addition to the most recent reading of tombstones, any prior surveys such as the 1930’s WPA list, the 1960’s Buford Reynolds’ work, and later cemetery readings have been reviewed and compared for accuracy and possible omissions. As time permits, Funeral Home records may be checked so that persons who have been buried without a tombstone are included.
Once our transcription is deemed to be as accurate as possible, then a limited amount of time is spent to research as many people as possible. This research includes full names of the deceased, as well as maiden names when they can be identified; full dates of birth and full dates of death when available (death certificates began in 1914, but were not routinely issued until several years later), the full names of the spouse(s) and sometimes the date(s) of marriage, the names of the parents, and other relevant information, such as military service. There are, of course, time constraints involved, so research in the “Remarks Section” on the spreadsheet is more comprehensive for some people than for others. A list of abbreviations that are used in the “remarks” section is included.
We realize there will be errors and the Remarks column may be brief or excluded for some people. There will also be omissions if a person was interred without a tombstone and the person is not found in a funeral home index, or if the tombstone is so old it is (and has previously been) unreadable.
We would greatly appreciate any documented information that you, the reader, may have. Inquiries are also accepted. You should direct your request and/or corrections in writing to the Greene County Genealogical Society, c/o T. Elmer Cox Historical and Genealogical Library, 229 North Main Street, Greeneville, TN 37745. We are unable to accept telephone calls because we are not staffed to do so.
In very early times most people were buried in small, private graveyards on their farms. Very few of these old family graveyards exist today. Should you have documented information on family graveyards we would very much welcome this information.
This work is accomplished by our volunteers. Should you wish to volunteer your time to help us with this massive undertaking, this will allow us to post more cemetery information at a faster pace. Volunteer work can include “fieldwork” to read tombstones and “research work” for the Remarks Section.
We would like to have you join the Greene County Genealogical Society. Annual dues are only $15 a year and you will receive our semiannual publication of The Greene County Pioneer. We welcome submission of your family histories and records, and you may publish stories on your Greene County families in our publication.
The Greene County Genealogical Society operates as Friends of the T. Elmer Cox Historical and Genealogical Society. We are grateful to the Library Administration for sponsoring this website.
Research into cemeteries located in Greeneville and Greene County will be added regularly, so please bookmark this page.
Officers of the Greene County Genealogical Society
229 North Main Street
Greeneville, Tennessee 37745