Since the Washington County, Tennessee Obituary Project started in April 2011, we have received over 10,000 obituaries. We have over 1,700 obituaries online and are working on processing the other 8,300. We have bought a scanner and external hard drive to use for the project, as well. Several people are involved in this great team– Elaine Scott Cantrell, Betty Jane Hylton, Donna Cox Briggs, Janette Foster Guinn and Geraldine Booth Greenwell, along with many others who have contributed their obituaries. We hope this will be a great historical reference for historians and genealogists for many years to come.
The Washington County, Tennessee Obituary Project is a unique project. Every obituary online is the original clipped from the newspapers from our region.
Guidelines for Submission are as followed:
1. The person must have been born in, lived in, died in, or buried in Washington County, Tennessee between 1777 to present-day 2013.
2. Must have a copy or original obituary, so it can be scanned for use.
3. Birth and death date of the person, it would be helpful in placing the obit online.
The Washington County, Tennessee Obituary Project has a partnership with the Cemetery Survey Team of Northeast Tennessee and the Washington County, TNGENWEB. For more information on both check out tngenweb.org/washington.
The obituary project has received the East Tennessee Historical Society’s Award of Excellence on May 8, 2012 in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Chad Fred Bailey, Project Leader, received the Tennessee Historical Commission’s Special Commissioner’s Certificate of Merit 2012.