Historic Minute Books

Hamilton County Quarterly Court and County Council minute books are available by clicking the links below. Please note that due to Quarterly Court Volumes being hand-written, only Volumes 8 through 14 are text-searchable. All County Council minute books also have the searching capability. These are all very large pdf files and may take several minutes to download, depending on your connection speed.

James County Records

In 1871 James County was established. The County experienced bankruptcy in 1919 and was dissolved by the Tennessee General Assembly. James County citizens voted to be annexed by Hamilton County.

This posting represents James County records on file in the Hamilton County Clerk’s office when Clerk William F. Knowles assumed office September 1, 1974. Some records may have been destroyed in James and Hamilton County Courthouse fires. This Chattanooga-Hamilton County Bicentennial Library link is also a source for researching historic James County documents.