200 Years of Life in Hardeman County, Tennessee

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Hardeman County Tennessee with Bolivar, Middleton, Grand Junction, Toone, Whiteville, Saulsbury, Pocahontas, Hickory Valley, Silerton and Hornsby; plus, the old townships of Middleburg, Searles, Crainesville, and Hatchie Town...

Latest News

President’s Notes – Lisa Coleman, HCGS President
August, 2012

Hello Everyone – Join us for the next meeting of the Hardeman County Genealogical Society, Saturday, August 18, 10:00 a.m. in the History Room at the Hardeman County Library. This month's program features updates from members on projects they have going on, a "how to" session on using the library's microfilm machine, and also an update on the new website! All interested in genealogy and history - whether you are new to genealogy or have been searching a long time - are invitied to join us.

New Historical Walking Tour Debuts August 10, 2012
July 22, 2012

Greg Howell Design and Iconservation have created a walking tour for downtown Bolivar. Designed on the old style "church fan," the tour encompasses all three historic districts. Read More »

Welcome to Hardeman County Tennessee Genealogical Society


The organization was formed in 2008 to promote and encourage genealogical and historical research, preservation, and education.

Our mission, to preserve and educate, is the objective of our website. The Hardeman County Tennessee Genealogical Society has created this website as a tool to document the genealogy and history of this county through photographs, documents, and assistance from the community at large to identify, research, and document.

How to Use This Site


This site offers over 2000 historical images for visitors to browse and download. The Hardeman County Genealogical Society is a non-profit organization offering our wonderful collections to the public free of charge. Just click the Galleries menu item in the navigation bar to view our collections. Also, visit our Blog for the latest information and expanded detail about Hardeman County history, genealogy, and items from our collection. Just click the Contact Us tab in the navigation menu to drop us a line or question.

We are continually seeking historical photographs of Hardeman County and hope that people will contact us to scan their collections. For more information about the Hardeman County Genealogical Society and this website, www.hardemantenngen.org, please select the About Us tab.

Thank you for visiting our site, and we hope that you enjoy this stroll down memory lane.

How Do You Start A Project Like This?


In 2010, members of the Hardeman County Tennessee Genealogical Society (HCGS) began discussing an on-going project that could become shared by all of Hardeman County and the “Preserve Our Photographs” (POP Project) was born. Since that time members have collected almost 2,000 images (photos and documents) from all over the county that have been graciously donated by the people of our great county.

The purpose of the project is to collect, preserve and identify as many photographs as possible that have a Hardeman County connection. Any photographs with a Hardeman County connection are welcomed – the group holds “gathering” days at different times at libraries across the county. Individuals can bring photos by to be scanned and cataloged on site and original photos and documents are returned to the owner. We accept what we have come to identify as “orphan” photos – those whose names and stories have been lost down through the years – in the hopes that sharing them may find someone who says, “I know her/him/them/that place…..”

We offer a big THANK YOU to our friends and families all across the county for your enthusiasm for this project and your generous donations of photos, documents, and stories. HCGS would like to offer a special thank you to Mr. Darrell Teubner, Editor and Publisher of The County Journal newspaper who has been a great supporter of this project since its start and who has graciously given us a regular column in his paper each week to showcase photos, share discoveries, and promote Hardeman County’s rich history.

Another big thank you goes to the librarians of Hardeman County who have given us access to photos, documents, and images in their files and collections, for their help in spreading the word about this project, and for introducing us to some many wonderful friends in the county. We appreciate all you do for all of us!

Enjoy the photos and please, keep them coming!

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Our Services

Hardeman County Genealogy
Research and Documentation
Hardeman County History
with research, photos, and documents
With Lectures and Seminars


731-658-3436 - Library

731-658-7382 - Lisa Coleman
213 North Washington St.
Bolivar, TN 38008