Shelbyville, Tennessee, Newspaper ‘Tennessee Herald’ Online

Shelbyville, Tennessee, was laid out and settled in 1810. By 1817 it had a newspaper, the Tennessee Herald—and GenealogyBank has this historical title in its extensive online newspaper archives for your genealogy research.

Today Shelbyville is famous as “The Pencil City” and as “The Walking Horse Capital of the World”—but it was a much smaller place in early 19th century America. Shelbyville was also recently featured in Miranda Lambert’s country music video “Famous in a Small Town” which offers footage of historical landmarks and reminds us that everyone in our family has a story.

Shelbyville, Tennessee, city government seal

Image: Shelbyville City Government Seal. Credit: Windows Live Photo Gallery.

What was life like for our ancestors in Shelbyville, TN, from 1817 to 1820?

GenealogyBank search form for the Tennessee Herald newspaper

GenealogyBank search form for the Tennessee Herald newspaper

See what you can discover about your ancestors there and their lives by searching this old Shelbyville newspaper online. Search the Tennessee Herald archive now.

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Written by Thomas Jay Kemp

Thomas Jay Kemp

Thomas Jay Kemp is the Director of Genealogy Products at GenealogyBank. Tom Kemp is an internationally known librarian and archivist – he is the author of over 35 genealogy books and hundreds of articles about genealogy and family history. He previously served as the Chair of the National Council of Library & Information Associations (Washington, DC) and as Library Director of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and the New England Historic Genealogical Society. He began his career in 1963 as the Assistant to the Librarian, in the Genealogy & Local History Room at the Ferguson Library (Stamford, CT). His motto is: It is a Great Day for Genealogy!

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