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Statewide Tennessee Census Records at TSLA

The Tennessee State Library and Archivies has an extensive collection of census records for the state of Tennessee. Please note that there are no Tennessee census records prior to 1810; the 1890 census of Tennessee was destroyed in a fire in Washington D.C.

MICROFILM

  • 1810 (only available for Grainger County and Rutherford County)
  • 1820 (most of the records for counties in east Tennessee are missing)
  • 1830 - 1880 (complete)
  • 1900 - 1930 (complete)

ONLINE

  • 1810 (only available for Grainger County and Rutherford County)
  • 1820 (most of the records for counties in east Tennessee are missing)
  • 1830 - 1880 (complete)
  • 1900 - 1940 (complete)

Online viewing of Tennessee census records is available through the terminals located in the Public Services section of the Tennessee State Library and Archives Tuesday - Saturday 8:00am - 4:30pm.

Residents of Tennessee can view scanned copies of Tennessee census records by going through the Tennessee Electronic Library (TEL), clicking on the Genealogy tab, and then selecting HeritageQuest Online.

Your local library may provide access to web sites such as HerigateQuest Online or AncestryLibrary.com, which have scanned the existing Tennessee census records for 1810 - 1880 and 1900 - 1940. The archives.org web site also offers scanned PDFs of Tennessee census records to the public.

 

Updated March 5, 2013

 

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