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Most "school census records" or "scholastic population" census records are 20th century records, the result of a law passed by the General Assembly in 1945 (Public Chapter 141). The law required the enumeration of children under 18, listing the full name, date of birth, age, gender, nationality, place of residence, name and address of parent or responsible adult, name and location of the school attended, distance of school from the home, and name and address of the employer of any child. These school census records begin in 1946; the last one was in 1968. Availability varies from county to county.

The State Library and Archives also has some school census records from the 19th century. These are few and far between, and vary in completeness.

For more information on school census records, and a sample page, see Shirley Wilson's article "Tennessee's Scholastic Census Records" in Middle Tennessee Genealogy, v. 6, #2, Fall, 1992, pp. 65-66.

The following list indicates available records by county. Most are on microfilm, but some are published. If the list is published, the publication title (and volume, date and pages if a periodical) is indicated, as well as the TSLA call number. The TSLA microfilm roll number is given for the lists on microfilm.  The size of the film is noted (16m or 35m) for ease in purchasing copies of entire rolls.

 


Books and periodicals with school census information can be searched by TSLA staff.  E-mail your request to TSLA with the name of the individual you are researching;  please be sure to include the title and call number of the book or periodical.  Due to the number of requests received daily, we ask that you only submit one request at a time for a single name to be searched in one published source.   Only one request will be handled at a time.   Please do not send a second search request while you have a request pending.   Please do not send several searches in separate e-mail messages, or a request that asks to search multiple names.   When you receive a reply to your first look-up, you may send in your next  look-up request, and so on.   TSLA can, for a fee, photocopy all of the listings for one specified surname.  

 

  School census microfilm reels which have been indexed can, for a fee,  be searched by TSLA staff.  Please go to Genealogical Services Provided by Mail -- County Records for instructions on ordering a search.  We will not search unindexed school census records. 

  The microfilmed school census records are not available for interlibrary loan.   Patrons are welcome to come in to TSLA and search these materials themselves.    Microfilm reels with the school census records are available for purchase from TSLA.

 


 

Anderson County

Year Title Microfilm Roll # Format
1948 School Census A 4211  &  A 4212  (indexed) 16mm
1952 School Census A 4213  &  A 4214  (indexed) 16mm
1956 School Census A 4215  &  A 4216  (indexed) 16mm

 

Benton County

Year Title Book Volume
&  Page
Call Number
1850 Scholastic Census Benton County Genealogical Society Quarterly Vol. 14,
pgs. 58 - 61
F443
.B4B4

 

Carroll County

Year Title Microfilm Roll # Format
1946 School Census   A-F A 7483  (indexed) 16mm
1946 School Census   G-M A 7484  (indexed) 16mm
1956 School Census   N-V A 7485  (indexed) 16mm
1956 School Census   W-Z A 7486  (indexed) 16mm

 

Chester County

Year Title Microfilm Roll # Format
1956 School Census A 2824   (no index) 16mm

 

Clay County

Year Title Microfilm Roll # Format
1946 School Census A 2327  &  A 2328  (indexed) 16mm
1948 School Census A 2329  &  A 2330  (indexed) 16mm
1952 School Census A 2331  (indexed) 16mm
1956 School Census A 2332  (indexed) 16mm

 

Cocke County

Year Title Book Volume
&  Page
Call Number
 1883 School Census Smokey Mountain Historical Society & Newsletter Vol. 5, #5
Sept. 1979
pgs. 12 - 14
F443
.G7S66

 

Cocke County

Year Title Microfilm Roll # Format
1948 - 1952 School Census A 13699  (indexed) 16mm
1952 - 1956 School Census A 13700  (indexed) 16mm

 

Cumberland County

Year Title Microfilm Roll # Format
1946 School Census A 14362  (indexed) 16mm
1948 School Census A 14363  (indexed) 16mm
1952 School Census A 14364  (indexed) 16mm
1956 School Census A 14365  (indexed) 16mm

 

Davidson County

Year Title Microfilm Roll # Format
1871 - 1873 School census, Cane Ridge,
6th district
Ac #880,
Gray Family Papers
Box 7
35mm

 

Dickson County

Year Title Microfilm Roll # Format
1905 - 1907 School Census A 12922   (no index) 35mm

 

Dyer County

Year Title Book Volume
&  Page
Call Number
 1908 School Census Ansearchin' News Vol. 45,  #1
1998
pgs. 10 - 11
F443
.B4B4

 

Fayette County

Year Title Microfilm Roll # Format
1946 School Census  (white) A 3166 16mm
1948 School Census  (white) A 3166 16mm
1948 School Census  (black) A 3165 16mm
1952 School Census  (black) A 3167 16mm
1952 School Census  (white) A 3168 16mm
1956 School Census  (black) A 3169 16mm
1956 School Census  (white) A 3170 16mm

 

Fentress County

Year Title Microfilm Roll # Format
1946, 1952, 1956 School Census A 5589   (no index) 16mm

 

Franklin County

Year Title Microfilm Roll # Format
1946 School Census A 6827  (indexed) 16mm
1948 School Census A 6828  (indexed) 16mm
1952 School Census A 6829  (indexed) 16mm
1956 School Census A 6830  (indexed) 16mm
1899 - 1911 Certificates A 6825  (no index) 16mm

 

Giles County

Year Title Book Volume
&  Page
Call Number
1843 Scholastic Census  (Pulaski) Giles County Historical
Society Bulletin
Vol. 8,  #3
July 1981
pgs. 8 - 9
F443
.G4G4
1838 School Census (district 8) Giles County Historical
Society Bulletin
Vol. 4,  #2
April 1977
pg. 3
F443
.G4G4
1838 School Census (district 2) Giles County Historical
Society Bulletin
Vol. 4,  #1
January 1977
pg. 10
F443
.G4G4
1838 School Census (district 9) Giles County Historical
Society Bulletin
Vol. 4,  #3
July 1977
pg. 3
F443
.G4G4

 

Hamblen County

Year Title Microfilm Roll # Format
1946 - 1948 School Census A 1866  (no index) 35mm
1956 School Census A 1871  (no index) 35mm

 

Hardeman County

Year Title Microfilm Roll # Format
1946 - 1956 Census Records,  A - F A 2558  (indexed) 16mm
1946 - 1956 Census Records,  G - Mc A 2559  (indexed) 16mm
1946 - 1956 Census Records,  M - S A 2560  (indexed) 16mm
1946 - 1956 Census Records,  S - Z A 2561  (indexed) 16mm

 

Hawkins County

Year Title Book Volume
&  Page
Call Number
1900 Census (Synodial College,  14th dist.) Distant Crossroads Vol. 10,
January 1993
pg. 24
F443
.H37O57

 

Haywood County

Year Title Microfilm Roll # Format
1948 Census  (w) A 5401  (indexed) 16mm
1948 Census  (b) A 5402  (indexed) 16mm
1952 Census  (b) A 5403  (indexed) 16mm
1952 Census  (w) A 5404  (indexed) 16mm
1956 Census  (w) A 5405  (indexed) 16mm
1956 Census  (b) A 5406  (indexed) 16mm
1964 Census A 5407  (indexed) 16mm
1968 Census A 5408  (indexed) 16mm

 

Henderson County

Year Title Microfilm Roll # Format
1943,  1948,  1953 Census Record A - H A 3930  (indexed) 16mm
1943,  1948,  1953 Census Record Hi - R A 3931  (indexed) 16mm
1943,  1948,  1953 Census Record S - Z A 3932  (indexed) 16mm

 

Humphreys County

Year Title Microfilm Roll # Format
1885 - 1897 Scholastic record 1  (no index) 35mm

 

Lauderdale County

Year Title Microfilm Roll # Format
1946 Census Record  (b) A 2750  (indexed) 16mm
1946 Census Record  (w) A 2751  (indexed) 16mm
1948 Census Record  (b) A 2752  (indexed) 16mm
1948 Census Record  (w) A 2753  (indexed) 16mm
1952 Census Record  (b) A 2754  (indexed) 16mm
1952 Census Record  (w) A 2755  (indexed) 16mm
1956 Census Record  (b) A 2756  (indexed) 16mm
1956 Census Record  (w) A 2757  (indexed) 16mm

 

Lawrence County

Year Title Microfilm Roll # Format
1946 Census Record  A - N A 13957  (indexed) 16mm
1946 Census Record  O - Z A 13958  (indexed) 16mm
1948 Census Record  A - M A 13959  (indexed) 16mm
1948 Census Record  N - Z A 13960  (indexed) 16mm
1952 Census Record  A - G A 13961  (indexed) 16mm
1952 Census Record  H - Z A 13962  (indexed) 16mm
1956 Census Record  A - L A 13963  (indexed) 16mm
1956 Census Record  M -Z A 13964  (indexed) 16mm

 

McNairy County

Year Title Microfilm Roll # Format
1928 - 1936 School Census A 3084  (no index) 16mm
1946 School Census A 3084  (no index) 16mm
1948 School Census A 3085  (no index) 16mm
1950 School Census A 3086  (no index) 16mm
1952 School Census A 3087  (no index) 16mm
1956 School Census A 3088  (no index) 16mm
1929 - 1930 School Register Book
Bethel Springs - Gilchirst
B 523    (no index) 35mm
1930 - 1933 School Register Book
Gilchirst - Kirby
B 524    (no index) 35mm
1933 - 1936 School Register Book
Kirby - Michie (8th grade)
B 525    (no index) 35mm
1935 - 1936 School Register Book
Michie (9th grade) - Pegram Beauty
B 526    (no index) 35mm
1928 -1929 School Register Book
Piney - Selmer
B 527    (no index) 35mm
1929 - 1931 School Register Book
Selmer - White Oak
B 528    (no index) 35mm
1931 - 1932 School Register Book
White Oak - Wolf Penn
B 529    (no index) 35mm
1926 - 1935 Addendum to School Registers B 529    (no index) 35mm

 

Macon County

Year Title Microfilm Roll # Format
1917 - 1920 School Census  (New Zion
Baptist Church Records)
Ac #920
pgs. 53 - 79  (indexed)
35mm

 

Madison County

Year Title Book Volume
&  Page
Call Number
1841 School Census Family Findings Vol. 21,
October 1989
pgs. 140 - 143
F431
.F3
1841 School Census Family Findings Vol. 22,
January 1990
pgs. 3 - 4
F431
.F3
1841 School Census Family Findings Vol. 22,
April 1990
pgs. 43 - 45
F431
.F3
1841 School Census Family Findings Vol. 22,
July 1990
pgs. 90 - 93
F431
.F3

 

Maury County

Year Title Book Volume
&  Page
Call Number
1838, 1840, 1841, 1842, 1853
School Census Historic Maury Vol. 6,  #3
July 1970
pgs. 76 - 96
F443
.M4H5
1833 School Teachers Historic Maury Vol. 5, #4, Oct-Dec 1969
pgs. 96-107
F443
.M4H5
1930 Eighth Graders 1930 Maury County Schools Historic Maury Vol. 28, #3
1995
pgs. 75-78
F443
.M4H5


Maury County

Year Title Microfilm Roll # Format
1838 - 1844,
1847 - 1856,
1859 - 1861
School Census 520 35mm

 

Meigs County

Year Title Book Volume
&  Page
Call Number
1838 - 1848 School Census Works Progress
Administration County
School Book
 
F443
.M5S36

 

Monroe County

Year Title Microfilm Roll # Format
1918 - 1935 Pupil List A 1374  (no index) 35mm
1946 School census  A - E A 1378  (no index) 35mm
1946 School census  F - S A 1377  (no index) 35mm
1946 School census  T - W A 1379  (no index) 35mm
1948 School census  (Madisonville) A 1379  (no index) 35mm
  ---- School census   A 1380  (no index) 35mm

 

Morgan County

Year Title Microfilm Roll # Format
1946 School census A 3822  (indexed) 16mm
1948 School census A 3823  (indexed) 16mm
1952 School census A 3824  (indexed) 16mm
1956 School census A 3825  (indexed) 16mm

 

Obion County

Year Title Microfilm Roll # Format
1919 - 1927 School census A 2126  (no index) 35mm
1927 - 1952 School census A 2127  (no index) 35mm
1919 - 1952 School census A 2128  (no index) 16mm
1946 School census A 2129  (no index) 16mm
1946 - 1952 School census A 2130  (no index) 16mm

 

Rhea County

Year Title Book Volume
&  Page
Call Number
1838 - 1839 School Census Rhea Notes Vol. 2, #2
April 1990
pg. 4

Vol. 2, #4
September 1988
pg. 4
F443
.R4R43

 

Robertson County

Year Title Microfilm Roll # Format
1839 - 1851 Scholastic population 154  (no index) 35mm
1907 - 1911 Census records A 8795  (no index) 35mm
1912 - 1916 Census records A 8796  (no index) 35mm
1917 - 1925 Census records A 8797  (no index) 35mm
1927 - 1935 Census records A 8798  (no index) 35mm
1937 - 1939 Census records A 8799  (no index) 35mm

 

Unicoi County

Year Title Microfilm Roll # Format
1946 - 1948 Census records A 2993  (indexed) 16mm
1952 Census records A 2994  (indexed) 16mm
1956 Census records A 2995  (indexed) 16mm

 

Van Buren County

Year Title Microfilm Roll # Format
1946 - 1948 Census records 64  (no index) 16mm
1952 - 1956 Census records 65  (no index) 16mm
1964 - 1968 Census records 66  (no index) 16mm

 

Wayne County

Year Title Microfilm Roll # Format
1946 Census reports 181  (no index) 16mm
1948 Census reports 182  (no index) 16mm
1952 Census reports 183  (no index) 16mm
1956 Census reports 184  (no index) 16mm

 

Williamson County

Year Title Book Volume
&  Page
Call Number
1843 School Census Williamson County
Historical Society
Journal
Vol. 17
September 1986
pgs. 23 - 55
F443
.W7W75

 

Wilson County

Year Title Microfilm Roll # Format
1946 School Census (b & w) B 1227  (indexed) 35mm
1946 - 1948 School Census (w) B 1228  (indexed) 35mm
1948,  1952,  1956 School Census  (b) B 1229  (indexed) 35mm

 

Research prepared by Mai Thacker   /  Updated August 3, 2012

 

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