1850 Census: Tennessee

This data set includes an index to the 1850 census and scanned images of the actual records themselves in the census taker's own handwriting! In the index, you'll find approximately 200,000 Tennessee heads-of-household, and on images of the actual census pages you'll find information on approximately 960,000 individuals. Often referred to as the first modern census, the 1850 census employed improved techniques for collecting information. For the first time, enumerators were provided printed instructions that explained their responsibilities, census procedures, and the intent behind census questions. These instructions accounted for a greater degree of accuracy in the census record.