How Do I Find Tax Lists?

There are tax lists for scattered dates for most Tennessee counties. Most tax lists are available on microfilm. A list of early Tennessee tax lists at the Tennessee State Library and Archives can be found on our web site. Contact the Library and Archives to inquire what tax lists are available for a particular county. You may wish to check the Inventories of County Microfilm Reels or the Genealogical Fact Sheets About Tennessee Counties to see what records we have available for a specific county.

Many early tax lists have been published in book form. If the tax list you want checked has been published, we will search for the name of one specified individual.  visit the Ask Us a Question! web page and contact us with the name of the individual, the county, and the year of the tax list. The Library and Archives will respond to e-mail requests promptly; response time may vary, depending on the amount of research required to answer your question and the unique nature of your request. If you need immediate assistance you may call the reference desk at (615) 741-2764 or visit us in person.

Please go to Ordering Materials > Tax Lists for instructions on ordering a search for a tax record. Most tax lists are not indexed. We cannot search an unindexed tax list for a name.

PLEASE NOTE:, in partnership with the Tennessee State Library and Archives, has added an index to and scanned images of the early Tennessee Tax List records for 1783-1895. The indexes to these records at's Tennessee State Library and Archives web page can be viewed by all. RESIDENTS OF TENNESSEE who are not members of can view the scanned copies of the records by first going to the Tennessee Electronic Library, clicking on the Genealogy tab, and then clicking on Tennessee Records; the scans of the tax lists can then be viewed after a free log-in on the Ancestry site. The indexes and images are free to Tennessee residents. Individuals who subscribe to can also view the scanned records. 

The records at the Tennessee State Library and Archives are open to the public. You are welcome to come in 8:00am - 4:30pm (Central Time) Tuesday through Saturday to search the tax lists yourself & make your own copies for research. Please see the Tennessee State Library and Archives Visitors Page for information on directions, parking, and holiday hours.

Please note: Archival materials are available for retrieval between the hours of 8:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. If you know you will need materials between 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, please call ahead to the Public Services section at 615-741-2764 or visit the Ask Us a Question! web page. We will do our best to accommodate your request.