Ancestry Library Edition is a comprehensive online source of information for conducting genealogical research. It includes searchable images of U.S. federal census records, the Social Security Death Index, and a variety of vital, church, court, and immigration records. This database is for in-library use only.


HeritageQuest Online



HeritageQuest Online is one of America's favorite tools for researching genealogy. Click here to use HeritageQuest on a computer outside of the library; you will need to enter your library card number.

Tennesssee Records are available through the State Library and Archives. You will need to create a free account with to view images. Only these records can be viewed outside the library on The following data collections are included:


City Birth Records, 1881-1915

City Death Records, 1872-1923

Death Records, 1908-1958

Delayed Birth Records, 1869-1909

Early Tax List Records, 1783-1895

Enumeration of Male Voters, 1891

Click HERE to access the digital archives of the Daily News Journal, the Carrier's Courier (Sewart Air Force Base newspaper 1949-1968), the Rutherford Courier newspaper (1931-2005), and the Morning Press (also called Murfreesboro Press) (1978-1983). This resource is for in-library use only.




ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The Nashville Tennessean (1812-current)

The Tennessee State Library and Archives is pleased to announce that Tennesseans will have free online access to the full run of The Tennessean (1812 to today) through the Tennessean Electronic Library (TEL). Sourced from the collection of Tennessee State Library and Archives. Reproduced with permission. (From outside the library, use Login ID: linebaughpl and password: 37130).


Digital Library of Tennessee (DLTN) brings together more than 80,000 unique cultural heritage resources from libraries, archives, and museums in the state of Tennessee. DLTN highlights historical narratives, such as the state’s pivotal role in the ratification of the 19th amendment to the United States Constitution which gave women the right to vote; and primary source formats, including maps, musical performances, photographs, newspapers, postcards, and oral histories.

The website centralizes access to rich, hard-to-find resources in Tennessee and is intended for everyone: K-12 educators, scholarly researchers, local historians, and the general public.

Historical Research Center

The Historical Research Center (HRC), is located within the Rutherford County Archives building at 435 Rice Street, Murfreesboro. The collection features Rutherford County materials and Tennessee genealogical resources. The HRC is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. The materials in the room are a reference and research collection and are for in-house use only.

The Historical Research Center collection includes:

  • More than 10,000 books covering the Eastern, Southern, and Midwest regions of the U.S. and more than 5,200 rolls of microfilm - including the large L.W. Anderson that was donated to our historical collection in 1998.
  • Access to Ancestry Library Edition (in-library use only) and HeritageQuest Online. Visit our Research Genealogy page for more information. Click here to use HeritageQuest on a computer outside of the library; you will need to enter your library card number.
  • A microfilm reader/printer, computer access, and a Bookscribe copier.
  • Our Rutherford County and Tennessee sources include:
    • Newspapers from Murfreesboro are on microfilm for 1931 to the present. From 1820-1930 only scattered issues have survived and are available on microfilm.
    • Murfreesboro city directories for 1925, 1934, 1940, 1947, 1950, 1956, 1958, 1960, 1962, 1964, 1966, 1967, 1969-89, and 1991-present
    • Murfreesboro telephone directories for 1940 and 1953 to present
    • Rutherford County Court Records on microfilm for 1804-1999
    • An index compiled from Daily News Journal obituaries from 1976 to present
    • The Tennessee Death Index for 1908-1956 and some death certificates on microfilm for Rutherford County
    • Tennessee Confederate soldier pension records on microfilm
    • Collection of many local school yearbooks
    • Books by Rutherford County authors
Smyrna Historical Research Collection

The Smyrna Public Library has a small genealogy and historical research collection, focusing on Rutherford County and Middle Tennessee.

The collection includes:

  • A collection of printed material on Rutherford County, including cemetery records, early wills, county census records, community histories, history of the county schools, marriage records, and the Rutherford County Historical Society publications.
  • A collection of photographs and materials from Smyrna's Old Rock School, which was located on the current site of the Smyrna Public Library.
  • Copies of books by local authors, including Emmet Gowan and Brainard Cheney.
  • A print obituary index (from Rutherford County newspapers) from 1984-2005.
  • Federal census records and indexes for Tennessee from 1890.
  • A small collection of printed materials for the State of Tennessee in general and for the counties of Middle Tennessee.
  • Access to Ancestry Library Edition and HeritageQuest Online. Visit our Research Genealogy page for more information.


Research Request Form

Research assistance may be requested by completing our PDF iconHRR Mail-in Research Request.pdf (PDF). The research fee is $5.00 per name (or inquiry), including postage and up to five copies.

Historical Research Center Contact

If you have questions or need more information about the HRC collection, please email

Smyrna Contact

If you have questions or need more information about the Smyrna collection, please contact Reference at 615-459-4884 or email

Linda S. Smith Genealogical Group

The Linda S. Smith Genealogical Group meets the 4th Thursday of the month at 1 p.m. at the Historical Research Center (HRC) at 435 Rice Street, Murfreesboro. All are welcomed.

Smyrna Genealogical Group

The Smyrna Genealogical Group meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays at 1 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

The Albert Gore Research Center is a manuscripts repository dedicated to preserving and making available for research primary source materials related to Tennessee history; located at MTSU.

Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society - MTGS serves the 40 counties of Middle Tennessee, hosting genealogical seminars and publishing the Middle Tennessee Journal of Genealogy & History.

Rutherford County ArchivesRutherford County Archives seeks to preserve and protect the written documents, past and present, generated by the government offices of Rutherford County.

Rutherford County Historical Society's purpose is to discover, procure, and preserve the facts, articles, or documents that related to the history of Rutherford County.

TNGenWebTNGenWeb is a volunteer project to create a source location for online genealogical research for every county in Tennessee.

Tennessee State Library & Archives - Collection of records, manuscripts, and other documents related to Tennessee history and genealogy; located in Nashville.

Tennessee Vital RecordsTennessee Vital Records - How and where to obtain copies of birth, death, marriage, and divorce certificates.


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