Your Guide to Using Tax Lists for Genealogical Research
Tax lists can provide information as to your ancestor's residence and value of his (very rarely, her) property.
Tax lists are sometimes used as substitutes for missing census records. By using census records, tax lists and land records together, you can often pinpoint an ancestors location over a period of time.
Because some tax assessments are based on the value of personal and real property, tax records are a good way to determine the wealth of your ancestor and even get a "look" at some of his belongings.
Online articles about how to find and use tax lists
Types of tax lists and Defintions of terms found in tax lists
Locating Tax Lists
The family History Library has filmed many tax lists. To see if they have been filmed for the area you are researching, do a place search in the Family History Library catalog. Look for the sub heading -- taxation to find if they have been filmed.
Many tax lists have been published, especially those that cover years for which no census survived. For an example, go to the Genealogical Publishing Co. website and search the key words tax lists. You may then be able to find a copy in a nearby library.
Tax lists have also been published in periodicals. The best way to find these is to use PERSI.
Google the phrase "tax lists" and a place name, e.g. "tax lists" Bedford ... see what you find. Some tax lists are available on the internet.
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