ancestor didn't have to own property to be taxable. There are personal property
tax rolls as well, and although there isn't as much information in the records
as, say, in the recent censuses, they can be a valuable tool in tracking your
ancestor. Some tax records are available for almost every year.
may be clues to maiden names of wives if a man starts paying taxes on land he
didn't buy. They are useful in locating people the census missed, or finding
people who moved into and then out of an area within the decade. They can
indicate when a man reached the age of majority, show when he changes from
single to married, and narrow down dates of death. They may lead you to land
records, or give details of military service. We've even seen some that state
relationships and give ages for school-age children. Social status, religion,
occupation, and pinpointing residence are other clues that may be gleaned from
out if tax records have been published for my research area.
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