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The Research Like a Pro Genealogy Podcast

Oct 14, 2019

Today's episode of Research Like a Pro is about U.S. tax records and the various types you might encounter. Each state decided how to tax their citizens a little differently. Colonial Virginia had tithables and quitrents. Later, these were replaced with poll taxes. Most tax records fall into three categories, which we discuss - poll, real property, and personal property. Nicole shares how poll taxes in North Carolina help determine the ages of John Johnson's sons and separate him from other men of the same name. We also discuss a combined tax record on a preprinted tax form in Cass County, Texas, showing multiple types of taxes being collected for each individual. 


Back to the Basics with Tax Records: Part 2 by Nicole at Family Locket

Quit Rents of Virginia, 1704

Tithables at the Library of Virginia

The Genealogist’s Guide to Researching Tax Records, by Carol Cooke Darrow, CG and Susan Winchester, Ph.D., C.P.A. [1] (This is an affiliate link. Thank for your support!)

Research Like a Pro eCourse

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