Massachusetts, Boston Tax Records - FamilySearch Historical Records
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Massachusetts, Boston Tax Records, 1822-1918
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|Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, |
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|Location of Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts|
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|Record Type||Tax Records|
|City of Boston Archives, West Roxbury, Massachusetts|
- 1 General Information About These Records
- 2 What is in This Collection?
- 3 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 4 Collection Content
- 5 How Do I Search This Collection?
- 6 What Do I Do Next?
- 7 Citing This Collection
General Information About These Records[edit | edit source]
Tax records are based on the property owned by people. Only the person who owned the taxable property was listed on the tax record; other residents, living on the property, were not listed.
Tax records are considered a primary source. They are usually reliable because they are kept by the county clerk in the local courthouse, who usually recorded the event at or very near the time it occurred.
The information given in town land records is generally reliable, although there may be errors made in transcribing the town’s copy from the original deed. For a guide to these records see Boston Tax and Assessor's Records
What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]
This collection contains tax records, transfer books, tax books, and assessor's lists from the Boston City Archives. The records in this collection cover the years 1822 to 1918. (Parallel tax book series for years before 1822 when Boston was incorporated as a City, are at the Boston Public Library, Rare Books and Manuscripts Division.)
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To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]
|You can browse through images in this collection using the waypoints on the Collection Browse Page for Massachusetts, Boston Tax Records, 1822-1918.|
What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]
The following information may be found in these records:
- Names and ages of property owners and possible relationships
- Legal description of real and personal property
- Time periods when families resided in Ohio
- Occupation of the property owner
- Places of residence
- Names of other relatives
- Additional information associated with the property
Collection Content[edit | edit source]
Sample Images[edit | edit source]
How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]
Before searching it is helpful to know:
- The name of your ancestor
- The residence of your ancestor
Search the Index[edit | edit source]Search by name on the Collection Details Page.
- Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
- Click Search to show possible matches
View the Images[edit | edit source]
View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:
- Select the Record
- Select the Record Type, Year Range, and Volume to view the images.
|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog Massachusetts, Suffolk County, Boston, Tax Records, pt. 1 : Assessors' Lists, Tax Books, and Transfer Books, 1822-1918. Click on the camera icon to see images.|
|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog Massachusetts, Suffolk County, Boston, Tax Records, pt. 2 : Valuation Books, 1822-1918. Click on the camera icon to see images.|
How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]
Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.
What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]
When you have located your ancestor in the assessment rolls, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may be new details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors.
I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- Add any new information to your records
- Tax assessments identify the name and residence of the taxpayer. This information can help you locate land records and census records
- The description of the real estate, number of acres owned, types of buildings, identifiable personal property, and the farm animals can help you determine an occupation: someone living at a church is probably a minister; someone with several acres of land or many farm animals is probably a farmer; someone living on the same property as the school may be a teacher; someone living above or behind a store is probably a merchant
- Known occupations can lead you to other types of records such as employment, school, or church records
- Following an ancestor through the assessment rolls can help you establish a family migration pattern or identify the year an individual moved into an area or left the area
- The assessment rolls can also indicate that an individual died. Use the last known tax year as an approximate death year. Use the death year and residence to locate death or probate records
- It is often helpful to extract the information on all individuals with the same surname in the same general area. If the surname is uncommon, it is likely that those living in the same area were related
- Other family members may have lived nearby so you may want to search an entire town, neighboring towns, or even a county
- Additional searches may be needed to locate all members of a particular family in the assessment rolls
I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- Look for variant spellings of the surnames
- Look for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records
- Search the indexes and records of nearby localities
Research Helps[edit | edit source]
The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Massachusetts.
Related Family History Library Holdings[edit | edit source]
- Massachusetts and Maine direct tax census of 1798
- Property valuations and taxes, 1760-1771 (approx.)
- Massachusetts. General Court. Valuations, 1780-1792, 1810-1811.
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Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]
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The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
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