England, Kent, Land Tax Assessments (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Access the records: England, Kent, Land Tax Assessments, 1780-1832 .

Record Description

The collection consists of land tax assessments for the County of Kent. Availability of the records varies by year and locality.

Record Content

The information found varies by parish and year. It may include any of the following:

  • Name of the place
  • Year
  • Name of landlord, proprietors, or landowners
  • Names of the occupiers or tenants
  • Titles
  • Occupations such as minister or businessman
  • Yearly rent (in pounds)
  • Yearly or quarterly tax assessed (in pounds and shillings)

Some years may also include

  • Name or names of the assessors
  • Names of those who approved the taxes

Later years may also give:

  • Name of property
  • Description of property

How to Use the Records

To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:

  • Name
  • Parish of residence

Search the Collection

To search the collection you will need follow this series of links:
⇒"Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒"Kent" link which takes you to a list of parishes
⇒Select the appropriate parish
⇒"Land Tax Assessment" link which takes you to the images

Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.

Using the Information

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Save a copy of the image or transcribe the information. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details such as a title, an occupation, or land ownership. Add this new information to your records of each family. The information may also lead you to other records about your ancestors.

  • Use these records to find male ancestors (and some female, where no male head of house existed). The records will reveal where they lived and clues to their lifestyle.
  • Use the place and names to locate census records for the time period. Census records are taken every ten years. The first to list names was in 1841. For additional information on censues of England see the wiki article England Census.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • Titles may be clues to property ownership, occupations, rank or status within the community.
  • If your ancestor was both the landlord and occupier, they generally owned the land.
  • If the property was an estate, there may be manorial records.
  • If it was a business, there may be other commercial records.
  • If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, check for nicknames and variant spellings or abbreviations of the names.

Related Websites

Kent Archives

Related Wiki Articles

Contributions to This Article

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.

Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.

Citation Example for Records Found in This Collection

"England, Kent, Land Assessments, 1689-1832:"  images,  FamilySearch  (ttps://www.familsearch.org: assexxed 8 February 2011).  entry for Thhomas Pope, Cold Harbour, 15 May 1780; citing Land Tax Records, Kent, Boshipsbourne, Land tax assessments, 1780-`839, Image 1;  Kent Archives, Maidstaone, England.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the data and images published on FamilySearch.org Historical Records. It may include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.

England. Kent, Land Tax Assessments, 1780-1832. Kent Archives. Land Tax Assessments. Kent Archives, Maidstone, England.

Information on adding citations of records used by the FamilySearch Wiki is also listed in the wiki article Help:How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections.