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AfriGeneas Genealogy and History Forum Archive 2

Re: County Records and Death Certificates

I recently joined the Genealogy and Historical Society in our city. They hosted a seminar and the speaker gave me more tips I wish I had known when I visited my ancestors home town-TAX LIST-described what, and where property is being paid for. This sometimes gives names of slaves. Also gives the name of the tax collector who must keep records which can lead to other info. The seminar also said KNOW THE LAWS OF TAXATION for that time period to determine who should appear on the list. The list will tell places of residences for non-resident owners, neighbors(neighborhood groups) and occupations of tax payers. The speaker said to take the time and read ALL tax list. They probably are not in alphabetical order. The list may give names of FREE NEGROES. Everybody paid taxes and paper work was always kept for the 'white owners records which leads to who they employed. ALSO-map out a research plan. Believe me you will spend 1, 8 hour day on each subject. Only research info you know you can't find at home. HAPPY HUNTING.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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