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Access the records: Texas County Tax Rolls, 1837-1910 .
Collection Time Period
This collection includes records for the years 1837 to 1910.
Entries are handwritten on pre-printed pages. There may be gaps of several years in the tax records of some counties.
Ellis County, 1886, Images 114, 116, 118, 120, 122, 124, 126, 128, 130, 132, 134 are cut off on the left side. As a result the beginning of the surnames are missing. This problem is present in both the online images and the microfilm copies.
Governments created tax records that vary in content according to the purpose of the assessment. Most are based on personal property, real estate, and income.
A part of this collection is being indexed in FamilySeach Indexing as a Partner Project with the Texas State Genealogical Society.
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.
- Comptroller's Office. Texas county tax rolls. Texas State Archives, Austin, Texas.
Information about creating source citations for FamilySearch Historical Collections is listed in the wiki article Help:How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections.
Genealogical information in Texas tax records include:
- Name of owner
- Assessment number
- Original grantee
- Number of acres of land
- Town plot description
- Name of city or town
- Kind, number, and value of livestock
- Kind, quantity, and value of farm commodities
- Amount of state taxes
- Amount of county taxes
How to Use This Record
To begin your search it is helpful to know the name of your ancestors and some other identifying information such as where they lived.
Search the Collection
Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.
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Using the Information
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.
- 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. 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.
Tips to Keep in Mind
- 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.
Why the Record Was Created
Taxes were collected to raise money for a variety of purposes. The tax assessments were made to determine how much money each property owner must pay.
Tax records are usually reliable as they are kept by the county clerk who recorded the event at or very near the time it occurred.
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Known Issues with the Collection
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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.
Citation Example of a Source for a Record in This Collection
"Texas County Tax Rolls, 1846-1910," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XX65-W6T:accessed 4 April 2012), R L Jones.
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.