Ohio Tax Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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- 1 Collection Time Period
- 2 Record Description
- 3 How To Use The Record
- 4 Record History
- 5 Related Web Sites
- 6 Related Wiki Articles
- 7 Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections
- 8 Sources of Information for This Collection
Collection Time Period
Tax records have been kept since the colonial era. Ohio records began early.
Entries are recorded in voucher books, one person per page.
Genealogical information in Ohio tax records includes:
- Legal description of real and personal property
- Names and ages of property owners and possible relationships
- 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
How To Use The Record
Tax records supplement census records. Use tax records to:
- Identify the name and residence of the taxpayer.
- Identify the occupation of an individual.
- Obtain a description of the real estate, number of acres owned, types of buildings, identifiable personal property, and how many farm animals.
- Help trace families moving through Ohio.
- Identify ages, residences and relationships, and perhaps the year an individual died or left the area.
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. There may be gaps of several years in the tax records of some counties. Numerous families lived in Ohio and owned taxable property.
Why This Record Was Created
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.
Related Web Sites
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Related Wiki Articles
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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections
When you copy information from a record, you should also 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: How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.
Examples of Source Citations for a Record in This Collection
"Ohio Tax Records, 1800-1850." index and images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org): accessed 29 April 2011. entry for Abraham Grafton; citing Tax Records, FHL microfilm 16,609; Jefferson County Courthouse, Steubenville, Ohio.
Sources of Information for This Collection
"Ohio Tax Records, 1816-1838", database, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org); Digital copies of originals housed in County Auditors in various counties throughout Ohio.