Today’s episode of Research Like a Pro is about using tax records to solve genealogy research questions. This is the first of a three part series about tax records. Our examples are from U.S. research, but most countries tax their citizens, and the same general principles apply to researching there as well. In this part of the series, we tell you about three steps for extracting information from tax records, putting the data in a research log, correlating the data in a table, and then writing a summary of your conclusions. Diana solved a case about three generations of the Ballard family in Maryland in the early 1700s using tax records. We discuss how this process for using tax records, combined with probate records, helped her come to a solution.
Back to the Basics with Tax Records: Part 1 – by Diana at Family Locket
RLP 8: Research Logs – our podcast episode about research logs
Research Logs: The Key to Organizing Your Family History by Diana at Family Locket
Study Group – more information and email list
Research Like a Pro: A Genealogist’s Guide by Diana Elder with Nicole Dyer on Amazon.com
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