Friday, August 3, 2018

Did your Ancestors Hide from the Census-Taker? #virginiapioneersnet #vagenealogy

Did your Ancestors Hide from the Census-Taker?

doorYour ancestors may not have filed their deeds, wills or marriages and avoided the census-taker, however, there exists one county record which he could not avoid. And that was the tax collector. He to declare his land and other property. For this reason, an examination of the tax digest is essential to any genealogical search. It pinpoints the date of residence, number of acres, adjoining properties and waterways. Further, those who did not declare their property, were listed as "defaulters." That could mean that he had died, or moved. This is how tidbits of information such as the tax digest help to establish certain facts which help to continue the research effort. 

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