Kentucky and Virginia Tax Lists – 5 ½ Strategies for Identifying That Elusive Early Southerner

Gail Jackson Miller, CG
Jun 26, 2024
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Speaker's Introduction
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Tax Law Changes
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Organization is Key
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Birth, Death & Age Estimates
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Questions / answers
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About this webinar

Kentucky and Virginia have some of the most complete tax lists in the United States. Their value in research often goes unrecognized by even the experienced researcher. Tax lists can be a primary tool for solving difficult research problems and are invaluable when used with other records. Learn how to access original records, to best organize them for study, and to interpret their meaning. The lecture will use case studies to show their use in tracking individuals across time, estimating birth dates and death dates, separating individuals of the same name, determining the identity of other family members, and using them as substitutes for deeds, court records, and estate records in burned counties.

About the speaker

About the speaker

Gail Jackson Miller, CG is a professional genealogist, teacher, writer, and lecturer specializing in Kentucky, Tennessee, and surrounding states with more than 40 years of genealogical experience. She became certified by the Board for Certificatio
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  1. CD
    Catherine Davis
    2 weeks ago

    This session was terrific. Not only am I more determined to find tax records, I see more ways to utilize the information.

  2. AD
    Arlene Dukanauskas
    3 weeks ago

    This was a great webinar – packed with details on land records. I was fascinated with her analyses of the tax records. This has been so helpful to me since I have ancestors in both states.

  3. FJ
    Faith Jaycox
    3 weeks ago

    Thank you for this webinar– valuable for both the information presented and the techniques shared.

  4. BL
    Beth Leggieri
    3 weeks ago

    More Gail, please! Part 2?

  5. RM
    Rosalind Matthews
    3 weeks ago

    This was truly an outstanding presentation. The work involved was massive but necessary. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge today. I learned so much and will use these methods to further my analysis of the tax records I have collected on my family members.

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    Lisa Polin
    3 weeks ago

    Very helpful-especially the examples presented which allowed viewers to see how the records can be utilized to help answer various questions (identification, migration, land holdings, relationships, birth and death date estimates, etc.). Especially helpful for tracing folks who lived during colonial / early statehood. The potential ability to track someone annually from county to county or work backwards to another state in early America-awesome possibilities here. Thank you so much for these insights!

  7. LC
    Linda Claice
    3 weeks ago

    Great information on how to research and pull information from tax lists! This helps in so many ways. I love how Gail Jackson Miller shows how tax lists lead us to other records, and narrow down dates.

  8. BC
    Barbara Christensen
    3 weeks ago

    Clear explanations of how to use tax lists for genealogy. I would like her to do another webinar(s) on more advanced uses of tax lists, or webinars explaining in greater detail how to use tax lists for some of the specific areas she covered in this webinar. Several lightbulb moments today!


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