Tax Assessment Records
Tax lists in Pennsylvania can help you establish where an ancestor lived prior to and between federal censuses.
Some good general Pennsylvania Tax information can be found by viewing the following records:
Pennsylvania, Secretary of the Land Office, has Rent Rolls, 1703-1744 which offer information on locating those who owned land during this time period. (See LDS FHL 1035090, item 2 and 1032840 items 1-2; computer number 5956).
The Pennsylvania Archives, 3rd series, volumes 11-22, contains tax lists for varying years between 1765 and 1791, covering the 14 counties formed prior to 1788. Indexes to these volumes can be viewed on microfilm through the LDS church (FHL 824436-37)
The eleven colonial counties are also indexed in John D. and Diane Stemmons book, Pennsylvania in 1780: A Statewide Index of Circa 1780 Tax Lists, 1978. You can view this book through the LDS FHL call number 974.8 R42p.
The US Secretary of the Treasury has the United States Direct Tax of 1798: Tax List for the State of Pennsylvania. See LDS FHL 351594-617.
The US Commissioner of Internal Revenue has the Internal Revenue Assessment Lists ofr Pennsylvania, 1862-1865. See LDS FHL 1549103-209.
The LDS FHL also has microfilmed copies of most county tax lists. These lists are from the date the county was formed through the 1800's.
In Somerset County, copies of assessment lists may be viewed through the Historical Center Library as well as in many of the larger local libraries. Some of our township coordinators have transcribed these assessment lists for their townships pages and they are available for viewing online.
This county is part of the USGenWeb Project, a non-profit genealogical resource web system, and is maintained by April Phillips and Connie Burkett with help and information provided by other volunteers.
Last Revised: December 7, 2006