District of Columbia Tax Records
This entry was originally written by Johni Cerny in Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources.
Tax assessments for the District of Columbia, covering 1814 to 1940, are in NARA Record Group 351, Records of the Government of the District of Columbia, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC 20408.
The Washingtoniana Division of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library has property assessments for 1886 to 1968.
The Family History Library (FHL) has these titles in its collection of tax records for the District of Columbia:
- Federal Assessments, 1790 to 1805 for the District of Columbia (filmed at the Maryland Hall of Records in 1965).
- Georgetown, Maryland. Records, 1791–1878, including tax records for the city of Georgetown, which Congress consolidated with Washington, D.C., in 1895.
- Property Tax Records, 1800–1820, 1862–1879. National Archives Microfilm Publication: M605. Washington, D.C.: The National Archives, 1965.
Typed copies of Georgetown real property assessments for 1783, 1793, and 1798 are at the Peabody Room of the Georgetown Regional Library, Wisconsin Ave. and R St., N.W., Washington, D.C. The Maryland Historical Society in Baltimore (see Maryland Archives, Libraries, and Societies) has the original U.S. District Tax of 1798 for the District of Columbia with microfilm copies available at the Georgetown Regional Library of the District of Columbia Archives and at the Maryland State Archives in Annapolis.