Vermont Tax Records

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This entry was originally written by Scott Andrew Bartley and Alice Eichholz, Ph.D., CG for Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources.

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Grand lists are the annual assessment for town tax purposes; they were taken every year for every town in Vermont. Many of them are extant, but they are not easy to find. Sometimes they appear as part of the proprietor or town meeting records (which may be in the town records microfilms at The Vermont Public Records Division or the The Family History Library (FHL)) or sometimes in separate books (which might be in town clerks’ offices or vaults). The assessment might be for a poll (twenty-one-year-old male or eligible voter—“Freeman” in Vermont), acreage, buildings, cattle, yards of material produced, and clapboards milled. People taxed were not necessarily landowners.

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