CD: Index to Fairfax County, Virginia Personal Property Tax Lists, 1782-1850

CD: Index to Fairfax County, Virginia Personal Property Tax Lists, 1782-1850 - Patricia B. Duncan. In 1782 the General Assembly of Virginia enacted a major revision of the Commonwealth’s tax laws. The act provided for statewide enumeration on the county level of certain personal property and land. It also created a permanent source of revenue for the operation of government in Virginia. This CD contains an abstract of the auditor’s copy of the Fairfax County, Virginia personal property tax lists from 1782 through 1850. The transcription was made using Interlibrary Loan microfilms obtained from the Library of Virginia in Richmond, as well as digital photos of some of the original pages. The entries appear in the same order as presented on the lists. They were grouped by first letter of the surname, but not in strict alphabetical order. Information recorded in Virginia personal property tax records changed gradually from 1782 to 1865. The early laws required the tax commissioner in each district to record the names of the persons chargeable with the tax, the names of white male tithables over the age of twenty-one, the number of white male thithables between sixteen and twenty-one; the number of slaves both above and below sixteen, various types of animals such as horses and cattle, carriage wheels, ordinary licenses and even billiard tables. These taxable items and assets remained substantially the same until the twentieth century, with one significant change. The abolition of slavery meant that male African-Americans, age twenty-one and above, were taxed by name for the first time in 1866. The book is completely searchable. It is intended to look like a real book. Numerous electronic bookmarks have been added which make it easy to move through the book. 2012, CD, Graphic Images, Searchable, Adobe Acrobat, v6, PC and Mac, 882 pp . 101-CD5281 ISBN: 0788452819