FamilySearch Wiki:WikiProject State Taxation Pages Project

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Project Leader[edit | edit source]

Janae Brown

Purpose[edit | edit source]

To update/standardize the taxation pages for each state. You will use a lot of your best judgement to make these pages better. Some of these pages won't have much information. And some may have an incredible amount of information. And so we may have to modify the template in the future. Please reach out anytime you have questions or have difficulties knowing where to place information.

Task List[edit | edit source]

Task List

Instructions[edit | edit source]

Step 1:[edit | edit source]

1. Select the "Edit Source" tab to edit your state page (at the very top near the wiki search bar). The top of the page should look something like this (and edit it if necessary):

{{NE-sidebar}}{{breadcrumb
| link1=[[United States Genealogy|United States]]
| link2=[[United States Taxation|U.S. Taxation]]
| link3=[[Nebraska, United States Genealogy|Nebraska]]
| link4=
| link5=[[Nebraska Taxation|Taxation]]
}}



2. We want our taxation pages to be standardized. So beneath the above text, insert the following to help you organize the information on this page (it will act as a guide for you to organize this page):

== Online Resources ==
*'''0000-0000''' - [URL HERE NAME OF COLLECTION] at NAME OF WEBSITE (Free<ref>May be used for free at Family History Center. To locate a center near you, [https://familysearch.org/locations/centerlocator click here].</ref>/$)
== Why Use Tax Records ==
== How to Use Tax Records for STATE ==
=== County Level ===
=== State Level ===
== Tax Laws ==
== References ==

3. Is there an icon on this page for a State Adoption box? You might find some wiki text that looks like this:

{{Adoption SDGenWeb}} <br>__TOC__

We are going to plug part of this text into the following coding (place this coding between the breadcrumb template and Online Resources heading:


{| style="float:right; margin-right:75px"
|-
| style="padding-right:0px"|
|CODE HERE <br>
|}


Take the code that looks like {{Adoption SDGenWEb}} and place it where it says CODE HERE. It should now look like this:

{{Adoption SDGenWeb}} <br>__TOC__

We are going to plug part of this text into the following coding:


{| style="float:right; margin-right:75px"
|-
| style="padding-right:0px"|
|{{Adoption SDGenWEb}} <br>
|}


The state adoption box should now be in the top right corner of the page.

Step 2: Online Resources[edit | edit source]

1. Examine the information on your state page. Are there any online databases on this page already? If so, you will need to move that link to underneath online resources. Open the link to the database and copy the URL. Replace "URL HERE" with your link. It should look like this:

*'''0000-0000''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2883 NAME OF COLLECTION] at NAME OF WEBSITE (Free<ref>May be used for free at Family History Center. To locate a center near you, [https://familysearch.org/locations/centerlocator click here].</ref>/$)


2. Insert the name of the collection into the template, as well as the name of the website. Because this database is from Ancestry, this example would look like this:

'''0000-0000''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2883 Tennessee, Early Tax List Records, 1783-1895] at Ancestry.com (Free<ref>May be used for free at Family History Center. To locate a center near you, [https://familysearch.org/locations/centerlocator click here].</ref>/$)


If the database is from FamilySearch, then look at step 4 for an example.

3. Insert years. These are the years that the record collection covers. It should now look like this:

'''1783-1895''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2883 Tennessee, Early Tax List Records, 1783-1895] at Ancestry.com (Free<ref>May be used for free at Family History Center. To locate a center near you, [https://familysearch.org/locations/centerlocator click here].</ref>/$)

If you have multiple online resources, you will want to put them in numerical order, by beginning year.

4. Insert references. Because this collection requires a subscription to view it, you will need to include information that it costs money. However if the collection is from FamilySearch, then you won't need to add anything. (Because it's free!)
Here's an example of an online collection from Ancestry:

'''1783-1895''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2883 Tennessee, Early Tax List Records, 1783-1895] at Ancestry.com (Free<ref>May be used for free at Family History Center. To locate a center near you, [https://familysearch.org/locations/centerlocator click here].</ref>/$)


Here's an example of an online collection from FamilySearch:

'''1862-1874''' - [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/2075263|U.S., Internal Revenue Assessment Lists, 1862-1874] at FamilySearch.org. Images only.


NOTE: not every FamilySearch collection will be "images only." You will only include that if it doesn't have an index.

5. The following collection will be available on most of these state pages. (Double-check though to make sure it is.) Please copy the following also add it to this Online Resources section:

*'''1862-1874''' - [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/2075263|U.S., Internal Revenue Assessment Lists, 1862-1874] at FamilySearch.org. Images only.

Step 3: Why Use Tax Records[edit | edit source]

1. Copy and paste the information below and put it underneath the heading "Why Use Tax Records".

By studying several consecutive years of tax records you may determine when a young men came of age, when individuals moved in and out of a home, or when they died leaving heirs. Authorities determined wealth (real estate, or income) to be taxed. Taxes can be for polls, real and personal estate, or schools.
Tax record content varies and may include the name and residence of the taxpayer, description of the real estate, name of original purchaser, description of personal property, number of males over 21, number of school children, slaves, and farm animals. Tax records usually are arranged by date and locality and are not normally indexed. Tax records can be used in place of missing land and census records to locate a person’s residence. person’s residence.

2. After you paste that information underneath "Why Use Tax Records," you will then want to scan the rest of the page for information that belongs underneath this heading. This would be any general information about why tax records are helpful for genealogy research. (You usually won't find anything unique or new that belongs here. But just check just in case.)

Step 4: How to Use Tax Records[edit | edit source]

1. Go to heading "How to Use Tax Records for STATE" Insert state name where STATE is.

2. Sometimes states taxed their people on a state-level or on a county-level. Sort information into which section fits best and place information underneath the appropriate heading.

3. Use bullet points when possible, especially with record collections (but not at the expense of clarity and writing out helpful information). List sources by year range. Here is an example below of what your bullet points would look like:

  • 1778-1832 Creekmore, Pollyanna. Early East Tennessee Taxpayers. Easley, South Carolina: Southern Historical Press, 1980. Originally appeared as a series of articles in: The East Tennessee Historical Society’s Publications. Includes tax lists for 1778–1832, with surname indexes prepared by Frances Maynard and Dorothy Peters.
  • 1778-1885 - Rasmussen, Geoffrey D., compiler. East Tennessee Tax Records Index. 3 volumes. Westminster, Maryland: Heritage Books, Inc., 2005. These three volumes contain index entries for 69,069 persons between 1778-1850 in Washington County - Tennessee's first county. FHL book 976.897 R42r v. 1/2/3
  • 1787-1827 - Sistler, Byron. Index to Early Tennessee Tax Lists. Evanston, Illinois: 1977. FHL Film 1697905 item 5; book 976.8 R4s. This book indexes tax lists for 68 counties, as well as petitions, voter lists, and newspaper lists of inhabitants. There are about 46,000 entries representing the years 1787–1827.
  • 1814-1857 - lists for the 3rd Collection District taken by deputy collector of revenue John Teddar are found in the manuscript collection: John Tedder Papers, 1814-1857 at TSLA.  (Includes Franklin, Overton, Warren and White counties.)

4. Here is what wikitext for a bullet point looks like:

*'''1787-1827''' - Sistler, Byron.[https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/222484?availability=Family%20History%20Library ''Index to Early Tennessee Tax Lists.''] Evanston, Illinois: 1977. This book indexes tax lists for 68 counties, as well as petitions, voter lists, and newspaper lists of inhabitants. There are about 46,000 entries representing the years 1787–1827.

Miscellaneous items[edit | edit source]

1. Keep the navigation box at the the bottom of the page. It may look outdated, but down the road we will update it. Don't worry about it for this project.
2. Keep the adopt-a-page icon. Make sure the icon is in the top, right-hand corner of the page like [this one]. Use the code below to place it in the top, right-hand corner:

{| style="float:right; margin-right:75px"
|-
| style="padding-right:0px"|
|{{ADOPTION TEMPLATE}} <br> 
|}

3. When you feel the need to add a tip to these pages to explain how to use the catalog, copy the following code:

Example[edit | edit source]

Go to Tennessee's taxation page for an example of what your page should look like.