Family History & Genealogy Research

Using Tax Records in Genealogy --How Taxes Can Be a Good Thing

Sponsor: Greater Portland Chapter of the Maine Genealogical Society
Date: Wednesday, November 5th, 2011, 1:00 p.m.
Location: Jesus Christ Church of the Latter Day Saints, Cape Elizabeth, Maine

Most of us dread April 15th, but old tax records can provide valuable clues to our ancestors' lives. In the early days of America people were taxed on their property, to repair and build roads (no departments of transportation), to support the military, and to provide revenue for many reasons. Learn about the types of tax records that may be available, where to look for them, and how they can help you solve genealogy problems.

Endorsement: "Thank you so much for your presentation at the Greater Portland Chapter of MGS. I don't think anyone else could bring such enthusiasm and spark so much interest in tax records as you did! I think we had a record turnout and certainly had a captivated audience. Thanks for sharing your stories, techniques and resources and for opening up a new avenue for research."
Deb Locke, Program Chair,
Greater Portland Chapter, MGS

Endorsement: Thank you so much. Your presentation on Using Taxes in Genealogy was really top notch! You were personable, presented information in a very accessible way, and clearly have a depth of knowledge about many kinds of genealogical records. Great program! I know everyone got a lot out of a relatively short amount of time. I went home after your presentation and started mining in a much more sophisticated way and immediately found two very cool tax records for a couple of my forebears. Amazing and immensely satisfying.
All the best, Katie Murphy,
President North Yarmouth Historical Association

For More Information: Contact Carol McCoy at; or email Carol at or phone: 207-373-0318

Speaker: Carol Prescott McCoy, Ph.D. Owner of in Brunswick, Maine, Carol has been doing genealogical research for over 25 years. She specializes in New England (especially Maine), New York, the Maritime Provinces, and West Virginia and has a passion for land records. As past president of the Greater Portland Chapter of the Maine Genealogical Society, she is leading a project to index the early deeds of Cumberland County, Maine. A popular instructor, she has taught workshops for the University of Southern Maine, Boston University's Genealogy Certificate Program, and many genealogical and historical societies throughout New England

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Carol P. McCoy, Ph.D
71 Willow Grove Road
Brunswick, Maine 04011


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Every family is unique.
Dr. McCoy's mission is to help people discover:

  • Where did I come from?
  • Who are my kin?
  • What makes my family special?

In so doing they will gain a deeper understanding of their family stories, connect with kin, and create a family treasure to share.