Property Tax Records Augment Deeds

Land records generally record the acquisition and disposition of land. Property tax records may indicate that the owner is deceased or that the widow or someone else is paying the taxes on the property. There may not be a deed transferring the ownership from the estate of the deceased to the heirs until years after their death.

If you need to estimate a date of death for a land owner and death records are not extant, consider looking for a death clue in the property tax records.