Newspaper Tax Lists

Newspapers occasionally publish complete tax lists like the one from 1907 shown in the illustration. Sometimes newspapers only publish lists of delinquent taxpayers–make certain you know whether you are looking at a complete list, a list of late taxpayers, or a list of assessments that have been recently changed. Property owners may not be actual neighbors if they were absentee owners. For urban dwellers, a map showing the relative positions of lots within a subdivision and relative positions of subdivisions to each other may be helpful–they’ll give you geographic perspective.