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Tax Records in North Carolina: Resources

Introductory information on tax records in North Carolina during the 1700s-1800s.

Further Reading


Tax Lists and Records (Digitized tax lists and documents from the State Archives for early 1700s-1809)


Books (Please note that some of these books are only available to read within the library)

Carroll, Cornelius. The Beginner's Guide to Using Tax Lists. Baltimore: Clearfield, 1996

Darrow, Carol Cooke and Susan Winchester. The Genealogist's Guide to Researching Tax Records. Westminister, MD: Heritage Books, 2007.

Ratcliff, Clarence E. North Carolina Taxpayers: 1679-1790. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987

Ratcliff, Clarence E. North Carolina Taxpayers: 1701-1786. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1984.

There are many published abstracts and transcriptions of tax lists in Genealogical Services. Take a look at the online catalog.


The Government and Heritage Library has microfilm of some tax lists for most counties. The microfilm collection is available for Interlibrary Loan (ILL) to other North Carolina Libraries.