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Boston Tax Lists (1826-1865)

The tax lists covered both individuals and corporations.  The bottom value for inclusion in the lists grew over the years.  In 1826 one needed $5,000 in personal or real property to be listed.  By 1865 the amount grew to $25,000.  The earlier years were arranged by ward, while the later years were purely alphabetical.