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Jul 23

Georgia’s Virtual Vault: Tax Digests

Anyone researching Georgia ancestors is encouraged to (if they are not already doing so) to use and monitor Georgia’s Virtual Vault: Digital Treasures from the Georgia Archives. This resource is even more valuable now that the hours of the Georgia Archives have been cut back to two days a week—Friday and Saturday (closed Saturday’s when a federal holiday falls on the following Monday), 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.

While working on a recent project, I made a list of a variety of county tax digests I wanted to search on microfilm the next time I have an opportunity to get to Morrow (home of the Georgia Archives and National Archives at Atlanta). I was delighted to find that some of the microfilm of Georgia county tax digests for the eighteenth century have been digitized. I can browse through (or search) them via the Virtual Vault. You will find the following tax digest in the Vault:

  • Burke County: 1798
  • Chatham County: 1793, 1798, 1799
  • Franklin County: 1798
  • Glynn County: 1792
  • Greene County: 1788-1789, 1793, 1796 1797, 1798
  • Hancock County: 1794, 1796
  • Jackson County: 1799
  • Jefferson County: 1796, 1799
  • Montgomery County: 1797
  • Oglethorpe County:  1795, 1796, 1797, 1798
  • Richmond County: 1789, 1795
  • Warren County: 1798
  • Wilkes County: 1785, 1786, 1787, 1791

This is only a drop in the bucket…Expect more to come in the future. It never hurts to check. The Georgia Archives is about 93 miles from my home and takes 1 ½ hour to drive if I leave my house at 5:30 am on Friday morning. If I leave about 5:30, the trip will typically take me 2 hours or more. Obviously if digital images of the resources I need are Online it is prudent for me to take advantage of those digitized images.

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