It's just something you don't see everyday. Local newspapers printing up the tax returns for your neighbors. Just in case you've just broken out in a sweat, go on and wipe off your brow.
The Pittsburgh Post Gazette published the 1864 Tax Returns for several of its districts. While some of us may cry out in fear of the newspapers stance that the desire to review tax returns is universal in the neighborhood, we genealogy buffs jump in joy.
These 1864 returns are just another tool to use in our quest for documenting the location of our beloved ancestors, and, in some cases, documenting they were still alive.
So, go on and take a look. Who knows what you may discover. How much your family paid in taxes or how little their neighbors did.
These lists can be found on our Pittsburgh Old Newspaper Project: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~paallent/index.html
Ahh, genealogy. The tax man came and the newspaper let everyone know. Wonder if that would go over well today? Hmmmmmmmm......
©AS Eldredge 2013