A guide to researching your ancestors in England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands, using resources at State Library Victoria.
The first major survey of England was completed in 1086 with the Domesday book. It was commissioned by William the Conqueror so he could determine the resources and taxable values of all the boroughs and manors in England. The next national taxation assessment didn't occur until 1662 with the introduction of the Hearth Tax which required every household head to pay a tax of two shillings a year for each hearth or chimney in their property.
A national Land Tax was first introduced in 1692 and continued in various forms until it was finally repealed in 1963. The tax was administered locally with records being kept at Country Record Offices. From1780 to 1832 copies of the Land Tax Assessments were also placed in the quarter session records.
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