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Property Tax Records for Baltimore City

Property Tax Records for Baltimore City are located on security microfilm and are currently being digitized and cataloged for access by researchers.

The Baltimore City Property Tax Records Guide contains a listing of what is available on microfilm and on which roll it appears. Some of the reels are available for viewing online from home, and some are available for viewing if you visit the Baltimore City Archives or the Maryland State Archives. You will need to know the surname of the person you are searching for, and in some instances, you will need to know the ward and section.  The first ten years of the tax records (1798-1808) were indexed for surnames.  Our page on Ward Changes is a good place to  find ward information, which changed at different points throughout the city’s history.

Tax Records that have been digitized and are available online:

  • BRG4-1: General Property Tax Books, which were the final tax records for the municipality are available online for the following years: 1799-1812, 1818, 1822.  (1830, 1843, 1849, and parts of 1856 are available for viewing in person at the Baltimore City Archives and the Maryland State Archives)
  • BRG4-2: Assessor Tax Records were the intermediate records completed by the field assessors and are arranged internally by street.  They are available online for the following years: 1800, 1806, 1808, 1810, 1813, 1816-1824, 1827, 1836-1837
  • BRG4-3: Field Assessor Work Books were the rough drafts created in the field by the assessors, and include name of owner, description of assessed property, diagrams of property lines, statements of value, etc.  They are available online for the following years: 1837-1839, 1841-1846, 1858, 1896 (More of 1858, 1866, and 1876 are available for viewing in person at the BCA or MSA)
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