Series A: Tax Assessment Rolls. — 1850-1986 (predominant 1864-1986). — 5.71 m of textual records (40 oversized boxes, 9 banker boxes).

Series consists of tax assessment rolls for the Municipality of the District of Argyle, and prior to 1879, the Township of Argyle. All assessment rolls provide a listing of all property owners within the Municipality of Argyle, and the value of their taxable property. The rolls assess real property, personal property, levy a poll tax, and some other taxes such as dog tax (beginning in 1909).

  • Handwritten assessment rolls with handwritten annotations exist for the years 1869-1895; 1897-1935; 1941-1965; 1967-1969.
  • Typewritten assessment rolls, with handwritten notations in the rate roll portion, exist for the years 1970-1977.
  • Computer generated assessment rolls exist for 1978-1983. These were printed on light sensitive paper using dot matrix printers.
  • Computer generated assessment rolls printed on book quality paper exist for the years 1984-1986. A number of these are bound with plastic coils.

For the years 1952 to 1977 the assessment rolls are combined with rate rolls. These contain all of the information that would have been found on the assessment rolls as well as the amount of taxes actually levied on individuals.

From 1983 assessment rolls were not arranged alphabetically within each district. Therefore, for each year there is an index to assessment rolls which accompanies the actual rolls and is used as a finding aid.

Title based on covers of published assessment rolls.

Published assessment rolls exist for the years 1864; 1885; 1890-1941. Some of the early published assessment rolls are incomplete, with some only being for one district (see Appendix 1).

Appendix 1 contains a year-by-year listing of assessment rolls (published and unpublished) along with any missing years, districts, or other peculiarities noted.

For the year 1906-1907 the district numbers are unclear. The minute book states that the district numbers go from 14 to 25, the unpublished assessment rolls for that year only exist for district 14 to 24, and the complete published assessment rolls go from 14 to 22. The district numbers for the years preceding and following this year are consistent (i.e. 14 to 22).

Early assessment rolls for the municipality often indicate peoples’ father’s name due to the duplication of names, especially in the Acadian communities.