The 1875 Tax Valuation Record was scanned at the Maine State Library using their Zeutschel OS 12002 multi-camera book scanner that creates high-resolution images. The scanned images were then combined and compressed into a PDF file. The resulting file was uploaded to Digital Maine along with some metadata information.
The 1875 Valuation Books provide information about property owners in two major sections.
Pages 1-28 (as numbered at the top left corner of a page) are 1875 Scarborough residents and are generally arranged alphabetically by surname. That is to say, all people whose surname begins with a “C” are together, etc.
In the second section are non-residents who owned property in Scarborough. These pages are unnumbered and are organized by the towns the individual lived in and then semi-alphabetically by surname. The towns include:
- Cape Elizabeth
- Miscellaneous [All other locations]
A third, unnumbered, section indicates residents and non-residents that live in Scarborough but do not own property.
If you have ancestors who lived in Scarborough in 1875, this book may provide information of great interest. It includes information on real estate values, personal property (horses, oxen, cows, swine, sheep, carriages, and furniture. Also included are stocks and bonds, money lent at interest, and logs and timber held.
The 1875 Scarborough Tax Valuation Book is a great resource to add texture to your family history and genealogical research.
The download from Digital Maine is here.
Also available: The 1841 Scarborough Tax Valuation Book.