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17 April 2012

What Residency is Required?

Remember that vital events are to be recorded in the place where the event took place, which may not be where the persons were actually living at the time. People die in hospitals in counties or states where they did not live and occasionally cross state lines to get married.

Deeds need to be recorded where the property was located. Estates need to be probated in the county or jurisdiction where the bulk of the property is located.


  1. When browsing early tax rolls in Mississippi an individual can be found owning land in several different counties. Am I correct in assuming that his residence is in the county where he paid poll tax?

  2. I would go with him residing where he paid the poll tax. Ancestors who are land speculators can create some research challenges--but at least they leave records ;-)