Otsego Property Tax Assessment Records, 1842-1933

These records are in digital format (pdf files), and are currently available only within the library.

The information found in tax assessment records is valuable for people who are researching their property or house history.  Found within the tax records are names of property owners, legal descriptions and dimensions of parcels owned, property values, and assessed taxes.  Those trying to date the construction of an older home use these records to track property values year by year. Substantial increases in value from one year to the next usually indicate a significant improvement, such as the construction of a house.

Other resources used in conjunction with tax assessment records are the library’s plat maps, Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps (on microfilm covering the years 1887-1935), and other types of maps that identify property boundaries such as the 1880 Birdseye View of Otsego.  Plat maps are necessary in order to match up legal descriptions of properties listed in the tax records with parcels or lots found on the maps. 

Below is an inventory of the available years of tax assessment records in the collection (one year per pdf file):

1842  Otsego Township & Village 1875 Otsego Township & Village 1912 Otsego Village
1843 Otsego Township & Village 1877 Otsego Township & Village 1913 Otsego Village
1844 Otsego Township & Village 1878 Otsego Township & Village 1914 Otsego Village
1849 Otsego Township & Village 1886 Otsego Village 1915 Otsego Village
1856 Otsego Township & Village 1888 Otsego Village 1916 Otsego Village
1858 Otsego Township & Village 1889 Otsego Village 1918 Otsego City
1860 Otsego Township & Village 1892 Otsego Village 1920 Otsego City
1861 Otsego Township & Village 1894 Otsego Village 1922 Otsego City
1862 Otsego Township & Village 1896 Otsego Village 1923 Otsego City
1863 Otsego Township & Village 1898 Otsego Village 1924 Otsego City
1864 Otsego Township & Village 1899 Otsego Village 1925 Otsego City
1865 Otsego Township & Village 1900 Otsego Village 1926 Otsego City
1867 Otsego Township & Village 1902 Otsego Village 1927 Otsego City
1868 Otsego Township & Village 1903 Otsego Village 1928 Otsego City
1869 Otsego Township & Village 1904 Otsego Village 1929 Otsego City
1870 Otsego Township & Village 1907 Otsego Village 1931 Otsego City
1871 Otsego Township & Village 1908 Otsego Village 1932 Otsego City
1872 Otsego Township & Village 1909 Otsego Village 1933 Otsego City
1873 Otsego Township & Village 1910 Otsego Village  
1874 Otsego Township & Village 1911 Otsego Village  

The digitization of this collection was made possible due to gifts in memory of local resident Ellen Sisson.