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German Tax Records

Peasants in the feudal system were taxed for many different reasons by their rulers. If a peasant died, the ruler would get the best ox. If the ruler needed grain, he would tax the peasants a certain percentage of their harvest. A ruler approved all marriages, and if a peasant wanted to marry outside of his/her village, the rulers of the villages could swap serfs. The rulers could generate taxes for all kinds of reasons. Many of these taxes created records.