Notable moments in Jefferson County Assessment History:
1852: S. Howell Brown, County Surveyor, created the first inclusive map of the County, A 'tax map' of sorts "From Actual Survey with the farm limits" This map began his career.
1869: S. Howell Brown, County Surveyor, updated the eastern portion of the map
1883:S. Howell Brown, County Surveyor, created the 1883 map of Jefferson County West Virginia. A 'tax map' of sorts "From Actual Survey with the farm limits" This map ended his career.
In the early 1960's, The state came in and created maps and map cards for the county. In 1963, they assigned each parcel a Parcel Identification Number. *
In 1975 was the first year that Parcel ID Numbers were printed in the Land Books.
In the early 1980's, The state started using the CAMA mainframe computerized system.
1985 was the first year the land books were computerized printouts.
In 2005 the state switched to our current IAS system. **
* Prior to 1963 it is very difficult to identify a particular parcel
** Little data was transferred from the Mainframe to the IAS system. Records prior to IAS are paper. This is also the oldest map records that we have. Prior to this, old maps were destroyed.