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In 1988 I bought a stock and set myself up to automatically reinvest the dividends. This was Public Service of Colorado, PSC

In 1994 or so, PSC merged with another to form a new company. They killed off the old stock and reissued 1.3 shares for every share of the old comapny that I owned, or something like that. I set this up to reinvest the dividends as well. This was New Century Energy, NCE

In 1998 or so, NCE merged with another to create yet another company, Xcel Energy, XCL. Once again the old stock went away and new shares were issued for every share of NCE that I owned. Xcel also gave me a cost basis for the new shares. I set this up to reinvest the dividends as well.

Now, I want to sell 1/2 od my xcel stock, but the idea of calculating the taxes gives me the willies. Do I just use the cost basis that Xcel provided when they issued new shares, or do I need to go back through history and try to calcualte my capital gains from the very beginning?

Believe me, any help with this is greatly appreciated.

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