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English: Land and Property Records Including Manorial Documents and Maps
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The relevance of maps and gazetteers is the foundation for this course, leading on to the topics of title deeds and property, land tax, ancient and modern ''Domesday'' books, tithes, enclosure, manorial records, private charters and quit claims, estate papers, Land Registry and Valuation Office records. The availability of records and practical details on how to use them in family history and genealogical research is emphasized throughout.

COURSE CONTENTS

WEEK 1

Introduction
Gateways to English Archives & Libraries
The National Archives (TNA)
Description of Land
  • Gazetteers
  • Maps for Genealogists
  • Finding Maps
  • Early Maps
  • Ordnance Survey
  • Counties & Unitary Authorities
  • County Maps
  • Town Plans
  • London
  • Street Maps

WEEK 2

Estate Maps & Records
  • Finding Estate Maps
  • Building Plans
  • Fire Insurance Plans
  • Estate Records
  • Enclosure Records
  • Enclosure Awards
  • Enclosure Maps
  • Communication Maps
  • Early roads
  • Carriers'' routes
  • Navigable rivers
  • Coastal & Maritime Charts
  • Canals
  • Roads
  • Railways
  • Trams
  • Trolleybuses
  • Omnibuses
  • Ancient & Modern Domesday
  • Domesday 1086
  • Monastic Cartularies
  • Hundred Rolls of Edward I 1279
  • Valor Ecclesiasticus 1534
  • Parliamentary Surveys 1646-1660
  • National Farm Surveys 1940-1943

WEEK 3

Holding & Tenancy of Land
Types of Tenure
  • Ancient Demesne
  • Burgage
  • Copyhold
  • Cottier
  • Customary Freehold
  • Encroachment
  • Enfranchisement of Land
  • Freehold
  • Knight Service or Fee
  • Leasehold
  • Quit Rent

Manors
  • Manorial Courts
  • Court Baron
  • Court Leet
  • Manorial & Estate Surveys
  • Customals
  • Extents and Valors
  • Ministerial Accounts
  • Rentals
  • Terriers

Who Holds the Land?
  • Title deeds
  • Marriage and Family Settlements
  • Charity & Trust Deeds
  • Enrollment of Deeds
  • Land Registration
  • Return of Owners of Land 1871-1876
  • The Land Registry 1891
  • Building Societies
  • House History

WEEK 4

Inheritance of Land
Customs & Rights of Inheritance
  • Borough English
  • Courtesy of England
  • Escheat
  • Freebench or Dower
  • Gavelkind
  • Primer Seisin
  • Primogeniture
  • Wardship and Marriage

Procedures of Inheritance of Land
  • Wills
  • Entail
  • Inquisitions Post Mortem (IPMs)
  • Manorial Courts Baron Records
  • Inheritance of copyhold land
  • Finding Manorial Court Records
  • The Browns of Southborough

WEEK 5

Sale & Transfer of Land
Freehold Property
  • Fee Simple
  • Livery of Seisin and the Feoffment
  • Bargain and Sale
  • Lease and Release
  • Deed of Grant
  • Fee Conditional
  • Final Concord (or Fine)
  • Common Recovery
Leasehold Property
  • Leases
  • Borough Hall Books
  • Leases for Years & Lives
  • Copyhold Property
  • Sales and Purchases
  • Mortgages on Copyhold Land
  • Rentals
Related Matters
  • Advertisements
  • Cartularies
  • Close Rolls
  • Court of Augmentations
  • Endorsements
  • Fines
  • Gifts versus Grants
  • Inquisitions ad Quod Damnum
  • Mortgages
  • Private Estate Acts of Parliament
  • Quit Claims
  • Regnal Years

WEEK 6

Taxes on Land
Land Tax Assessments (LTAs)
Land Tax Redemption
Tithes
  • Tithe Agreements & Awards
  • Tithe Surveys (Maps)
  • Tithe Apportionments
  • Finding Tithe Awards & Agreements
  • Valuation Office Records 1910-1914
Land Record Time Line
Glossary
References

 
 

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