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Manorial, Property & Taxation Records: Sources for Researching the Rich & Poor


Caroline Gurney gives two talks as part of this half-day course. Caroline will take your questions at the end of each session.

First talk: Manorial Records: 800 Years in the Lives of Your Ancestors 

Manorial records are a rich source of information about individuals and communities from the 12th to the 19th centuries, yet they are seriously underused by family historians.

 Caroline covers: 

- An overview of the manorial system

- The types of records available

- Where to find them

- How they can help you research your ancestors. 


Second talk: Property and Taxation Records: Sources for Researching Rich and Poor Ancestors 

Property and taxation records contain information about a wide range of people, not just the wealthy. Property records give details of occupants, neighbours, witnesses and other interested parties. Taxation affected people of quite modest means and those exempted may also be recorded. 

Caroline describes: 

- The records of most interest to family historians;

- What they may reveal about your ancestors. 


There will be short break between talks.


About the speaker: Caroline Gurney is a Qualified Genealogist, house historian and historical researcher. She read History at Bristol University and graduated BA in 1975 with First Class honours. In 2019 Caroline was awarded a Master's degree with Distinction in Family and Local History at the University of Dundee. She is now studying for a PhD at Bristol University.

Caroline worked in the Diplomatic Service, serving in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and in British embassies overseas, and also the Cabinet Office, ending her public service career as a Director at the National School of Government. She then began a new career in historical research.

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