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Land and property records for genealogy


This class gives a brief overview of the most common property records you might find in your local record office or TNA and how to cope with them.  We will be looking at examples of title deeds, abstracts, manorial records (and wills if there’s time) and studying their format so that you can find the information you need.  We also discuss which sorts of deeds and records would be useful for the genealogist, and further sources of information available.  The class will be on Zoom but hand-outs will be available.

Can't make this time? Book anyway as this talk will be recorded and available to watch for 2 weeks. 

Caroline AdamsAbout the speaker:  Dr. Caroline Adams runs a research business, Key to the Past, and regularly carries out house histories and local history research for clients and architects. She teaches palaeography online as part of her own business. The courses include documentary interpretation, for example for manorial and court records. She is an Associate of AGRA.

Until 2014 she was Senior Archivist at West Sussex Record Office, and is now a freelance archivist, palaeographer and historian. She also holds a professional archives diploma, and undergraduate and masters degrees in local and landscape history. Her professional life mainly consists of interpreting documents for clients in a variety of ways, through transcription, diplomatic, private research, public talks and workshops, and various projects run by other heritage organisations. 

She was proud to win the BALH Local History Award for research and publication (short article) in 2020, and is working on a book on local Elizabethan gentry.


New to Zoom and would like to attend the course but not sure how it works? Do contact us if you would like to arrange a free taster session.

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