Deeds and Disputes (502)


The courts of equity and particularly Chancery contain a wealth of material for the family historian, yet perceived difficulties in accessing the original records which are held at The National Archives, and in reading and interpreting them mean that they are relatively little used. This course aims to explain how to get to grips with Chancery cases from the end of the Tudor period right up to the start of the 19th century. Interwoven is information about title deeds to land and property, since so many Chancery disputes centre around property and a knowledge of deeds is essential for the interpretation of many Chancery cases.

The first part of the course will concentrate on Title Deeds, so that when it comes to looking at Chancery cases the student will have a good working knowledge and understanding of the type of documents that are the subject of so many disputes.

The second part of the course will be a study of Chancery court records. Reference will be made to the title deeds that have been studied in part one, but the course will also cover the many other subjects of dispute.

At the end of the course students will have a good understanding as to how title deeds and Chancery records can be so valuable to a family or local historian; the sort of information that can be found in them, where to find them and how to interpret them.

This course is part of our Advanced programme of courses and good palaeographical skills for the periods covered are assumed. A knowledge of Latin, while helpful for some title deeds, is not essential.

Tutor: Susan Moore

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Relevant Countries: England, Wales

Course Length: 5 weeks
Start Date: 02 May 2017
Unassessed Cost: £65.00

Assessed Cost: £79

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