Land Research for Family Historians in Australia and New Zealand

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Media: BOOK - paperback, 80 pages
Author: C. Riley
Year: 2012
ISBN: 9781921956119
Other: colour photos, glossary, further reading, index
Publisher: Unlock the Past

Land research can tell us so much about how our ancestors lived and worked. It can help us find out the truth about stories we've heard, and can give us a much richer picture of our ancestors' social and economic position. If they owned a house, business premises or rural property there are records to be found, many of which contain a wealth of information.

We can also break down brick walls using land records that we have been otherwise unable to solve. Buying or selling property may have been the only time our ancestors dealt with government in colonial times, and land records can contain evidence such as birth dates and names of family members; information that is recorded nowhere else.

This book will introduce you to the main types of records you can find, such as deeds and grants, Torrens titles, Crown leases, selections and conditional purchases, closer and soldier settlements, title applications, maps, and plans. We will look at what they mean and where to find them in New Zealand and each Australian state and territory.

Whether you are researching the history of your house or tracing the history of an ancestor through the property they owned, this book is for you.

1. Introduction
2. Why land research?
3. Challenges
4. Where to start
5. Where to find land records
6. How to find land records
7. Old System grants and deeds
8. Crown leases and licenses
9. Torrens Title
10. Title Applications
11. Government purchase schemes
12. Maps ad plans
13. Local land records
14. Putting it all together
Further reading




1 Review
  • Land records are a goldmine for family research

    Posted by Jan Thomas on 5th Dec 2018

    Researching the land and property ownership of our forebears can be challenging but often reveals more about their lives and family relationships than any other primary source. This gem of a book has packed so much information into it’s pages, explaining the many different land records that were created at different times and places in Australia and New Zealand. If you have an ancestor’s Will that simply states “ my real estate I give to my children”, the land Deeds will name the children, and often other details, as well as describe, or even have a plan of, the land concerned. Marriage settlements may give the addresses of the parties and their birthdates, not just the parish as given in certificates; lists of possessions of those who decided to appoint a trustee (I have 15 pages of the contents of an ancestor’s grocery shop in the 1870s), while mortgage records will detail their financial struggles and triumphs - and much more. Carole Riley has written a really timeless guide to a very under-used research source that should be in every family and social historian’s library. You would only have to look at my own well used & much referred-to copy to be convinced! Thank you, Carole!

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