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Reading a will to get land information?

Here are some links to handwriting tutorials and other articles to help you get started: Palaeography: reading old handwriting 1500 - 1800: A practical online tutorial from The National Archives (UK) ...
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What is this percentage column in the Virginia Land Tax Records?

The third column is the "Rate / acre" amount in shillings and pence. (e.g. 10/ is 10 shillings and 0 pence. 7/6 would be 7 shillings and 6 pence ...) There were 12 pennies in a shilling and 20 ...
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Understanding 1807-1812 Pennsylvania land records document?

First, Sarah Penrod is indicated as living in 1807 by the property description saying that adjacent to the west of the property being deeded is "the messuage, land of plantation whereon Mrs. Sarah ...
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What was the Tennessee General Assembly Act passed November 2 1847 in reference to Land Grants?

I think the Act that you are looking for is probably An Act further to provide for the Occupant Settlers, south and west of the congressional reservation line, and for other purposes, which was passed ...
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Finding who owned/managed Yorkshire Hall Plantation in Demerara (Guyana) in early 19th century?

Not a direct answer but may provide you with additional leads. There are numerous references to "Yorkshire Hall" and William Chichester (as chichester, chionester, and chishester) at this website: vc....
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Reading a will to get land information?

I think Jan has an excellent response for actually reading the will, but I will put out another solution or if anything supplementary information that you still may need after you read the will. ...
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Locating Manorial Records of 1843-9 Copyhold by William Hitchcox in Wheaton Aston, Staffordshire, England?

In locating records relating to copyhold, the first thing is to work out which manor or manors may be involved. The boundaries of a manor were often not the same as that of the parish. The advanced ...
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Locating Manorial Records of 1843-9 Copyhold by William Hitchcox in Wheaton Aston, Staffordshire, England?

As is often the case, taking the time to write a question, seems to put me some way along the path to an answer. Please feel free to provide a better answer but I found these useful references: ...
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Did indentured servants in 1700s Pennsylvania receive different types of land warrants from what other immigrants to PA received?

You're probably aware already that Pennsylvania's land records are defined and issued by the Commonwealth and not by the Federal Government. This is kind of obvious, since the Federal Government ...
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Compiler / Author of printed Landowner record books in England and Wales?

Is this perhaps The Return of Owners of Land, 1873? Can't access my copy at the moment to cross check the contents. See Wikipedia article Re the units involved: Anyone attempting to understand these ...
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Finding out if ancestor owned land they lived on in England

In 1947 England didn’t have mandatory land registration, so there was no comprehensive record of who owned what. Proof of ownership was normally established by producing the deeds to the property. So ...
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Finding out if ancestor owned land they lived on in England

I Googled 'property ownership records of Harrogate, Yorkshire, UK 1945.' The first entry has this description: Elsewhere in England for most of the counties you will find a County Record Office, .....
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Would selling land at a low price to someone of the same surname indicate a familial relationship?

I've always been on the side of taking a grain of salt with leaning towards believing there was a familial connection. From just a single deed we don't know if there might be other obligations one ...
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Finding who owned/managed Yorkshire Hall Plantation in Demerara (Guyana) in early 19th century?

One of the other UCL pages notes that in 1826 Yorkshire Hall was: "In lawful possession of Thomas Skelton by his attorney William Chichester". That suggests to me that William did not (then) own ...
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Finding US or Wisconsin government official Vitus Seng

If you are struggling with finding a particular person by name, zoom out and study the profession as a whole, for context. Think about how you might research land agents in Wisconsin, and gather ...
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Finding 1834 location in St Clement, Cornwall, England

First let's look at the units of measure in these two documents. The first transcription (1834) says Francis Green (FG) occupies four fields of 12 acres. The second document (1828) says Hugh Biddick (...
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Finding out if ancestor owned land they lived on in England

If you haven't already, start a research log or journal (or both) for your project, and write as you go. Record what record sets you have searched, the search terms used, and the results (including ...
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Investigating Compulsory Acquisition of Land near Adelaide in first half of 20th century?

Finding out when your great-grandfather owned his land and working forward may reveal when it might have been taken from him. Australian land records The FamilySearch Research Wiki's article Australia ...
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What does "Containing by Estimation Seven Days' Work" mean in 1810 Land Auction advertisement?

The Free Dictionary defines a close as "A parcel of land that is surrounded by a boundary of some kind, such as a hedge or a fence." From the context it appears that the estimation of "seven days ...
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