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Tracing Your Ancestors Through the Equity Courts (Kindle)

A Guide for Family and Local Historians

Family History Social History

By Susan Moore
Imprint: Pen & Sword Family History
Series: Tracing your Ancestors
File Size: 9.8 MB (.mobi)
Pages: 211
ISBN: 9781473891678
eBook Released: 10th November 2017


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The records of the Courts of Equity, which dealt with cases of fairness rather than law, are among the most detailed, extensive and revealing of all the legal documents historians can consult, yet they are often neglected. Susan Moore's expert introduction to them opens up this fascinating source to researchers who may not be familiar with them and dont know how to take advantage of them. As she traces the purpose, history and organization of the Courts of Equity from around 1500 to 1876, she demonstrates how varied their role was and how valuable their archives are for us today. She covers the Courts of Chancery, Exchequer, Star Chamber, Requests, Palatinates and Duchy of Lancaster in clear detail. Her work shows researchers why their records are worth searching, how to search them and how many jewels of information can be found in them. This introduction will be appreciated by local, social and family historians who are coming to these records for the first time and by those who already know of the records but have found them daunting.

The text of this excellent book is very approachable, covering not only the Courts of Chancery, Exchequer, Requests and Star Chamber, but also the oft-forgotten Palatinates of Chester, Durham and Lancaster, and the Duchy of Lancaster.

WDYTYA? January 2018 – reviewed by Paul Blake

Tracing Your Ancestors Through the Equity Courts will not only whet your appetite but provide excellent historical context and advice on why and how to seek them out.

Family Tree, January 2018

About Susan Moore

Since 1974 Susan Moore has spent her working life using the records of the Equity Courts and is one of the foremost authorities on the subject. She has written articles on aspects of the courts for family history magazines, in particular for Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine, and she has lectured to family history societies. Her publications include Family Feuds: An Introduction to Chancery Proceedings.

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