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Registry of Deeds

Scanning a deed found in an estate file at the National Archives

   Today most of the group continued their work at the various repositories that best fit their needs, including the National Library, National Archives, Valuation Office and the General Register Office.  The new repository today was the Registry of Deeds…not a place that everyone needed to visit.  

   Paul Gorry, a professional genealogist and specialist in the material at the Registry of Deeds provided a tour and explanation of the holdings and how to work with them.  Most of the deeds would be filed by the middle and upper classes, and primarily (but not exclusively) Protestants.  The material here covers the period from the mid 1700s through about 1900 (although some of the indexes go later).  The deeds can be searched by grantor or by locality.   A volunteer group is creating an index to the deeds, and although it is not complete it can be helpful.

   Two of the participants found deeds for their families…both Catholics, one a tradesman and the other a farmer. 

   As we're coming to the end of the week, everyone is scrambling to get all of the last minute research done and wishing they had another week.  Oh well, maybe another trip next year!


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