Prop­erty records web­site launched

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Fam­ily his­to­ri­ans can trace their an­ces­tors’ own­er­ship of land us­ing a new web­site.

Prop­erty devel­op­ment com­pany Comp­ton Group is in the process of dig­i­tally in­dex­ing its col­lec­tion on an­ces­torhomes.com.

The com­pany holds thou­sands of deeds and doc­u­ments re­lat­ing to prop­er­ties across Eng­land and Wales, with the ma­jor­ity con­cen­trated in the old coun­ties of Lan­cashire and Cheshire. The col­lec­tion in­cludes over 7,000 pre-1900 doc­u­ments on vel­lum parch­ment, with some orig­i­nal wills dat­ing back to the 1660s.

There are 5,462 records on the web­site, with plans to up­date it with datasets of around 5,000 records ev­ery month. The web­site or­gan­is­ers can cur­rently only add doc­u­ments that pre-date 1935 due to data pro­tec­tion laws.

Users can search the web­site by their an­ces­tor’s name and the dates of the doc­u­ments and or­der a copy of the doc­u­ment for £19.99.

The deeds avail­able on the web­site in­clude use­ful in­for­ma­tion such as the in­di­vid­ual’s date of birth, mar­riage and death, as well as their maiden or pre­vi­ous name, oc­cu­pa­tion, re­la­tion­ships, sig­na­ture, seal and wealth.

An­ces­tor Homes al­lows you to dis­cover prop­er­ties owned by your fore­bears

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