Researching your ancestors from Great Britain and Ireland

A guide to researching your ancestors in England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands, using resources at State Library Victoria.

Introduction


Land records can be an excellent source of genealogical information.They may include such information as where and when your ancestors lived, if they owned or leased land, how much land they had and what rent or tax they paid. However it's also worth noting that the coverage of land records is incomplete and varies from country to country.

Start your research by identifying the correct area where your ancestors lived. Use Post Office directories and Ordnance Survey maps to locate the relevant area of the town you are researching. You will find a list on online directories elsewhere in this guide and can find detailed information on how to access Ordnance Survey plans in the Maps for Family History research guide.

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Where to find land records

State Library Victoria

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