Women and Property 1784-1790 (1785-1789) Register Data: North Riding Register of Deeds
Research hypothesis was to use the Registers of Deeds for the North Riding of Yorkshire (held at North Yorkshire County Record Office, Northallerton, England) to advance knowledge about women's involvement with property transfer and the wider property market in the 18th & 19th centuries. Registers began in 1736 and ceased in 1970; there are 89 Index Ledgers and 2,328 Deeds Registers. The system for recording data changed in 1885 so one Index Ledger was selected from pre/ post this date and 100 years apart to incorporate impact of Marriage Acts. Stage 1 - Two Index Ledgers were transcribed in full: 1) Index of Lands Vol 9 (1784-90) covers a seven-year period and contains 6,868 unique transactions (31,966 lines); and 2) Index of Lands 1885-1889 covers a five-year period and contains 14,481 unique transactions (52,741 lines). Each line represents a person's name. Core data from Index showed Township, unique reference and names of parties, but the 18th century Index Ledger did not show date of transaction or all parties. To analyse by gender this information was required so was added by using the Deeds Registers. **Several Deeds Registers were being used at any one time and covered a variety of time periods. This dataset sets out which Deeds Registers were applicable to 1784-1790 period and shows which entries were removed to make data suitable for 1785-1789 comparison with 19th century data. Provided in Excel and .csv formats.**
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Data was transcribed from Index Ledger Vol 9 (1784-1790) into Excel using column headings for: Township/ Place Name, Additional Information, Unique Ref (Volume, Page, Number), Party Surname, Party Forename, Title. Dataset sorted by Unique Ref to provide alphabetical/ numerical list of Deeds Registers. Each Deeds Register mentioned in list was examined to establish: - Total number of entries in ledger - Which entries appropriate to which year Register Data table produced using this information and cross-checked (total number of lines) to 1784-1790 dataset. For comparison exercise to 1885-1889 period, data related to 1784 & 1790 stripped out and revised information cross-checked to 1785-1789 dataset.