Probate, land & court records

Researching NSW Land

Other Notes: One hour version is based on PowerPoint slides of screenshots. Can be extended with live demonstrations of online address and document searches and parish maps.

The NSW Lands Department holds many documents of interest to family historians, and many of them are available online. This talk will demonstrate the search for land titles, deeds, maps, plans and other documents by using the Lands Department website where possible and by visiting the Queens Square office in person when necessary.

Types of documents covered include:

  • Torrens Titles
  • 'Old System' deeds
  • Primary Applications and Deposited Deeds
  • Historical Parish Maps
  • Current Charting Maps
  • Crown Plans
  • Deposited Plans

Introduction to Australian and New Zealand Land Records

Land research can tell us so much about how our ancestors lived and worked. It can help us find out the truth about stories we’ve heard, and can give us a much richer picture of our ancestors’ social and economic position. If they owned a house, business premises or rural property there are records to be found, many of which contain a wealth of information.


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