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COURSE: Hands On: Historical Land Records in New South Wales

  • 14 April 2023
  • 26 May 2023
  • 4 sessions
  • 14 April 2023, 10:30 AM 12:30 PM (AEST)
  • 28 April 2023, 10:30 AM 12:30 PM (AEST)
  • 12 May 2023, 10:30 AM 12:30 PM (AEST)
  • 26 May 2023, 10:30 AM 12:30 PM (AEST)
  • SAG Research Centre and Library, Level 2, 379 Kent Street Sydney
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Over four sessions we will discuss how land transactions were recorded from the early days of settlement in the Colony of New South Wales and how these records can be used to enhance your family research.

The NSW Land Registry Services (including HLRV), Geographical Names Board and SIX Maps websites will be introduced and explained, with each session to cover:

1.      Introduction to Land Titles and Parish Maps

  • Early land Records in NSW
  • County, Parish and Town maps
  • Land Title Systems
  • Parish maps – information included and how to find Parish maps
  • Geographical Names Board website
  • Overview of Historical Land Records Viewer (HLRV)
2.      Old System and Torrens Title
  • In depth detail of Old System and Torrens Title 
  • What is on an Old System Deed
  • Deposited Deeds
  • What is on a Certificate of Title
  • SIX maps website
  • Using HLRV to look-up Deeds and Certificates of Title.
3.      Primary Applications and Conditional Purchases
  • Primary Applications explained
  • Primary Applications on HLRV 
  • Primary Applications at NSW State Archives
  • Conditional Purchases
  • Impact on searching for Certificate of Title
  • Conditional Purchase information at NSW State Archives
  • Conditional Purchases on HLRV
4.      Workshop on HLRV

    Case studies will be provided for participants to work through during this session. The case studies will cover all aspects of the topics covered in the previous three sessions. You may also bring along to the session an aspect of land records that may be troubling you. This will allow participants to receive assistance during the session along with answers to the case studies.

    About the presenter:

    The sessions will be presented by SAG member, Jeff Madsen, who has had a long career in Information Technology using GIS (Geographic Information Systems) software to prepare maps for Government, private enterprise and family researchers. His interest in genealogy highlighted that maps and historical geography could be used to enhance a family tree or story to become more than just names and dates.

    He has used the Historical Land Records Viewer (HLRV) since 1999 to access Parish Maps and, more recently, to research property owned by ancestors, greatly assisting the writing of family stories.

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