Chancery Proceedings

In 2002 "Family Feuds, An Introduction to Chancery Proceedings" was published by the Federation of Family History Societies. This was a culmination of a lifetime's experience with Chancery Proceedings.  As the introductions says:

Chancery Proceedings are quite my favourite source of information for family and local history. I was first introduced to them about 25 years ago, when I was asked to help a leading professional genealogist to index a huge pile of copies of 17th century cases he had obtained for a group of clients. For hours, or rather days, we sat reading these papers, with our index cards to hand. The cases all related to a few families in just one village in Hampshire. All my waking hours seemed to be spent with these families, and I felt I knew each of them personally. Dragging myself back to reality at the end of the day was very hard - to find that it had been raining, or sunny, and that life had continued in the real world, while I had been living in this little village in the 17th century all day, was always astonishing. As soon as I got home, my own family were regaled with the latest update in the 17th century soap opera, and I couldn’t wait to get back next morning to read the next instalment in the drama.

Chancery records can provide an insight into the life and times of a family or a place, so are of interest to family historians, genealogists, and local historians.  They are one of the few records that include details of several generations, often with dates, all in one document.

In November 2017 a second book by Susan Moore "Tracing Your Ancestors through the Equity Courts" was published by Pen & Sword.  This updates the information on Chancery Proceedings in Family Feuds, and provides a detailed to the records of the other Courts of Equity such as the Duchy of Lancaster.