Tudor and Stuart sources



Records for the Tudors and Stuarts, approximately 1550 to 1700, require good palaeographical skills.  Some Latin is also needed although many records are in English


When asked to investigate a family or place for this period, the types of records I search will be taken from these categories:


Land records:

  •  Feet of fines                                           
  • Patent rolls                                             
  • Close rolls                                               
  • Recovery rolls                                         
  • Inquisitions Post Mortem                           
  • Crown Estate                                          
  • Ministers accounts                                    
  • Court of augmentations                            
  • Deeds                                                     
  • Enclosure maps                                        
  • Manorial rolls, leases, etc                         
  • Borough records
  • Committee for the Advancement of Money
  • Committee for Compounding


Court records:

  •  Chancery Court                                       
  • Court of the Star Chamber                       
  • Court of Requests                                    
  • Other equity courts                                  
  • High Court of Admiralty
  • Quarter sessions
  • Diocesan and Archdeaconry courts             


Tax records:

  •  Protestation return
  • Lay subsidy
  • Certificates of residence


Probate  records:

  •  Prerogative Court of Canterbury
  • Local probate courts


Printed sources:

  •  Victoria County History
  • County histories
  • Parish histories
  • Family histories
  • Civil War pamphlets



  •  Port books
  • Harbour books


Travel overseas:

  •  East India Company records
  • Colonial Office records
  • Licences to pass beyond the Seas


Criminal records:

  •  Assize Court
  • King’s Bench
  • Court of Common Pleas


Parish records:

  •  Parish registers
  • Churchwardens accounts and minutes
  • Vestry accounts and minutes



  •  Muster rolls
  • Civil War Records


National records:


  •  State Papers