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

 

Trade:

  •  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

 

Military:

  •  Muster rolls
  • Civil War Records

 

National records:

 

  •  State Papers