PEOPLE interested in studying their family history can find out more about the importance of title deeds through online sessions.

Durham County Council’s Durham County Record Office continues its popular Branching Out series of talks this month, with the latest event focusing on title deeds.

The documents are often overlooked as a family history information source but can be immensely useful.

Deeds in the record office’s collections record property transactions from as early as 1122, containing information about the people involved as well as the property they were buying or selling.

Though sometimes long and complicated, they are also very formulaic and it is often possible to pick out key information with relative ease.

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The talks will look at where to find title deeds, how to begin understanding them and also uncover more about how land was bought and sold in the past.

Branching Out is a series of monthly talks aimed at family historians who are ready to move on from the basics of researching their family tree.

Cllr Elizabeth Scott, Durham County Council’s Cabinet member for economy and partnerships, said: “These online sessions promise to be fascinating for those looking to find out more on how title deeds can uncover details about the lives of their ancestors.

“Record office staff are experts in this area and will be able to help those taking part every step of the way, so if you’re interested please go online and sign up to one of the sessions.”

Participants can join morning or evening sessions, either from 10am to 11am or 6pm to 7pm, both on Thursday, October 14.

Each session costs £5 and can be booked on the record office’s online shop at

Booking in advance is essential in order to receive the joining link.

Organisers advise people to book early as there are limited places.


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