The Unlock the Past authors have busy putting pen to paper (or should I say fingers on keyboards?), and have been busy writing a whole host of new books. Two of the new books are due within  1-2 weeks, and are now available for pre-order. Interestingly both of these new books relates to land records, one for Australia and New Zealand and the other for Scotland.


Land Research for Gamily Historians in Australia and New Zealand
Author: Carole Riley
paperback, 80 pages
ISBN: 9781921956119
Year: 2012
Item Code: UTP0162
Price: $19.50 (Introductory Special Price of $17.55 until 31 July 2012)

Land research can tell us so much about how our ancestors lived and worked. It can help us find out the truth about stories we’ve heard, and can give us a much richer picture of our ancestors’ social and economic position. It they owned a house, business premises or rural property there are records to be found, many of which contain a wealth of information.

We can also break down brick walls using land records that we have been otherwise unable to solve. Buying or selling property may have been the only time our ancestors dealt with government in colonial times, and land records can contain evidence such as birthdates and names of family members; information that is recorded nowhere else.

This book will introduce you to the main types of records you can find, such as deeds and grants, Torrens titles, Crown leases, selections and conditional purchases, closer and soldier settlemts, title applications, maps, and plans. We will look at what they mean and where to find them in New Zealand and each Australian state and territory.

Whether you are researching the history of your house or tracing the history of an ancestor through the property they owned, this book is for you.
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Discover Scottish Land Records
Author: Chris Paton
paperback, 64 pages
ISBN: 9781921956089
Year: 2012
Item Code: UTP0283
Price: $18.00

This latest guide from family historian Chris Paton takes a look at the complicted records concerning land and property based research in Scotland. For centuries property transactions within the county were governed by feudal tenure, a system which was abandoned in England and Wales in the Middle Ages, but which continued in Scotland until 2004. But feudalism was not the only method by which land was held, with udalism, duthcas, leasehold and more competing as forms of tenure across the country at different times.

Connected with the rules surrounding property transactions were those associated with the inheritance of land and heritable estate, all of which is expalined in great detail. From sassines to skat, from retours to precepts of clare constant, and from apparent heirs to heirs apparent, this concise guide will help you get to grips with one of the most exciting and useful topics within Scottish family history.
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You can find all of the Unlock The Past titles on our Gould Genealogy website, as well as through other select genealogical outlets.

The list of books from Unlock the Past continues to grow at a steady rate, which is great to have Australian orientated, up-to-date titles to help with your research … but let me tell you there is an amazing list of titles that they have scheduled for release within the next few months – so stay tuned for a heap of new Unlock the Past titles scheduled for release in the not too distant future.