Women and Property 1885-1889: North Riding Register of Deeds

Joan K. F. Heggie

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This Collection contains various datasets and analysis tools, compiled from the Register of Deeds for the North Riding of Yorkshire and relating to women's involvement with property transfer and the wider property market during the period 1885-1889 and was used in a comparative study with similar data from 1785-1789, the results of which were published in 2019 (see below). Index Ledger of Lands, 1885-1889, was transcribed in full and contains 14,481 unique transactions (52,741 lines). Each line represents a person's name. Core data from the Index showed: Date of Transaction, Township, Additional Information (1&2), Type of Transaction, unique reference and names of all parties. The dataset was coded for gender [Female, Male, Not Applicable (for businesses etc.), Unknown]. Further information was then added to the core datasets involving women by referring to the original record in the individual Deeds Registers: - marital status, occupation (if any), usual residence plus any details of family relationships or inheritance rights of every women transacting. An overview spreadsheet showing the analysis carried out is contained in this Collection. Additional datasets were created from the core datasets showing: Females Only by Marital Status; Unique Females Only by Marital Status; Female Wills and Female to Female Only Transaction. Findings from the comparative study have been published: Heggie, J. K. F. (2019). Women's Involvement in Property in the North Riding of Yorkshire in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries. In A. L. Capern, B. McDonagh, & J. Aston (Eds.), Women and the Land, 1500-1900 (pp. 201-225). The Boydell Press.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherMendeley Data
Media of outputOnline
Publication statusPublished - 24 Aug 2020


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