Tithe records for England and Wales have now been made available online.
‘The National Collection of Tithe Records’ has recently been launched on TheGenealogist website. For the first time, you can search over 11,000,000 records and view images of the original documents online.
Ownership and occupancy of land
TheGenealogist says: “The Tithe Records provide a unique view into our ancestral heritage by providing details of ownership and occupancy of land throughout England and Wales, revealing a wealth of information about people, places and landmarks in the Victorian era. These pre-census records can allow you to further your research at the click of a button. Images of maps will soon be linked to the tithe records
“The introduction of the Tithe Commutation Act of 1836 meant records were taken, as with the Domesday Book, of the land ownership and occupancy, land use and sizes, and the rents to be paid. This affected everyone – from aristocracy to peasantry [do they mean ag labs?], from politicians to labourers – all levels of the social hierarchy found their way into the Tithe Records to give us a fascinating snapshot of a period in English history.
Phases of the project
“This first phase at launch will reveal all tenants and landowners across England and Wales from over 11,000 parishes. This will provide the opportunity to discover whether your ancestors were landowners and how their land was put to use, or if tenants or occupiers, which plots of land they were living or working on.
“The second phase of the project will link images of microfilm maps with the plot references. Launch due Spring 2014. The third phase will digitise the large original maps in colour for each county at high resolution to enhance this unique resource. Launch due 2015.”