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Have you ever wondered if your ancestors owned property in the former North Riding of Yorkshire or wanted to learn more about the history of your house? Why not use the Register of Deeds to find out? Find out more about the Register of Deeds here

You can now use the facility on this site to query by name and/or by Township. Use the search bar above to search the database.

This search facility has been created as part of a wider academic research project led by Dr Joan Heggie of Teesside University.


***LATEST NEWS*** - August 2021 - Details of upcoming talks/ presentations about women as capital lenders and women's involvement with property added to the Events section in the 'About' page.



***NEWS*** - June 2021 - Success!! External funding received from the British Academy/ Leverhulme Small Research Grant (SRG2021_210721) for a new two-year project entitled 'Women as capital lenders in nineteenth-century Yorkshire: Evidence from the Registers of Deeds'. This project will investigate the role that women played as capital lenders in the expansion of industrial towns and development of middle-class suburbs using mortgage documents from the East, North and West Ridings of Yorkshire.


***NEWS*** - February 2021 - New datasets added!! The Indexes for Townships beginning with 'M' for the 1853-1864 period have been uploaded. Over 12,000 new names - and including all transactions involving the Township of Middlesbrough.


***NEWS - November 2019 - Findings from this study published!***

Heggie, J. K. F., (2019) 'Women's Involvement in Property in the North Riding of Yorkshire in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries' in Women and the Land, 1500-1900. Capern, A. L., McDonagh, B. & Aston, J. (eds.). Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, p. 201-225.

See here for link to publisher's website.


At the moment, only the North Riding Index Registers for 1784-1790 and 1885-1889 have been transcribed in full and are available to search. More Indexes may be added in the future, so remember to bookmark this site and check back now and again to see what updates have been added.

The North Yorkshire County Record Office has kindly granted access to the Register of Deeds Indexes and has given permission for this database to be used for public searches.