Is the state-backed guarantee of ownership about to start shrinking?

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Currently, if someone suffers loss as a result of a mistake in the land register, they can claim compensation from the Land Registry. The Government acknowledges that this insurance principle is vital for stability in the property market and the economy as a whole. Its consultation paper on privatising the Land Registry insists that any change in ownership “will not affect the existence of a state guarantee to rectify mistakes”. Nevertheless, practitioners should be aware that the Law Commission has set out a range of proposals that seek to narrow the Land Registry’s indemnity.

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All in a name

Posted in Case Histories, For Family Historians, For Relatives

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People change their names for a wide variety of reasons – to avoid discrimination, to escape domestic abuse, to make a clean break from their past. While their motivations are very often practical, they can occasionally be whimsical (as a great many Wayne Rooneys, Amy Winehouses and Michael Jacksons can confirm). But, if someone changes their name and subsequently dies intestate, they may have made it very difficult for anyone to trace their next of kin: the names on their birth certificate and death certificate don't match. In this article, case manager and former police inspector Graham Underwood discusses the tools and strategies he uses when a birth certificate proves hard to find, and describes a particularly difficult bona vacantia case that involved a change of name.

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West Riding deeds registry to close until 2017

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The West Yorkshire Archive Service in Wakefield will close to the public on 13 May 2016 and re-open in new, purpose built premises in early 2017. As the archive houses the West Yorkshire deeds registry, this closure will have a significant impact on any solicitors who need to establish ownership of unregistered property in the area. However, if you contact us before the closure date, we will prioritise your search.

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When a small act of kindness makes a world of difference

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The second episode of The Secret History of My Family (available on BBC iPlayer here) presents the story of the Manley and Hunt families, a story in which a small act of kindness saves two young people from the workhouse. In this article, Anglia Research’s Eileen Butcher, who was employed as a genealogist for the programme, describes her response to the finished documentary.

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Eat, sleep, row, repeat: how four intrepid women set a world record

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When Yorkshire Rows arrived to rapturous applause in Antigua on 25 February they became the oldest all-female team ever to have rowed across any ocean. The Talisker Whisky Challenge is widely acknowledged to be one of the world’s toughest endurance tests. Janette Benaddi, Helen Butters, Niki Doeg and Frances Davies took part, rowing 3000 gruelling miles across the Atlantic, to raise money for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres.

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