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From: "Chris Phillips" <>
Subject: Re: Happy Holidays
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2003 10:40:54 -0000
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Leslie Mahler wrote:
> One problem that I see with the cataloging of Chancery Suits is that
> they often say "Clark vs Smith" with few other details.
> Many times, the suits have many facts about various relatives, but you
> wont know whats inside until someone reads the whole document.
The information in the PRO's Equity Pleadings database is a bit more
detailed, including details of places.
The "Search by places" screen has a dropdown menu showing a number of
With reference to American colonists, I thought it was interesting that
selecting "United States", and leaving the rest blank, gives 35 matches
(from the late 17th and early 18th centuries). Some more details can be
displayed by clicking the links on the left hand side of the list of
This covers only a small fraction of the chancery records held by the PRO.
Unfortunately, nothing seems to have been added to the database for some
time. Perhaps some expressions of interest from the USA would encourage the
PRO to move it up the list of priorities?