After graduating from the University of St Andrews Susan has spent all her working life in archives and libraries carrying out historical and genealogical research for clients, and now specialises in Chancery Proceedings and other legal records, particularly those in the period 1500 to 1800. Her clients include those writing biographies, local histories, or house histories, lawyers, churches, bodies such as the National Trust, and of course genealogists and family historians.
She is the author of “Family Feuds – An Introduction to Chancery Proceedings” and “Tracing Your Family History in the Courts of Equity”. Susan is an accredited member of the Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives (AGRA) and a trustee of the British Association for Local History. She is also a member of the Friends of the National Archives, Society of Genealogists, Archives for London, Community of Specialist Researchers, and many Family History Societies.
The lives of lunatics are often not well recorded in surviving sources. There are dozens of cases in the courts of equity, principally the Chancery court, where either the plaintiff or the defendant is a lunatic. Generally these people were deprived of their rights to property, often by ‘well meaning’ family members. The talk will […]