Chancery Proceedings

In 2002 "Family Feuds, An Introduction to Chancery Proceedings" was published by the Federation of Family History Societies. This was a culmination of a lifetime's experience with Chancery Proceedings.  As the introductions says:

Chancery Proceedings are quite my favourite source of information for family and local history. I was first introduced to them about 25 years ago, when I was asked to help a leading professional genealogist to index a huge pile of copies of 17th century cases he had obtained for a group of clients. For hours, or rather days, we sat reading these papers, with our index cards to hand. The cases all related to a few families in just one village in Hampshire. All my waking hours seemed to be spent with these families, and I felt I knew each of them personally. Dragging myself back to reality at the end of the day was very hard - to find that it had been raining, or sunny, and that life had continued in the real world, while I had been living in this little village in the 17th century all day, was always astonishing. As soon as I got home, my own family were regaled with the latest update in the 17th century soap opera, and I couldn’t wait to get back next morning to read the next instalment in the drama.

Chancery records can provide an insight into the life and times of a family or a place, so are of interest to family historians, genealogists, and local historians.  They are one of the few records that include details of several generations, often with dates, all in one document.