Online resources for researching historical land records in NSW.
NSW Land Registry Services formerly The Land and Property Information: formerly the Land Titles Office
The primary registering authority over land in NSW was the Registrar General which included Land, Companies and Births Deaths and Marriages. The registration of Land is now administered by the NSW Land Registry Services a private company under a 35 year concession, however it is still done under the regulation of the Registrar General. Births Deaths and Marriages is now a separate organisation under the Attorney General.
There are two land systems to administer, the Old System or Common Law and the Torrens Title. See the Basics page on Land Title History in NSW.
The resources of the NSW Land Registry Services are being digitised and the historical resources the office are now online. These resources can be defined into two categories Maps and Documents. http://www.nswlrs.com.au/land_titles/historical_records_online
Let's start with the link in the LPI site to Historical Research. You can find it in the middle of the front page under Maps and Imagery.
Historical Land Records.
The main source of digitised maps and historical Land Title records in NSW is the Historic Land Records Viewer (HLRV); formerly known as Pixel. It is found in the LPI web site. Maps are also available at the State Archives and the State Library.
The HLRV contains historic maps such as county maps, parish maps, pastoral maps , town maps and Crown Plans and maps by other authorities such as the Valuer General and the Lands Department. Through the HLRV you can see the Charting maps, these are maps used by LPI to note changes the map system such as subdivisions. The charting maps indicate information such as grant details, Torrens Title issue, estate names and subdivision details.
Land Title Documents
The documents which deal with land fall into three categories; Old system deeds, the Torrens register and related dealings and plans of land (diagrams) also known as Deposited Plans. See the basics page.
The Torrens records consist of the Purchases Index, the register which is all the titles to land and the dealings which are the actions taken on the title. The Purchases Index and the old form titles are available in the veiwer. These are the old bound registered numbered volumes 1 to around 8000.
The Old System documents available in the viewer are, the grant indexes and the grant register. The deeds indexes, are the Vendors and Purchases Indexes and the deeds themselves are found under the General Register of deeds.
You can search the HLRV online or at the NSW Land Services Regitary Office or the State Archives. To see the dealings you need to pay a fee.
There are several comprehensive guides on the NSW Land Registry Services Web Site, which are free. See search guides under Publications. They give a great rundown on how to search a property. There are three main Titles
- Old System Information and Search Guide
- Searching the Registrar General's Maps and Plans
- Torrens Title Information and Search Guide
A few other online resources;
State Records (Archives)
Much broader searches can be undertaken at the State Records.
There they have collections such as Probate records, Valuation records, Water Board maps and census and electoral rolls Below is a link to the full list.
To search their records you can start with the
The State Library
Births Deaths and Marriages In NSW,
Births to 1911 and Deaths to 1981, and Marriages to 1961 are online.