Posted: Wed May 26, 2021 5:54 am
Post subject: Property Inventories.
Piotr Zelny, with proofreading help and worthwhile suggestions from Dave Nowicki, has written another article for you entitled: Property Inventories.
This is not just another article about genealogy and history. This is a comprehensive explanation of one of the little-known history source for genealogical research of peasant families from the pre-partition time.
Here is the first part of a five-part article that introduces and describes the feudal system in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.
Title of the part: What Were The Property Inventories and Why They Were Created.
Below is an excerpt:
“Property inventories may present a more or less accurate picture of particular lands, villages and towns. They may contain descriptions of buildings, lands and crops. They may contain registers of feudal obligations which list inhabitants of particular villages and cities along with information concerning their property status and obligations towards the landlord. Eventually, they may contain a detailed description of the system of feudal duties of the particular village being described”
"The third part of the document, i.e. the normative portion, was divided into two parts. The first part contained a register of population along with the property of individual families as well as their feudal obligations. The second part provided detailed instructions and regulations in regard to the relations between peasants and the landlord as well as rules of the village’s internal system.
The register of population usually was presented in tabular form(...)"
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