Definition of terms

  1. In leases "reversion and reversions" From "The Source": "The intent of this documentation (lease and release) in seventeenth-century England was to avoid the legal fees of having deeds recorded publicly. Under Henry VIII, the Statutes of Uses dictated that the person having the use of any land had the obligation of that land as well, such as taxes, feudal dues, etc. If land was leased, then by the Statute of Uses the only interest remaining to the lessor was the reversion of the land at the end of the lease's term. If that reversion was then released by the lessee, the land was sold without a bargain and sale, thus circumventing the law requiring public registration and fee. Here again, the form is formula and not a lease at all. The genealogist should read both documents because the lease often omits the wife's name because her husband could lease property without her consent. Also, the two serve as duplicate copies for such easily miscopied information as intricate metes and bounds descriptions and difficult to read proper names."
  1. feoffment - conveyancing. A gift of any corporeal hereditaments to another. It operates by transmutation of possession, and it is essential to its completion that the seisin be passed. This term also signifies the instrument or deed by which such hereditament is conveyed. This instrument was used as one of the earliest modes of conveyance of the common law.
  2. messuage - house and all the outbuildings
  3. hereditaments - Anything capable of being inherited, be it corporeal or incorporeal, real, personal, or mixed and including not only lands and everything thereon, but also heirlooms, and certain furniture which, by custom, may descend to the heir, together with the land.
  4. demise - a transfer of an estate by lease for a specific period of time
  5. emendations - to make scholarly corrections or improvements in a text

User pages

Unlike other pages at WeRelate, user pages are editable only by the user who created them. Their titles begin with the name of the user. User pages include each user's profile page as well as additional pages, such as personal research notes, that they don't want to be publicly editable.

Help with user pages


example: Surname:Jackson is a category

Categories are different when it comes to linking to them. A normal link such as puts the page into that category, with a link to the category appearing at the bottom of the page. If you just want to link to a category, you can put a colon before the word category, as in Category:page name.

Categories Help

List of Current Categories --Janiejac 20:50, 14 April 2008 (EDT)

Shared research pages

Formerly known as surname in place pages, Shared Research Pages are articles whose titles contain a surname, followed by the word "in", followed by a place. For example, Jackson in Tennessee.
A Shared Research Page can be used to post, share, and discuss information about people having that surname who lived in that place.
Anyone interested in these surnames and places can watch (monitor for changes) any Shared Research Page. If a change is made, everyone watching the page will be notified.
The changes you make to the Shared Research Page takes effect immediately.
The new Shared Research Page (or the new modified content) will start showing up in Searches the following day. This allows you to be found by others researching the same family lines as you, ask for and offer help, and share research you have gathered for that surname and place with others.

How do I create a shared research page?

This info has evolved as of Jan 2010 and will no longer be called that. To edit section later.

  1. Click on the My Relate tab in the blue bar at the top of the screen and select "Dashboard"
  2. Click on View your profile, under the heading, Profile & Messages.
  3. On the Profile Page click Edit under the blue bar at the top of the page.
    • Think of a family you're currently researching.
  4. Under the Surnames and/or places you are researching heading, click on "Add Surname and/or Place".
  5. In the fields that pop up, enter the surname of that family and the place where they lived.

Limit the Place to a State, Province, or Country to begin with.
Your ancestors may have been related to other families having the same surname in their region, so set the place to the state, province, or country in which the family lived, not the town. For example, if I were researching the John and Mary Smith family living in Boston, Georgia, I would enter "Smith" and "Georgia" into the appropriate boxes.
Make sure to use only one surname and place per page title and to type out the full place name, without abbreviation, so the page can be properly indexed into categories.
--Janiejac 02:42, 19 April 2008 (EDT)

More detail about shared research pages can be found in the text tutorial [here]--Janiejac 21:49, 2 May 2008 (EDT)