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generation property or land

[cf. GENERATION 1] n. land held jointly by all of the original owner's descendants: 1980 Generation land was given by a land-owner in the 19th century to one or more people and the land has been passed to all blood­line descendants of these common ancestors. And so, today, such land is not owned in fee simple by any one person (Guardian, Sept. 4). (Nassau, Exuma)


(Although the term is sometimes used inter­changeably with COMMONAGE LAND since there is no legal title for such property and it cannot be sold by any individual, there is a distinction: GENERATION LAND is owned by people related through common ancestors, whereas COMMON­AGE LAND is owned by everyone in a community regardless of descent, although in practice the two may overlap in a community consisting of a single clan.

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Last update: 2011-04-30 23:41
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.0

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