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Wills and Other Probate Records

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ISBN13: 9781903365496
ISBN: 190336549X
Published: March 2004
Publisher: PRO Publications
Format: Paperback
Price: £12.99

Our ancestors' wills and related records can be a valuable source of genealogical information: an opportunity to find out more about their lives, families, livelihoods - sometimes even their personalities. However, the records can seem complex. From 1858 wills were centrally registered, and researching them is straightforward, but before 1858 wills were administrated in a network of church courts, and the records are scattered. This guide seeks to make will research available to all, from the novice family historian to the seasoned researcher seeking clarification on complexities. It makes sense of the records and the institutions to approach as well as the indexes and the digital resources increasingly available. Legal terminology and Latin phrases are translated, and the text is illustrated throughout with examples of the records including wills.

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1. History of wills and administrations 2 Finding a will before 1858: introduction 3 Finding a will before 1858: the Prerogative Courts of Canterbury and York 4 Finding a will before 1858: lower ecclesiastical courts 5 Finding a will after 1858 6 Understanding the will 7 Inventories and accounts 8 Death duty registers 9 Litigation 10 Wills and related records in other PRO series Appendices Further reading Index