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 comprehensive guide makes 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 digital resources increasingly available. Legal terminology and Latin phrases are translated and the text is illustrated throughout with examples of the records including wills.
About the Author
Karen Grannum has worked at The National Archives for 13 years and has extensive experience of advising the public on the archives and in particular wills and other probate records. Karen recently prepared the second edition of Using Wills in the PRO.
Table of Contents
· Church courts and records before 1858
· Finding a will before 1858
· Administrations before 1858
· Wills and administrations from 1858 onwards
· Understanding the will
· Inventories and accounts
· Death duty registers
· Other probate records
· Appendices, Further Reading and Index.