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Newsletter No.12 – September 2007.

1. Our welcome message.

2. Featured Article – Tracing wills

3. Help wanted - Need any help? - Bill does. See his enquiry

4. Latest news from www.Ancestry.co.uk

5. Next month’s article.

1. Hi all,

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2. Featured Article – Tracing wills (UK) Brief intro with a link to more information.

To someone new to family history, finding the first will of one of their ancestors is usually the most exciting find they have made. And not without good reason. A will can glean so much invaluable information for a family historian. The first fact you gain is how wealthy the ancestor was. Other entries give an indication of what kind of person your ancestor was, did he miss anyone out? Did he leave anything to charity etc.

Not all wills are alike, some can be just a couple of pages and others could be dozens of pages long. Obviously the longer the will, the more information you are likely to glean from it.

Try to obtain copies of old wills from your relatives to save money but there are other ways to obtain a will. Read on to find the information.

Don't limit your search for wills to your direct lines, as the wills of their siblings may also give details of your ancestors who could have been executors etc.

Not all wills survive and especially before 1858 when 'The Probate Act' of 1857 came into force.

If you believe that your ancestor left a will and would like a copy, here's the information you need:

When writing to request a copy of a will by post, the forename(s), surname, date of death and last known address of the person who has died, must be provided in the letter sent to one of the addresses below. In England and Wales, the York Probate Sub-Registry will pass requests to the probate registry keeping the will and grant of probate, which will send the required copies direct to the individual. In Northern Ireland, the probate Office will send copies of the wills that it holds direct to the individual. The address to write to is:-

In England and Wales
The York Probate Sub-Registry
1st Floor
Castle Chambers
Clifford Street
York YO1 9RG
Tel: 01904 666777

A fee of £5, which pays for the search and one copy of the will and grant of probate, should be sent with each application. Fees should be paid by crossed cheque or postal order made payable to Her Majesty's Court Service. In Northern Ireland, fees should be paid by crossed cheque or postal order made payable to the Supreme Court Fees Account. Further copies of the will and grant of probate can be ordered, for a fee of £5 for the first copy and £1 for further copies ordered at the same time.

Here's an extract from: http://www.familyrecords.gov.uk/

Wills and Administrations until 1858

The National Archives has the records of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, which cover mainly the southern half of the country. Copies are held at the Family Records Centre. [ The Family Records Centre has closed. The services formerly offered by The National Archives at the Family Records Centre (FRC), relating to census returns, wills and other sources, are now available at The National Archives in Kew. See http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/. For the services formerly offered by the General Register Office at the FRC, relating to births, marriages, deaths, adoptions and civil partnerships, see http://www.gro.gov.uk/. ]  Digital images of wills are available from DocumentsOnline - you can search for your ancestor’s will and then download it for a charge of £3.50 per will.

The records of the Prerogative Court of York are held at the Borthwick Institute of the University of York.

The records of the minor Probate Courts are deposited in county record offices or other local archives. As the courts of Canterbury and York only dealt with the wills of the very wealthy, most people are more likely to find information about an ancestor from one of the minor probate courts. Information about records held locally can be found at the Familia website. Some of these records are also described in the A2A (Access to Archives) database and may be found via a personal or place name search.

The National Library of Wales holds the original Welsh probates up to 1858.

Wills from 1858

You can find information on wills where probate was granted later than 1 January 1858 at the Courts Service website. They have a section on Probate Records and Family History. Copies of the index to wills from 1858 to 1943 are available on microfiche at The National Archives and the Family Records Centre. The National Library of Wales holds volumes of copy wills after 1858, up to 1940.

More advice about wills can be found here: Advice Guide - Wills

3. Help Wanted

Can any body help me,  I'm looking for the family name of ULLEY they came from Mexborough, near Doncaster, South Yorkshire. I have got back to Jonathan Ulley  born about 1729. Married Martha Woolhard or Woodward at Mexborough parish church on the18th January 1776.

If you have any ULLEY's in your family I would love to hear from you.


Bill Brinkley (Email address supplied - Please send replies to Bill's enquiry to us and we will forward them on to Bill)

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4. Latest News from Ancestry: Convict Transportation Registers released...

Strewth! We reckon our newly released Convict Transportation Registers have probably captured every convict ever sent to Australia.

So if you’ve got relatives who were sent down (under), you’ll be amazed at what you could discover. Take John ‘Red’ Kelly. An Irishman, Red was sent to Tasmania for the crime of stealing two pigs. After serving his time, he settled in Victoria, married and in 1855 had a son named Edward (although you probably know him better as Ned Kelly – Australia’s most infamous bush ranger).

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 This month's featured Ancestry member - Amanda Hones

For her entire life, Amanda Hones believed that her
Great, Great Grandfather, Thomas Gregson worked
as a railway policeman. But after some serious
detective work, she discovered he was actually a
‘proper’ Bobby on the beat!

Amanda also discovered that Thomas served in
Kirkham, only a short distance from Wrea Green,
where she was living at the time. So she was
walking on the very streets that her Great, Great
Grandfather had patrolled many years before.


5. Next month’s article.

The Hokey Pokey Man! - Find out more about your ancestors day-to-day lives.


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That’s all for this month folks…I hope you enjoyed this months newsletter. See you next month.

Jim. Editor

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