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Newsletter No.12 – September 2007.
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Tracing wills (UK) Brief intro with a link to more
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
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
In England and Wales
The York Probate Sub-Registry
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:
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
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.
National Library of Wales holds the original Welsh probates up to
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.
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settled in Victoria, married and in 1855 had a son named Edward (although
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