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~~~Secret Red ^^ Squirrel~~~ **007 1/2** Report 13 Jan 2012 22:31

wow 2/3 of people left a will ???!! Not in my family it appears...the odds were very much lower than that. very useful thread Jonesey. Thank you.

And thank you Joy for pointing me in the right direction :)

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~~~Secret Red ^^ Squirrel~~~ **007 1/2** Report 13 Jan 2012 22:26

oooh another one :)


JoyDean Report 13 Jan 2012 21:17



JerryH Report 9 Dec 2011 15:33

Wills in Devon prior to 1858 can be a problem as many of the records were destroyed by the bombing of Exeter during WW2

There is an excellent webpage I have found at

which is worth a visit.

Also Death Duty records should not be discounted as a valuable source.
The DDR1 records for the period 1796 to 1811 are available to search at the National Archives and can be downloaded in the same way as a PCC Will. These records are not limited to any specific part of the Country.
These are Abstracts of a Will and normally contain details of Executors and Beneficiaries together with amounts bequeathed.

Kew (PRO) also hold records DDR2 for 1812 to 1857 which are only available on Microfiche.


Jonesey Report 20 Jun 2011 22:11


Chris in Sussex

Chris in Sussex Report 29 May 2011 10:27

Wiltshire wills before 1858 (1540-1858)...

Free searchable database and a copy can be ordered, £5. Some are available to view online after payment.

If you have no luck then a search the in the PCC wills may be worthwhile..



Jonesey Report 29 May 2011 09:03


Hi, You will not see the actual will itself but Ancestry has amongst its databases this one:.

England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations),1861-1941

If one of your ancestors wills was proven or a grant of administration of their estate made during that period then you can usually see the size of their estate and the name of their executors or the person who was granted administration rights. To search the database you will need to enter your ancestors name, the area they lived in and approximate date of death. If you find a record you can order a copy of the will/grant itself from any UK probate office (See opening post).

Good luck.


SpanishEyes Report 29 May 2011 08:18

Please could someone let me know where I can find Wills for people who lived in Mere Wiltshire. As I do not live in the UK it is very difficult for me to visit places.

Thank you

Also have found this a very interesting thread.

09.22 hrs Spain.


SpanishEyes Report 29 May 2011 08:18

Please could someone let me know where I can find Wills for people who lived in Mere Wiltshire. As I do not live in the UK it is very difficult for me to visit places.

Thank you

Also have found this a very interesting thread.

09.22 hrs Spain.


Annx Report 26 May 2011 20:28

Apparently poorer people would leave a Will to dispose of the tools of their trade, pots and pans, furniture or items of clothing. Remember things were used and mended years ago till they could be used and mended no more. A lady at our RO found a petticoat being left in a Will. Always worth looking as she said.


Perchino Report 26 May 2011 20:03

This site mentioned by Jonesey is well worth reading :

Publications - Guidance - Probate - Guide to obtaining copies ...
22 Feb 2011 ... C/o York Probate Sub-Registry 1st Floor, Castle Chambers Clifford Street York YO1 9RG .... Rep Ireland: Probate Office, Four Courts, Dublin ... - 30k -

Chris Ho :)

Chris Ho :) Report 26 May 2011 08:30



Chrissie2394 Report 11 Apr 2011 18:17

I visited the probate office in Nottingham last Friday and was told the price for a copy of a will has increased to £6.

I searched their system and all the names I was searching were coming up as no results. I then entered the name of an ancestor whose probate details I'd got from Ancestry and again it came up as no results. When I checked this with staff all he said was the system isn't infallible. Great eh.

Fortunately though two records I was interested in were on their system. Wish I'd taken cash with me though as they do not accespt debit cards so ended up having to post a checque off to them.



Flick Report 11 Apr 2011 10:54

One point which must be emphasised.............

Only Wills which have been PROVED, i.e. gone to Probate. will be in the public domain.

The following is the official source........the application form can be downloaded

Search fee is £5.00 per item....non-refundable


Linda Report 11 Apr 2011 01:04

Hi everyone,
as posted earlier a good site for help in reading old handwriting is



Sheila Report 10 Apr 2011 16:01

I was surprised to find that my Gr.Gr,Grandfather left a will in 1878. He described himslf as a Labourer. He left a cottage and two gardens. They were to be sold and proceeds to go to his nine children

Chris Ho :)

Chris Ho :) Report 9 Apr 2011 20:16



ElizabethK Report 30 Mar 2011 12:17



MargaretM Report 25 Mar 2011 17:38

Steve, I'm in Canada and it took a couple of months before the will arrived. When it did I was rather disappointed, it was just a typewritten copy with no date on it. I was really interested in when the will was written.


Steve Report 25 Mar 2011 10:59

Hi All (*I usually include a smiley face with any of my posts – but am finding it hard to smile of late) :-(

Sadly I have just read this post which I feel would have been of great help if only I had read it 30 days ago.

I have ordered 4 wills with the payment of $25 Australian dollars made in full on the 23rd February 2011 and I am still awaiting there delivery. I have emailed them (the site) twice in the last 3 days asking for a ‘please explain’ as to why I have not received them – no such luck. Needless to say I am incredibly down hearted and bitterly disappointed. Especially after waiting near 6 years to bite the so called bullet, I feel so let down.

Living in Australia and ordering from the UK has had some issues for me in the past – but everything has been OK till now.

The upshot of my message is – how long is too long to wait for delivery 14 days? – 20 days? – 30 days? – 40 days? And what can I do if I am still waiting in another 30 full days with no response?

The site I have ordered the wills from appears to be above board and has many and varied current links – so I am at a complete loss as to now what to do next – any thoughts or suggestions would be most appreciated – I am truly at a loss as to know what to do next.

Thanks in Advance