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1939 Register online at FMP

FindmMypast in conjunction with the National Archives have published the 1939 Register for England and Wales. This Register is a very useful database for researching your ancestors as it goes some way towards bridging the information gap caused by there being no census records between 1922 and 1951. Furthermore, the 1921 census is not due […]

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Electoral Registers on FMP

Find My Past have just announced the release of their largest single collection to date with over 5.4 million images of England & Wales Electoral Registers 1832-1932. These contain approximately 220 million names. Covering over 100 years these images are of microfilmed copies of printed registers stored in the British Library where they cover 2.25 […]

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Ordering Wills or Probate Records Online

The HM Government’s Probate Office for England and Wales has now altered the procedure for ordering Wills or Probate records (1858 to the present day). You can only order the documents online. It will cost £10. Go to their Find a Will search page and enter the persons surname and year of death. It is […]

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Lunacy Patients Admission Registers, 1846-1912

Recently published on Ancestry are the Lunacy Patients Admission Registers, 1846-1912. In 1845, the Lunacy Act and County Asylum Act required counties to build asylums for the insane. The newly formed Lunacy Commission was established both oversee these public asylums and the still existing private asylums. These registers are those of the Lunacy Commission and […]

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More Wills at the Essex Record Office

The Essex Record Office (ERO) has just announced a recent new upload of 22,500 wills to their Essex Ancestors service. You can now view online Wills which were created before c.1720 and now held in the ERO. The remaining Wills from c.1720-1858 are to be uploaded in the near future. Essex Ancestors is a pay […]

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Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills

A new and important collection of Wills has just been added on Ancestry.co.uk: the Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills from 1384 to 1858. According to Ancestry, “Prior to 12 January 1858, wills in England and Wales were proved in ecclesiastical courts. This indexed collection contains images of wills as they were copied into the registers […]

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