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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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Soldiers’ Wills now online

The final wishes of over 230,000 British soldiers are now to be found in their Wills recently published online. Many of them from the First and Second World Wars. The handwritten Wills were made out by the soldiers and carried in the service pocket books. Some are very brief one or two lines, but others […]

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Ancestry.co.uk – old v. new search

On Ancestry.co.uk there are two different search interfaces. The one presented to most users is the new version. However, many experienced researchers much prefer to use the old version. In our opinion it is easier use and returns better quality results, it is also more flexible for the experience researcher. Ancestry are proposing to get […]

Civil or Mechanical Engineer records

If your ancestor was a civil or mechanical engineer then the latest archive on Ancestry.co.uk will certainly be of interest. The records of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) contain details of over 100,000 people between 1830 and 1930 who built and shaped their world and left a […]

Surrey Parish Registers – now online

If you have ancestors from Surrey then the new collection of Surrey Parish Records are now online at Ancestry.co.uk. The collection features more than two and a half million historic Surrey parish records, the originals of which are held at Surrey County Council’s Surrey History Centre. They detail baptisms, marriages and burials contained in Anglican […]

Masonic Periodicals

A new on-line archive may be of interest for late 19th century research: Masonic publications. http://www.masonicperiodicals.org/ The archive consists of periodicals held at the Library and Museum of Freemasonry, London. Covering the period between the late 18th and early 20th centuries, it currently consists of 75,000 pages. Not the easiest site to navigate, and a […]

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