A will is a legal document that contains a person’s wishes regarding giving ownership to their properties after they pass away. Wills are an excellent piece of documentation to find as they can tell you more about the possessions of your ancestors and who inherited which items.
Wills usually provide the following information:
- Items inherited by the widow
- Items inherited by the children
- Any items of sentimental value that belonged to your ancestor
Other information that a will can contain are surprises. What do we mean by this; we mean any confessions that your ancestor may have wanted to make, any extra information that you didn’t know that could lead to further expansion of the family tree. These are rare, but if you are going to find any documentation of a confession, it is going to be on the will.
Where can I find Wills?
There are multiple locations where you can get your hands on a will. With technology ever advancing, a great place to start is online. Sites such as Ancestry, Family Search, Origins and The National Archives are great places to start. These usually contain what you are looking for, but if you can’t find what you’re after, it is important to not give up. A general Google search should give you a result that will suit your needs.
Sometimes, you will check wills that you thought would be of help however, failed to meet your expectations. It is vital that you don’t throw these away as they could be of value to another genealogist on the same path as you are. Keep them and you can be the hammer for someone to knock down their brickwall.
At British Genealogy, there is a dedicated section for both wills and unwanted wills respectively. See if you can find what you are looking for there OR you may be able to post the document that others have been seeking for so long. All you have to do is sign up and get involved today!