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    Please excuse me if I am way behind knowing this and every one else is aware but for those that are not the Wills are searchable and orderable on

    https://probatesearch.service.gov.uk/#wills

    It is a great service and there are images of the probates.

    I had not seen it before.

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    Thanks MrsP, that one's new to me too.

    I've had good successes here - http://familyrecords.dur.ac.uk/nei/data/simple.php - which is regional, but suits my location. Successful searches lead to actual copies of the wills.

    Cheers, MTS

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    I don't understand why the search on the first heading gave me two people but the search on the second heading gave me the page - like the index page. In some years the first heading gave me no hits while the second heading gave me the page and there were names on it that I was asking for.
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    I seem to have known about that website for a long time, though it has only recently occured to me actually order a will. What I've only just noticed is that for 'Wills 1996 to present' and 'Soldier's Wills' you get an advanced search whereas for 'Wills 1858-1996' you only get a basic search. Not quite sure why there should be a difference.

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    Ladkyis, I am sorry I don't understand what you mean.

    It does say the site is BETA and they are asking for feedback so it will probably evolve as they see how people use it.

    Mrs P

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    What I've only just noticed is that for 'Wills 1996 to present' and 'Soldier's Wills' you get an advanced search whereas for 'Wills 1858-1996' you only get a basic search. Not quite sure why there should be a difference.
    Because the system changed. When the probate search room was in operation, you had to look in the heavy books for cases up to 1992, on fiche (1993-1995) or on computer (1996 onwards).

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