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Where there’s a will…: probate records for family history at The National Archives and beyond

Whether your ancestor was leaving a fortune or just a few possessions, or making the parting shot in a longstanding grudge, they may well have left a will to record their last wishes. You may also find other helpful sources in probate and other collections, recording details of ancestors who died without a will, or disputes lodged by disgruntled surviving relatives.

This talk will look at PCC wills and other probate records at The National Archives and elsewhere. It will provide an introduction to finding a will and identifying related records, and discuss what they can tell you about your ancestor and the life they led.

Kate Jarman has worked in local archives in London and Somerset and at The National Archives. Her previous research includes work on will disputes in the church courts.

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