The Wills of Our Ancestors

A Guide for Family & Local Historians

Stuart Raymond

 
Date Published :
January 2013
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Illustration :
40 illustrations b/w
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Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9781848847859

Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
Stock Status : In stockPages : 208
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Overview
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What are wills, and how can they be used for family and local history research? How can you interpret them and get as much insight from them as possible? They are key documents for exploring the lives of our ancestors, their circumstances, and the world they knew. This practical handbook is the essential guide to understanding them.

Wills expert Stuart Raymond traces the history and purpose of probate records and guides readers through the many pitfalls and possibilities these fascinating documents present. He describes the process of probate, gives a detailed account of the content of the various different types of record, and advises readers on how they can be used to throw light into the past. They offer factual evidence that no genealogist or local historian can afford to ignore.

In a series of concise, fact-filled chapters he explains how wills came into being, who made them and how they were made, how the probate system operates, how wills and inventories can be found, and how much can be learned from them. In addition to covering probate records in England and Wales, he includes the Channel Islands, Ireland, the Isle of Man and Scotland.

This introduction is aimed primarily at family historians who are interested in the wills of particular individuals – who are seeking proof of descent – and local historians who are interested in the wealth of local historical information that can be gathered from them.

About The Author
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Stuart Raymond is a genealogical bibliographer, publisher and bookseller, an experienced family historian, and an expert on the history of wills and other probate records. He is also a prolific author of genealogical handbooks, web directories and library guides.

REVIEWS
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"Almost every book on English research highlights the need to examine the wills of our ancestors. But the devil is in the details and there are lots of them. Mr. Raymond gives us an easy to read detailed guide to the wills and associated records of our ancestors."

- FGS FORUM

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