Family history

Wills and how to transcribe them

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I posted an answer on a facebook group this morning about how I go about transcribing wills, and it ocurred to me that I hadn’t blogged about that here. I’ve become much better at doing this as I’ve gained experience, which I will share. One of the first things to check if you use Ancestry, […]

Free resources

Surrey resources

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Whenever I find a lot of resources for a particular place, I try to add a section to my free resources page. This week – Surrey!  There are a few printed registers available on the internet archive for Surrey.  I know that the Surrey registers and resources from the Surrey History Centre are currently on […]

Family history

Free Stuff from the National Archives

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The National Archives have quietly doubled the number of downloads you can make for free from their website.  You can now download up to 100 items, including wills, these include: First and Second World War records, including medal index cards Military records, including unit war diaries Royal and Merchant Navy records, including Royal Marine service […]

Family history

What’s in a will?

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Once upon a time, the location of wills was such an arcane subject that books were written on the subject.  So before ordering a copy of a will, you had to find out where it was, track down the will you wanted to order and work out how to order it.  Things have become a […]