18 August 2010

English Research News & Seminar Display Boards

Display Boards for Seminar
Hope your having a wonderful summer. I'm sure your looking forward to our upcoming seminar. We want to make it the most informative and interesting as possible. So - if you haven't committed to doing a display board, won't you consider it. It is not to late. I have never made one and have managed to pull it all together in a couple days. In fact it was rather fun! It's really not that hard and doesn't have to be complicated.
So please do consider --- it's never too late.
If you have any questions, call me 250-769-5822
Thanks, Eileen Cook

English Research
Ancestry has recently uploaded the England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations),1861-1941. This is more than an index to all Wills & Administrations for the whole of England & Wales between these dates, it is also an abstract of the Probate, including the exact death date and place, occupation of the deceased, value of the estate and Executor(s) name, occupations, relationship to the deceased and place of residence. If you find something of interest, the actual Will or Administration can either be obtained from Family History Library microfilms (up to 1930) or ordered from the Principal Probate Registry in England (www.hmcourts-service.gov.uk/cms/1226.htm) for a cost of £5 plus postage.
The Principal Probate Court was established in 1858, at which time the probate system was completely over-hauled so that there was one national registry. Before this time, wills and administrations were the business of a myriad of church courts of various jurisdictions and levels making them very difficult to locate. The National Probate Calendar on Ancestry currently covers only from 1861-1941 with some gaps but these gaps will be filled over time and the database extended back to 1858 and further into the present.

Happy Hunting!