The Oxfordshire Transcribed Wills project which is run by the Oxfordshire Family History Society has certainly come along nicely since I last visited the site. I haven’t been able to ascertain how many wills are now online, but the number is increasing all the time. Anyone, not just members of OFHS, can contribute a transcript of a will that they have as long as it has some connection to Oxfordshire.
As one would expect from the OFHS, which have high standards in transcribing, the transcriptions can be searched under a variety of surnames not just the person who wrote the will. The headings are ….
Testator – The person whom the document is about, including intestates (in Admons etc) and similar.
- Close Relative – Spouse, Grandparent, Parent, Sibling, Child, Grandchild, Spouse of sibling or of child.
- Other Relative – Nephew, Niece, Uncle, Aunt, Cousin, Kinsman, Kinswoman, Greatgrandchild etc.
- Legatee – Unrelated person with a legacy — Friend, Servant etc.
- Will Official – Witness, Trustee, Overseer, Appraiser, Executor etc.
- Mention – Unrelated person with no legacy — Bondee, Landlord, Tenant, Priest etc.
- Bureaucrat – Any official, clerk or witness involved in the Probate process.
The web page has guides for new users of the project, contributors, a glossary and information on pre 1858 wills in Oxfordshire. Altogether a very useful source of family history information.
Image of Former probate office, designed by Charles Buckeridge and built 1863, in New Road, Oxford – Wikimedia Commons – Motacilla