Bristol Wills 1781 – 1858

clip_image002Bristol Archives have an index to wills proved in Bristol between 1781 – 1858. There is a good general explanation of what you are likely to find in a will, a couple of examples of wills and the index itself.

Once you have found a will in the index that you would like a copy of you can then email the archives and they will send you back a quote. Sadly they don’t accept credit card payment, so I assume they will accept cheques or bank transfers perhaps even debit cards.

The index gives name, parish, occupation & the year the will was proved. Enough to identify if the will is of interest to you.


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Tasmanian Wills

clip_image002I’ve been sorting out my Whiting family who emigrated to Tasmania in the 1880’s. I came across the Tasmanian Library & Archives site and they have the wills indexed and scanned 1824 – 1989 and all for free.

What a wonderful service ! The site has lots of other datasets to search so I’ll let you know what else I find as I explore this site further that is after I have checked for wills for everyone on my list.

All this in between putting up the Christmas tree and working out how many mince pies are likely to be consumed in the next few weeks ….. the answer to that is too many !


Dorset Parish Registers 1538 – 1812

clip_image002Just noticed that have put up the earlier Dorset parish registers. The post 1812 ones have been there a while, but this is the first time I have noticed the earlier ones are there. The great news with these parish registers are that they aren’t only an index and they aren’t a transcript, you get to view the real thing.

Only thing missing is the smell of centuries of dust with a slight hint of mouse and the feel of the leather binding and the beautiful thick parchment pages. I am so lucky to have started researching when you were able to handle the actual registers. I’m glad they are now digitised and safe from excess handling, but for those of you who have never handled a document 500 years old – gosh you have missed an experience!

Irish Parish Registers

If you have Irish ancestors then you will need to spend some time at this clip_image002website where amongst other goodies they have Irish parish registers online and indexed. Find an entry that interests you in the index and then click to see the actual register. Nothing like looking at the original record.

And the good news is that it is free.



Lincolnshire Heritage Collection

Lovely website if you have Lincolnshire family. clip_image002Plenty of topics to interest from Parish Registers to old letters to photographs. Even Margaret Thatcher gets a section of her own!