Cheshire Wills & Probates 1711 – 1772

Find My Past Cheshire Collection

FindMyPast has added 8,163 new Chester wills & probate records to their Cheshire Collection. The time period covered is 1711 – 1772 and will be greeted with enthusiasm by those with ancestors who lived in this county.

What is the Cheshire Collection?

The original records that comprise the Cheshire Collection are housed at the Cheshire Archives and are a wide range of records that are essential data for those who are researching ancestors in the county of Cheshire.

What can I find in the Cheshire Collection?

The Cheshire Collection is made up of bishop’s transcripts, wills & probate documents, parish registers, electoral registers, marriage bonds & allegations, non-conformist records including Roman Catholic registers, land tax records and workhouse documents. There is so much more here than the usual offerings of baptism, marriage and burial registers.

Where can I find the Cheshire Collection?

FindMyPast has the above records either online or they will be online in the near future. If you live close to the Cheshire Archives in Chester then you can book a seat and use their facilities. The archive hold many more additional records than those scanned and put online by FindMyPast.

Devon Record Office closed 10–17 Sept

Devon Record Office GenealogyJust had an email announcing that Devon Record Office will be closed from 10 – 17 September 2012 due to refurbishment of the search room in readiness for the transfer of the West Country Studies library stock to the Record Office.

This is stage one of the new Devon Heritage Service which will be officially opened in October of this year.

Record Office & Archive News

Huntingdonshire Library & Archives

Changes to opening hours ….

Cambridge Collection held at Cambridge Central Library
Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm
Saturday 10am – 5pm
Staff on duty to assist during these times. After 5pm the public area will be open, but there will be no staff to assist or deliver archived material.

Huntingdonshire Archives
Monday, Tuesday, Friday 9.30am – 5pm
Wednesday 9.30am – 7pm
Thursday closed all day
2nd Saturday of each month 10am –4pm

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County Record Office Notices

Pembroke Record Office

The Pembrokeshire Record Office is moving to new premises. As a consequence, opening times have been revised in order to allow staff time to prepare the office for the move. Therefore, from the week commencing 11th June 2012 opening hours will be:

Monday & Tuesday: 9.00am – 4.45pm

Friday: 9.00am – 4.15pm

Last documents are issued 15 minutes before closing. The Record Office does not normally close for lunch.

The Hive, Worcestershire

The Hive, Europe's first joint University and Public Library, opens its doors next Monday, 2nd July. It will be open seven days a week from 8.30am to 10pm. The Hive contains records from both branches of the Record Offices, Worcester City Library and the University of Worcester Library as well as Worcestershire Historic Environment and Archaeology Service (WHEAS). Most of the records available at the Worcester Library and History Centre will be on open access each day. Original documents will not be available on a Sunday.
For further information visit the website

West Yorkshire Archive Service

West Yorkshire Archive Service will close its Sheepscar premises on Thursday 30th August 2012. These premises have proved inadequate for a modern archive service in terms of both public access and modern standards for archive storage.

In order to ensure that it does not lose its ‘place of deposit’ status currently under review by The National Archives, the service is relocating to West Yorkshire Joint Services HQ at Morley, Leeds. It is planned that the new improved services will open in November 2012.

Keep up to date by checking our website at

WYAS Leeds: Telephone 0113 214 5814 e-mail: [email protected]

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National Probate Calendar has extended the coverage of the National Probate Calendar to a much wider time period. It did start at 1860 and someone at Ancestry must have heard me wondering why it didn’t start at 1858 when the calendar started because that is now where the coverage starts and it ends in 1966 which is a year before my grandfather died. I would have liked to added the reference into his record, never mind I am very happy to have the new time period to work with and I’m glad that Ancestry seem to be able to read my mind……. now what else shall I think I might like them to put online !!

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