Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy


London, England, Wills and Probate, 1525-1858

This database contains wills dating from 1523 to 1857 held by the London Metropolitan Archives. These are original wills only and do not include wills or administrations found in will registers or act books which are accessible on site at the London Metropolitan Archives. These do not include wills proved in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury. Wills are important documents because they can provide a great deal of genealogical information. Often the names of surviving family members, especially those to whom items were bequeathed, are mentioned. They may also list the names of the testator’s parents. In addition to family relationships, other information may also be gleaned from wills. For example, based on the type of items and the worth of the items being bequeathed to surviving relatives one can formulate an idea about what kind of life the testator had. for more click here

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