Post by ancestordetective on Dec 28, 2014 1:52:23 GMT -5
Hello all!!! Hello Cornish Terrier!!
It's been quite some time since I've posted here! Hope you all are doing well!! I came across this article on Yahoo and I thought I would pass it along. Britain is posting a searchable database for wills.
You guys are such super-sleuths, you probably already know about it or have another way to access the information...but just in case I'm posting it here today!
Just getting back into my research. Was able to find a death date using the wills.
Mmm, thanks for reminding me, I heard about this on the national radio news a couple of days ago....
Have just given it a try: seems to me the good news is that you can view (without paying your £10 for the actual will) the basic outline i.e. name & address, date of death, estate value etc. .... but the bad news is that the site has a very simplistic black & white search facility, no sophisticated coding skills were required to write it! Thus, it doesn't seem to have a great name variant capacity; and you have to search one specific year at a time....
Ancestry has for some time had the England & Wales National Probate Calendar 1858-1996 available to search - giving a range of name spellings and years of death in its results.
So perhaps for those who are not paid up members of Ancestry, the thing to do would be to search this record set on Ancestry which will give you a shortlist of possibles, then armed with that information (including the now known spelling of the name & specific year of death - bearing in mind probate might be say + one year) go to the UK Gov website & view the Probate Calendar page without charge......
Post by Cornish Terrier on Dec 28, 2014 21:06:13 GMT -5
Well, hello ancestordetective - nice to 'see' you again.
I have also had a brief look and have to agree with the comments made by Sue. It is very simplistic and the fact you are required to search one year at a time does make it rather tedious to work with. However, it is still in the Beta stage so perhaps feedback from people will prompt changes to make it more flexible. I have Ancestry so have access to the Probate Calendar which gives back details of Wills such as Executors, totals of the Estate and date/place of death which is enough for the moment.
But the option to be able to purchase Wills via this service will be useful although I must admit that 10 quid might be a little expensive for me.
Thanks for the notification and don't forget to call if you have anything we can help with.