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Sunday, 17 April 2011

Free Indexes, Transcripts etc continued


Wills can be an important source of information about your ancestor, what he/she owned and to whom it was left. In England wills have survived from Medieval Times. They were proven by the Church and other Courts.

The National Archives (The National Archives, Kew, Richmond, Surrey) at National Archives gives an outline of Wills.

Free Will and Probate Indexes.
Will of Margaret Lane of Horton Kirby, Kent. 1720
East Kent Wills and Probates 1396 - 1659.

Kent Archaeological Society has Indexed the Archdeaconry Court, Consistory Court wills from 1550 - 1659 and Including Calendar of Wills & Administrations 1396-1558, 1640-1650 by Henry R Plomer. The information includes Name, date when made and when probated, location and any comments and references. Those of the Calender of Wills provide, Name, alternative spellings,  year and references. They can be found at East Kent Wills 1396 1659 

East Kent Wills and Probates 1660 - 1858.

All wills 1660-1858 Archdeaconry Court registered wills, Achdeaconry Court original/office copy wills and Consistory Court registered wills  are included and provide the same information as above.They can be searched at East Kent Wills 1660-1858 In total there are 84,085 people, 138,035 records in the Indexes.
You can also search here Kentish Administrations  Kentish Administrations, 1559-1649 Abstracted by Leland L. Duncan and Alphabetized by John Blythe Dobson. 

North West Kent Wills and Families. Up to 1650.

A free index of 19000 entries of Wills and Probates from that gives  name, parish, date and notes. You can purchase a CD which includes transcripts of the Wills. They can be searched free at NW Kent Wills

Rainhan, Kent. Index of Wills, Perogative Court of Canterbury.

A small Index of Wills of Rainham inhabitants on Parish Chest. Transcribed by David Auger. Rainham Wills

Kent Genealogy.

Maureen Rawson's site contains some 2450 transcripts of Kent wills. All pre 1858. Kent Will Transcripts pre 1858 There is also a summary of Edenbridge, Kent Wills by Lionel Cole on the Kent Genealogy site at  Edenbridge Wills

To be continued.

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