New On-Line Database of Kent Wills.
Kent Archaeological Society has announced that the Leland Duncan lists and transcriptions of the Medieval and Tudor wills of Kent inhabitants and landowners is now available on-line. Previously they had only been accessible at the Kent Archaeological Library located at Maidstone Museum.
A team of volunteers ‑ Margaret Broomfield, Dawn Weeks, Zena Bamping and Pat Tritton – is completing the task of transcribing Duncan’s records for the society’s website, from which they can be downloaded free of charge. There are some 2,188 records.
The records are now on a database which has two indexes. One enables the surnames of testators to found and is convenient for family historians. For Local Historian the second index the areas, parishes or dioceses in which the testators lived or owned land. The areas include boroughs which were once part of Kent but are now within Greater London.
Further details and the Indexes and Transcriptions can be found at Medieval and Tudor Kent Wills
National Archives-Royal Navy records available online to search and download.
The National Archives has naval records on-line that include ratings' service records (1853-1923), officers' service records (1840-1920), and Women's Royal Naval service records (1917-1919). These all help to fill gaps in a naval ancestor's story that may have been lost over time, such as hair and eye colour.
You can search the index free of charge. The results will give you the full name, the date, reference etc. If you wish you can download a copy of the original record (cost £3.50).
Details and the search page can be found at Royal Navy ratings' service records 1853-1923