Next Bromsgrove Group Meeting: 13 Nov 2018

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Wills and Family History


Wills are important source documents for family historians. They can tell us where our ancestors lived, their family relationships, how wealthy they were, whether they owned property, and details of their business activities and personal possessions.

It is a myth that only wealthy people made wills. They were important for farmers, craftsmen, merchants and anyone who owned property, and became increasingly common from the mid-19th century.

The presentation will explore the value of wills in family history; explain the probate process and terminology; and look at how to find wills both online and offline. Various examples will be examined.

Tea and coffee will be available.