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Record Description
Record Type Wills
Collection years 1640-1660
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Registered copies of wills from the Prerogative Court of Canterbury from 1640-1660. Wills may contain the following: name, date, residence, death date, and beneficiaries. The original records are held at the National Archives, series PROB 11.

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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

  • Name
  • Date
  • Beneficiaries
  • Place

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • Name of ancestor
  • Approximate date of death

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

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How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Determine the relationship of beneficiaries
  • Find information in church records
  • Check for individual in land and property records
  • See if individual can be found in visitation and heraldry records

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Check church and parish records for individual
  • Check for variations in spelling of the name
  • If possible look at the original record for errors in transcription

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in England.

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in Wales.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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Collection Citation:
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Collection Citation
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