"Treasures to be Found in Old Wills" - Leader: Ellen Shelly


Booking Code: 1917

Wills are a rich source of information about the finances and properties owned by our ancestors and their family ties. They also contain unexpected hints, or at times, explicit information about the relationships within families, the state of mind of the testator in the last weeks or days of their lives, and the things that were of most value to them at that time. A huge number of wills are available online from sites such as ancestry.co.uk to be ordered from the principal registry and also from the familysearch.org dedicated link at the Society of Genealogists. But you have to be able to read them! This workshop will take a look at some wills, the way they are written, how to develop your skills in reading old handwriting and hopefully show why it is worth making the effort!