30-MIN GE­NEAL­O­GIST

The new wills order­ing ser­vice from the Pro­bate Of­fice

Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine - - CONTENTS -

1 Visit pro­bate­search.ser­vice.gov.uk and se­lect the ap­pro­pri­ate tab (“Wills and Pro­bate 1996 to present”, “Wills and Pro­bate 1858-1996” or “Sol­diers’ Wills”). Add sur­name and year of death and hit ‘Search’. If there’s no re­sult, click ‘Pre­vi­ous’ or ‘Next year’. 2 A copy of the ap­pro­pri­ate cal­en­dar page will ap­pear. You may have to search the next page to find the cor­rect per­son, es­pe­cially with com­mon sur­names. If you don’t find them, search a few years af­ter their death as pro­bate may have been granted later. 3 En­ter the de­tails in the boxes on the right-hand side to or­der a copy for £10. Check that the en­try says ‘pro­bate’ or ‘will’ first as some who died with­out leav­ing a will are still in the cal­en­dar. You will re­ceive an email within a few days when the will is ready to down­load.

SARA KHAN is lead ge­neal­o­gist on the Who Do You Think You Are? BBC TV se­ries

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