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Digi­tised Welsh wills on the Na­tional LI­brary of Wales web­site

Un­like in Eng­land, wills proved be­fore 1858 in Wales can all be found in one place due to them be­ing digi­tised by The Na­tional Li­brary of Wales. If your an­ces­tor was Welsh, then fol­low th­ese steps to try to find their will.


Nav­i­gate to the li­brary’s home­page ( llgc.org.uk). At the left-hand side of the top menu bar, click on the op­tion for ‘Cat­a­logues’. This page (shown left) will ap­pear, which also in­cludes an op­tion for ‘Wills’ in the ‘Search the cat­a­logues’ box.


Af­ter click­ing on the ‘Wills’ op­tion, a drop-down box ap­pears where you can search for the will by name, parish, town or oc­cu­pa­tion. En­ter the rel­e­vant de­tails. Here we are search­ing for Anne Con­way who died around 1679 in Northop. We en­ter her name only and click the search icon.


All pos­si­ble hits will ap­pear. Se­lect the one that you want. You can view the im­age im­me­di­ately by click­ing on the op­tion for Im­age 1 etc. How­ever, if you wish to down­load or print a copy then there is an op­tion to pur­chase a dig­i­tal ver­sion for £3.50.

Search for wills in the Na­tional Li­brary of Wales’ dig­i­tal ar­chive


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