WHERE THERE’S A WILL…

Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine - - EXPERT TIPS -

“When search­ing will in­dexes don’t re­strict your searches to di­rect ancestors. Look for wills left by other rel­a­tives too, in­clud­ing those on the ma­ter­nal side of the fam­ily who bear a dif­fer­ent sur­name. These can pro­vide use­ful in­for­ma­tion about your di­rect ancestors and help you build up a bet­ter pic­ture of the fam­ily. For ex­am­ple, the will for an ancestor’s brother or sis­ter may pro­vide the miss­ing name of a par­ent or other rel­a­tive. If your ancestor is named as a ben­e­fi­ciary or ex­ecu­tor in the will you may dis­cover his ad­dress or oc­cu­pa­tion. The wills of fam­ily mem­bers who died child­less can be a par­tic­u­larly good source of in­for­ma­tion, as they fre­quently men­tion a wide range of rel­a­tives which will help grow your fam­ily tree fur­ther.”

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