Where there’s a will...

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

I could not agree more with Celia Her­itage’s ad­vice about us­ing the wills of in­di­rect an­ces­tors (es­pe­cially those with­out is­sue) to help grow your tree. [ See 17 Ways to Search Like An Ex­pert in September’s is­sue.]

My great grand­fa­ther was called Thomas Wil­liam Bird Tap­ley and I won­dered where the name Bird came from. I found that one of his aunts, Mary Tap­ley, mar­ried a Wil­liam Bird. On a hunch, I got a copy of Wil­liam’s will, which names all TWB Tap­ley’s broth­ers and sis­ters in­clud­ing the mar­ried names of the girls.

It turned out that as Un­cle Wil­liam Bird and Aunt Mary had no chil­dren of their own, be­quests were made to their nieces and neph­ews. Thomas was named as an ex­ecu­tor. Other rel­a­tives were also men­tioned, so over­all his un­cle’s will proved a use­ful doc­u­ment. Jacque­line Pow­ell

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