Cost of post 1857 probate records drop from £10 to £1.50!


The Ministry of Justice in the U.K. has announced that it’s cutting the cost of ordering English and Welsh probate records from £10 to £1.50 for the next 12 months.

That means that if you are looking for an ancestor’s will for persons whose will was granted probate after 1857 you can save yourself a bit of money!



The Find a Will online service ( allows family history researchers to search for UK probate records by surname and year of death, but only from 1857. When you find the probate you can then order a digital copy of the record and that usually takes up to 10 working days to arrive.

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But what about earlier English and Welsh wills? These were administered by the Church and not the State and Probate was issued by Church courts. The country was divided into archdiocese with the Prerogative Court of Canterbury (PCC) and the Prerogative Court of York (PCY) at their head.

For Scottish Wills need you to head over to ScotlandsPeople website:

And for Welsh Wills pre 1857 the National Library of Wales is a great resource:


The National Archive’s website (TNA) has some help for those looking for pre-1857 wills including some links at:

But they don’t mention that PCC wills (including images sourced from TNA) are available on the subscription site TheGenealogist *

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UK Series 16 of Who Do You Think You Are? returns tonight!

Its here at last!

The first episode of the 16th UK series of Who Do You Think You Are? is scheduled to be broadcast tonight on BBC 1 at 9pm.

People are getting excited as it is the Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe who is about to explore his family history  – and it is a good episode in my opinion!

I have already had the gen on what is in the programme so that I could put together the article for TheGenealogist* on their website. I’ve put in some additional record research that won’t be in the show, so you may want to take a look.


However, if you intend to watch the programme you need to be aware my article does contain spoilers! Read about what Daniel Radcliffe discovers in his family history on Who Do You Think You Are?*



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New Searchable War Memorials online

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TheGenealogist has just released over 658 War Memorials with 75,973 new individuals. This means that there are now a total of over 568,000 individuals that are fully searchable in TheGenealogist’s War Memorial records.

Top left: The State War Memorial – Western Australia, Perth Kings Park Cenotaph; top right: Leicester Cathedral; bottom: One of over 1,000 memorial plaques from tree-lined avenues in Kings Park, Perth, Western Australia


The new data will allow the family history researcher to discover:

  • close to 76,000 individuals recorded on War Memorials
  • 658 War Memorials from England, Australia, New Zealand and Canada


These fully searchable records are transcribed from images of the tributes put up to honour the war dead from various conflicts including the Boer War, the First World War and World War II. This latest release from TheGenealogist covers war memorials from many parts of the UK, as well as some further afield monuments in Australia, Canada and New Zealand.

This new release covers memorials large and small. For example, there are over 3,100 names from the First World War commemorated in Middlesbrough, Teesside; while 527 names can be searched from Durham (covering both world wars); and another 1,655 individuals for Market Harborough in Leicestershire. You can discover that the roll of honour for the 59 men who were members of the congregation of St Nicholas church, in Durham, also records stars against the names of those who had been members of the 1st Durham Boy’s Brigade.


A number of school memorials, as well as those for places of work, are released including: The Haberdashers School – now in Hertfordshire; St Benedicts School, Glastonbury, Somerset; Takapuna School – in Auckland, New Zealand and Kohukohu school, also in New Zealand; King’s School in Bruton, Somerset; Monmouth Grammar School; Ightham School (Kent) WW1; Oving (West Sussex) school; London (Kensington) Lycee Francais WW2 – includes resistance fighters and some killed in concentration camps.


There are various business organisations who have honoured their dead employees with memorials. Some of those in this release include: Symingtons (corset makers) in Market Harborough, Leicestershire; Sevenoaks Postal District in Kent for their WW1 and WW2 deaths; the main colliery in Edlington, South Yorkshire; the London & Lancashire Insurance Company; the Phoenix Insurance Company; the Auckland (NZ) Harbour Board Staff; the Southern Co-operative WW1 and WW2 deaths from Portsmouth; Southdown Motor Services (Brighton Bus depot) WW2 deaths; Cox’s & Kings Bank (Army agents) from WW1 and WW2 and the London Stock Exchange – members and clerks for Boer War, WW1 and WW2.


In the Antipodes – the War Memorial in Auckland names all the men of New Zealand who were lost in the Boer War. While in Australia there are over 1,000 memorial plaques from tree-lined avenues in the park in Perth, Western Australia. Each memorial plaque in this park is dedicated to a particular man lost in WW1 or WW2 – some at Gallipoli, some on the Western Front, some fighting the Japanese as well as those who died when a POW in the Far East in WW2.

While from England, an unusual War Memorial is the WW1 roll of Honour for Leicestershire – the book is in a glass case in Leicester Cathedral and so is inaccessible. The names, however, are included in this release.



These records are available to Diamond subscribers of TheGenealogist as part of their large Military Records collection.


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Sometimes you just have to visit your ancestors’ town

Last weekend, after a truly enjoyable day at The Family History Show, South West in Bristol, I then headed down for a rendezvous in Devon with some of my first cousins.

Our paternal line hails from Dartmouth, Devon and like so many family history researchers we have some brick walls that we would like to knock down. By using research on the internet we have come up with an address for our ancestor’s home. The problem being that in the 1861 census they lived in Mill Pond, a name of a road that is no longer in existence.


1861 Census identifies ancestor at Mill Pond, Dartmouth

The enumerator’s route

I am always surprised that more researchers are not aware that each census enumerator’s route can be found by scrolling back through the household images on some of the subscription sites.


The Enumerator’s route from the records on TheGenealogist website, provide by The National Archives


This tells me that Mill Pond was just after Mariner’s Place and before Market Square. But even an old map doesn’t pinpoint where these dwellings were!

In the end I resorted to walking the area myself and as I turned into Market Square I noticed that a large house had a sign giving its name as Mill Pond House along with its number in Market Street (as opposed to Market Square). This was my first clue as to where this long gone street name may have once been.

Now I know that my ancestors were not that wealthy to have lived in this house, but what it does prove that by actually visiting an area you can sometimes make more headway than you can from behind your computer screen.

That being said, it was down to searching out the enumerator’s route on TheGenealogist website* that gave me the tools to walk the correct area!


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New Unique Searchable Norfolk Parish Records

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Some of these records will reveal the parents of illegitimate children!


TheGenealogist has released over half a million new parish records for Norfolk into their Parish Records collection. In addition to containing the uniquely transcribed records of Baptism, Marriages and Burials with images for over 250 parishes, these records also include some fascinating Bastardy bonds, Examinations, Warrants and Orders. With this release family historians will be able to find the details of ancestors baptised, married and buried as well as those that had children born out of wedlock in this East Anglian county. 

The Outcast

The Outcast. Richard Redgrave


The new data will allow the family history researcher to discover:


  • Over half a million individuals in records
  • Names of parents of illegitimate children
  • Images also reveal the names of people standing guarantor for the father
  • The baptism, marriages and burials of ancestors in Norfolk


These fully searchable records are transcribed from the original records and linked to the images from the Norfolk Record Office. This release covers the parishes of:

Acle, Alby, Antingham, Ashby with Oby, Ashby With Oby and Thurne, Ashill, Ashwellthorpe, Ashwicken, Aslacton, Babingley, Bacton, Banham, Barton Bendish All Saints & St Mary, Barton Bendish St Andrew, Bawsey, Beechamwell, Beighton, Billingford, Billingford with Thorpe Parva, Billockby, Bixley, Blickling, Booton, Boughton, Bracon Ash, Bradfield, Brancaster, Braydeston, Breccles, Bressingham, Brinton, Brundall, Buckenham, Bunwell, Burgh next Aylsham, Burgh St Peter, Burlingham St Edmund, Burnham Deepdale, Burnham Thorpe, Burnham Westgate, Caister St Edmunds & Trinity, Caistor St Edmunds, Calthorpe, Carleton Rode, Castle Rising, Caston, Catton, Chedgrave, Cawston, Chedgrave, Clippesby, Colney, Congham St Andrew, Corpusty, Croxton, Denton, Dersingham, Diss, Dunston, Earlham, East Bradenham, East Carleton, East Dereham, East Harling, East Lexham, East Tuddenham, East Walton, East Winch, Eccles, Edgefield, Edingthorpe, Elsing, Erpingham, Felthorpe, Fersfield, Flitcham, Flordon, Fordham, Forncett St Peter, Foulsham, Framingham Earl, Framingham Pigot, Fundenhall, Gayton, Gayton Thorpe, Gaywood, Gimingham With Trunch, Gissing, Glanford, Great Bircham with Bircham Newton and Bircham Tofts, Great Dunham, Great Fransham, Great Poringland, Great Snoring, Great Witchingham, Great Yarmouth, Great Yarmouth St Nicholas, Grimston, Griston, Guestwick, Haddiscoe, Hales, Hapton, Hardley, Hardwick, Hassingham, Heacham, Heckingham, Heigham, Hellington, Hethersett, Hilgay, Hingham, Hockering, Hoe, Holkham, Honingham, Horning, Horsford, Horsham St Faith, Howe with Little Poringland, Hunstanton, Ingoldisthorpe, Ingworth, Itteringham, Kempston, Kenninghall, Ketteringham, Kilverstone, Kirby Bedon, Knapton, Lammas with Little Hautbois, Langley, Limpenhoe, Lingwood, Little Barningham, Little Walsingham, Little Witchingham, Loddon, Ludham, Marham, Marlingford, Mattishall, Merton, Metton, Mintlyn, Morton on the Hill, Moulton, Moulton All Saints & St Michael, Moulton St Mary, Mulbarton, Mundesley, Narborough, Needham, New Buckenham, Newton Flotman, North Creake, North Elmham, North Lopham, North Pickenham, North Tuddenham, Northwold, Norton Subcourse, Norwich Lakenham, Norwich Pockthorpe St James, Norwich St John de Sepulchre, Norwich St Margaret and St Swithin, Norwich St Mary in the Marsh, Norwich St Peter Parmentergate, Old Buckenham, Oulton, Pakefield, Paston, Postwick, Pulham St Mary the Virgin, Quidenham, Redenhall with Harleston & Wortwell, Ringland, Ringstead St Andrew, Rockland St Mary with Hellington, Runcton Holme, Runton, Saham Toney, Salhouse, Sandringham, Saxthorpe, Sedgeford, Sharrington, Shelfanger, Shelton with Hardwick, Shingham, Shipdham, Sidestrand, Skeyton, Snetterton, Snettisham, Somerleyton (Suffolk), Southrepps, Southwood, Sparham, Sporle With Palgrave, Starston, Stiffkey, Stoke Holy Cross, Stow Bardolph, Stow Bedon, Stradsett, Stratton Strawless, Strumpshaw, Swaffham, Swannington, Swanton Abbot, Swanton Morley with Worthing, Swanton Novers, Swardeston, Tacolneston, Tasburgh, Tharston, Thetford St Cuthbert, Thetford St Mary, Thetford St Peter, Thompson, Thorpe By Haddiscoe, Thorpe Episcopi, Thorpe Market, Thurlton, Thwaite, Tibenham, Titchwell, Toft Monks, Toftrees, Tottenhill, Tottington, Trowse, Trunch, Tuttington, Upper Sheringham, Wacton, Warham, Watlington, Watton, Weeting St Mary With All Saints, Wereham, West Newton, Westacre, West Tofts, Wheatacre All Saints, Wickmere, Wighton, Winfarthing, Witton, Wolferton, Wolterton, Wood Norton, Wood Rising, Woodbastwick, Wormegay, Worstead, Worthing, Wreningham and Wretton.


Read TheGenealogist’s article:

Tracing Illegitimate ancestors online


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