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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: The National Archives; 2nd edition (28 Feb. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905615418
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905615414
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 1.5 x 23.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 88,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Karen Grannum worked at The National Archives for 18 years, developing a keen specialism in legal records. She is the author of Wills in the Pocket Guide series and has contributed to Ancestors, the family history magazine of The National Archives. Nigel Taylor is Legal Records Specialist at The National Archives and has extensive experience of advising the public on wills and legal records generally.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Katrinajnl on 7 Dec. 2010
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It is what is says it is, which is an informative guide to finding and understanding wills and probate records, to the point, nothing fancy. It was very helpful with a bit of interesting background information as well. Unfortunately I think any book on any subject relating to accessing actual databases of genealogical data is going to be out of date as fast as it is printed as so much more is being made available online every month. Nevertheless, knowing what is out there and where to get at it is great, but it's still helpful to know the how,when, why and by whom of will making and probate granting.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Avid reader on 6 Mar. 2011
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This book is a must for people who are doing their family history. Wills are such an important source of information as they can give you names of relatives you have not yet uncovered as well as information about the status of the family. They are sometimes difficult to find and sometimes difficult to understand, so the kind of help this book offers is great.
I recommend everyone to buy it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Abroad in the Yard on 12 Aug. 2011
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Hunting down wills was a neglected area of my family history research and they are often the most revealing sources you can find. This book helped strip away the difficulties of knowing just where to look by listing some very useful contacts.
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By J. Clements on 28 Mar. 2013
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Been researching my family tree a number of years, and needed a book like this to help with looking for Wills in the 16th and 17th centuries
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