Friday, May 7, 2010

Follow Friday - Grow Your Own Family Tree: Alan Stewart's UK and Ireland family history news

I just came across this blog the other day and would like to recommend it for Follow Friday:

Grow Your Own Family Tree: Alan Stewart's UK and Ireland family history news

Most of my ancestral lines go back to the UK and Ireland, so I am always very interested in any new online sources from there!
I am particularly looking forward to the National Wills Index ( and I'm quite excited to see that Oxfordshire will be one of the first counties available! Some of my Oxfordshire ancestors surnames include: POTTER, PRESTON, HEADING, HUTTON, ANDREWS, KERSEY/CASEY, BEST,  MATTHEWS, GASCOIGNE and WALWYN.

I have found Wills to be a most fascinating and useful genealogical source in my past research!
I have used the UK National Archives Documents Online many times to purchase digitised copies of Prerogative Court of Cantebury pre-1858 Wills. (

Hopefully the forthcoming National Wills Index will simplify the search process for other pre-1858 UK Wills from other courts! I'm looking forward to it!


  1. I love wills! they have produced many major breakthroughs in research (for myself and my clients). Thanks for bringing this post to my attention. I have been 'out of the loop' while acting as a carer for my Dad, and it will take me a while to catch up with what's going on in the genealogy world.

  2. Thanks Judy. I have found Wills so helpful in my research too.


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