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'To Edward, one shilling' Using Probate Records for Family History Research

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Wills and other probate records are a valuable resource for genealogy. This session will examine how to find and interpret these records.

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A will or testament is a legal document that expresses a person's wishes as to how their property is to be distributed after their death and as to which person is to manage the property until its final distribution

This session will cover:

• how to find and order probate records after 1858

• searching for wills and administrations before 1858, with a particular focus on Wales

• the genealogical value of probate records and examples of information that might be included

• understanding the terminology used and some tips for reading handwriting in historic documents

• how to use wills left by other people to find information about your ancestors

Our speaker: Jenni Phillips

Jenni Phillips is a postgraduate student on the University of Strathclyde’s Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic Studies programme. She is a member of the Cardiff Branch committee of Glamorgan Family History Society, editor of the P*rr*tt Society journal and a member of the Roath Local History Society committee. Jenni has been researching her family history for around 15 years and is particularly interested in families from South Wales and South-West England.

This free talk is open to all who register, but to find out more about the Glamorgan Family History Society and the benfits of being a member, please visit our website

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