Monday, 16 September 2013

Unlocking family stories - Wills & probate

Each state has a state archive and in Victoria it is the Public Record Office of Victoria (PROV)- http://www.prov.vic.gov.au
In Victoria and Tasmania some wills and probate records have been digitised and can be downloaded from the respective state archive site.
A search for the will of Eleonora Hutton showed that the PROV has three documents relating to the will and probate for Eleonora.
Clicking on the links in the record allows you to download the documents including a copy of the actual will.
The National Archives (UK) has started digitising wills in their collection which can also be downloaded from Discovery - http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk. Only a small part of the National Archives collection has been digitised but this will be a valuable resource for those searching for family history information in the UK.


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