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October 2004

Wills in the York Registry 1389-1652

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Released to coincide with the recent family history fair this may well help genealogists interested in early Yorkshire ancestors. The disc consists of eleven volumes of wills proved in the Exchequer and Prerogative Courts of York. Although the National Archives have put the Canterbury (PCC) wills online, very few of these cover Yorkshire, apart from the Commonwealth period when the Court dealt with wills across England. The republishing of these eight volumes is very welcome, especially since some of the wills extend well beyond the county boundaries. Originally published by the Yorkshire Archaeological and Topographical Association in the latter part of the 19th century, the entries are listed in alphabetical order, some for the whole period of the volume and some by the individual year the will was proved. The information provided in the calendars includes the testator's name, residence and occupation and the bundle reference for the record. They are fully bookmarked and electronically searchable, but I would still recommend a traditional, manual check too, just to make sure.

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