Wiltshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire Wills, Beneficiaries and Obituaries

Chad Hanna and Gillian Stevens - 26th February 2012 - speaking at Who Do You Think You Are? Live! at Olympia


some parts of this article have been updated since 2012

While records of birth and marriage help to connect our family trees together, the various records of death that can tell us more about someone’s life.

Besides death certificates (post 1837) and burial registers there are many other records that can tell us about our ancestor’s death. These include:

  • Wills

  • Probate

  • Inventories

  • Death Duty records

  • Obituaries

  • Coroner’s inquests

  • Memorial cards

  • Memorial Inscriptions (e.g. gravestones)

We looked at Probate records (including Wills) and Newspaper reports of obituaries.

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