Wiltshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire Wills, Beneficiaries and Obituaries - Case Study (Oxfordshire)

Case Study (Oxfordshire)

In our example we wanted to find a Will for William Walford who lived in Hook Norton and died in 1637. He died before 1858 and had enough property in Oxfordshire to require the will to be proved.

For the Diocese and Archdeaconry of Oxfordshire you can look at the National Wills Index on Origins

This index also includes a few wills for people with property in Berkshire during the period 1836-1858.

We found an entry for the will of William Walford and we would need to contact Oxfordshire History Centre  to obtain a copy. If we hadn’t found the will we would have looked at Documents Online as described earlier.

Note that wills of people who worked for, or were otherwise involved with, the University of Oxford are a special case. An index is available on Google Books.

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There are other indexes and transcripts to found online – see GENUKI and also try search engines like  Google

For Oxfordshire Beneficiaries see the Names from Wills booklets published by The Eureka Partnership but that leads us onto the Death Duty records:

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