24 March 2009

Wills and Grants for England and Wales could be online

One of the most significant sources for English and Welsh family history not widely available are the Probate Calendar Indexes to Wills and Grants, issued since 1858.

Now John Briden HMCS (Her Majesty's Courts Service) is hoping to get the Probate Calendar Indexes to in England and Wales online. Immediate action is needed.

The index includes the full name and address of the deceased and date of death. See


He has put together a short questionnaire and would like to receive as many responses as possible by Friday 27th March.

Copy and paste the questions below into an email, add your answers and send your responses to john.briden@justice.gsi.gov.uk

    Q1. If the probate calendar was available on the internet, would you use it?
    Q2. If you would use it - how often would you use it?
    Q3. What probate information would you be interested in seeing online, and why that particular information?
    Q4. Would you like to order copies online, and be prepared to pay for them online?
    Q5. Would you prefer to access the calendar online, but order and pay for copies by post, or by telephone?
    Q6. Would you be prepared to pay a premium to the fee, in addition to the normal cost for a more immediate service?

via FFHS

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