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Wills are a very important resource for the genealogist and because of this I want to make as many as possible available to all. I have been collecting Wills for a number of years now, but because they are sometimes expensive to get hold of, I don't have all that many. There are probably around 110 Church Court Wills (pre 11 Jan 1858) and around sixty or so Civil Court Wills (post 11 Jan 1858). I have however transcribed all Will and Admon abstracts from the Probate Office for the Civil Wills and these give you a fair amount of information and enables you to work out if there is a Will that you should be seeking. At the moment, these Civil Court Wills cost £6.00 (2012) and can be obtained in person or by post from the Probate Office. I get to the office around once every three weeks or so and I will be happy to get a copy of a Will for you and post it on.
To go to the indexes :
Church Court Wills (proved before 11 January 1858)
Civil Court Wills (proved after 11 January 1858) Now complete up to 1974
Proving of Wills generally happened between four and ten weeks after the death, but there are instances of this happening some thirty years or more after the death.