Discover your English ancestry through the Wiltshire wills. The index provides your ancestor’s name and occupation along with the archiver reference number to order the original image.
Each entry in the index will present the following facts about your ancestor’s will:
Type (distinguishes the type of record i.e. administration bond, inventory, or will)
County and country
Archive and reference
The original Wilshire wills are held at the Wiltshire and Swindon Archive. The source link in the transcripts will bring you directly to their site where you can view their index and request an image. If you wish to view an image, you will have to contact Wiltshire Council. A small fee may be required for orders by post.
Wiltshire is located in South West England. The wills comprise the diocese of Salisbury, which covers most of Wiltshire along with some parts of Berkshire, Dorset, and Devon.
Wills are a valuable source for your family history records. They can provide you with a clear indication of your ancestor’s financial standing as well as the names of numerous relations. In one will, you may be able to map the names of multiple generations of ancestors.