Thursday, 20 August 2015

Tom's Wills - volunteer help needed

I've just received the following from David Walsh concerning an ambitious project called Tom's Wills that he has undertaken concerning the English and Welsh National Probate Calendar, for which he needs some Excel assistance:

Morning. I have begun a project to index the administrators, executors, and also the addresses in the Calendars of Probate and Administration from 1931-1939. I would be interested in finding one or two people with Excel expertise to help out. The years 1933-1935 are broadly complete (perhaps with 5% dataloss) and can be freely searched online by surname of executor/ administrator. By capturing the full addresses from the calendars, we can see who else lived in our ancestral villages, or perhaps find a married aunt listed with the same address as a known family member.

Tom's Wills so far has 500,000 unique names. The link is here

COMMENT: Although the printed calendars are available on Ancestry and the relatively new probate site from the UK government for the two countries, they are only indexed by the name of the deceased, and not the executors, so this sounds a potentially useful tool. If you can help, please drop David a note at

(With thanks to David)


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