Monday, October 13, 2014

Attend Free Family History Workshops

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, who most of us know and refer to as "the Mormons", are running a free family history day from 9am to 4pm on 15 November 2014 at 30A Colinton Road, Edinburgh.

Registration starts at 9am and orientation at 9.30 am.

Between 10am and 4pm there will be 4 workshops:
  • How to Use Family Search
  • How to Use Family Tree
  • Scottish Research
  • Irish Research

Registration for the Edinburgh Family History Day is essential, which is followed by 2 subsequent emails.

There will be a lunch break but you have to provide your own.

The car park entrance is in Spylaw Road.

If the date or location isn't convenient, there are fairs in other towns and cities and dates planned - search for your family history day location.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Find Wills of British Soldiers Who Died on Active Duty

The Probate Service for England and Wales have launched a new index to wills of soldiers who died while serving in the British armed forces between 1850 and 1986.

You need to enter at least a surname and year of death but you can add additional data in the advanced search. It's a pity that it doesn't allow a range of years to be entered but you can page backwards or forwards to see other years.

Note however that if the soldier for whom you're searching didn't leave a will or wasn't serving at the time, you won't find them.

However, I think I've found  a problem either with the search mechanism or in the index of soldiers in their database.

A search for Munro 1944 yields

Surname     First name     Regimental number     Date of death
MUNRO     LEONARD CYRIL     14241771     10 June 1944






A search for Munns 1944 yields

No results with the surname MUNNS and the year of death 1944




I think this is a mistake.

My info is that Leonard Cyril Munns died 10 June 1944 in France.

The details for Leonard Cyril Munns are on the Royal Leicestershire Regiment Online Archive but I also checked on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website.

I've queried this anomaly with the Probate Service for England and Wales.

Search the wills of British soldiers index.
There seems to be a problem with this link and for the moment you'll need to click on the Soldier's Wills tab.

Once you've found the person you want you can download the grant and or will for £10 per person.

Search for English and Welsh Wills After 1995

The Probate Service for England and Wales have launched a new index to wills of people who died in England or Wales after 1995.

The website currently says "Search for the will or probate of any person in the UK who died in or after 1996" but I've been in contact with Stuart Marshall to point out that it should say England and Wales (instead of UK) and he says he will get this amended.



I imagine the person creating the website saw the referendum poll results and assumed that there would be such a victory by the 'Yes' campaign that Scotland would be independent after 18 September.

Search the England and Wales Will index.

Once you've found the person you want you can download the grant and or will for £10 per person.