Read our new blog on World War I
Posted by Peter Lester at 16/09/2013 10:32:11
Read our new blog on Nottinghamshire Archives' project From Home to Battlefields of World War I: Nottinghamshire Memorials Project.
In the 1980s Patricia and Maurice Wakefield visited the battlefields and cemeteries of Northern France, and this inspired Patricia Wakefield to start researching into local soldiers who fell in World War I. Over the following years she and her husband made repeated trips to France and Belgium and her research grew into an amazing resource about local soldiers who fought and died in 'Flanders Fields'.
A few years ago Nottinghamshire Archives was fortunate to be offered the documents as a deposit, and with the generous help of the Heritage Lottery Fund we are now able to catalogue and preserve this unique collection of documents and photographs. Our project involves a team of young volunteers who will not only work with the records but will also learn more about the war and its affects.
Our blog provides the latest updates on this project.
Wills and Inventories at Nottinghamshire Archives
Posted by Peter Lester at 06/08/2013 12:29:39
Wills and inventories are useful resources for researchers.
Family historians can find out details of descendants and kin
Local historians can find information on status, property and wealth
- Inventories can provide details of furniture, goods and possessions, including crops and animals
- Wills can provide glimpses of religious belief and attitudes to death
- Wills were proved in church courts and provide evidence of their activities.
Nottinghamshire Archives holds a huge number of wills proved before 1858. The catalogues for many of these can now be searched on our online catalogue. These include wills proved in the following church courts:
- Exchequer Court of York: Nottingham Archdeaconry Court, 1589 - 1858 (PR/NW) Over 32,000 people are included in these records
Southwell Peculiar Court, 1506 - 1857 (PR/SW) and probate registers, 1530 - 1839 (PR/SR)
Mansfield Peculiar Court, 1640 - 1857 (PR/MW)
- Manorial Court of Dale Abbey, 1753 - 1896 (PR/D)
- Manorial Court of Gringley on the Hill, 1761 - 1855 (PR/GW) with 98 wills included on the manorial court rolls of Gringley, 1659 - 1775 (DD/P/14)
- Manorial Court of St John of Jerusalem (Shelford St John's), 1646 - 1791 (PR/JW)
Ossington Manorial Court (copies), 1607 - 1792 (PR/OS).
If you find details of a will from our catalogue, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can provide a quote for a copy. You will need to tell us the name of the person whose will you want, the date it was proved, and where they lived. All of this information is included in the catalogue. Please note that many wills have seals attached to them, and can therefore only be photographed. You can find out more about our reprographics services online.
Looking for a will proved after 1858? Get in touch and we can provide advice on the National Probate Index and obtaining copies of more recent wills.