West Kent Wills and Families up to 1650
|Index of wills in West Kent to 1650|
|This index collects over 19,000 entries from six sources
into a single index in a standard format that can easily be searched. A version
is provided here for locating individuals by surname. A list of aliases is
provided which gives leads to alternative spellings and quite often a different
Because there are other uses for this index besides surname searching a text version is available for downloading which can then be sorted and selected. For example it is not difficult to extract all the wills for a particular parish then sort them by date.
During the course of this research some of the wills have been transcribed (they're all written in English but the 400 year old handwriting takes a lot of getting used to - hence the convenience of a typed version). These are marked in the index as are also some where interesting points have been found.
All these wills are available for public inspection at the various archives where they are held. Sometimes these are conveniently available on microfilm and sometimes the originals themselves can be viewed. There are lots of details of real people's lives lying in these archives waiting to be unearthed.
This index has been compiled by Jean Fox. If you have corrections, additions or further transcriptions then let Jean know so we can update the index and make it a richer source for historians.
This index has been compiled by Jean Fox.
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Source 1 also gives some references to probate acts (pa), administrations (A) and "coll. litterati" (coll). These references are indicated with an * and reference should be made to the source book for details.
Source 3 also gives entries for testamentary information contained in Act Books but with no surviving will. No details of these are held at Maidstone; they are indicated in this index by the reference "AB" and more details can be obtained by reference to the Deanery of Shoreham index.
Source 4 sometimes gives additional information taken from the Public Act Book and this is indicated in the index entries by "P.A.B."
Source 5 gives the name of the person who proved the will, sometimes with extra information.
|Abbreviations and format|
Format of indexEntries are organised as one line of data per will
|List of aliases|
|If the name you're looking for is not found in the alphabetical section then consult the list of aliases which might direct you to another section. This might be a matter of different spellings or alternative names for the same person|
|Extracting wills related to a place|
|By far the best bet for anybody who wants to investigate places, remembering that you will get a lot further with sounds-like is to use the very flexible selection facilities in the database which is published on the CD This program needs Windows 95 or later to run. (Now available by download.)|
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