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The Ministry of Justice and the destruction of post-1858 wills

The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) has proposed to digitise the post-1858 wills collection of England and Wales, which is fine. However, they then suggest that they would then destroy the originals, citing heavy storage costs as the reason for doing this. The 32-page consultation document, issued on 15 December, on the storage and retention of original will documents may be read here:


This has caused a lot of negative reaction in the family history community and many of us have been signing the petition here:



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