Welcome to the Family History Social

The very latest news from the world of genealogy



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:



Leave a comment

The Find a Will website dropped its price to £1.50

The Find a Will service, provided on the official government website, is now providing each copy of a probate record for  England and Wales at £1.50 each.

You can use their service to:

  • search for a probate record in England and Wales
  • check if probate has been issued
  • check the type of probate issued
  • order a copy of a probate record (including a will, if there is one)

 Order online costs £1.50 at: https://probatesearch.service.gov.uk/#wills

Leave a comment
Found 2 Results.
Back to top