"All history is biased by accidents of documentation."   Arthur Wagner, 1923


The will of Thomas Barber 1683 (click to enlarge)

Wills provide a fascinating insight into the past, often describing the testator's possessions in detail, as well as identifying all the family members. Sometimes a will is the only proof of a link to that family, as baptism records may have been lost. They are also important in identifying the married names of daughters.

See the "Other Indexes" tab for indexes of those who left wills.