Wills to 1720 Online at Essex Ancestors
The Essex Record Office has announced a major update of Wills digitised and available online through Essex Ancestors, its subscription site. A further 22,500 wills have just been added to the 20,000 previously available to create a complete collection of those archived up to 1720. Work is in progress to complete the run of Wills up to 1858, thus creating a database of 70,000 records. For more information follow this link http://www.essexrecordofficeblog.co.uk/where-theres-a-will-major-update-to-essex-ancestors/ and to subscribe go to Essex Ancestors http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/EssexAncestors.aspx .
Earlier this year I worked on transcriptions of Wills for Theydon Mount during the reign of King James I (1603-25). Seeing the original documents at the ERO brings a sense of excitement in a way that sitting in the comfort of your home logged onto your laptop does not. Digitisation widens accessibility to these archives which undeniably will be of enormous benefit to local, social and family historians alike.