FFHS-NEWS Probate Calendars to go online
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Thu Apr 19 12:20:47 CEST 2012
The following report has been received from Lady Teviot, FFHS representative at the Probate Stake Holders Meeting held in London on 17th April 2012
Chaired by John Briden from HMCTS and representatives fromIron Mountain Document Management.
Much of the discussion centred on the time taken for the forthe production of copies and whether the one hour service at First Avenue Housewhich has been discontinued and replaced by a forty eight service should bereinstated. John Briden said that the service had to cater for different usersmost of whom were
happy with the present arrangement. Another point which tookup time was the sealing of wills and resealing and this was from the legalviewpoint and not from family historians
The discovery of 300,000 Soldiers Wills in boxes which havenever been entered in the Calendars will become available online by the end ofthe year is of great interest.
They cover the Crimean War, the 1st WW and the 2ndWW, no mention was made of the Boer War. They apply to non commissionedofficers.
The order of which it is thought wills and administrationswill come online is:
Probate 2006 to current
1996 to 2005
1940 to 1995
1858 to 1900
1901 to 1939
There was some discussion as to whether the last two were inthe correct order of availability.
The using of the calendars will be the same as looking at abook and turning the
After the meetings in Birmingham there will be a furthermeeting in London on the 8th of May.
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