"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.

Here are all the wills and/or probates in the various family trees on this site: