Tens of thousands of historic wills put online

Published on October 23rd, 2009 | by Admin


190,000 wills, some dating back to the 14th century, have been put online on the National Library of Wales’ website.

Among the wills available at the click of a button are Twm Sion Cati’s, known as the Welsh Robin Hood, and hymn writer William Williams, Pantycelyn.

Officials said it had taken more than five years to digitise the documents.

The National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth said the wills dated from the 14th Century until 1858, when civil probate was introduced, and 1,000 of them were written in Welsh.

It said the project was “good news for family historians, social historians…and the inquisitive”.

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2 Responses to Tens of thousands of historic wills put online

  1. MamaMacabre says:

    Thanks for this! I just did Nat’l Geographic’s DNA analysis on my Dad and found that aside from Scotland, his highest percentage of matches come from Wales. Maybe I can learn something here.

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