July 1, 2011

June 30-July 8 Free Access to UK Records

Just in time for the Royal Visit, free access to 6 million UK historical records giving everyone the chance to explore their British heritage and search for their family fortunes

  • 6 million UK records featuring 11 million names will be available for free from June 30 to July 8 in celebration of the Royal Tour of Canada
  • Newly launched London, England, Wills and Probate, 1525-1858 details four centuries of inheritances of London’s wealthiest residents 
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In partnership with the London Metropolitan Archives, Ancestry.ca, Canada’s leading family history website[i], today launched the brand new London, England, Wills and Probate, 1525-1858, detailing some of the largest inheritances passed down in the early years of the city’s history. The records date from 1525, when wills were reserved for the super-wealthy and members of the royal family. The collection contains more than 117,000 records that bring to life the economic and social growth of London, when the productivity generated from the industrial revolution produced millionaires on a scale never before seen.

To further improve one’s chance of locating an unclaimed inheritance, from June 30th through July 8th, 2011 Ancestry.ca will be offering free access to more than six million UK historical records through the England and Wales National Probate Calendar, 1861-1941 and the Andrews Collection, which will be of particular interest to the more than one third of living Canadians who descend from the British Isles.

The popular England and Wales National Probate Calendar, 1861-1941 includes information on more than 11 million names in wills proven across the 19th and 20th centuries, including the wills of more than 9,000 people who died in Canada.


To explore the free records and to sign up for a free 14 day trial, please visit www.ancestry.ca/UK.

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