Thursday, February 17, 2011
Bank of England Wills Extracts Index 1717-1845
"The Bank of England Wills Extracts contain 60,523 entries, covering the period 1717-1845. They contain extracts of wills of those who died with monies in public funds, as well as abstracts of orders made for stockholders who went bankrupt or were declared lunatic. All social conditions are to be found, from servant girl to Peer of the Realm. Stockholders, or fundholders as they used to be called, appear to come from every part of the British Isles and the Colonies. There are also several hundred Dutch fundholders. The index is a finding aid to the original entries and hard copies of extracts found via the index can be ordered online"