Wills of Orwell, Churchill and millions more now available online

Wills of Orwell, Churchill and millions more now available online
The database contains 41million documents (Picture: PA)

The wills of George Orwell, Charles Dickens, Sir Winston Churchill and millions more are now available online after the creation of a new government database.

Willis from England and Wales and dating back to 1858 will be available to download online for the fee of £10.

And the construction of the database means that the archive, which contains 41million documents, can be used to trace ancestry or to view the wills of famous people such as Princess Diana or Alan Turing.

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Undated handout of the will of Charles Dickens. Millions of wills including those of Charles Dickens, Winston Churchill, Alan Turing and Beatrix Potter are now available online. The Government is making its full archive of wills, which dates back to 1858 and contains 41 million wills, available to the public in a searchable database.  PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday December 27, 2014. See PA story HISTORY Wills. Photo credit should read: Ministry of Justice/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Wills including that of Charles Dickens are available for download (Picture: PA)

‘For many wills, someone still has to locate the physical copy in the warehouse, scan it and send it off,’ said the BBC’s Nick Higham.

‘They’ve taken on extra staff, but admit that no-one’s ever made such a large database of documents available to order online and it’s hard to predict demand for the service.’

A name and year of death is required to find a will, which will be ready for download within 10 days of order.

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27 December 2014 | 2:34 pm – Source: metro.co.uk

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