Public Wills Database Now Online

If you want to have a look at what famous British people such as Charles Dickens, A.A Milne and Winston Churchill wrote in their last Will and Testament, all you have to do is go online and find out! This is because the Government is making its full Will archive available to the public for the very first time. The archive goes back to 1858 and contains an estimated 41 million Wills and all of them are available to the general public via a searchable database.

Read The Wills Of Dickens, Churchill & Millions Of Others Online Today!

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As well as getting the chance to see the wishes of the rich and famous, you can also learn more about your own family history. The Wills of soldiers were made public last year on the

Government website and there have been an estimated two million searches made so far. You can also request a Will online and within 10 working days you will receive an electronic copy.

According to Shialesh Vara, the Courts Minister, this is a fascinating project which allows us insights into regular people as well as those who helped shape the UK and the rest of the planet. She said it is an amazing resource for anyone with an interest in famous figures or those who made mark on the world and is not just for family historians. Vara concluded by saying she was delighted that the HM Courts and Tribunals Service had taken this course and described it as ‘leading the way in innovation’ in a step that will help deliver a public service that is more efficient and modern.

The Wills that are to be made available will include those of famous mathematician Turing who became known to millions of people through Benedict Cumberbatch’s portrayal of him in The Imitation Game. Turing died in 1954 from cyanide poisoning and left a short and unremarkable Will which left his possessions to his mother and his colleagues.

A.A Milne is known as the author of Winnie the Pooh and left his share of royalties and copyright to Westminster School and his favourite London club upon his death in 1956. Charles Dickens is one of Britain’s most famous authors and his Will was made in cursive script back in 1870 and Beatrix Potter, author of Peter Rabbit, left a long and generous Will which aided organisations involved in nature and conservation.