Our ancestors' wills and related records can be a valuable source of genealogical information; an opportunity to find out more about their lives, families, livelihoods - sometimes even their personalities. However, the records can seem complex. From 1858 wills were centrally registered and researching them is straightforward but before 1858 wills were administrated in a network of church courts and the records are scattered.This comprehensive guide makes will research available to all, from the novice family historian to the seasoned researcher seeking clarification on complexities. It makes sense of the records and the institutions to approach as well as the indexes and digital resources increasingly available. Legal terminology and Latin phrases are translated and the text is illustrated throughout with examples of the records including wills.