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Bedfordshire Wills Books transcribed by Patricia L Bell, BA, FSA
BFHS have published four Bedfordshire Wills books in paper book format and all four books are now also available as a download from parishchest.com and genfair.co.uk .
Transcribed by Patricia L Bell, BA, FSA and published by BFHS.
The index of each book can be viewed from the link by each book. A useful referance to see if your ancestor is listed.
Bedfordshire Wills 1531-1539
This publication contains transcriptions of the Probate Registers (books 3, 4 and 5) from the Court of the Archdeaconry of Bedford, held at the Bedfordshire Archives and Records Service. It is fully indexed by personal names, places and subjects. An invaluable aid for Local and Family Historians and students of Tudor England. Contains 353 wills in 230 pages. Yellow cover. Published 2005. (Click front cover to see bigger image)
Bedfordshire Wills 1537-1545 and cases from the Archdeacon's Court
This book contains the next batch of records (books 6, 7 and 10) from the Archdeacon of Bedford's Court which include a large number of other cases brought before the Ecclesiastical Court as well as records of Probate. These throw light on the practices of late Tudor times, but there are also many wills from this later period, following on from the previous volume. Fully indexed, this book forms an invaluable aid for Local and Family Historians and students of Tudor England. Contains 420 entries, of which 252 are full wills, in 208 pages. Blue cover. Published 2010 (Click front cover to see bigger image)
Bedfordshire Wills 1543-1547
This publication contains transcriptions of the Probate Registers (book 11) from the Court of the Archdeaconry of Bedford, held at the Bedfordshire Archives and Records Service. With full indexes of personal names, places and subjects, this book contains 268 new probate entries in 208 pages, with in addition a lengthy introductory analysis. Green cover. Published 2015. (Click front cover to see bigger image)
Bedfordshire Wills 1547-1552
This volume is the fourth of the series and contains abstracts from 234 wills. 191 were proved in the ecclesiastical court for the Archdeaconry of Bedford between 1547 and 1551, twenty-six in the peculiar jurisdiction of Leighton Buzzard 1537 – 1554, and eighteen in the Biggleswade peculiar, 1540 – 1558. The publication of a group of wills enables us to see similarities, trends and differences over a range of common themes. Grey cover. Published 2017. (Click front cover to see bigger image)
An example of the Person name index:-
An example of the Subject index:-
An example of one of the Wills in book 4
Bedfordshire Parish Records on CD and Download
The Bedfordshire Family History Society has published a ‘Parish Records on CD/download, for each of the 128 ancient parishes within the county. Each CD/download covers one of the ancient parishes, also used as the basis for census districts, and contains images of the transcripts of the registers up to 1812. These replace a number of sets of records previously issued on microfiche, and in addition they carry photographs of the church and village, a description of the parish from a C19th Kelly's directory, and searchable indexes of Baptisms, Marriages and Burials. Also, where available, Monumental Inscriptions from the churchyard and other burial grounds are included, and a scanned copy of the relevant book from the Bedfordshire 1851 Census Index. For more details of parishes available and prices follow this link Parish Records on CD. These CDs are listed in our publications list , which includes a CD order form, and also available from our Online Shops Genfair or Parish Chest.
Bedfordshire Family History Society Journals on CD
This CD contains copies of Journal, Volumes 1 – 19 (i.e. up to December 2014), including indexes, in .pdf format. Each journal volume covers a period of two years and contains an individual index to surnames and subjects.
The CD costs £10 including postage (UK only) and is available from our Parish Sales. Please use the CD order form in our Publications List. The CD can also be ordered online from our two outlets: here you can pay by card but you will pay postage in addition to the price: Online Shops
Bedfordshire Heritage Tea Towels
These are really too nice to use for drying up; they are beautifully printed with some famous Bedfordshire landmarks forming a border for the County map. Even if you don’t have any Bedfordshire ancestors they make ideal gifts. They are 100% cotton and at £4.50 each can be obtained from the bookstall at Members’ meetings or by post (please add £1 for each tea towel ordered to cover UK postage and packing – for outside the UK please enquire) from: Cheques to be made payable to Bedfordshire Family History Society.
Bedfordshire Parish Poor Law Papers 1622-1834.
This book contains a surname index of names of people that appear in surviving Bedfordshire Poor Law documents, held by Bedfordshire Archives Service. It also contains an alphabetical list by Parish of Poor Law documents that survive. The book is A5 in size and contains over 200 pages of information. (click front cover to see bigger image). Also available for download at our online shops.
Postal & Online Shops
For details of Books, CDs and additional goods concerning the county of Bedfordshire available from BFHS please click on ‘Society Information’ then ‘Bookstall’ and ‘Publications’ To order - use the order forms in our Publications List. Alternatively you can order through the online bookshop: