Society of Genealogists Data Added to Genes Reunited

Data sets from the Society of Genealogists' collections are part of the new wills and probate records added to Genes Reunited

Genealogy website Genes Reunited has published new records including the Society of Genealogists’ Bank of England Wills Extracts from 1717-1845 and the London Probate Index from 1750-1858.

The Bank of England Wills Extracts is a fantastic resource for family historians containing over 60,000 entries giving an insight into the period 1717 – 1845. This latest record set contains extracts from the wills of those who held money in public funds as well as orders made for stockholders who went bankrupt. Bank of England Will extract

From today people interested in uncovering more about the lives of their ancestors can visit and search the latest records listed below:

- Bank of England Wills Extracts 1717-1845
- London Probate Index 1750-1858
- Divorce Index 1858-1873
- Great Western Railway Shareholders 1832-1932
- Suffolk Testator Index 1847-1857

The  SoG's Great Western Railway Shareholders Index details the records of the shareholders in the railway and holds approximately 440,000 individuals, with a total number of 570,464 records. A record entry includes executors, beneficiaries and others who were involved in transferring shareholdings. 

Now that the records are available online, Genes Reunited has discovered Isambard Kingdom Brunel who was the engineer on the Great Western Railway project. As a shareholder Isambard appears in the Index following his death in 1859.

The newly added records are available online at and can be viewed by Platinum members or on a pay per view basis.

Rhoda Breakell, Head of Genes Reunited comments: “The Wills and Probate records, some of which date from 1717 up to 1932, are important resources for family historians, but also for those looking for relatives who have lived more recently. The easily-searchable database allows members to uncover important details about their own history at the click of a button. We are thrilled to be adding more records to our continually growing database.”

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