Wills of Irish Soldiers

Ireland is very generous in making genealogical material in the National Archives free – an example that other parts of the British Isles have not generally chosen to follow.  The 1901 and 1911 Census for Ireland (including counties that are now Northern Ireland) are available and a huge resource for anyone with Irish ancestors.

Recently, facsimiles of the Wills of soldiers from Ireland who died in the First World War have been made available.  These are touching documents in which soldiers scribble their last wishes – often leaving their effects to their mothers.  They also provide additional information such as addresses, regiment served and date of death.  What a lovely way to commemorate the fallen.



About jenjen999

I am a family historian with an interest not only in direct lines but in the social background and historical setting of the families I research.
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