The World Wide Wills Family History Center, allowing further study of the genealogy of the Wills Family.

A clearing house for people researching the family history
of the many branches of the Wills Family world wide.
Our Message Board will be the central point of this page, allowing the exchange of information across the world, but check all of the other links as you may be able to assist another researcher with a problem.
Migration The settlement of America, Canada, Australia & New Zealand attracted families from England to the far corners of the world. It is claimed that no matter where a Wills migrated from their family ancestry usually leads back to the south-west corner of England.
Communication In the old days communication took up to three months by sailing ship. The transfer of information, by the web page or email has now brought all countries within seconds of each other.
A researcher in England commented in 1601 "It is amazing how this last 12 months we have found two or three lost family lines, email and the internet being major contributors."
Message Board Post a message on our Message Board, or one of the other Wills Message boards, for assistance in your searching, or to help another person.
Modern facilities During the last few years many people had been busy indexing the vast amount of information available in old shipping records, church registers and official archives. Also computers and email have developed thus allowing this project to operate.
Presently supporting this page are very experienced senior (over 60 years of age) researchers, who have a wealth of genealogical information covering England, America, New Zealand and Australia.
Read of the joy and happiness
of a successful search.

Tip - Your ancestor may not have migrated directly to your country, but via another country.
The discovery of gold in California and Australia caused a flow of people across the Pacific
between New Zealand, Australia and California.

Don't hesitate to contact any of the email addresses you find in this page.


The World Wide Wills Family History Center, allowing further study of the genealogy of the Wills Family.

 
Searchable Data Bases
These data bases are lists of people who lived in the 1700 & 1800's up to the present generation. Your ancestors may be in these lists.

The World Wide Wills Family History Center, allowing further study of the genealogy of the Wills Family.

 
Family Histories - Descendants
These links will take you to various Wills Family Trees which have been published on the web.
Email Tom Wills if you would like
your ancestor's listing added to this page.

The World Wide Wills Family History Center, allowing further study of the genealogy of the Wills Family.

 
Message Boards
Post a message on any of these boards for assistance in your searching or provide a missing link for another researcher.

The World Wide Wills Family History Center, allowing further study of the genealogy of the Wills Family.

 
Family Reunions
A Family Reunion is a very special way to renew old memories of days gone by, and to introduce the younger members of your family to the cousins that they have never met. These links will help you organise a reunion for your family.
Email Tom Wills if you know a Wills landmark suitable for this page
or you have a family reunion report you would like to publish.

The World Wide Wills Family History Center, allowing further study of the genealogy of the Wills Family.

 
The World Wide Wills Family at Work & Play
Email Tom Wills if you would like
your home page added to this list of links.

The World Wide Wills Family History Center, allowing further study of the genealogy of the Wills Family.

 
Searching the World Wide Web

It is not what you ask a search engine that gets results, it is the way that you ask it, especially in researching your family tree.

This search engine is set to search all of the Wills pages for any item of interest to you. Practise your web searching here, using the below guide-lines.

In searching for an ancestor or any other person there are several rules to apply.
  • It is essential to enter their name in this format "christian-name surname".
  • Enter it in lower case with the christian name and the surname enclosed in inverted comers. "robert smith"
  • This causes the search engine to only report any exact matches to the phrase. If you do not use the inverted comas the search engine will report any site with robert and smith in it but not necessarily as a persons name. The reference could be to robert Jones a silver smith.
  • When you enter your query in lower case the search engine reports both upper and lower case matches.
  • If the first search does not produce results that you require try alternative christian names e.g. for "robert smith" try "bob smith" or shortened forms such as bob, thos, ptk and wm in place of robert, thomas, patrick and william.
  • Typing the family name followed by the word "genealogy" may turn up entire sites that are relevant to your family tree.
  • If your receive a large number of URLs from your search, you need to provide more information to screen out sites that are not relevant. Firstly try adding australia and plus signs. The search would now be +"robert smith" +australia. If that does not succeed try the name of the town or suburb where this ancestor lived or worked. +"robert smith" +homebush.
  • The plus sign instructs the search engine to only show results that contain both "robert smith" and australia. It is essential to enter the plus sign as the first entry as well as before each other item. This can be extended by adding further + or minus signs. +"robert smith" +homebush +doctor -melbourne -music
  • This type of searching may need to be completed in several search engines.

 


The World Wide Wills Family History Center, allowing further study of the genealogy of the Wills Family.

 
How to Spell Wills
Wills, Willis, Willes, Wells, Wyll and Willsmead.
These are all spelling variations faced by one Wills researcher.

We also had a problem in locating an ancestor's migration to Tasmania and then this letter arrived. "Raye had the brilliant idea that, because no-one could find anything about Charles Wills, she would look up Charles WELLS - and Voila! there he was!"

I was reminded of this when reading Megan Smolenyak's book titled "In Search of Our Ancestors" (ISBN: 1-58062-317-4). Page 116 reads "She remembered a Bible record that she had squirreled away. The record clearly showed that her Catherine Jane was a sister to our missing Susan (not Sarah, as it turned out)! The startling discovery, though, was that the sisters' maiden name was not Cone, but Love.

Now spurred on, we wrote for a photocopy of the original death certificate for our great-grandmother Hannah. Sure enough, on the original is "Love" written in fancy script. Someone mistook it for "Cone" and that is how it was transcribed for the printed record. Armed with this new information, we were finally able to uncover documented proof for several generations simply by looking for Love in all the right places!"

Then on page 210 we read "The records of William N. Jones had been accidentally blended into the file of William H. Jones. In the old handwriting, the middle initials "N" and "H" looked very similar, thus creating the problem that was to take us so long to solve."

A further page of Wills spellings is available at the Australian Wills Familes Index.

Email Tom Wills if you would like to share with us a spelling problem in your Wills family research.

 


The World Wide Wills Family History Center, allowing further study of the genealogy of the Wills Family.

 
Wills Landmarks - World Wide

The World Wide Wills Family History Center, allowing further study of the genealogy of the Wills Family.

 
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