World Wide Wills Family History

Information for people researching the Wills Family Trees, world wide.

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 2001 "It is amazing how this last 12 months we have found two or three lost family lines, email and the internet being major contributors.

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 researchers, who have a wealth of genealogical information covering England, America, New Zealand and Australia.

From where did they come - 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.
Read of the joy and happiness of a successful search by Australian researchers.

Searchable web sites - These links will take you to various Wills Family Trees which have been published on the web. Your Family History or ancestors may be mentioned here. Type "wills" into the surname field, over 20,000 answers are possible. Result of a search for Wills Family at
Global Search New Ancestry World Tree
A Wills family of Kingswear, Devon.
A Wills Family who migrated to Australia from Lustleigh and other Devon towns.
George Wills, Bodmin, Cornwall, England, 1768
Richard Wills born about 1558, Devon, England.
An index of one Wills family from Devon, England. Descendants migrated to Canada, USA and Australia. Follow the "Next Page" links at the bottom of the pages as there are over 600 names in this list.
Wills - Jones - Nickles Genealogy Page

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.
Family Reunion Ideas That Celebrate Family History
Celebrate Your Family’s History at Family Reunions
A Wills Families Get-to-Gether was held in Melbourne in March 2003 the results are at this link.

The World Wide Wills Family at Work & Play
Associate Professor Craig E. Wills
In the Tracks of Burke and Wills
C. Harold Wills and Henry Ford
Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys
Wills' Coffee House, Charing Cross, London on a Sunday morning in 1772.
Cook and Banks had that year completed 3 years sailing the world and locating Australia and many other islands.
Copy of the letter Captain James Cook sat in the Wills' Coffee House and wrote to Sir Joseph Banks. The later part reads:-
The repuation that I may have acquired on this account by which I shall receive promotion, call to mind the very great assistance I received therein from you, which will ever be remembered with the most grateful acknowledgements by
Dear Sir Your most obliged Humble
servt, James Cook

Wills Landmarks - World Wide
Glen Wills, Victoria, Australia
Glen Wills Cemetery
Wills Memorial Building, Bristol, England.
Wills Hall, Bristol, England.
Wills Federal Electorate Melbourne, Australia
Wills Town Mission Cemetery - Fort Payne, Dekalb, Alabama, USA
Wills Memorial Hospital Washington, Georgia, USA
Original Burke & Wills Tree Coopers Creek, Australia
William T. Wills or William F. Wills, an old clock that appears to have William T. Wills or William F. Wills engraved on the dial.
Bristol, England. Family photos taken September 2010.
Wills Bridge - Waibaidu Bridge, Shanghi, China, is the first all-steel bridge, and the only surviving example of a camel-back truss bridge, in China.
Stancomb-Wills Glacier in Antartica.

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