For Deanery of Shoreham wills:
For PCC wills and those proved in the Commissary Court of London:
- Prs/w - reel & folio of will register; "AB" for Act Book entry only.
- day and month
||The first item in this column is occupation or equivalent (e.g. widow, gent.);
where none is known, "m;" (man) or "w;" (woman) is given.
|In text file||On web page||Means|
|[Trans/JF]||Jean Fox has a transcript|
|[Extract]||Jean Fox has a partial transcript|
|[Curiosity]||[Interesting items from Wills] makes a reference to this will|
List of aliases
If the name you're looking for is not found in the alphabetical section
then consult the list of aliases which might direct you to another
section. This might be a matter of different spellings or alternative
names for the same person
Extracting wills related to a place
If you're interested in a particular place then you need to download
the complete compressed text file and extract the lines matching your
subject. (This is dealt with in the next section.) For example suppose
you wanted to list wills relating to Seal in date order then (once you've
downloaded and uncompressed the complete text file) you could
use the following DOS command to produce a file called sealw.txt:
find " Seal" wills.txt | rpsort /+91 >sealw.txt
Downloading the complete index
The 19,000 entris makes for a large file that is rather too big for
convenient display on a single web page. Furthermore if you have a text file
you can look at it in many different ways. Therefore if you want to use
the index for anything other than searching by surname you'll want to
download the compressed version then uncompress it ready for use.
|Read this if you don't use Windows/DOS|
The detailed instructions that follow are for DOS(Windows) users.
If you use another operating system you can still download the
index in zipped format but for how to unzip and look at the index
you'll have to use the tools you'd normally use for these purposes.|
Download zipped data file only|
The data has been compressed and bundled with a sort program.
This is only suitable for Window/DOS users.
The compressed file is about 400 Kbytes but you'll need about 3 Mbytes
on your disc to expand and manipulate the index. You might want
to create a directory before downloading then work in that directory
(If your browser asks if you want to run or save the file say "Save").
- Either from the DOS prompt (in the directory where you saved the download)
type sekwills then enter. This will expand four files.
- or double click on the file "Sekwills" in Explorer.
If you are wondering how to look at such a large text file just use your
browser! Drag Wills.txt from explorer onto your browser is one way to do this.
|wills.txt||Index of wills|
|rpsort.com||A truly excellent sort program by Bob Pirko.
(This program is light-years better than DOS's sort)|
- Finding entries in bulk
The simplest way to find all the entries matching some criterion is to
work from the DOS prompt with the FIND and RPSORT tools. Here are some examples:
find " Seal" wills.txt >result.txt
"Find any line in wills.txt that includes the word Seal (preceeded
by a space) and write the results to a file called result.txt"
rpsort wills.txt bydate.txt /+91
"Sort the wills.txt file using what starts at column 91 (ie the date)
as the sort key and put the results into a file called bydate.txt"
find " Seal" wills.txt | rpsort /+91 >sealsrt.txt
Combine the techniques used in the preceeding examples. The '|'
indicates take the result of what's on my left and feed it to the
command on my right."
Copyright Jean Fox 1998
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