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Medieval & Tudor Kent P.C.C. & C.C.C. Wills Transcriptions by L. L. Duncan

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GOOGLE, (see http://www.google.com ) has a SEARCH option which is not commonly known.
Here is how it works... Lets say I was searching for the surname
AUSTEN ....
So, I type in the following in the Google Search window slot (not the Internet Explorer address slot):-

      
/Research/Libr/Wills/ AUSTEN site:http://www.kentarchaeology.org.uk

It is vital that a space is left before the letter
A in AUSTEN and after the last letter N.
I am then presented with many references to AUSTEN in the Wills, all nicely high-lighted. A click on the link, in blue and underlined, for any entry will take you straight to the list of Wills on this website under Name or Place Order, or if you are lucky, you may directed straight to a transcription of the Will where the name occurs.
   The name you have chosen to search for may be the name of the person making the Will or somebody mentioned in the Will as a beneficiary, whose name will not of course occur in the Name or Place Order Listings.
   Try alternate spellings. Y was often used instead of an i. There may be a double s or l for no apparent reason.
   When you carry out the Google search, each listing gives the option of selecting the "cached" copy that Google keeps on their own server. If you click on "cached" you will see a copy of the Will with the name you are searching for highlighted. This is particularly useful if the name you are searching for appears somewhere in a large body of text. Depending on which version of Internet Explorer you are using "cached" may appear at the bottom of each "Link", or in later versions you hover your curser just to the right of the "Link" and a double headed arrow will appear. A miniature version of the webpage will appear outlining the name in red.
   Along with the name AUSTEN, Google will also list AUSTIN, just in case you spelt you word incorrectly. Austin can also occur as Austin Friars a religious order.

   The technique described above will only search the Wills section of our website. Other wills in Archaeologia Cantiana, etc. will only be found by using:-

AUSTEN site:http://www.kentarchaeology.org.uk

   We are all indebted to Peter Johnson of Newcastle, Australia for bringing this search routine to our notice

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