Was there money in the family?

This guide was last updated in 2009

If you suspect that your illegitimate ancestor was born of a wealthy father, there are some other pieces of evidence that you might be able to use.

If, like John Hurt, you have an idea as to the identity of the father, you might investigate whether he or any other member of the family provided for the child in a will. The census might indicate whether the child ever lived with or near the father, or whether, perhaps, they were sent away to school to get rid of them.

For information about obtaining wills after 1858:

For wills before 1858, have a look at:

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