I found that if I type "John Jones in one box on the left hand side
of the "Advanced search" page and "St David's" in the second, I
all the John Jones wills in the Diocese of St David's listed. You
can then sort them by year. Alternatively you can type a compound
search term in the simple search box, eg
"John Jones" AND St David's. Does this not work for you?
You can do the same with parish names. A problem is that the search
engine is very unforgiving about spelling, so you need to know the
NLW preferred spelling. Under the old system you were prompted with
the correct spelling, which made it much easier.
Another problem is that the search system now makes no distinction
between diocese and parish, so if you are looking for someone in the
parish of St David's you have a lot of irrelevant entries to sort through.
I am finding the Archives and Manuscripts system much more difficult
to negotiate, and some records (for instance the Consistory court
records of the diocese of St David's) seem to have completely
disappeared from the catalogue. Is anyone else having problems?
At 10:15 03/02/2016, ANNE EVANS via wrote:
Can anyone please help? I have been finding a difficulty in
accessing the new format for the wills at NLW. I have managed to
find the "advanced search" box and then the name and year comes
up, but to date I have been unable to find the diocese. Of course
with a name like "John Jones" to find, my search efforts are hopeless!
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