Starting today Ancestry is uploading millions of wills and probate records including a collection of Illinois wills dating from 1772-1999. An article in the Chicago Tribune describes some of the wills of prominent Chicago politicians and businessmen. Were your ancestors as stingy as the man who left his son-in-law "a rope and suggested he hang himself with it" or were they more like George Pullman who left his daughter an island in the St. Lawrence River?
Wills offer interesting insights into your ancestors' personalities and relationships. And, most importantly, they offer a lot of names to add to your family tree!