Australia, Victoria, Index to Probate Registers (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Victoria, Australia
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Record Description
Record Type Probate Registers
Collection years 1841-1989
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Public Record Office - Victoria


What is in This Collection?

This collection of probate registers from the State of Victoria covers the years 1841-1989.

The collection consists of an index to probate registers for Victoria located in the Public Record Office in Melbourne, Australia. Most of the documentation listed in the probate registers are wills handwritten in narrative form.

Probate records are court records created after an individual's death that relate to a court's decisions regarding the distribution of the estate to the heirs or creditors and the care of dependents. This takes place regardless of whether there is a will or not. The Probate Registry is responsible for determining, on application for a grant of representation, what document or documents constitute the last will of the deceased and/or who is entitled to be the personal representative of the deceased. When these determinations have been made, a grant is issued to the estate of the deceased person.

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Australia, Victoria, Index to Probate Registers, 1841-1989.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The following information may be found in these records:

Probate

  • Name of testator
  • Death date
  • Place of residence and address
  • Occupation
  • Date of testament
  • Declaration
  • Names of children or heirs
  • Name of spouse
  • Name of administrator of will
  • Guardians and relationships
  • Nature of grant
  • Witnesses

Collection History

The probates and wills in this collection were kept and recorded by several different government offices over time (Supreme Court of N.S.W. for the District of Port Phillip; Master of Equity, Supreme Court; Master of the Supreme Court; and Registrar of Probates, Supreme Court). The probates and wills were subsequently archived in the Public Record Office Victoria where they have been maintained in two separate series: Probate and Administration Files (Series VPRS 28) and Wills (VPRS 7591). The wills in this collection were originally among the estate papers in a probate application but were subsequently separated. The most recent probate records (2002 and later) are available only from the Victorian Probate Office.

Collection Content

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How Do I Search This Collection?

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • givenname
  • Gender
  • Approximate death date

Search the Index

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
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What Do I Do Next?

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Search for death records
  • Search for death or burial information in the BillionGraves Index or at Find A Grave
  • If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname
  • Search the records of nearby areas

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?

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  • Search the records of nearby areas
  • Check for other names. An individual might appear under an unexpected name for a variety of reasons:
    • A woman may have returned to her maiden name after the death of her husband

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Collection Citation
"Australia, Victoria, Index to Probate Registers, 1841-1989." Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. Public Record Office, Victoria.
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