British Columbia Probate Records

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Wills and probate files for British Columbia, up to 1981, are in the custody of the:

British Columbia Archives
PO Box 9419, Stn. PROV GOVT
Victoria, BC
V8W 9V1

The BC Archives has a Probate Case Files Guide 1861-1981 and a Wills guide 1861-1981.

Records after 1981 are held by the:

Court Registry
Ministry of the Attorney General
850 Burdett Avenue, Room 205
Victoria, BC
V8W 1B4

Family History Library

The Family History Library has probate wills (1861–1939), indexes (1861–1981), and estate files (1881–1927).

Abbotsford Genealogical Society

The Abbotsford Genealogical Society has an on-line index to BC Wills, including wills from the 1860s to about 1940 and also an on-line index to 'stray' wills for 2620 wills registered in British Columbia by non-residents (strays) during the time period 1864 to 1939.