Malaysia Probate Records

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Inheritance records and wills (Akte warisan)

Research use: Provides linking information for family relationships.

Record type: Wills, inventories, distribution of estates.

Time Period: 1642-present.

Content: Names of individuals, their parents, children and grandchildren, dates, relationships, sometimes places of events, race, civil status.

Location: National Archives, local courts.

Population coverage: 10%.

Reliability: Good.[1]

Guardianship records (Akte wali)

Research use: Valuable in cases of death or divorce of parents with minor children.

Record type: Orphan’s chamber records of guardianship dispositions, orphans, adoption records, legitimations and decisions.

Time Period: 1700-present.

Content: Names of children, guardians, parents, ages, dates of birth, residence, legal acknowlegements.

Location: National Archives, municipal archives.

Population coverage: 5%.

Reliability: Good.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 The Family History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, “Family History Record Profile: Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei,” Word document, private files of the FamilySearch Content Strategy Team, 2000.