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Beginning in 1858, the government took over the settlement of estates and all wills are now probated through the Principal Probate Registry system. The system consists of 11 district registry offices and 18 sub-district registries, located throughout England and Wales, and the principal registry office located in London. The records are available through the office of Her Majesty's Courts Service. To learn more, go to the [http://www.hmcourts-service.gov.uk/ HMCS] Web site.
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''[[England]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[England Probate Records]]''
  
A country-wide surname index to the records is available, so it is much easier to look for post-1857 wills. The Family History Library has film copies of the indexes,1858-1957 and wills, 1858-1925. Films can be viewed in the library or in family history centers. Search the Family History Library Catalog to find the film numbers.  
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Beginning in 1858, the civil government took over the settlement of estates and all wills are now probated through the Principal Probate Registry system. The system consists of 11 district registry offices and 18 sub-district registries, located throughout England and Wales, and the principal registry office located in London. The records are available through the office of Her Majesty's Courts Service. To learn more, go to the [http://www.hmcourts-service.gov.uk/ HMCS] Web site.  
  
#Go to the [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/Library/FHLC/frameset_fhlc.asp catalog] and click Place Search.<br>
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A country-wide surname index to the records is available, so it is much easier to look for post-1857 wills.&nbsp; The index gives:
#Type England and click Search.
 
#Click England to bring up a list of topics.
 
#Scroll down and click the topic Probate Records.
 
  
Scroll down and click one of the following titles:
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*Name of the deceased
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*Date of death
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*Address of last residence
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*Name of the executor/executrix
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*Amount of the estate
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*Name of the office where the will was proved
  
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To learn more, read [http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/catalogue/RdLeaflet.asp?sLeafletID=168 Probate Records].
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The Family History Library has filmed copies of the indexes for 1858-1957 and the wills for 1858-1925. Films can be viewed in the library or at [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/FHC/frameset_fhc.asp family history centers].&nbsp; Search the [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/Library/FHLC/frameset_fhlc.asp Family History Library Catalog] to find the film numbers.
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#Choose 'Place Search.'<br>
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#Type in 'England' and click 'Search.'
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#Click on the link for 'England' to bring up a list of topics.
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#Scroll down the list and click on the topic 'Probate Records.'
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#From the list of titles, choose one of the following:
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*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=517092&disp=Record+copy+wills+for+the+Principal+Regi%20%20&columns=*,0,0 Record copy wills for the Principal Registry, 1858-1925]  
 
*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=517092&disp=Record+copy+wills+for+the+Principal+Regi%20%20&columns=*,0,0 Record copy wills for the Principal Registry, 1858-1925]  
 
*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=580487&disp=Record+copy+wills+from+the+District+Prob%20%20&columns=*,0,0 Record copy wills from the District Probate Registries, 1858-1899]  
 
*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=580487&disp=Record+copy+wills+from+the+District+Prob%20%20&columns=*,0,0 Record copy wills from the District Probate Registries, 1858-1899]  
 
*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=443192&disp=Record+copy+wills+from+the+District+Prob%20%20&columns=*,0,0 Record copy wills from the District Probate Registries, 1900-1925 ]<br>
 
*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=443192&disp=Record+copy+wills+from+the+District+Prob%20%20&columns=*,0,0 Record copy wills from the District Probate Registries, 1900-1925 ]<br>
  
Calendars, similar to indexes, are also on film in the Family History Library.<br>  
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Here is a link to the calendars or indexes in the Family History Library Catalog:<br>  
  
[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=208102&disp=Calendar+of+the+grants+of+probate+and+le%20%20&columns=*,0,0 Calendar of the grants of probate and letters of administration made in the Principal Registry&nbsp;: and in the several district registries of Her Majesty's Court of Probate]<br>
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[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=208102&disp=Calendar+of+the+grants+of+probate+and+le%20%20&columns=*,0,0 Calendar of the grants of probate and letters of administration made in the Principal Registry&nbsp;: and in the several district registries of Her Majesty's Court of Probate]<br>  
  
 
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Revision as of 01:20, 23 May 2009

England Gotoarrow.png England Probate Records

Beginning in 1858, the civil government took over the settlement of estates and all wills are now probated through the Principal Probate Registry system. The system consists of 11 district registry offices and 18 sub-district registries, located throughout England and Wales, and the principal registry office located in London. The records are available through the office of Her Majesty's Courts Service. To learn more, go to the HMCS Web site.

A country-wide surname index to the records is available, so it is much easier to look for post-1857 wills.  The index gives:

  • Name of the deceased
  • Date of death
  • Address of last residence
  • Name of the executor/executrix
  • Amount of the estate
  • Name of the office where the will was proved

To learn more, read Probate Records.

The Family History Library has filmed copies of the indexes for 1858-1957 and the wills for 1858-1925. Films can be viewed in the library or at family history centers.  Search the Family History Library Catalog to find the film numbers.

  1. Choose 'Place Search.'
  2. Type in 'England' and click 'Search.'
  3. Click on the link for 'England' to bring up a list of topics.
  4. Scroll down the list and click on the topic 'Probate Records.'
  5. From the list of titles, choose one of the following:
      

Here is a link to the calendars or indexes in the Family History Library Catalog:

Calendar of the grants of probate and letters of administration made in the Principal Registry : and in the several district registries of Her Majesty's Court of Probate