Wills and Probate Records (2nd ed)
A guide for family historians
Date of publication: February 2009
Publisher: The National Archives
A fully revised and up to the minute guide on all nationally available sources for wills and probate records both before and after 1858.
Wills and related records are a valuable source of information for family historians, revealing details of ancestors' lives, families, livelihoods and even personalities. This practical and accessible guide shows how to get the most from these seeminly complex records, including those scattered in church courts before central registration was introduced in 1858. Suitable for both those starting out and for more experienced researchers, Wills and Probate Records explores documents and institutions, legal terms and Latin phrases, as well as navigating the rapidly expanding digital resources that have transformed family history research. From wills and death duty registers to inventories and litigation, this is an invaluable guide to your ancestors' last documents.
Using The National Archives
1. Understanding Wills
2. Wills and Administrations from 1858
3. Finding a Will before 1858
4. Administrations before 1858
5. Interpreting Wills
6. Inventories and Accounts
7. Death Duty Registers 1796-1903
9. Other Probate Records
10. Scotland, Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands
11. Research Techniques
Glossary,Useful Addresses and Websites,Further Reading,Index
Karen Grannum worked as a specialist in legal records at The National Archives for 18 years. She prepared the second edition of Wills in the Pocket Guides series and contributed to the Family History Companion. Nigel Taylor is Legal Records Specialist at The National Archives and has over 20 years of advising the public on wills and other legal records.