How to look for records of... Death duties 1796-1903
How can I view the records covered in this guide?
This is a brief guide to researching death duty records from between 1796 and 1903. Many people left estates which were liable for death duties, and from 1858 there should be a death duty record for all those worth more than £20. The majority of records which still exist can be found online or at The National Archives.
Death duty records can be complicated and difficult to understand, so some patience may be required when researching them. See our guide to Death duties 1796-1903: further research for more information.
What do I need to know before I start?
After 1903, death duty registers were replaced with a system of individual files which were destroyed 30 years after being closed. There are therefore no registers from after 1903.