How to look for Wills or administrations after 1858
How can I view the records covered in this guide?
This is a brief guide to researching records of a will or administration after 1858 which was proved in England and Wales.
The National Archives does not hold wills or administrations proved after 1858.
For further information on how to find wills proved after 1858, read Finding a person’s will on the GOV.UK website.
What do I need to know before I start?
What records can I see online?
What records can I find at The National Archives at Kew?
What records can I find in other archives and organisations?
What other resources will help me find information?
Did you know?
The Principal Probate Registry was established on 12 January 1858, and keeps a copy of every will proved after 1858, as well as copies of letters of administration.
The guidance on Finding a person’s will on GOV.UK provides information on how obtain a will proved after 1858.
As well as the full name, address and occupation of the deceased, the National Probate Calendar may also contain:
- full names of executors, administrators and relationships to the deceased
- the date and place of the death
- the date and place of the probate or administration grant
- value of the estate
An application for administration could be made when a person died without leaving a will, if there were problems with the estate.