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England and Wales, National Index of Wills and Administrations, 1858-1957
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Record Description
Record Type Probate records
Collection years 1858-1957
FamilySearch Resources
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The Principal Probate Registry, London


What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection is the National Probate Calendar for England and Wales, it is an index to wills and administrations from 1858-1957. The calendar was created by the Principal Probate Registry, which was established in London in 1858.

Image Visibility[edit | edit source]

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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

  • Name
  • Date of death
  • Place of death
  • Marital status
  • Place of residence

  • Beneficiary
  • Occupation
  • Names of administrators or executors
  • Place of probate

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Images[edit | edit source]

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching, it is best to know the following information:

  • Name of the person
  • Approximate date of death

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name by visiting the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

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What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • If possible, look at an image of the original record. The original may contain information that was not recorded in the index
  • Use the death date and place to search for death information in church or civil records. Church records are reliable for death information prior to 1837, when civil registration began, but many events were not recorded in civil records until 1874.
  • Use the death place and date to search for the individual in censuses. Census records began in 1801.

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Check for other names. An individual might have been listed under a middle name, a nickname, or an abbreviation of their given name
  • Search civil registration and census records using the information you know

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in England.

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in Wales.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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