Wills, probate & tax records

Probate and tax records let you find your family’s money. While tax records tell you the value of your ancestors’ homes, land and businesses while they were alive, wills and probate records reveal what they left behind.

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National Probate Calendar1858-1995

Our National Probate Calendar has been updated with more than 6 million records covering the period from 1973-1995. An essential resource for tracing even your recent ancestors’ wills the calendar is an index to all probate cases in England and Wales since January 1858, when the 1857 Probate Act took effect. It provides information on where and when someone died, as well as the value of his or her estate.

Although the Calendar doesn’t include the actual wills themselves, you can use the details provided to order copies from the Principal Probate Registry or any district probate registry.

Yorkshire Probates1521-1858

Get a fascinating insight into the lifestyle and wealth of your Yorkshire ancestors, with these new probate records covering more than three centuries from 1521 to 1858. The collection includes wills, letters of administration and inventories, which together reveal an intimate record of life in the county - including household goods, farm and business stock, and debts as well as family and social relationships.

Scottish Probate Calendar1876–1936

We’ve just released our most important Scottish records. If you’ve wondered whether your family came from money, and more importantly where that money went, the Scottish Probate Calendar, 1876–1936, could provide the answers.

This is a unique opportunity to discover the value of the family estate, as well as death details and names of descendants. You could even find addresses and occupations. This is essentially the Scottish version of our popular England and Wales National Probate Calendar.

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National Probate Calendar1858-1966

The National Probate Calendar is the single most important resource for tracing your ancestors’ wills, so you can find out what they left and who they left it to.

First, it tells you where and when your ancestors died, and reveals the value of the estate they left behind. Second, it makes it far easier to order copies of their wills, with all the extra information they provide, from the Principal Probate Registry.

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Ireland Griffith’s Valuation1847-1864

Griffith’s Valuation is the most useful of the ‘census substitutes’ that fill the gap in 19th-century Irish research. It was created to work out how much tax the country’s inhabitants should be paying.

Sir Richard Griffith’s assessors worked out the value of all of Ireland’s privately owned property. The resulting records cover the vast majority of households, and while they don’t list every family member, they do let you pinpoint where your relatives were living.

London Wills & Probate1507-1858

This huge collection of thousands of probate records helps you follow your family’s fortunes through 300 years of London life. More than that, though, it lets you pinpoint property owners from outside the capital — and even overseas.

Early wills were proved in various courts around the country, depending not on where someone lived, but where they had assets. Thousands of people from other parts of the country — and all over the British Empire — owned houses or land in London, so you may find their wills here.

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