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The National Wills Index is the largest online resource for pre-1858 English probate material, containing indexes, abstracts and source documents, most not available anywhere else online.
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Archdeaconry Court of London Wills Index  1700-1800, over 5,000 names
The Archdeaconry Court of London was one of the London church courts that dealt with testamentary matters. The index of over 5,000 records, mainly from the first half of the 18th century, also contains numerous records of mariners.   More
British Record Society Probate Collection  1320-1858,  over 2.3 million names Images available
The indexes in this collection show the names and dates of several million wills and other probate documents. Spanning more than five centuries across Britain, the indexes show you where to go to find the original documents.   More
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Cheltenham Probate Abstracts  1660-1740,  over 2,000 names across 537 abstracts Images available
Abstracts of wills, administrations, guardianships, and full inventories from the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society covering Cheltenham during the period 1660-1740.   More
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Chester Wills Collection  1519-1940,  over 189,900 testators, 449,300 imagesPurchase and view original document image online  FREE index
The collection comprises the Chester Wills Index and the Cheshire Wills Images. The Chester Wills Index includes indexes to all wills proved at Chester up to 1858 and indexes to wills of Cheshire people from 1858-1940, plus, Lancashire wills proved at Chester. Cheshire Wills Images conists of digitised images of the probate documents held at Cheshire Record Office. The present index is the most comprehensive available for Cheshire probate records.   More
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Chichester Consistory Wills Index  1482-1800,  over over 22,100 testators
An index to wills proved in the Consistory Court of the Bishop of Chichester 1482-1800. The original index was published in 1915 as British Record Society Volume 49. The jurisdiction of the Consistory Court extended over the whole of the Archdeaconry of Chichester, comprising the Deaneries of Arundel, Boxgrove, Midhurst, and Storrington, and thus covered the western part of the County of Sussex.   More
Court of Husting Will Abstracts  1258-1688,  over 3,850 abstracts Images available
This volume contains indexed abstracts (summaries) to wills proved in the Court of Husting 1258–1688. This was a civil court, which had probate jurisdiction within the ancient City of London from medieval times through most of the 17th century when it became obsolete.   More
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Devon Wills Project  1164-1992,  over 300,000 names   FREE index
This index is a combined project by Origins.net and the Devon Wills Project to compile a consolidated index of pre-1858 Devon probate documents. Since many Devon probate records were destroyed by enemy action in 1942, the aim of this index is to enable the researcher to determine what probate materials were originally recorded and what documents have survived and where they can be located.   More
Gloucester Wills Index  1801-1858,  over 14,190 names
This collection, complied by the Gloucestershire Record Office, completes the calendar for Gloucester wills available on Origins.net, ending at 1858, the date on which probate was transferred to (civil) district registries.   More
Hertfordshire Wills Index  1415-1857,  over 27,600 names Copies of original documents can be ordered online  FREE index
This index embraces all wills, inventories, administration bonds, accounts and other related documents which survive among the records of the Archdeaconries of Huntingdon (Hitchin Division) and St Albans. Copies can be ordered online.   More
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Kent Probate Indexes  1440-1857,  over 55,800 wills & inventories
Kent has the largest collection of probate records of any English county but there are as yet no published indexes to much of this material. Indexes to all of these records will become available on the National Wills Index. Kent probate indexes currently available on the NWI include: 28,031 wills - West Kent Wills Index (1440-1857) and 27,812 inventories - Kent inventories (1571-1842).   More
Lancashire Wills at Chester  1736-1844,  over 40,000 testators Purchase and view original document image online  FREE index
The collection includes those records from the Chester Wills Collection which related to original records now deposited at Lancashire Record Office. The index covers a substantial proportion, though far from all, of Lancashire wills proved at Chester but which are now held at Lancashire Record Office. The images consists of digitised images of the indexed probate documents held at the Lancashire Record Office. The current contains references to over 40,000 Lancashire people.   More
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Lancashire Wills at Richmond Index  1457-1812,  over 39,100 testators Images available
An index from the Lancashire & Cheshire Record Society to Wills proved in the western deaneries of the Archdeaconry of Richmond 1457-1812. It also contains the index to abstracts (summary) of wills 1531-1652 proved in the Archdeaconry of Richmond (mainly deanery of Amounderness) where the original wills no longer survive, and the peculiar of the Manor of Halton 1615-1812.   More
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Lichfield Consistory Court Wills Index  1650-1700,  over 28,300 records
The medieval diocese of Lichfield and Coventry was vast, spanning an area from the Welsh border to the North Sea. By the 17th century it had been reduced somewhat, but still covered most of Derbyshire and Staffordshire, the northern half of Shropshire and a portion of Warwickshire.   More
London & Middlesex Will Abstracts  1700-1704,  over 2,800 abstracts and inventories
These abstracts contain a complete summary of all details contained within each will. They are all taken from original wills and cover the following courts: Archdeaconry Court of Middlesex, Archdeaconry Court of London, Commissary Court of London, Consistory Court of London and Peculiar Court of the Dean and Chapter of St Paul's Cathedral.   More
Oxfordshire Wills Collection  1516-1857,  over 56,700 namesPurchase and view original document image online  FREE index
This dataset indexes all the surviving probate records of the bishop and archdeacon of Oxford, covering the period 1516 to 1857, and of the Oxfordshire Peculiars, covering the period 1547-1856. Images of original documents can be purchased, with pay per view credits, and viewed online.   More
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Prerogative & Exchequer Courts of York Probate Index 1688-1858, over 263,800 namesCopies of original documents can be ordered onlineImages available
Grants of probate for the period 1688 to January 1858. Original documents provide a great deal of valuable information to the family historian and copies of these can be ordered online.   More
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Somerset Wills Abstracts  1385-1556,  over 1,600 abstracts Images available
These abstracts contain a complete summary of the details contained within each will and includes all names and places (testators, executors, witnesses and beneficiaries) plus incidental information such as relationships and occupations where found in the original documents.   More
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Surrey & South London Will Abstracts  1470-1858,  over 562,700 names
Fully indexed abstracts of every Surrey will known to still exist, over 29,800 abstracts. The index includes names of over a half a million people mentioned in these wills. Free text search of the abstracts.   More
Surrey Peculiars Probate Index  1660-1751,  over 2,000 names
An index to Wills, Administrations and inventories in the Peculiar Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury in the Deanery of Croydon (Surrey) 1660-1751, which included the Surrey parishes of Barnes, Burstow, Charlwood, Cheam, Croydon, East Horsley, Merstham, Mortlake, Church Newington, Putney, Roehampton, Walworth St Peter and Wimbledon.   More
Surrey PCC Will Abstracts  1736-1794,  over 15,300 names
Transcripts of original manuscript abstracts to wills for Surrey testators proved in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury (PCC) 1736-1794. The PCC was the senior and most important of the pre 1858 ecclesiastical courts claiming over-riding jurisdiction over the whole of England and Wales. Wills of those dying overseas were also usually proved in the PPC.   More
York Medieval Probate Index  1267-1500,  over 10,000 wills Copies of original documents can be ordered online
Over 10,000 wills proved in the Prerogative & Exchequer Courts of York between 1267 and 1500. Originals are held at the Borthwick Institute for Archives and digital copies can be ordered online.   More
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York Peculiars Probate Collection  1383-1883,  over 25,000 wills Copies of original documents can be ordered online /Purchase and view original document image online
Over 25,000 wills proved in the 54 peculiar courts of the Province of York from 1383 to 1883. Originals are held at the Borthwick Institute for Archives.
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About the National Wills Index
Origins.net has a growing and unique set of indexes to wills and other probate documents. Following exclusive agreements with the British Record Society - which has the largest set of indexes to English wills - and other organisations with major collections of source material, our database of probate records is growing rapidly.
The National Wills Index is the principal online resource for pre-1858 English probate material with over 4 million wills and probate records.
What's New   April 2014
Search Devon Wills Project Over 300,000 Devon probate records spanning 1164-1992 are now online. Access to the index is free.
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