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Wills and Probate

Borthwick Institute for Archives
Prerogative Court of York wills before 1858

Find a Will or Probate
Find a will or ‘grant of representation’ for people who died in or after 1858.

National Archives: Death Duty Registers
You can search 'country court' death duty registers (registers from courts other than the Prerogative Court of Canterbury) for the period 1796 to 1811

National Archives: Wills
Prerogative Court of Canterbury (PCC) wills, 1384-1858. More than 1 million are online - you can search for wills and, for a fee, view images online.The Prerogative Court of Canterbury was the most important of the courts that proved wills. It dealt with the relatively wealthy individuals living mainly in the south of England and most of Wales (the area that was originally the ecclesiastical province of Canterbury).

National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations),1861-1941
Now available on the Ancestry web site. Members of Bedford Borough or Central Bedfordshire libraries may search the National Probate Calendar free on Ancestry Library Edition web site in any Bedford Borough or Central Bedfordshire library

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