Genealogy Part 9 – Wills and Probate Records

Wills can provide a lot of useful information about a person, including information about property they owned and relationships with others mentioned in the will.

For a will to be legally acted upon, it has to be “proved” – a judge has to rule that it contains the last wishes of the deceased. This process is called probate.

If someone died intestate (without leaving a will) the next of kin could apply for a grant of administration to gain control of the estate.

9.1    Useful Links

There are useful publications produced by the National Archives on wills:

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/familyhistory/wills

There is a guide to obtaining probate records here:

https://www.gov.uk/search-will-probate

You can find a will here:

https://probatesearch.service.gov.uk/#wills

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