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Testamentary Authority before 1857.

Consistorial Wills and Administrations.

Prerogative Wills and Administrations.

Prerogative Wills: Betham Abstracts.

Testamentary Authority after 1857.

Calendars of Wills and Administrations.

Abstracts and Transcripts.

Will Abstracts: Inland Revenue Records.

Will Abstracts: Land Commission Records.

Wills in the Registry of Deeds.

Will Abstracts in the Genealogical Office.

Will Abstracts and Transcripts: Other Sources.

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Will Abstracts and Transcripts

As well as the original Consistorial and Prerogative wills and grants, and the transcripts made of them in the Will and Grant Books, a wide number of other sources exist, particularly for material before 1857. The most important of these is the collection of the National Archives itself, gathered after 1922 in an attempt to replace some at least of what had been lost. As well as original wills from private legal records and individual families, this ever-expanding collection also includes pre-1922 researchers' abstracts and transcripts. It is covered by a card index in the reading room, which also gives details of those wills and grants in the surviving pre-1857 Will and Grant Books. Separate card indexes cover the Thrift, Jennings and Crossley collections of abstracts, and the records of Charitable Donations and Bequests. The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland has made similar efforts, and the copies it holds are indexed in the Pre-1858 Wills Index, part of the Subject Index in the Public Search Room.
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