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Calendars of Wills and Administrations

From 1858 a new system of indexing and organizing wills and administrations was devised. A printed, alphabetically ordered "Calendar of Wills and Administrations" was produced for every year, and copies of all of these have survived. For each will or administration, these record:
Calendar of Wills and Administrations, 1871

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  • - the name, address and occupation of the deceased person;
  • - the place and date of death;
  • - the value of the estate;
  • - the name and address of the person or persons to whom probate or administration was granted.
In many cases, the relationship of the executor is also specified. This means that, despite the loss of so much original post-1857 testamentary material, some information at least is available on all wills or administrations from this period. Very often, much that is of genealogical value can be gleaned from the Calendars, including such information as exact dates of death, places of residence, and indications of economic status. A consolidated index covers the period between 1858 and 1877, making it unnecessary to search each yearly Calendar. The Calendars are on open access in the National Archives reading room and the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland.
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