WILLS
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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.

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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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Wills in the Registry of Deeds

The registration of wills was normally carried out because of a legal problem anticipated by the executor(s) in the provisions - almost certainly the exclusion of parties who would feel they had some rights over the estate. Because of this, wills at the Registry cannot be taken as providing a complete picture of the family. Abstracts of all wills registered from 1708, the date of foundation of the Registry, to 1832, were published in three volumes by the Irish Manuscripts Commission between 1954 and 1986. These are available on open shelves at the National Library and National Archives. Although the abstracts record and index all the persons named, testators, beneficiaries and witnesses, they do not show the original provisions of the wills. These can be found in the original memorials in the Registry. You can find out more about the Registry of Deeds here.
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