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About British Record Society Probate Collection 1320-1858

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These probate indexes show names, dates and places from several million wills and other probate documents, spanning more than five centuries across Britain.

The collection provides exclusive online access to British Record Society (BRS) and other probate collections* via a Google-like search. After viewing search results as highlighted snippets, you can view images of the original indexes. In the indexes and help pages you can find all the information you need to be able to contact record offices and locate original documents.

Over time you will be able to order copies of original documents online, and eventually be able to access the documents themselves.

* The collection includes complementary probate index volumes, specifically: Matthews volumes covering the Commonwealth period after the English Civil War, Morrison volumes covering missing gaps from the BRS collection in the 17th Century and the Yorkshire Archaeological Society probate index.

The British Record Society (BRS) was founded in 1889 to compile, edit and publish indexes, calendars and transcripts of historical records in public or private custody throughout Great Britain. For many years it has concentrated on producing indexes to English probate records to facilitate the study of English history and genealogy.


Probate index volumes available
All England & Wales
Bedfordshire
Berkshire
Bristol
Buckinghamshire
Cambridgeshire
Chester
Cumberland
Devon & Cornwall
  • Cornwall Archdeaconry Wills & Administrations Vols. I & II, 1569-1799 (BRS vols. 56 & 59)
  • Wills and Administrations Exeter Principal Registry 1559-1799 (Devon and Cornwall)
    Wills and Administrations Archdeaconry of Exeter (Devon) 1540-1799 (BRS vol. 35)
  • Exeter Consistory Wills and Administrations 1532-1800 (BRS vol. 46)
  • See also on NWI:
    Devon Wills Project 1312-1891 includes Devon records from BRS vols. 35 & 46
    Dorset
    Essex
    Gloucestershire
    Hertfordshire
    See also on NWI:
    Hertfordshire Wills Index 1415-1857 FREE SEARCH (Probate Records at Hertford 1415-1857, BRS vol. 120)
    Huntingdonshire
    Kent
    Lancashire
    Leicestershire
    Lichfield & Coventry
    Lincolnshire
    London
    Norfolk
    Northamptonshire & Rutland
    Oxfordshire
    See also on NWI:
    Oxfordshire Wills Index 1516-1859 (Probate Records of Bishop and Archdeacon of Oxford 1516-1732 BRS vols 93 & 94, Oxfordshire Probate Records, 1733-1857 and Peculiars 1547-1856 BRS vol. 109)
    Prerogative Court of Canterbury
  • Prerogative Court of Canterbury Administrations Vol. I 1649-1654 (BRS vol. 68)
  • Prerogative Court of Canterbury Administrations Vol. II 1655-1660 (BRS vols. 72, 74, 75)
  • Prerogative Court of Canterbury Administrations Vol. III 1581-1595 (BRS vol. 76)
  • Prerogative Court of Canterbury Administrations Vol. IV 1596-1608 (BRS vol. 81)
  • Prerogative Court of Canterbury Administrations Vol. V 1609-1619 (BRS vol. 83)
  • Prerogative Court of Canterbury Administrations Vol. VI 1631-1648 (BRS vol. 100)
  • Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills Vols. I & II 1383-1558 (BRS vols. 10 & 11)
  • Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills Vols. III 1558-1583 (BRS vol. 18)
  • Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills Vols. IV 1584-1604 (BRS vol. 25)
  • Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills Vols. V 1605-1619 (BRS vol. 43)
  • Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills Vols. VI 1620-1629 (BRS vol. 44)
  • Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills Vol. VII 1653-1656 (BRS vol. 54)
  • Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills Vol. VIII 1657-1660 (BRS vol. 61)
  • Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills Vols. IX 1671-1675 (BRS vol. 67)
  • Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills Vol. X 1676-1685 (BRS vol. 71)
  • Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills Vol. XI 1686-1693 (BRS vol. 77)
  • Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills Vol. XII 1694-1700 (BRS vol. 80)
  • Letters of Administration 1620-1630 (Morrison vol. 1)
  • Wills, Sentences and Probate Acts 1661-1670 (Morrison vol. 2)
  • Matthews PCC Probate Indexes 1630-1655 (Matthews vols. 1-9)
  • Note: For PCC Registered Wills 1700-1858 search The National Archives online records.
    If you don't find your document online try contacting The National Archives.
    Somerset
    Suffolk
    Surrey
    Sussex
    Wiltshire
  • Wills at Salisbury 1464-1858 (BRS vols. 122 & 123)
  • Worcestershire
    Yorkshire


    See also:  Help searching BRS Probate Collection
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    For help negotiating the labyrinth of over 300 pre 1858 probate courts explore our collection of Jeremy Gibson’s probate jurisdiction maps.
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