News   September 2011
Hertfordshire Wills Index: 1415-1857 now searchable on the National Wills index, plus copies available for ordering online!
Hertfordshire Wills Index: 1415-1857 now searchable on the National Wills index

Details of over 27,630 individuals can now be searched on the National Wills Index on

This index seeks to embrace in one alphabetical sequence all the wills (both original and registered copies), inventories, administration bonds, accounts and other related documents which survive among the records of the Archdeaconries of Huntingdon (Hitchin Division) and St Albans now held atHertfordshire Archives and Local Studies.
Coverage may be summarised as follows:

  • Archdeaconry of Huntingdon (Hitchin Division):
    Original wills (together with some inventories), 1557-1857 (Ref, HW); will registers, 1557-1843 (Ref, HR); inventories, 1568-1789 (Ref, AHH22 includes some administration bonds); administration bonds and accounts, 1609-1857 (Ref, AHH23).
  • Archdeaconry of St Albans:
    Original wills, including administration bonds and inventories filed with them, 1518-1857 (Ref, AW); will registers, also including grants of administration, 1415-1857 (Ref, AR); inventories, 1518-1764 (Ref, A25); no original probate accounts are known to have survived for this archdeaconry.
Copies of the originals can be ordered online for 10GBP. These are supplied digitally by Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies and delivered via a PDF to your email address.
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