Thursday, July 13, 2006

working with wills from 1858 to date

- Government News Network: "Lord Chancellor''s Department Press Office

"Michael Wills opened the Probate Record Centre, 65 Egerton Road, Erdington, Birmingham

I got my will copies from:-
Birmingham District Probate Registry
The Priory Courts
33, Bull Street
B4 6DU
Tel: 0121 681 3400/3414

I am using the National Wills Index 1858-1972 at the Central Library
see more at
Birmingham Metropolitan District Council

Now I have four out of the six wills
one wrong John Jones to reapply for
but they may have mixed up the papers more than 100 years ago
two telephone calls later and it should be ready

Today at Probate Record Centre,
Iron Mountain (UK) Ltd
65 Egerton Road,
Erdington B24 0RR

and my grandfather's will is ready to be collected
The files are all at Erdington since 4th February 2002

Ancestry advertise Historic UK and Ireland Parish and Probate Records ranging from 1538 to 1837 but they are not yet very complete

English Probate Jurisdiction Maps now have Search at

A complete collection of maps and guides outlining pre-1858 English Probate Jurisdictions (EPJ) will be available online through FamilySearch. The probate records of England are among the best genealogical sources for direct evidence of relationships. They are also among the most neglected sources because of the many variations in jurisdictions which governed the probating of wills prior to 1858.

The EPJ maps and guides provide a wealth of useful information.

Until now, these valuable resources were only available in printed form. The EPJ maps and guides include tips, tables, and color maps. Starting with Cambridgeshire, Essex, Kent, and London, FamilySearch will release the entire collection of maps or guides over the course of the coming months.

To be automatically notified as maps are released, register with If you are already registered, please visit the My Info section to ensure that your e-mail address is current.
Click here to view available English Probate Jurisdiction Maps, Guides, and Search (pre-1858).


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