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Ireland, Calendar of Wills and Administrations, 1858-1920
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Ireland
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Location of Ireland
Record Description
Record Type Calendar of Wills & Administrations
Collection years 1858-1920
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Principal Probate Registry, Dublin


What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection contains summaries of wills and probates for the years 1858 to 1920. These records were created by probate registries beginning in 1858. Before 1858, church courts handled wills and probates.

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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

  • Name of Deceased
  • Address
  • Occupation Prior to Death
  • Administrators of Will/Probate
  • Death Date
  • Deceased’s Estate Value
  • Birth Information of Deceased

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How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

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  • The name of deceased
  • Approximate date of death

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How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

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What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Use the information in the probate record to substitute for civil birth and death records since the probates exist for an earlier time period
  • Use the birth date along with the residence or place of birth of the deceased to locate census and church records
  • Use the occupations listed to find other types of records such as employment records or military records
  • Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname as the deceased; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual
  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have died in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • The information in the records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the deceased or the testator
  • Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after 1900
  • There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record
  • Check for variant spellings of the surnames
  • Search the records of nearby towns

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in Ireland.

Related FamilySearch Historical Records Collections[edit | edit source]

  • Ireland, W.P.W. Phillimore & Gertrude Thrift, Indexes to Irish Wills

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