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Unlimited* access to our Wills and Testaments including access to our famous Prerogative Court of Canterbury (PCC) Wills, giving you access to the original Will Record Images, and a great insight into your relatives history.

Until the Court of Probate Act in 1857, probate was granted by ecclesiastical courts of England and Wales. The PCC was one of the largest of these courts and, as such, heard cases from relatively wealthy individuals, mostly from the south of the UK.

The records are copies off registered wills, which were written into volumes by the clerks at the church courts, and many earlier records are in Latin.

This dataset covers the years 1384 to 1858 and is an on-going project for us, with 474 years worth of wills currently online and over 1,010,000 records.

Bristol, Edinburgh and a variety of Yorkshire volumes have also been added to our will indexes, with more to follow soon.

Wills are a valuable source of genealogical information. They can give details of family members, places of residence and burial, as well as revealing details about their possessions.

We also have various Will Indexes which cover most areas of the country


Currently Includes:

    PCC Wills Index and ImagesBack To Top

    Prerogative Court of Canterbury and related Probate Jurisdictions: Will Registers Covering dates 1384-1858.

      Wills & TestamentsBack To Top

      Online access to our Wills & Testaments.

        AmericaBack To Top

        • 1682-1800 America, Delaware New Castle County Wills (Index)
        • 1733-1744 America, Maryland Calendar of Wills Vol.VIII (Index)
        • 1626-1836 America, New York Calendar of Wills (Index)

        BerkshireBack To Top

        • Berkshire Wills and Administrations 1508 - 1652 (Index)

        CheshireBack To Top

        • Chester Wills 1545-1620 (Index)
        • Chester Wills 1681-1700 (Index)
        • Chester Wills 1701-1720 (Index)
        • Chester Wills 1721-1740 (Index)
        • Lancashire & Cheshire Funeral Certificates 1600-1678 (Index)

        DevonBack To Top

        • Devonshire Wills 1559-1799 (Index)

        DorsetBack To Top

        • Dorset Wills 1568 - 1799 (Index)
        • Index of Dorset Wills 1500-1799 (Index)

        GloucestershireBack To Top

        • Bristol Wills 1572-1792 (Index)
        • Gloucestershire Wills 1660 - 1800 (Index)

        HuntingdonshireBack To Top

        • 1479-1652 Huntingdon Wills (Index)

        IrishBack To Top

        • Irish Wills 1536 - 1810 (Index)

        KentBack To Top

        • Genealogical Abstracts of Wills, Register 'Wootton' 1658 (Index)
        • Kent Records Vol.III - A Calendar of Wills (Index)

        LancashireBack To Top

        • Lancashire Wills 1681-1748 (Index)
        • Lancashire Wills 1748-1792 (Index)
        • Lancashire and Cheshire Wills 1301-1752 (Index)
        • Lancaster Wills 1793-1812 (Index)
        • Lancashire Wills 1621-1650 (Index)
        • Lancashire and Cheshire Wills 1660-1680 (Index)
        • Lancashire and Cheshire Wills 1681-1700 (Index)
        • Lancashire Wills proved at Richmond 1457-1680 (Index)

        LeicestershireBack To Top

        • Leicestershire Wills 1495 (Index)
        • Leicestershire Wills 1660 (Index)

        LincolnshireBack To Top

        • Lincoln Wills 1540 - 1659 (Index)

        LondonBack To Top

        • London Wills 1258-1358 (Index)
        • London Wills 1358-1688 (Index)

        NationalBack To Top

        • Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills Index 1383-1558 (Index)
        • Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills Index 1558-1583 (Index)
        • Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills Index 1657-1660 (Index)

        NorthamptonshireBack To Top

        • Northamptonshire and Rutland Calendar of Wills 1510-1652 (Index)

        OxfordshireBack To Top

        • Oxford Wills 1436 - 1814 (Index)

        ScottishBack To Top

        • Edinburgh Wills 1601 - 1700 (Index)

        StaffordshireBack To Top

        • Lichfield Wills 1516-1652 (Index)

        SuffolkBack To Top

        • Suffolk, Calendar of Wills 1383-1604 (Index)
        • Suffolk, Bury, Calendar of Prereformation Wills (Index)

        SurreyBack To Top

        • Surrey wills (Index)
        • Surrey Wills 1484-1490 (Index)

        SussexBack To Top

        • Chichester Calendar of Wills 1482-1800 (Index)

        WorcestershireBack To Top

        • Worcestershire Wills 1451 - 1600 (Index)
        • Worcestershire Wills 1601 - 1652 (Index)

        YorkshireBack To Top

        • Yorks Wills 1514 - 1553 (Index)
        • Yorks Wills 1568 - 1585 (Index)
        • Yorks Wills 1612 - 1619 (Index)
        • Yorks Wills 1627 - 1636 (Index)
        • Yorks Wills 1620 - 1627 (Index)
        • Yorks Wills 1585 - 1594 (Index)
        • Yorks Wills 1554 - 1568 (Index)
        • Yorks Wills 1594 - 1602 (Index)
        • Yorks Wills 1636 - 1652 (Index)
        • Yorks Wills 1603 - 1611 (Index)
        • Yorks Wills 1389 - 1514 (Index)

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