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  • ANN WILLIAMS
    ... From: FFHS Member Society contacts list Date: Tuesday, August 10, 2010 2:59 pm Subject: FFHS-MEMBERS National Probate
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      From: FFHS Member Society contacts' list <ffhs-members@...>
      Date: Tuesday, August 10, 2010 2:59 pm
      Subject: FFHS-MEMBERS National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1861-1941
      To: ffhs-members@...

      > Ancestry has today released probate calendars for English and
      > Welsh wills
      > between 1861 and 1941, but with some gaps - see below.
      >
      >  
      >
      > The following is taken from the Ancestry website at
      > http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=1904
      >
      >  
      >
      > "This collection contains summaries of the vast majority of
      > probate cases in
      > England and Wales between 1861 and 1941. It effectively forms an
      > index to
      > wills and probate records for this period.
      >
      >  
      >
      > "The records were created by the Probate Registry, which took
      > control of
      > proving wills and administrations in 1858. Before this, four
      > different types
      > of ecclesiastical (church) courts dealt with these cases. A Principal
      > Probate Registry was established in London in January 1858, and
      > severaldistrict probate registries were created around the
      > country. From then on,
      > the registries oversaw all grants of probate and letters of
      > administration.This collection is the Calendar of these grants.
      >
      >  
      >
      > "The Calendar is separated into a different volume for each
      > year. The
      > entries in each volume are then alphabetised by surname.
      > Information varies
      > across different entries, but each typically includes:
      >
      >  
      >
      >     * Probate date
      >
      >     * Full name of the deceased
      >
      >     * Death date
      >
      >     * Death place
      >
      >     * Registry where issued
      >
      >  
      >
      > "Missing volumes:
      >
      >  
      >
      > "Our collection covers 80 years from 1861 to 1941. We currently
      > do not have
      > the books for the years 1858-1860 and there are some gaps for
      > the years
      > 1863, 1868, 1873, 1876, 1877, 1883, 1888, 1899-1903 and 1910-
      > 1911. However,
      > we hope to add records for these years as soon as possible."
      >
      >  
      >
      > Thanks to Chris Paton for bringing this to my attention in his
      > ScottishGENES blog at http://scottishancestry.blogspot.com/
      >
      >  
      >
      > Roger Lewry
      >
      > FFHS Archives Liaison
      >
      > archives.liaison@...
      >
      > 10 August 2010
      >
      >  
      >
      > The Federation of Family History Societies is a Company Limited
      > by Guarantee
      >
      > Company Number 2930189 (England & Wales) - Registered Charity
      > Number 1038721
      >
      > Registered Office: Artillery House, 15 Byrom Street, Manchester,
      > England M3
      > 4PF
      >
      >  
      >
      >
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