Each record contains an image of the page containing the entry. The amount of information can vary but you can find out the following about your ancestor:
Date of death
Address at death
Name of spouse
Names of executors, administrators, beneficiaries (could be children, other family members, friends etc.)
Occupation of these named individuals
Size of estate
After 1858 the civil government took over the settlement of all estates, a matter that had previously been handled in the ecclesiastical courts. All wills were then probated through the Principal Probate Registry system administered from the National Probate Registry in London. There were 11 district registry offices with 18 sub-district registries located around England and Wales.
Once you’ve found your ancestor in the index you can use the information to request a copy of the will from the National Probate Registry.
You can search by year and give the first letter of your ancestor’s last name.
Navigate through the books by clicking on the white arrows to the left and right of the screen.
The browse is useful if you are unsure of the spelling of your ancestor’s name as you can look through page by page to find possible options.