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Obtaining a copy of a will

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Joy Kentish Maid

Joy Kentish Maid Report 20 May 2011 07:57

From 4th April, the fee increased to £6 and cheques should now be made payable to HMCTS.

Joy Kentish Maid

Joy Kentish Maid Report 20 Jun 2011 22:43

Jonesey, would you like to change the cost on the front page, please?


KenSE Report 21 Jun 2011 17:23

Jonesey, if you change the first post, the link needs to change as well.
This is the current one I think:



Jonesey Report 21 Jun 2011 17:30

Thanks for the info, price and link amended in the first post.


KenSE Report 22 Jun 2011 11:40

Thanks for changing that Jonesey.


KenSE Report 30 Jun 2011 07:22

Apparently Ancestry has added a lot of London Wills and Probate 1523-1837 today.

Joy Kentish Maid

Joy Kentish Maid Report 18 Aug 2011 22:30

For Liz.


Mari Report 20 Nov 2011 23:57

Nudge up


Patricia Report 23 Nov 2011 13:37

I am still finding my way around the tools of infromation collecting and this thread is really interesting, however can someone please explain how you first find out if a relative actually had a wil?
Many Thanks


Jonesey Report 23 Nov 2011 14:07

You can ask the Probate Registry to make a search of the probate calendar on your behalf. Download the form from the link below, complete it and send it together with the fee to the address below.

Postal Searches and Copies Department
Leeds District Probate Registry
York House
York Place

Please provide the full name, address and date of death of the deceased, stating what you require and enclosing the appropriate fee which is £6 for the first copy and £1 for every additional copy .


Patricia Report 24 Nov 2011 16:22

thank you all very much all useful stuff and now I am really going to prove my ignorance!
I have read all the post on how to apply for a copy of a will and it seems they can be a really useful piece of information in researching family history.
But how can I in the first instance determine whether or not any of my family members had ever written and submitted a will.
Help, sorry for being so dumb!!!!!!! :-S


Jonesey Report 26 Nov 2011 10:51


Belated reply.

The only way to determine whether or not any of your family members left a will is to either do make a personal search of the Probate Calendars or get the Probate Registry to search on your behalf, for which they make a charge.

Ancestry has this database online:

England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1861-1941

Alternatively a personal search will involve you visiting the Probate Registry.

Joy Kentish Maid

Joy Kentish Maid Report 13 Jan 2012 21:17



*Alison* Report 13 Jan 2012 22:02

Thanks for all the usefull info! :-D

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~~~Secret Red ^^ Squirrel~~~ **007 1/2** Report 13 Jan 2012 22:08

Thanks Joy - I knew Jonesey had posted this somewhere! :)


SylviaInCanada Report 21 Feb 2012 06:48


Joy Kentish Maid

Joy Kentish Maid Report 25 Feb 2012 14:00



Porkie_Pie Report 26 Apr 2012 19:21



Cynthia Report 9 May 2012 08:06

Jonesey is a veritable mine of information at times ;-)


Simon Report 12 Jul 2012 17:21

There is a useful inflation calculator for seeing what an estate would be worth today -

You just need to put in the amount and the date (year) and it calculates how much it would equate to now.