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Births, deaths and marriages: Indexes to overseas wills

This State Library of South Australia guide includes information on cemeteries, church records, burials and probate (wills). Information for other states is also included.

Wills and probate records

Wills can be an excellent resource for family historians. For a will to be acted upon, it has to be "proved" in a court. This is called granting "probate". If death occurred without a will (intestate) the next of kin could apply for a grant of administration to gain authority to distribute the estate. Testamentary papers are a group of papers associated with the probate.



Chief Justice Napier

Sir Mellis Napier 1942 (B 11109)

UK wills online

Irish wills online

New Zealand