About British Record Society Probate Collection 1320-1858

These probate indexes show names, dates and places from several million wills and other probate documents, spanning more than five centuries across Britain.

The collection provides exclusive online access to British Record Society (BRS) and other probate collections* via a Google-like search. After viewing search results as highlighted snippets, you can view images of the original indexes. In the indexes and help pages you can find all the information you need to be able to contact record offices and locate original documents.

Over time you will be able to order copies of original documents online, and eventually be able to access the documents themselves.

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* The collection includes complementary probate index volumes, specifically: Matthews volumes covering the Commonwealth period after the English Civil War, Morrison volumes covering missing gaps from the BRS collection in the 17th Century and the Yorkshire Archaeological Society probate index.

The British Record Society (BRS) was founded in 1889 to compile, edit and publish indexes, calendars and transcripts of historical records in public or private custody throughout Great Britain. For many years it has concentrated on producing indexes to English probate records to facilitate the study of English history and genealogy.

Probate index volumes available

 

All England & Wales
  • Index to the Probate Accounts of England and Wales, Vols I & II (BRS vols. 112 & 113)
Bedfordshire
  • Bedfordshire Probate Records, 1484-1858 (BRS vols. 104 & 105)
Berkshire
  • Berkshire Wills and Administrations 1508-1652 (BRS vol. 8)
  • Berkshire Probate Records 1653-1710 (BRS vol. 87)
Bristol
  • Bristol Consistory Wills 1572-1792, with wills in the Great Orphan Books 1379-1674 (BRS vol. 17)
Buckinghamshire
  • Buckinghamshire Probate Records, 1483-1660 and Buckinghamshire Peculiars, 1420-1660 (BRS vol. 114)
Cambridgeshire
  • Archdeaconry of Ely Probate Records 1513-1857 (BRS vol. 88)
  • Consistory Court of Ely Probate Records, 1449-1858 (BRS vols. 103, 106, 107)
Cumberland
  • Index to the Wills proved in the Consistory Court of Carlisle, 1661-1750 (BRS vol. 110)
Devon & Cornwall
  • Cornwall Archdeaconry Wills & Administrations Vols. I & II, 1569-1799 (BRS vols. 56 & 59)
  • Wills and Administrations Exeter Principal Registry 1559-1799 (Devon and Cornwall)
    Wills and Administrations Archdeaconry of Exeter (Devon) 1540-1799 (BRS vol. 35)
  • Exeter Consistory Wills and Administrations 1532-1800 (BRS vol. 46)
Dorset
  • Dorset Wills and Administrations in the Peculiar Courts 1500-1801 (BRS vol. 53, pp1-185)
  • Dorset Wills & Administrations 1568-1799 (BRS vol. 22)
Essex
  • Wills at Chelmsford (Essex and East Hertfordshire) Vol. I 1400-1619 (BRS vol. 78)
  • Wills at Chelmsford Vol. II 1620-1720 (BRS vol. 79)
  • Wills at Chelmsford Vol. III 1721-1858 (BRS vol. 84)
Gloucestershire
  • Gloucester Wills 1541-1650 (BRS vol. 12)
  • Gloucester Wills Vol. II 1600-1800 (BRS vol. 34)
Huntingdonshire
  • Huntingdonshire Wills 1479-1652 (BRS vol. 42)
Kent
  • Wills & Administrations at Canterbury 1396-1558 and 1640-50 (BRS vol. 50)
  • Wills & Administrations at Canterbury 1558-1577 (BRS vol. 65)
Leicestershire
  • Leicester Wills & Administrations 1495-1649 (BRS vol. 27)
  • Wills & Administrations at Leicester 1660-1750 (BRS vol. 51)
Lichfield & Coventry
  • Lichfield Wills and Administrations 1516-1652 (BRS vol. 7)
Lincolnshire
  • Wills & Administrations at Lincoln Vol. I 1320-1660 (BRS vol. 28)
  • Wills & Administrations at Lincoln Vol. II 1601-1652 (BRS vol. 41)
  • Wills & Administrations at Lincoln Vol. III 1540-1659 (BRS vol. 52)
  • Wills & Administrations at Lincoln Vol. IV (BRS vol. 57)
London
  • Testamentary Records in the Commissary Court of London Vol. I 1374-1488 (BRS vol. 82)
  • Testamentary Records in the Commissary Court of London Vol. II 1489-1570 (BRS vol. 86)
  • Testamentary Records in the Commissary Court of London Vol. III 1571-1625 (BRS vol. 97)
  • Testamentary Records in the Commissary Court of London, Vol IV Parts I-III 1626-1649, 1661-1700 (BRS vols. 102, 108, 111)
  • Archdeaconry Court of London Probate Records Vol. I 1393-1649 (BRS vol. 89)
  • Testamentary Records in the Archdeaconry Court of London Vol. II 1661-1700 (BRS vol. 98)
Norfolk
  • Wills in the Consistory Court of Norwich Vol. I 1370-1550 & Vol. II 1550-1603 (BRS vols. 69 & 73)
Northamptonshire & Rutland
  • Northamptonshire & Rutland Wills 1510-1652 (BRS vol. 1)
  • Northamptonshire Administrations 1677-1710 (BRS vol. 70)
  • Northamptonshire Administrations Part II 1711-1800 (BRS vol. 92)
Prerogative Court of Canterbury
  • Prerogative Court of Canterbury Administrations Vol. I 1649-1654 (BRS vol. 68)
  • Prerogative Court of Canterbury Administrations Vol. II 1655-1660 (BRS vols. 72, 74, 75)
  • Prerogative Court of Canterbury Administrations Vol. III 1581-1595 (BRS vol. 76)
  • Prerogative Court of Canterbury Administrations Vol. IV 1596-1608 (BRS vol. 81)
  • Prerogative Court of Canterbury Administrations Vol. V 1609-1619 (BRS vol. 83)
  • Prerogative Court of Canterbury Administrations Vol. VI 1631-1648 (BRS vol. 100)
  • Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills Vols. I & II 1383-1558 (BRS vols. 10 & 11)
  • Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills Vols. III 1558-1583 (BRS vol. 18)
  • Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills Vols. IV 1584-1604 (BRS vol. 25)
  • Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills Vols. V 1605-1619 (BRS vol. 43)
  • Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills Vols. VI 1620-1629 (BRS vol. 44)
  • Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills Vol. VII 1653-1656 (BRS vol. 54)
  • Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills Vol. VIII 1657-1660 (BRS vol. 61)
  • Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills Vols. IX 1671-1675 (BRS vol. 67)
  • Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills Vol. X 1676-1685 (BRS vol. 71)
  • Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills Vol. XI 1686-1693 (BRS vol. 77)
  • Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills Vol. XII 1694-1700 (BRS vol. 80)
  • Letters of Administration 1620-1630 (Morrison vol. 1)
  • Wills, Sentences and Probate Acts 1661-1670 (Morrison vol. 2)
  • Matthews PCC Probate Indexes 1630-1655 (Matthews vols. 1-9)
Note: For PCC Registered Wills 1700-1858 search The National Archives online records.
If you don’t find your document online try contacting The National Archives.
Somerset
  • Taunton Archdeaconry Wills 1537-1799 (BRS vol. 45)
  • Taunton Archdeaconry Wills & Administrations 1537-1799, part III, Adminstrations (BRS vol. 53, pp186-313)
  • Wills in the Royal Peculiar of Ilminster 1690-1857 (BRS vol. 53, pp314-318)
Suffolk
  • Archdeaconry Court of Suffolk Probate Records at Ipswich 1444-1700 Vols. I & II (BRS vols. 90 & 91)
  • Probate Records of the Court of The Archdeacon of Sudbury 1354-1700 Vols. I & II (BRS vols. 95 & 96)
  • Probate Records of the Court of the Archdeacon of Sudbury 1800-1858 (BRS vol. 118)
Surrey
  • Surrey Wills, Pre-1649 (BRS vol. 99)
Sussex
  • Sussex Wills at Lewes 1541-1652 (BRS vol. 24)
  • Chichester Consistory Administrations 1555-1800 (BRS vol. 64)
Wiltshire
  • Wills at Salisbury 1464-1858 (BRS vols. 122 & 123)
Worcestershire
  • Worcester Wills Vol. I 1451-1600 & Vol. II 1601-1652 (BRS vols. 31 & 39)
Yorkshire
  • Wills in the York Registry 1389-1688 (YAS vols. 4, 6, 11, 14, 19, 22, 24, 26, 28, 32, 35, 68, 89)
  • Wills in the York Registry 1666-1672 (YAS vol. 60)
  • Yorkshire Wills at Somerset House 1649-1660 (YAS vol. 1)