Monday 25 August 2014

NAI online catalogue: Name search for Wills 1923-1951

The online catalogue of the National Archives of Ireland (NAI) has been uploaded with a second tranche of indexed testamentary records.

Will Calendars for 1935 to 1949 were indexed in 2012. This second tranche means all Will Calendars from 1923 to 1951 are now available to search by name of the deceased.

Previously, researchers could search the Wills Calendars only by year. If, for example, you were searching for a John Doyle who died in 1924, you would have had to scroll through each calendar from that year to find an entry recording a grant of probate; not such a task if probate was granted quickly but quite a chore if winding up his affairs took ten or fifteen years.

The calendars as yet unkeyed are those for 1922 and 1952–1986. These calendars remain available to browse on the NAI's online catalogue.

The calendars of wills and administrations for 1858 to 1920 are searchable by name and other parameters on the NAI's Genealogy website.

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