England, Cheshire Probate Records, 1492-1940 is a free collection at FamilySearch with a searchable name index for various types of probate records in the county of Cheshire, England between 1492 and 1940.


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[su_heading size=”18″]What Can I Learn from English Probate Records?[/su_heading]

These records may include: 
“Before 1858

  • Names of relatives receiving an inheritance
  • Names of executor(s)
  • Itemization of household goods and property
  • Date will was written
  • Date will was probated
  • Amounts of money and goods
  • Location where the deceased lived
  • Listing of any debt or funeral expenses to be paid
  • Property names”

“Included after 1858

  • Name of individual
  • Location where the deceased lived
  • Names of beneficiaries (usually surviving spouse and children)
  • Name of executor(s)
  • Names of witnesses
  • Date the will was probated
  • Place where will was probated
  • Relative or relatives present at the time of death”

[su_heading size=”18″]What Can I Do with Probate Information?[/su_heading]

  • “Use a Probate record to identify adoptions, guardians, heirs and relatives
  • Use a will to approximate a death date, then find a death certificate
  • Use the information in the probate record to substitute for civil birth and death records for earlier years
  • Use the information to locate census, christenings, marriage and land records
  • Use the occupations to find employment or military records
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family”


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