Wales Probate Abstracts, 1544-1858 is a free collection at FamilySearch with browsable images for summary documents of wills or probate records in Wales between 1544 and 1858.


“Abstracts were originally recorded in the six consistory courts, including the dioceses of:

  • Bangor

  • Brecon

  • Hawarden

  • Llandaff

  • St. Asaph

  • St. David’s”


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

Probate Extracts normally include:

  • Name of the deceased
  • Residence
  • Type of document
  • Death date
  • Probate date
  • Burial place
  • Names and residences of heirs and their relationship to the deceased

[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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