Handy guide: Pre-1858 Irish Probate



Wills have a very special importance, no least because of the detail they frequently contain about family, relationships, property and place of burial. 

They are also one of a handful of documents of a personal nature, apart from diaries, which might give some insight into the innermost feelings of an ancestor. 

However, their use in Ireland is greatly hampered by the massive loss of records in 1922 during the Irish Civil War. Nevertheless, there are now many finding aids and indexes that can help greatly with research in this difficult area. 

This Handy Guide gives you useful background information together with information on sources for research, as well as a number of websites and a list for further reading.


4 page A4 booklet, b&w and colour photos

Maggie Loughran & Paul Blake, Unlock the Past handy guide, 2018

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