Friday, 30 April 2021

TheGenealogist adds Index of Irish Wills 1484-1858

From TheGenealogist (

TheGenealogist adds over 100,000 names to its Irish Will Indexes

TheGenealogist’s Index of Irish Wills 1484-1858 is an index to surviving records of Wills, Grants and Administrations, held by The National Archives of Ireland (NAI). Records include the original NAI reference, which can be used to order a copy of the existing document.

This new release adds an easily searched and useful resource to the ever growing suite of records available to Diamond subscribers of TheGenealogist. The Index of Irish Wills 1484-1858 features:

●    More than 100,000 names
●    Easily Searchable by Name, County, Address and Keyword
●    Can provide dates, occupation, status and place of abode
●    Can provide reference and link to order the document from the National Archives of Ireland.

Prior to 1858, Irish wills were administered by the ecclesiastical courts of the Established church, (the Church of Ireland), a part of the Anglican communion. In 1857, however, the Church of Ireland lost its responsibility for Irish Wills when the Probate Act of that year transferred the supervision to the state.

Read TheGenealogist’s article: Using Irish Wills to discover your ancestors

(With thanks to Nick Thorne) 


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