Irish probate

The National Archives of Ireland (www.nationalarchives.iehas a new catalogue up and running, and has uploaded probate calendars for the south from 1923-1982. The original version of the catalogue was virtually impossible to use, however, this has now been amended and works beautifully. As such, the previous user guide I had created on this page has now been removed, as there is thankfully no longer a need for it! To access the catalogue visit www.nationalarchives.ie/search-the-archives/ 

The annual summaries of wills are known as the Calendar of grants of probate of wills and letters of administration made in the Principal Registry and its district registries, with each year's entries looking something like the following:
 
 
Although the catalogue now works, it may still be easier to access them via the following direct links to the PDF files, as follows:  

1923 http://tinyurl.com/ireland
1923 1924 http://tinyurl.com/ireland1924  
1925 http://tinyurl.com/ireland1925 
1926 http://tinyurl.com/ireland1926 
1927 http://tinyurl.com/ireland1927 
1928 http://tinyurl.com/ireland1928  
1929 http://tinyurl.com/ireland1929 
1930 http://tinyurl.com/ireland1930  
1931 http://tinyurl.com/ireland1931 
1932 http://tinyurl.com/ireland1932 
1933 http://tinyurl.com/ireland1933 
1934 http://tinyurl.com/ireland1934  
1935 http://tinyurl.com/ireland1935 
1936 http://tinyurl.com/ireland1936  
1937 http://tinyurl.com/ireland1937 
1938 http://tinyurl.com/ireland1938  
1939 http://tinyurl.com/ireland1939 
1940 http://tinyurl.com/ireland1940 
1941 http://tinyurl.com/1941-Ireland 
1942 http://tinyurl.com/1942-Ireland  
1943 http://tinyurl.com/1943-Ireland 
1944 http://tinyurl.com/1944-Ireland 
1945 http://tinyurl.com/1945-Ireland 
1946 http://tinyurl.com/1946-Ireland  
1947 http://tinyurl.com/1947-Ireland 
1948 http://tinyurl.com/1948-Ireland  
1949 http://tinyurl.com/1949-Ireland 
1950 http://tinyurl.com/1950-Ireland  
1951 http://tinyurl.com/1951-Ireland 
1952 http://tinyurl.com/1952-Ireland  
1953 http://tinyurl.com/1953-Ireland 
1954 http://tinyurl.com/1954-Ireland  
1955 http://tinyurl.com/1955-Ireland  
1956 (A-K only) http://tinyurl.com/1956-Ireland 
1957 http://tinyurl.com/1957-Ireland 
1958 http://tinyurl.com/1958-Ireland  
1959 http://tinyurl.com/1959-Ireland 
1960 http://tinyurl.com/1960-Ireland  
1961 http://tinyurl.com/1961-Ireland 
1962 http://tinyurl.com/1962-Ireland  
1963 http://tinyurl.com/1963-Ireland 
1964 http://tinyurl.com/1964-Ireland  
1965 http://tinyurl.com/1965-Ireland 
1966 http://tinyurl.com/1966-Ireland  
1967 http://tinyurl.com/1967-Ireland 
1968 http://tinyurl.com/1968-Ireland  
1969 http://tinyurl.com/1969-Ireland 
1970 http://tinyurl.com/1970-Ireland   
1971 http://tinyurl.com/1971-Ireland 
1972 http://tinyurl.com/1972-Ireland  
1973 http://tinyurl.com/1973-Ireland 
1974 http://tinyurl.com/1974-Ireland  
1975 http://tinyurl.com/1975-Ireland 
1976 http://tinyurl.com/1976-Ireland   
1977 http://tinyurl.com/1977-Ireland 
1978 http://tinyurl.com/1978-Ireland  
1979 http://tinyurl.com/1979-Ireland 
1980 http://tinyurl.com/1980-Ireland  
1981 http://tinyurl.com/1981-Ireland 
1982 http://tinyurl.com/1982-Ireland   

By the way, each of the files is fairly large - I have downloaded them all, and the size in total is 3.21GB. Once a calendar entry has been identified, use the application form at the bottom of this page -www.nationalarchives.ie/genealogy1/genealogy-records/wills-testamentary-records/ - but bear in mind you can't pay online for the copy of the will or letter of adminstration, sadly.  

For the probate calendars for all Ireland from 1858-1922, visit www.genealogy.nationalarchives.ie or https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1921305 

Please note that the equivalent probate calendars for the district probate registries covering the counties of Northern Ireland, both before and after partition, from 1858-1965 are also available in database format at https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/information-and-services/search-archives-online/will-calendars.  


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