Ireland—Calendar of Wills and Administrations, 1858–1920


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This Project

Beginning in 1858, a new system of administering wills was implemented in Ireland. A number of registries were established, with a principal registry in Dublin and district registries elsewhere, at which probate issues could be considered. Each year a printed calendar was issued, which was organized alphabetically. These calendars are a rich source of genealogical information, often with the full name, occupation, and death date of the deceased, as well as residence information and the names of beneficiaries, executors, or administrators of wills.

Sample Images

Skill Level: Intermediate

  • This project is recommended for volunteers who are familiar with the indexing process and comfortable using various system features.

Characteristics and Description

  • Each batch usually contains only one image.
  • Each image has several records, but the number of records varies from batch to batch.
  • The records may be handwritten or printed.

Additional Information

Records Access

  • The completed index will be freely accessible online to the general public when the collection is published. The digital images will be accessible to active FamilySearch account holders once an authentication system is put in place on Record Search. Until authentication is available, the images will not be accessible.

How to Help with This Project

  • If you have not already done so, you must register as an indexing volunteer. To register and download and install the indexing program, click here for the indexing home page. Click on Get Started, and follow the instructions on the page.
  • After you register, click the Begin Indexing link on the indexing home page, and sign in to the indexing program with your user name and password. Then click the Download Batch button, and select this project name from the list. To see the project name on the list, you may need to select Show all projects at the top of the Download Batch window.