The Durham Probate Records chiefly comprise the following documents:
We hold contemporary (registered) copies of wills for 1858 to 1940, relating to County Durham only. Some related registers for the same period are also held, as detailed within the catalogue.
Original wills and other probate records dated after 1857 are held by Principal and District Probate Registries. Copies of post-1857 wills held by us cannot be photocopied or photographed, and are not available online. For copies of post-1857 wills, consult the HM Courts and Tribunals Service webpage about searching for probate records.
Digital images of most of the pre-1858 Durham Probate Records are available from the North East Inheritance catalogue online.
When using the images on familysearch, note:
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