Hampshire Genealogical Society

Hampshire probate records now on Ancestry

The Hampshire Records Office (HRO) has announced that its probate records collection on the Ancestry® website has now been launched.

Probate records are official court documents concerning the settlement of a person’s estate after they die. The most important of these is usually a will, which lists the deceased’s property and outlines who it has been left to, meaning these records will offer a rare view into ancestors’ daily lives and valued possessions.

The probate records include wills, inventories, and administrations from the church courts of Winchester diocese dating from the 14th Century to 1858. Images of the original documents are included. Local people can now access the records on Ancestry free of charge from any Hampshire library or record office.

Click to see the full HRO press release.

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