Tracing your family history

Wills and probate records

Wills and probate records can be a great source of information about your ancestors and their lives. They often give details about family members, servants, occupations and addresses.

You can also work out how much money or property your ancestor had, what their most prized possessions were, who was in or out of favour in the will and who was trusted enough to be an executor.

Search for wills and probate records on GOV.UK