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North East Inheritance database (pre-1858 Durham Probate Records)

Online images from familysearch are now hyperlinked from catalogue entries in this database. After you have done a search, you can click on the document references to load the relevant image(s).

Welcome to our online Probate database

Welcome to our online database of pre-1858 probate records (wills and related documents), from Northumberland and County Durham.

You can proceed straight to a simple name search of the probate database now, or use the links at the left hand side at any time. Note that for family history enquiries, we have also provided alphabetical lists from the database in PDF format, which you are welcome to download and/or print for your own personal use.

This database was created as part of our North East Inheritance (NEI) project, which ran 2006-2009 and was funded primarily by the Heritage Lottery Fund. You will find more information on the project, and background information on the Durham Probate Records, at the NEI project pages.

What does the database contain?

See the separate scope of the database page for details of what is included, and the latest revision date for the data.

Images of most of the pre-1858 Durham Probate Records are now available online at a separate website. See digital images page for details, links and brief notes on how to access the images.

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