Friday 16 March 2012

Southern Irish probate calendars - direct links

Hi folks

To make life a bit easier in terms of accessing the probate calendars for the Irish Republic, as now made available through the National Archives of Ireland website at, I have gathered all the links for the PDF files available so far in one convenient place - this post! - and shortened them using the Tiny site to make them a bit less unwieldy.

To access them using the NAI catalogue please see my previous post at

1923 1924
1925 1926
1927 1928
1929 1930
1931 1932
1933 1934
1935 1936
1937 1938
1939 1940

1941 1942
1943 1944
1945 1946
1947 1948
1949 1950
1951 1952
1953 1954
1956 (A-K only)
1957 1958
1959 1960

1961 1962
1963 1964
1965 1966
1967 1968
1969 1970
1971 1972
1973 1974
1975 1976
1977 1978
1979 1980
1981 1982 

Please note that the equivalent probate calendars for the counties of Northern Ireland, both before and after partition, from 1858-1943 are also available in database format at

By the way, each files is fairly large - I have downloaded them all, and the size in total is 3.21GB.

Once a calendar entry has been identified, use the application form at the bottom of this page - but bear in mind you can't pay online for the copy of the will or letter of adminstration, sadly.

Happy Saint Paddy's Day!


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  1. Looks good, even better if they get them all transcribed ! Do any lists exist for the period before this i.e 1900 to 1922 ? Or were they destroyed in the fire ?

  2. The calendars exist from 1858 and are catalogued on the NAI site - just not online yet. I assume they'll be there in due course. Prior to Partition the calendars were all Ireland based, and the 1858-1943 records for the north can be accessed from the PRONI site - records prior to partition were extracted from the calendars, so they do exist.

  3. Looks like it will be making its way onto Familysearch ?,_Calendar_of_Wills_and_Administrations_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records)

  4. That's interesting! Wonder if they did the original digitisation for NAI? Thanks for letting me know!

  5. Ahh - it is! Says the following: This project is part of an agreement with the National Archives of Ireland. FamilySearch is responsible for creating an index to these records.

    Index on the way!!

  6. Project underway here :

    this period is exactly what i'm waiting for :)

  7. Bear in mind that these records will be all Ireland based - as such, the material from these for the six counties now in Northern Ireland are already available on the PRONI website, along with free access to copies of any surviving wills (not just the calendar entries). But like you, I can't wait for the earlier southern material, as both my wife and I have loads of family there at this point! Hope fully one or two of them had a few pennies to rub together...! lol

    All great news though - writing a new Irish book soon, lots to include! lol

  8. Thanks for the link to each year-very useful.