Irish probate

The National Archives of Ireland (www.nationalarchives.iehas a new catalogue up and running, and has uploaded probate calendars for the south from 1923-1982. The original version of the catalogue was virtually impossible to use, however, this has now been amended and works beautifully. As such, the previous user guide I had created on this page has now been removed, as there is thankfully no longer a need for it! To access the catalogue visit

The annual summaries of wills are known as the Calendar of grants of probate of wills and letters of administration made in the Principal Registry and its district registries, with each year's entries looking something like the following:

Although the catalogue now works, it may still be easier to access them via the following direct links to the PDF files, as follows:

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  

By the way, each of the 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.

For the probate calendars for all Ireland from 1858-1922, visit or

Please note that the equivalent probate calendars for the district probate registries covering the counties of Northern Ireland, both before and after partition, from 1858-1965 are also available in database format at


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  1. Thanks for that, Chris, it's very helpful to have all the files collated in one place. Hopefully see you on Saturday!

  2. Chris thanks for creating the shortcuts.

    I was wondering if you might have some advice where I should look to locate the records and disposal for estates without a Will that where held 'Intestacy' ?



    1. Hi Jim - see - it should give you an overview of the situation regarding Chancery north and south.


  3. Hi Chris - if you place these files on your Google Drive account you may find that Google Drive will automatically perform a full text search! Clearly this could be a powerful tool. I'd be interested in hearing if this works.