Thursday, 10 October 2013

Australian and Kiwi deceased estate files on Ancestry

Ancestry ( has two new collections which might be of interest to those whose family emigrated to Australia and New Zealand:

New South Wales, Australia, Index to Deceased Estate Files, 1923-1958

"In New South Wales, before probates and letters of administration could be executed, a duty had to be paid... Deceased estate files were created for estates upon which a duty was imposed, including documentation and correspondence regarding that estate’s assessment. This collection contains cards that index the estate files for deceased persons in New South Wales, Australia, 1923–1958."

New Zealand, Notices of Deceased Estates, 1880-1950

"This database contains copies of pages from the New Zealand Gazette that list estates of deceased persons that were administered by the Public Trust Office for the years 1880 to 1928 and 1931 and 1950"


My latest book, Discover Scottish Civil Registration Records, is now available from (print) and (ebook), whilst Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet is available at My next Pharos Scottish course, Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs, starts Nov 13th - see

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