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This Irish Wills Index 1484-1858 contains over 102,000 names compiled from records found at the National Archives of Ireland. It is only concerned with records that survive in more than index form, i.e. where original documents, copies, transcripts, abstracts or extracts exist.
Although the vast majority of Ireland's testamentary records were lost in the destruction of the Public Record Office of Ireland (PROI) in 1922, staff at the PROI (now the National Archives of Ireland) have spent many years trying to recover from that loss, and today there are thousands of testamentary records again, although they are not always easy to find.
This index lists records at the National Archives of Ireland that are not simply an index. In other words, there is a document worth looking at behind every index entry. Each index entry contains the name of the person leaving a will, or being covered by a grant of probate or administration. It also contains their address, sometimes their occupation, and the place where the document was proved (i.e. a diocesan or the Prerogative court). The index also contains the names of the executors for almost half the entries, along with their addresses. In essence this index contains all the information contained in the National Archives finding aids (i.e. card catalogues, typed lists, and original summaries).
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