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Historical will books from New South Wales to be published for the first time by

Leading family history site has secured the rights to publish all of the registered wills from New South Wales from 1800 to 1952. As the only genealogy site displaying this information, is excited to announce that the collection of will books will be made available later this year. This will include handwritten copies of the original wills, from about 1800 to 1924, and typed copies of wills from 1924 to 1952.

Probate packet of John Riley. Courtesy of State Records NSW.

The will books are an excellent resource for family history researchers tracing the financial history of their ancestors. users will be able to track exactly where their ancestors’ wealth, estates and belongings were allocated, helping them uncover the past relationships and loyalties their family held.

“The will books are an invaluable resource to genealogists and only strengthens the already solid offering available from We are continually growing our pool of resources,” said General Manager Vicki Dawson. was awarded the rights to publish the record set by the State Records Authority of New South Wales, as a reliable and credible source to display this critical information.

Jenni Stapleton, Acting Director at State Records, stated, “The will books are one of the most vital sets of records held by State Records and provide a unique insight into the past lives of people in New South Wales. This agreement with is an example of increasing access to such valuable resources through new access channels and technologies.”

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Useful links:

  • State Records of NSW Archives Investigator: Will books – Click here
  • State Records of NSW: Probate Packets guide – Click here
  • State Records of NSW: Index to early probate packets – Click here
  • State Records of NSW: Death records – Click here

Source: press release, 12 June 2013.

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