- World Records
- Full list of the Irish family history records
- Life Events (Birth, Marriage, Death)
- Index of Irish Wills 1484-1858
Records in this collection
- Ardagh Wills 1690-1857
- Cantwell's Memorials of the Dead
- Clonfert Marriage Bonds 1663-1857
- Clonfert Wills and Administrations 1663-1857
- Deputy Keeper of Ireland, Index to the Act or Grant Books, and to Original Wills, of the Diocese of Dublin 1272-1858 (26th, 30th and 31st Reports, 1894, 1899)
- Donegal cemetery records
- Farrar's Index to Irish Marriages 1771-1812
- Fermanagh cemetery records
- Fermanagh parish registers baptisms
- Fermanagh parish registers burials
- Fermanagh parish registers marriages
- Index of Irish Wills 1484-1858
- Ireland Calendars Of Wills & Administrations 1858-1920
- Ireland Deaths 1864-1870
- Ireland Down Anaghlone Presbyterian baptisms 1839-1913
- Ireland Down Anaghlone Presbyterian marriages 1845-1913
- Ireland Down Annaclone (COI) baptisms 1877-1900
- Ireland Down Annaclone (COI) burials 1877-1900
- Ireland Down Annaclone (COI) marriages 1845-1900
- Ireland Down Ballyroney Presbyterian baptisms 1819-1913
- Ireland Down Ballyroney Presbyterian marriages 1831-1906
- Ireland Down St Colmans Annaclone (RC) baptisms 1834-1913
- Ireland Down St Colmans Annaclone (RC) burials 1851-1913
- Ireland Down St Colmans Annaclone (RC) marriages 1851-1913
- Ireland memorial and burial register, 1618-2005
- Ireland Memorial Inscriptions
- Ireland Roman Catholic Parish Baptisms
- Ireland Roman Catholic Parish Burials
- Ireland Roman Catholic Parish Congregational Records
- Ireland Roman Catholic Parish Marriages
- Ireland Roscommon Kiltullagh cemeteries
- Ireland, Non-conformist marriages
- Ireland, original will registers 1858-1920
- Ireland, Society of Friends (Quaker) births
- Ireland, Society of Friends (Quaker) deaths
- Ireland, Society of Friends (Quaker) marriages
- Irish Births 1864-1958
- Irish Death Notices In American Newspapers
- Irish Deaths 1864-1958
- Irish Marriage Notices in American Newspapers
- Irish Marriages 1845-1958
- Kiltullagh Parish (RC) Baptisms
- Kiltullagh Parish (RC) Marriages
- Leighlin Administrations 1700-1857
- Limerick non-conformist baptisms
- Limerick non-conformist congregational records 1911-1945
- Lincolnshire marriages
- Marriage Licence Bonds; Diocese of Cloyne 1630-1800
- Memorials of the Dead: Galway & Mayo
- Quakers Annual Monitor 1849
- Raphoe Marriage Bonds 1710-55 and 1817-30
- Register of Derry Cathedral Baptisms 1642-1703
- Registers of the French Non-Conformist Churches Dublin 1701-1831
- Registers of the French non-conformist churches Dublin 1702-1731
- Sir Arthur Vicars, Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland, 1536 - 1810
- The Parish Register Society of Dublin, The Registers of St. Patrick, Dublin, 1677-1800, 1907
- The Register of Derry Cathedral Burials 1642-1703
- The Register of Derry Cathedral Marriages 1642-1703
- Thomas Philip Le Fanu, Registers of the French Church of Portarlington, Ireland, 1694-1816
- Tipperary Clans Archive
- Tyrone Cemetery Records
- W.P.W. Phillimore & Gertrude Thrift, Indexes to Irish Wills 1536-1858
- Wicklow cemetery records
- WW1 Irish Soldiers Wills, 1914-1920
The only complete list of surviving wills and other testamentary records at the National Archives of Ireland. It contains information relating to every part of Ireland (north and south).
What is the Index of Irish Wills 1484-1858?
The vast majority of Ireland's testamentary records (wills, administrations, probates, etc.) were destroyed in the explosion that engulfed the Public Record Office of Ireland during the early stages of the Irish civil war in 1922. As near complete as that obliteration was, not everything was incinerated. Several volumes of original will and grant books, which had been used as cover against gunfire during the battle survived. More importantly the staff at the National Archives of Ireland (the successor organisation to the PROI) have spent the intervening years trying to recover from that loss. Today there are many thousands of wills again, gathered from private deposits, abstracts created by researchers prior to 1922, and replacement archives. But they are difficult to find. For this reason Eneclann’s first digitisation project was to create an index to what records had survived and been gathered at the National Archives of Ireland.
What records are included?
This index only includes records at the National Archives of Ireland in Dublin. It also only includes records where there is a surviving document, like an original will, administration or grant of probate, a certified copy, a transcripts, or even abstracts and extracts.
This means there is more information to be found on the original records. The index only deals with surviving records up to 1858 when the testamentary system was removed from Church control, and taken over by civil authorities.
Several NAI catalogues and lists were used in compiling this index, as well as two significant contemporary indexes, as follows:
Charitable Donations and Bequests Will Extracts
Inland Revenue Administration Registers 1828-1839
Inland Revenue Will Registers 1828-1839
Users should consult the explanations of NAI Reference Numbers to find out more about what collections are dealt with in these finding aids.
What types of documents are listed?
There are several types of documents indexed here. Most are wills or other testamentary records (wills, probate, administrations, etc.), but around 10% are not. Marriage licences/bonds and miscellaneous genealogical abstracts make up the majority of these additional records. This material was often included in the NAI testamentary card catalogues because it was genealogically useful, and we saw no good reason to leave them out!
The most common records are:
|Will||55% the documents listed in this dataset are wills. A will is a legal document drawn up to determine the inheritance of a person's property after their death.|
|Grant of Probate||Wills had to be proved (authenticated) in court before they came into effect. This happened in the relevant Diocesan Court, except when a testator owned property worth more than £5 in more than one diocese. In those cases it was dealt with in the Prerogative Court in Dublin. Once a will was proved, the courts issued a grant of probate. Around 6% of these records are Grants of Probate.|
|Administration||If there was no will, or the will could not be proved, the courts would grant an Administration on an estate.|
|Marriage License Bond/Grant||Marriage licences were generally only requested by those who had property, or desired privacy from the publication of Banns. Banns were a public notice of an intended marriage in order to inform those who may have known of an impediment to lodge an objection.|
Please consult our detailed list of the various types of documents to find out more.
What information is included in this index?
For every entry in the dataset there is an original document worth looking at. This original record is at the NAI and can be requested by using the NAI Reference number. Alternatively a copy can be ordered online [**put system in place].
Each index entry contains:
- name of the person leaving a will, or being covered by a grant of probate or administration, or the principal party for another record.
- their address
- sometimes their occupation
- the place where the document was proved (i.e. a diocesan or the Prerogative court).
- the names of the executors for almost half the entries, along with their addresses.
This index includes all the information recorded in the NAI catalogues and lists.
Acknowledgements & Credits
With special thanks to the Archivists and Staff at the National Archives of Ireland