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English Probate Jurisdiction Maps and Guides


SALT LAKE CITY— A complete collection of maps and guides outlining pre-1858 English Probate Jurisdictions (EPJ) will be available online through FamilySearch. The probate records of England are among the best genealogical sources for direct evidence of relationships. They are also among the most neglected sources because of the many variations in jurisdictions which governed the probating of wills prior to 1858. The EPJ maps and guides provide a wealth of useful information.

Until now, these valuable resources were only available in printed form. The EPJ maps and guides include tips, tables, and color maps. Starting with Cambridgeshire, Essex, Kent, and London, FamilySearch will release the entire collection of maps or guides over the course of the coming months.

Legacy's Research Guidance

Watch for the next update of Research Guidance. Legacy will provide guidance for using English probate records (wills, estates, etc.). Just locate your English ancestor, enter the Research Guidance system, and in the Suggested Sources section, look for the new suggested source of England Probate Records. Legacy will guide you through locating, obtaining, and using these records.


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