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"Amongst the various sources of information open to the genealogist, it is generally admitted that Wills occupy the most important place...it is often possible to obtain particulars of three or four generations of a family besides a general insight into the extent of civilization and social position of our ancestors." Sir Arthur Vicars
All of the Prerogative Wills of Ireland were destroyed by a fire in the Dublin courthouse in 1922, but before that Sir William Betham had created an index and took notes of the genealogical data in the wills from 1536 to 1800. In 1897 Sir Arthur Vicars completed the index to Betham's records.
The index has over 39,000 entries arranged alphabetically by the name of the testator, showing their rank, occupation, or condition; town or county of residence; and the year when the estate was probated. In view of the loss of the original wills, this is one of the most useful sources when researching Irish genealogy.
The collection includes;
Index to Prerogative Wills of Ireland
Index to Alliances and Aliases
The Hawkins Collection of Wills
For further information on researching Wills and Probate records please see the following article on Tracing Wills
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