DEATH DUTY REGISTERS 1796-1903
These provide a shortcut to locating a will and can record what an ancestor’s estate was worth. You will usually find details of legatees and occupation. From 1857 there should be an entry for any estate valued at over £20. Duty was not levied where an estate passed between spouses and up to 1805 between children, parents or grandparents of the deceased. The index can be searched on Findmypast or at The National Archives in Kew and records up to 1811 can be downloaded from its website at nationalarchives. gov.uk/records/death-duty- registers.htm.