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Be flexible about dates when searching probate calendars for wills


I loved Paul and Maggie’s guide to tracking down wills in Ireland from 1858.

One thing that struck a chord with me was their reminder that probate was sometimes a complicate­d business and not granted until long after someone’s death ( page 61). I have certainly found that to be the case in my own research. So when searching probate calendars, remember that it may have taken decades to settle your ancestor’s affairs.

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