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probate records : 1939

This collection contains summaries of the vast majority of probate cases in England and Wales between 1858-1966. It effectively forms an index to wills and probate records for this period.

The records were created by the Probate Registry, which took control of proving wills and administrations in 1858. Before this, four different types of ecclesiastical (church) courts dealt with these cases. A Principal Probate Registry was established in London in January 1858, and several district probate registries were created around the country. From then on, the registries oversaw all grants of probate and letters of administration. This collection is the Calendar of these grants.

The Calendar is separated into a different volume for each year. The entries in each volume are then alphabetised by surname. Information varies across different entries, but each typically includes:

  • Probate date
  • Full name of the deceased
  • Death date
  • Death place
  • Registry where issued

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SourceEngland & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966
Name Elizabeth Jane  
Place of Probate London, England
Date of Probate 24th April 1939
Effects £1,388 8s. 4d.
Entry GINGELL Elizabeth Jane of 306 Cheney Manor-road Swindon Wiltshire (wife of Alfred Gingell) died 20 March 1939 Probate London 24 April to Albert Edward Knighton fitter. Effects £1388 8s. 4d.
Name Emily Clifford 
Place of Probate Winchester, Hampshire, England
Date of Probate 27th May 1939
Effects £173 6s. 7d.
Entry GINGELL Emily of Quemerford Calne Wiltshire widow died 14 February 1939 at 1 Rowden-hill Chippenham Wiltshire Probate Winchester 27 May to Annie Gingell spinster. Effects £173 6s. 7d.
Name Jasper Gingell 
Place of Probate Winchester, Hampshire, England
Date of Probate 19th June 1939
Effects £201 12s. 6d.
Entry GINGELL Jasper of 47 Gooch-street Swindon Wiltshire died 1 June 1939 at St. Margarets Hospital Stratton Saint Margaret Wiltshire Probate Winchester 19 June to William John Charles Church municipal clerk. Effects £201 12s. 6d.
Name Walter Waugh Gingell 
Place of Probate Bristol, Gloucestershire, England
Date of Probate 1st December 1939
Effects £1,227 6s. 10d.
Entry GINGELL Walter Waugh of North-street Oldland Bitton Gloucestershire died 15 October 1939 Administration Bristol 1 December to Bertie Walter Gingell maintenance mechanic and Kate Eda Wilmott widow. Effects £1227 6s. 10d.
Name Arthur John Gyngell 
Place of Probate Lancaster, Lancashire, England
Date of Probate 12th April 1939
Effects £119 5s. 10d.
Entry GYNGELL Arthur John of Woodside Studholme-crescent Penwortham Preston Lancashire died 3 February 1939 Administration Lancaster 12 April to Emma Lydia Gyngell widow. Effects £119 5s. 10d.
Name Samuel Whiting Gyngell 
Place of Probate London, England
Date of Probate 8th August 1939
Effects £3,821 10s. 7d.
Entry GYNGELL Samuel Whiting of 60 Erleigh-road Reading died 6 July 1939 at Greenlands Redlands-road Reading Probate London 8 August to Florence Rosene Gyngell widow. Effects £3821 10s. 7d.
Reference ID PROB1939


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