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probate records : 1940

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

For more information, please visit the Probate Registry's website.


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SourceEngland & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966
Name Alfred Gingell 
Place of Probate Oxford, Oxfordshire, England
Date of Probate 7th October 1940
Effects £609 10s. 5d.
Entry GINGELL Alfred of Orcheston Bungalow 619 Cricklade-road Upper Stratton Swindon Wiltshire died 7 August 1940 Probate Oxford 7 October to Albert Edward Knighton fitter. Effects £609 10s. 5d.
Name Eliza Franklin 
Place of Probate Winchester, Hampshire, England
Date of Probate 4th May 1940
Effects £295
Entry GINGELL Eliza of Goatacre Hilmarton Wiltshire widow died 19 February 1940 Administration Winchester 4 May to Isaac Alford Gingell railway employee. Effects £295.
Name Frederick George Gingell 
Place of Probate Bristol, Gloucestershire, England
Date of Probate 24th May 1940
Effects £556 14s. 7d.
Entry GINGELL Frederick George of 116 Broad-walk Knowle Bristol died 18 March 1940 at Bristol General Hospital Bristol Probate Bristol 24 May to Arthur Henry Gingell commercial clerk and Walter Harris grocer. Effects £556 14s. 7d.
Name Mary Bush 
Place of Probate Bristol, Gloucestershire, England
Date of Probate 17th May 1940
Effects £1,182 10s.
Entry GINGELL Mary of 116 North-street Oldland Common Gloucestershire died 11 March 1940 Probate Bristol 17 May to Bertie Walter Gingell maintenance mechanic and Arthur Fletcher storekeeper. Effects £1182 10s.
Name William John Gingell 
Place of Probate Winchester, Hampshire, England
Date of Probate 7th October 1940
Effects £188 15s. 9d.
Entry GINGELL William John of 66 The Green Christian Malford Wiltshire died 20 May 1940 Probate Winchester 7 October to Arthur Edward Gingell and Herbert William Charles Gingell railway packers. Effects £188 15s. 9d.
Reference ID PROB1940


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