Good news from the Public Record Office Victoria – they’ve updated their online will and probate index!
You can now search for will and probate records from 1841 – 2007. Most records up to 1925 have been digitised and can be accessed immediately. Later records will need to be viewed in their North Melbourne Reading Room (pre-order required).
The will and probate records are fantastic family history documents. They can tell you the names of beneficiaries (often next of kin), addresses, occupations, dates of death, property owned and more. Want an example? Check out the will and probate records for Caroline Pohl (also known as Madame Brussels). To access her records click on the files listed under ‘View_order_record’.
Happy searching all!