Estate Duty Registers

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Starting in 1897, the government levied taxes on estates over a specific value. Starting in 1796, a tax or death duty was levied by the government on estates over a certain value. These estate duty or death duty records may add considerable information not found elsewhere.

Information In the Records

  • Name and address of the deceased
  • Date of death
  • Place and date of probate
  • Names, addresses and occupations of the executors
  • Details of estates and related matters
  • Amount of the duty paid

They also included information about the people who received bequests (beneficiaries), or who were the next-of-kin, such as exact relationship to the deceased.

How to Use the Index

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Locating the Records

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Understanding the Records

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For More Information

To learn more about these records, read The National Archives (England) online leaflets.