Estate Duty Registers
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
Locating the Records
Understanding the Records
For More Information
To learn more about these records, read The National Archives (England) online leaflets.