Sunday, October 12, 2014

NSW Probate Notices now online

Up until last year, NSW Probate notices had to be published in a newspaper. This requirement has now ceased. It is now optional, however it is a requirement of the Supreme Court of NSW that Probate Notices appear on its website at 
This is still relatively new, but should become a useful tool for family historians to check for recent deaths. You can enter quite a broad search, e.g. a surname, and the results screen will show you the full name of the deceased, their location, date of death and date that the application for probate was lodged. Clicking on their name (which is hyperlinked) opens a new screen which shows who applied for Probate, Letters of Administration etc. Although you don't get additional information such as the occupation of the deceased, at least you get an indication of where they lived and the exact date of death. You can also search by a place or postcode rather than a name. It records applications for probate which occurred after 21 January 2013 although the death may have occurred much earlier.



Blogger Jill Ball said...

I missed this news. Thanks for sharing.

October 15, 2014 at 7:14 PM  
Blogger Jill Ball said...

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October 16, 2014 at 3:42 PM  

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