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Before 1811

The registers before 1811 are reasonably simple. An entry for the estate of a particular person stretches over two facing pages, and is divided up into different columns. Each column contains a specific piece of information, defined by the column heading, and has its own abbreviations.

After 1811

An entry for the estate of a particular person stretches over two facing pages, and is divided up into different columns. Each column contains a specific piece of information, defined by the column heading, and has its own abbreviations. But each entry now has a double set of column headings.

  • the first set of headings is written at the top of the entry. They refer to the name of the deceased, the date and amount contained in the will, a description of the executors, and the place of probate. The information is then ruled off from:
  • the information given under the second set of headings. These headings are the printed ones, given at the top of the page. They cover the technical details of the will.

The entry relating to one estate is separated from the next entry by a similarly ruled line.

 
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