The index of Devon probate records has been increased to over 300,000 entries.
Origins.net says: “The updated index now includes over 300,000 Devon probate records from over 60 sources, and is freely available to search online.
“This index has been created as a combined project by Origins.net and the Devon Wills Project to compile a consolidated index of pre-1858 Devon wills, administrations, inventories, etc. Many Devon probate records were destroyed by enemy action, when the Probate Registry was destroyed in the bombing during the Exeter Blitz in 1942.
“Thus the aim of this index is to create a finding-aid to enable the researcher to determine what probate materials were originally recorded and most importantly what documents have survived and where they can be located.”