Friday, 17 August 2012

Ancestry adds TNA's death duty indexes

Ancestry ( has added a new collection entitled UK, Death Duty Registers Index, 1796-1811. By "UK", Ancestry actually means England and Wales, though Scots or Irish folk who had estate down south may be included. The index has been sourced for country courts (i.e. non-PCC courts) from the IR26 collection at the National Archives at Kew, and in fact all successful search returns will merely redirect users to the TNA website to consult the original. There is in fact a much more complete index online from 1796-1903 on FindmyPast (

North of the border, the Scottish records for death duties are held at the National Records for Scotland in Edinburgh (, with various collections for Scotland such as Personal Legacy Registers 1804-1829 (IRS5), Inventory Duty returns for 1831-1892 (IRS6), and Residue Duty Account Books 1819-1838 (IRS7), as well as various Succession Duty Registers and Indexes from 1853-1868.

For more details on the records from across the UK and Ireland, and what to expect from them, check out my article Family History Detective: Death Duty Records in the current issue of Your Family Tree magazine (issue 120), available from


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  1. The collection is the registers of the Country Courts (ie not the Prerogative Court of Canterbury) 1796-1811 which have been digitised and indexed. They used to be part of DocumentsOnline, now Our Online Records. There's a good description at