Transcribed by Brian Randell and Lindsey Withers

The Source (NDRO-A) and DWP's editing process

Our NDRO-A source items provide information concerning wills, administrations and inventories held at the North Devon Record Office, found via The National Archives' Access to Archives (A2A) union catalogue. A number of the items concern post-1857 wills, and not all relate to Devon, but all have been included in DWP for the sake of completeness.

It is understood that nearly all of the wills that NDRO had collected up until 2005 are included in this union catalogue. However the A2A database is no longer being added to. The other major source of information about wills at NDRO that has been incorporated into the Devon Wills Project is the NDRO's section of a developing online catalogue that is shared with the DHC. (This other source is the basis for NDRO-C). No attempt has been made to identify and remove overlaps between these two sources.

Unfortunately the A2A catalogue does not provide means of searching for particular categories of record. Thus the NDRO-A items included in DWP have had to be found by examining and selecting from the results of searching the A2A catalogue for the words "will", "administration", and "inventory" appearing in catalogue record titles and record descriptions. Catalogue records which do not relate directly to a will, etc., but merely refer to it, e.g. in describing a marriage settlement, a lease, or a payment made by an executor, are not included.

By no means all the catalogue entries found in A2A provide any information as to the place or even county of residence of the testator, and some give a non-Devon residence without providing any indication of any link to Devon - all such items have nevertheless been included.


Locating the source and acquiring copies

To obtain information about the possibility of viewing the source listed, photographing them or acquiring photocopies of them by post, you should contact the North Devon Record Office directly.

Note: It is advisable to check the availability of material with the Record Office before making a visit to see the documents.