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Wills, tax and criminal

National & metropolitan organisations and online resources

Archives New Zealand

  • Public Trust Wills 1843-1981
  • Probate Records

Archives New Zealand Wellington holds wills probated through the Wellington, Wanganui, Napier, New Plymouth, Palmerston North, Nelson and Blenheim Supreme Courts. For wills probated in other parts of New Zealand, you will need to contact one of their other offices.

Family Search

  • New Zealand Probate Records, 1848-1991
    Digital images and index for probate records from Archives New Zealand. The records were created by local courts. The index is available both here and on Archway, the Archives New Zealand website. The index provides the probate file number associated with an individual’s name. The index will eventually include entries from 1845 through 1994; however, images of probates from the past 50 years are unavailable for viewing

Local Resources

Nelson Family History Centre

  • New Zealand
    Index to the New Zealand Probate list to 1900
  • England & Wales
    General Information in the Locality Catalogue
    Lincolnshire: Indexes of Wills 1700-1900(CD)
  • Scotland
    Testaments, Registers of

Nelson Public Libraries