The Irish Origins website is making its Irish Wills Index (1484-1858) free to search and access on St. Patrick’s Day.
The index contains more than 102,000 names from records (original documents, copies, transcripts, abstracts or extracts) at the National Archives of Ireland.
Each index entry contains the name of the person leaving a will, or being covered by a grant of probate or administration. It also contains the person’s address, sometimes an occupation, and the place where the document was proved (i.e. a diocesan or the Prerogative court). Almost half of the index entries name an executor and that person’s address.
The free period runs from March 17 at 12:01 a.m. to March 18 at 8 a.m. Greenwich Mean Time.
I used this Time Zone Converter to figure out that in my local East Coast Time, that’s March 16 at 8:01 p.m. through March 18 at 4 a.m.
When the time comes, you can search and access the Irish Wills Index 1484-1858 here.
The Irish Origins website also will take the opportunity to offer a 36 percent discount on its Irish Origins Monthly subscriptions, which let you access censuses, wills, directories, burials, marriages, electoral registers and more. Click here and use promotional code StPatrick2014.