Wills Index

Using the Wills Index

You can search this index of over 38,000 entries to see what Archdeaconry of Berkshire wills, administrations and inventories we have for the period 1480 to 1857.

Remember though, that not all entries will be for a will. Some will be for a letter of administration, an inventory or even accounts. Let’s explain the difference.

Wills: this is the most common record in which an individual sets out their intentions as to what should happen to their possessions after death and to appoint executors.

Administrations (admons): if a person died without making a will (intestate), the court had to appoint people to administer the estate and issued letters of administration. The appointed persons would then enter an administration bond to carry out various tasks. However, they do not reveal anything about actual possessions unless an inventory is included.

Inventories: This was made as a true record of the extent and value of the deceased’s estate and often included debts as well as possessions.

Accounts: These are of the executors or administrators and detail expenses involved in dealing with an estate.

It's also worth noting that sometimes, all that survives is a registered copy of a probate record, which is a hand written version in a bound volume.

How to search the wills index

The index is listed by surname, but also provides details of place name and occupation as well the document reference of the record and what microfilm/fiche (MF) copies we have.

To use the Name Search simply enter the name as surname, first name. For example: Blackmore, Dennis.

You can also search by surname only or first name only.

For place names or occupations please use the Keyword Search.

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Name Place Name Occupation Year BRO Ref MF Copy
YANDELL, John SnrNew Windsor, WindsorBaker1679D/A1/143/17MF556
YARDLAY, WilliamStanford 1584D/A1/225/007MF96121
YARRE, WilliamReadingBell Founder1616D/A1/15/955 D/A1/142/066MF10065 MF556
YARROD, RichardEnglefield1574D/A1/142/028 D/A1/9/418MF556 MF10046
YAT , JohnThe Ferrers, Stanford In The Vale1555D/A1/142/005 D/A1/7/102MF556 MF10040
YAT, JamesStanford In The ValeHusbandman1565D/A1/142/017 D/A1/8/353MF556 MF10043C
YAT, PaulGarford, Marcham1570D/A1/142/022MF556
YATE , HelenBucklandGentlewoman1580D/A1/225/005MF96121
YATE , WilliamLong Wittenham1557D/A1/142/006 D/A1/8/143MF556 MF10043C
YATE (ALIAS STANDFORD), AnnStanford In The Vale1711D/A1/225/45MF96121
YATE, AlexanderWest WoodhayCloth Worker1638D/A1/142/086MF556
YATE, AliceGarford, Marcham1588D/A1/142/039 D/A1/11/290MF556 MF10047B
YATE, BartholomewFernham, Shrivenham1600D/A1/142/047 D/A1/13/517MF556 MF10049
YATE, BartholomewNewbury1622D/A1/142/069MF556
YATE, BridgetAppleton1623D/A1/142/070MF556
YATE, CharlesLyford, East Hanney1696D/A1/143/34MF556
YATE, EdwardLyford, Hanney1598D/A1/142/045 D/A1/13/243MF556 MF10049
YATE, ElizabethStanford1602D/A1/142/048 D/A1/13/794MF556 MF10049
YATE, EllenLong Wittenham1559D/A1/7/300MF10040
YATE, FrancesBuckland1593D/A1/142/044 D/A1/12/102MF556 MF10048
YATE, FrideswideStanford In The Vale1564D/A1/142/015 D/A1/8/314 D/A1/8/310MF556 MF10043C MF10043C
YATE, HelenLong Wittenham1559D/A1/142/011MF556
YATE, HelenBuckland1580D/A1/10/221MF10047A
YATE, HenryStanford In The ValeYeoman1632D/A1/142/077MF556
YATE, HenryStanford In The ValeYeoman1719D/A1/143/48MF556
YATE, JamesStanford In The ValeYeoman1558D/A1/8/314MF10043C
YATE, JaneStanford In The Vale1647D/A1/225/028MF96121
YATE, JohnParsonage, Buckland1575D/A1/142/029 D/A1/10/068MF556 MF10047A
YATE, JohnBuckland1587D/A1/142/034MF556
YATE, JohnBuckland1587D/A1/11/132MF10047B
YATE, JohnLong WittenhamYeoman1601D/A1/142/049 D/A1/13/702MF556 MF10049
YATE, JohnStanford In The ValeDay Labourer1604D/A1/142/052 D/A1/13/1235MF556 MF10049
YATE, MaryBuckland1546D/A1/6/001MF10043B
YATE, MaryBuckland1546D/A1/3/255MF604
YATE, PaulGarford, Marcham1569D/A1/5/230 D/A1/5/233 D/A1/9/304MF10043A MF10043A MF10046
YATE, PeterAppletonParson1619D/A1/16/317MF10066
YATE, PeterLongworth1680D/A1/225/36MF96121
YATE, Richard SnrStanford In The Vale Yeoman1676D/A1/143/14MF556
YATE, RobertStanford Yeoman1587D/A1/142/035 D/A1/11/276MF556 MF10047B
YATE, ThomasLyford, Hanney1571D/A1/9/264 D/A1/142/023MF10046 MF556
YATE, ThomasPetwick [West Challow], Letcombe Regis1589D/A1/142/041MF556
YATE, ThomasLong Wittenham1633D/A1/16/405MF10066
YATE, ThomasLong Wittenham1636D/A1/225/023MF96121
YATE, ThomasWitney, Oxfordshire1654D/A1/143/1MF556
YATE, Thomas SnrShrivenham1572D/A1/142/024 D/A1/9/325MF556 MF10046
YATE, WilliamStanford1530D/A1/1/144MF10042
YATE, WilliamCharney, LongworthYeoman1622D/A1/225/018MF96121
YATE, WilliamStanfordBlacksmith1632D/A1/142/078MF556
YATE, William SnrStanford In The ValeYeoman1639D/A1/142/087MF556
YATE, William SnrStanford In The Vale Blacksmith1690D/A1/143/24MF556
YATEMAN, FrancisMilton1668D/A1/225/30MF96121
YATEMAN, MaryHarwell1733D/A1/143/52MF556
YATEMAN, RichardMilton1544D/A1/233/323MF96132
YATEMAN, RobertMiltonClerk1544D/A1/3/257MF604
YATEMAN, WilliamMilton1539D/A1/1/227MF10042
YATEMAN, WilliamRadley1551D/A1/142/003 D/A1/4/170 D/A1/7/125 D/A1/7/108MF556 MF604 MF10040 MF10040
YATEMAN, WilliamMiltonYeoman1603D/A1/142/051 D/A1/13/1164MF556 MF10049
YATES, BartholomewNewburyMercer1622D/A1/225/016MF96121
YATES, DanielThatcham1746D/A1/225/53MF96121
YATES, FrancisKingston BagpuizeHusbandman1644D/A1/225/027 D/A1/169/044MF96121 MF96002
YATES, HenryWest Woodhay1617D/A1/142/065 D/A1/15/667MF556 MF10065
YATES, HenryWest Woodhay1633D/A1/225/021MF96121
YATES, HenryWest Woodhay1633D/A1/168/257MF96001
YATES, HumphreysCumnorYeoman1717D/A1/225/48MF96121
YATES, JamesBinfield1686D/A1/225/39MF96121
YATES, JohnNew Windsor, WindsorBailiff1621D/A1/225/017MF96121
YATES, JohnNew Windsor, WindsorMercer, Bailiff1622D/A1/191/138MF96041
YATES, PaulLyford, East HanneyChirurgeon1685D/A1/225/38MF96121
YATES, RichardWaltham St Lawrence1558D/A1/225/001MF96121
YATES, RichardWaltham St Lawrence1560D/A1/167/099MF96000
YATES, RichardEast LockingeHusbandman1719D/A1/225/50MF96121
YATES, WilliamAldermastonYeoman1713D/A1/143/46MF556
YATMAN, RichardMilton1535D/A1/3/256MF604
YEALDALL, RichardEasthampstead1652D/A1/142/098MF556
YEARLY, WilliamStanford In The Vale1584D/A1/10/438MF10047A
YEAT, WilliamStanford In The Vale Yeoman1696D/A1/143/33MF556
YEATE, Edward SnrBuckland1614D/A1/142/062 D/A1/15/436MF556 MF10065
YEATE, ElizabethLong Wittenham1636D/A1/142/082MF556
YEATES, EdwardReadingCordwainer1735D/A1/225/52MF96121
YEATES, HenryEast LockingeYeoman1705D/A1/143/39MF556
YEATES, HenryLongworth1771D/A1/225/55MF96121
YEATES, JamesLong WittenhamYeoman1637D/A1/142/085MF556
YEATES, JoanArdington1697D/A1/225/44MF96121
YEATES, JohnMaidenheadSalesman1743D/A1/143/55MF556
YEATES, PeterReading St LaurenceCloth Worker1640D/A1/142/090MF556
YEATES, RichardArdingtonYeoman1694D/A1/143/31MF556
YEATES, ThomasinEast Lockinge1726D/A1/143/49MF556
YEATS, JaneStanford In The Vale1757D/A1/143/60MF556
YEATS, John SnrEast Lockinge1693D/A1/143/30MF556
YEEDALL, JohnBracknell, WarfieldBaker1637D/A1/142/084MF556
YEELDALL, JohnWinkfield1697D/A1/225/43MF96121
YEELDALL, William SnrEasthampsteadYeoman1693D/A1/143/27MF556
YEELES, HughUfton NervetBlacksmith1679D/A1/143/18MF556
YEELES, JohnUffingtonHusbandman1588D/A1/225/010 D/A1/11/156MF96121 MF10047B
YEELES, JohnUffingtonHusbandman1607D/A1/142/055 D/A1/14/256MF556 MF10064
YEILDALL, GeorgeEasthampsteadYeoman1675D/A1/225/32MF96121
YEILDALL, Henry SnrEasthampsteadYeoman1620D/A1/142/067MF556
YEILDALL, MargaretEasthampstead1675D/A1/225/33MF96121
YEILDALL, William JnrEasthampsteadYeoman1705D/A1/143/41MF556
YEILDALL, William SnrEasthampsteadYeoman1652D/A1/142/097MF556