Wiltshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire Wills, Beneficiaries and Obituaries - Death Duty and Beneficiaries

Taxes paid on Death (Beneficiaries)

These records are available at The National Archives and can help you find out more about the beneficiaries of wills.

  • Death duties were taxes paid on death

  • Records are available from 1796 to 1903

  • Amounts and who was recorded vary over the years

  • This national index can help find a will prior to 1858

  • Later on they give precise information about relationships

  • They are not the easiest of records to use but can help your research


Using Death Duty Indexes

  • Use the first letter of the surname to find the right pages in each year

  • Indexes are available on findmypast and also at The National Archives on fiche

  • Death Duty documents can be viewed at The National Archives (TNA). Many are stored off site

  • Read the TNA Further Research notes/Research Guide


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