Original wills are today kept at the Island Record Office (which by Law 6 of 1879 replaced the office of Island Secretary), part of the Registrar General's Department of Jamaica. Copies of proved wills for the past 100 years or so are kept at the Supreme Court, but these are primarily for the use of the legal profession.
District Courts operated from 1867 until March 1888, when on 2 April 1888 they were replaced by the Resident Magistrates' Courts. There is a Resident Magistrate's Court for each parish. The Supreme Court was established by law of 1879.
Wills are proved in a Resident Magistrate's Court or the Supreme Court, depending on the value of the estate.
Some sources for information on early Jamaican wills:
(I thank Madeleine Mitchell for some of the above.)
For details of some wills not filmed by the LDS see http://www.rootsweb.com/~caribgw/cgw_archive/jamaica/wills.htm.
The following lists are based on the microfilms, produced by the Genealogical Society of Utah, of wills and records of probate of the Supreme Court of Jamaica. The film numbers are those in the catalogue of the Family History Library of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The microfilms are of documents of various periods, as detailed in the following table.
|1937926||[Start]||2 refilmed pages from item 2|
|1||1756 - 1799|
|2||1800 - 1879|
|7||1889 [See also 1937930]|
|1890 is missing|
|1892 and 1893 are missing|
|1937929||1904 - 1913, 1917 - 1919, 1921|
|1937930||1889, 1914 - 1923, 1925|
|1937931||1924, 1926 - 1930|
(For films no. 1937929 through no. 1937931, the above is taken from the computer FHL catalogue.)
I make no claim as to the completeness or accuracy of the above information. Any comment, addition, or correction to the data is welcomed.