Ancestry has posted "England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations),1861-1941", one of the major genealogical datasets for which many of us have long been waiting. http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1904
This is the first availability at all but a precious few locations in Canada, none closer to Ottawa than Montreal. With this digitization you save not only the cost of travelling to use the record, you also don't have to manually search through microfiche year by year.
Information varies across different entries, but each typically includes:
- Probate date
- Full name of the deceased
- Death date
- Death place
- Registry where issued
Ancestry warns that their collection currently does not include the years 1858-1860 and there are some gaps for the years 1863, 1868, 1873, 1876, 1877, 1883, 1888, 1899-1903 and 1910-1911.
Remember, if you're not an Ancestry subscriber you can likely get free access through Ancestry Library Edition at your local public library.