Old share certificates

I'm sorting through my late fathers paperwork and have come across certificates for 1000 shares in Abbey National (now Santander).

Does anyone know how best to go about tracking the 'history' of shares certs like this? I have no idea where to start other than to maybe call one of the registrar companies like Equiniti/Capita. Is that the best way forward or is there some other way to tackle this information void?

Any pointers would be much appreciated.
Cheers! Andy


  • george4064
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    Best to contact the share registrar, the registrar will ask for a grant of probate for you as an executor on behalf of your Father's estate.
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  • jimjames
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    If you have no other documentation or recent post from Santander who bought out Abbey then I'd think the chances are that the shares were sold some time ago. Obviously if your father had moved since the date of the certificate then it may not have been updated but you'd expect at least some more recent paperwork as dividends are normally issued twice a year along with annual reports.
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