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A general explanation of probate records in England, is given in the article England Probate Records.Click to read a definition of archdeaconry.

Contents

Step by Step

1. First search each index (see "Indexes"  below) to help you more quickly find the will, writing down each detail cited in the indexed entry.
2. Proceed to "Records" section (below) to determine what probate records exist for this court.
3. Contact or visit the Suffolk Record Office or, hire a professional record searcher to view these records on your behalf. Officials may send upon request a list of record searchers.
4. Visit The Family History Library or one of its 4,500 satellite family history centers worldwide and search the indexes; then with the information obtained from the index[es] you can search more quickly the original wills and admons  on microfilm.

Indexes

Online Indexes

  • Bury St. Edmunds' Calendar of Wills 1520-1650 is available online at Archives.org in two parts 1520-1599 and 1600-1650. Once the reference number has been obtained, the wills can then be ordered from the Bury St. Edmunds Record Office.

Printed and Published Indexes

The Family History Library has copies of the following indexes.

Records

Archive Location

The original records for this court are housed at the Suffolk Record Office - Bury St. Edmunds

Archive Records

Add information about the manuscript, printed and digital records in this location.

  • Original wills, 1424-1652, 1660-1857
  • Register copy wills, 1439-1652/3, 1660-1857
  • Administrations, 1660-1857 (with minor gaps)
  • Admon act books, 1544-1546, 1568-1573, 1577-1593, 1605-1612, 1630-1652/3, 1660-1858
  • Inventories, 1573-1576, 1617, 1625, 1640, 1650, 1652, 1660-1747

Family History Library Records

Films can be view in the library or in a family history center.

Jurisdiction

Suffolk

The Court of the Archdeaconry of Sudbury had jurisdiction over West Suffolk with the addition of Stow and Hartismere Deaneries in East Suffolk (to 1837 only).

A list of parishes in the Archdeaconry of Sudbury in 1837 is given in S. Tymms' Wills and Inventories from the Registers of the Commissary of Bury St. Edmunds and the Archdeaconry of Sudburypublished in the Old Series by the Camden Society. [1]

Cambridgeshire

It had jurisdiction over those parishes under the authority of the Court of the Bishop (Episcopal Consistory) of Norwich, namely:

  • Ashley cum Silverley
  • Burwell
  • Cheveley
  • Chippenham
  • Fordham
  • Kennett
  • Kirtling
  • Landwade
  • Newmarket All Saints
  • Snailwell
  • Soham
  • Wicken
  • Wood Ditton

Also, after 1837 only (when the Archdeaconry of Sudbury was transferred to the Diocese of Ely), the Cambridgeshire parishes in the Deanery of Camps, namely:

  • Babraham
  • Balsham
  • Bartlow
  • Bottisham
  • Brinckley
  • Burrough Green
  • Carleton with WIllingham
  • Castle Camps
  • Dullingham
  • Duxford St. John and St. Peter
  • Great Abington
  • Great Wilbraham
  • Hildersham
  • Hinxton
  • Horsheath
  • Ickleton
  • Linton
  • Little Abington
  • Little Wilbraham
  • Pampisford
  • Sawston
  • Shudy Camps
  • Stetchworth
  • Stow with Quy
  • Swaffham St. Mary with St. Cyriac
  • Swaffham Bulbeck
  • Westley Waterless
  • Weston Colville
  • Whittlesford
  • West Wickham
  • West Wratting



  1. Camp, Anthony J. Wills and Their Whereabouts. London: published by author, 1974; page 129.

 

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