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Contents

Step By Step

1. First search each index (see below) to help you more quickly find the will, writing down each detail cited in the indexed entry.

2. Proceed then to the "Records" section (see below) to determine what probate records exist for this court.

3. Contact or visit the Lancashire Record Office, or, hire a professional record searcher to view these records on your behalf, citing information obtained from the index[es]. Officials may send upon request a list of record searchers.

4. You can also visit The Family History Library, or, one of its 4,500 satellite family history centers worldwide and search indexes (see the Family History Library's cataloged entries providing the microfilms so you can have them circulated to the center near you for searching the wills). The information obtained from the index[es] will help you more quickly search the wills and admons which can also be circulated on microfilm via any family history .

Indexes

Printed and Published Indexes

Surviving wills and admons to the Court of the Bishop (Consistory) of the Commissary of the Archdeaconry of Richmond Western Deaneries - Amounderness probate records have to some extent been indexed with the following ones:

Original Handwritten Indexes
Calendars of wills and admons early to 1720

Microfilmed Indexes at the Family History Library
The indexes as listed in the above are also available in the collection of The Family History Library and they are on microfilm and may be circulated to each of its satellite Family History Centers worldwide.

Online Indexes

Lancashire is one of the few England counties possessing two main probate courts with significant portions of its documents indexed. For this court, the Court of the Bishop (Consistory) of the Commissary of the Archdeaconry of Richmond Western Deaneries - Amounderness, there is a wonderful index available online covering the years from 1748 to 1858. (Keep checking back to determine if the range of years covered, increase beyond these years.)


The following website has indexes pre-1858 Archdeaconry of Richmond

Records

Archives Location

Lancashire Record Office

Bow Lane

PRESTON

Lancashire PR1 2REUK

Tel: +44(0)1772 533039 Fax: +44(0) 1772 533050 Email: record.office@ed.lancscc.gov.uk

Their  Website

Opening Times:

Monday 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 9am - 8.30pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 10am - 5 pm
Friday 9am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 4pm

   Saturdays 2009 opening dates:
   10 January                    8 August
   14 February                 12 September 
   14 March                     10 October 
   18 April                        14 November
     9 May                        12 December
    13 June                       

    11 July         
                                       
This probate court jurisdiction comprises the following deaneries and their respective Lancashire parishes:

1. Deanery of Amounderness: over the parishes of Admarsh, Ashton upon Ribble St Andrew, Halton, & Hambleton
2. Deanery of Furness: over the parishes of Haverthwaite and Hawkeshead

3. Deanery of Copeland:

4. Deanery of Lonsdale: over the parishes of Arkholme and Hornby

5. Deanery of Kendal:  over Heysham Parish

Archive Records

This court is comprised of the following geographical divisions (called Western Deaneries):  Amounderness, Furness, Lonsdale, and Kendal. The records for each deanery are as follows: 


Amounderness Deanery

Original Wills 1660-1860

Deanery of Copeland

Furness Deanery

Original Wills 1503-1860

Lonsdale Deanery

Act Books 1529-1858

Kendal Deanery

Original Wills 1457-1860

Family History Library Records

This court is comprised of the following geographical divisions (called Western Deaneries):  Amounderness, Furness, Lonsdale, and Kendal. The records for each deanery are as follows: 


Deanery of Amounderness

Act Books and Calendars 1669-1858 parishes of Admarsh, Ashton upon Ribble St Andrew, Halton, and Hambleton

Deanery of Furness

Wills, Admons, and Inventories 1551-1860 Haverthwaite and Hawkeshead parishes

Deanery of Copeland

Calendars and Act Books 1712-1858

Deanery of Lonsdale

Calendars and Act Books 1712-1858 for the parishes of Arkholme and Hornby

Deanery of Kendal

Wills, Admons, and Inventories 1536-1860 Heysham Parish

Jurisdiction

The Court of the Bishop (Consistory) of the Commissary of the Archdeaconry of Richmond Western Deaneries included the deaneries of Amounderness, Copeland, Furniss, Kendal, and Lonsdale. The court held jurisdiction over Lancashire parishes immediately north of the River Ribble all the way up to and even across the northern Lancashire county border. Boundaries of this probate jurisdictions include county border parishes with portion of boundaries overlaying in counties Cumberland and Yorkshire. When a search of this courts’ probate records fails to provide the desired probate record, be sure to search the Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury as well.


 

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