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England Gotoarrow.png Herefordshire Gotoarrow.png Herefordshire Probate Records
England Gotoarrow.png Worcestershire Gotoarrow.png Worcestershire Probate Records
England Gotoarrow.png Gloucestershire Gotoarrow.png Gloucestershire Probate Records

Contents

Step By Step

1. If you have not yet found an index reference for the probate record of your ancestor, search the indexes listed below.  If you find a reference, write down each detail cited in the index entry.
2. Proceed to "Records" (below) to determine what probate records exist for this court.
3. Contact or visit the Herefordshire Record Office, or hire a professional record searcher to view these records on your behalf. Officials may be able to send a list of record searchers upon request. OR...
4. Visit theFamily History Library in Salt Lake City, or one of its 4,500 satellite family history centers worldwide, and search indexes to the probate records.  With the information obtained from an index, you can more quickly find the original records on microfilm and view or order the film.

Indexes

Online Indexes

Here, with links on the GENUKI website, are some online indexes to this courts' wills.

Printed and Microfilmed Indexes

Printed indexes available at the Family History Library and elsewhere:

The Family History Library has film copies of the following indexes:

The original and microfilmed records listed below also include indexes.

Indexes available on film may be viewed at the Family History Library or may be ordered for viewing through a family history center.

If you find an index reference to the probate records of your ancestor, proceed to the 'Records' section below and follow the instructions.

Records

To obtain a copy of the probate record of your ancestor, either visit or contact the archive which holds the original records or visit theFamily History Library or a family history center and view the record on microfilm, as indicated below.

Archive Location

The original records are deposited at:

Herefordshire Archive Service
Herefordshire Record Office
Harold Street
Hereford HR1 2QX
Office Tel No: 44 (0) 1432 260750
Email: archives@herefordshire.gov.uk
Herefordshire Archives Website 

Archive Records

They include:

  • Original wills, administrations, and inventories, 1520-1539 (with a few earlier), 1540-1858
  • Register copy wills, 1663-1858
  • Various act books, 1445-1835, 1587-1686, 1662/3-1858
  • Tuition bonds, 1673-1792 

Family History Library Records

Records of this court have been microfilmed and are available at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and through the many family history centers world-wide. Click on a link below to find a film number: 

Use the reference found in the index, such as the probate date and a page or folio number, to find the probate record on film.

Jurisdiction

This court had jurisdiction over all of Herefordshire except the following:

Before 1541, when the Diocese of Gloucester was formed, the western portion of Gloucestershire beyond the rivers Severn and Leaden was in the Court of the Bishop of Hereford (Episcopal Consistory) and there are consequently a few Gloucestershire wills in this court prior to 1541.

This court also had jurisdiction over these parishes in Worcestershire:

  • Abberley
  • Bayton
  • Bewdley
  • Bockleton
  • Burford
  • Clifton upon Teme
  • Dowles
  • Eastham
  • Edvin Loach
  • Great Kyre
  • Hanley Childe
  • Hanley William
  • Knighton on Teme
  • Lindridge
  • Lower Sapey
  • Mamble
  • Orelton
  • Pensax
  • Ribbesford
  • Rochford
  • Rock
  • Shelsey Walsh
  • Stanford on Teme
  • Stockton on Teme
  • Tenbury

 

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