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Image Visibility

Whenever possible, FamilySearch makes images available for all users. However, ultimate rights to view images on our website are granted by the record custodians. The England, Kent, Parish Chest collection is available to the Family History Library, FamilySearch Centers, and to members of the supporting organization, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The images can be viewed at a FamilySearch Center near you.

For those in the United Kingdom, images may also be viewed by visiting the Kent History and Library Centre in Maidstone, England.

Record Description

This Collection will include records from 1440 to 1881.

The collection consists of Wills and probate records for the County of Kent. Availability of the records varies by year and locality.

Probate records document the transfer of possessions after a person dies. Wills, in particular, were written to ensure that the property and personal estate of a deceased person would be distributed according to his or her wishes. If the deceased did specifiy an executer, the court would usually assign the next of kin the duty of distributing the goods.

For a list of records by date or locality currently published in this collection, select the Browse link from the collection landing page

Record Content

Cheshire probate records after 1858 may contain the following information:

  • Name of individual
  • Location where the deceased lived
  • Names of beneficiaries (usually surviving spouse and children)
  • Name of executor or administrator
  • Names of witnesses
  • Date of will or probate
  • Place of probate
  • Relative or relatives present at the time of death
  • Itemization of household goods and property
  • Amounts of money and goods
  • Location where the deceased lived
  • Listing of any debt or funeral expenses to be paid
  • Property names

How to Use the Records

To begin your search, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:

  • Name of deceased
  • Date and place of death

Search the Collection

To search the collection image by image select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page:
⇒Select the appropriate "County, Court"
⇒Select the appropriate "Record Type"
⇒Select the appropriate "Year, Surname Range, Volume" which will take you to the images.

Search the collection by image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.

Ordering Microfilm

Archdeaconry and Diocese of Canterbury:

FamilySearch has rights to publish images online to users from the supporting organization, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and at FamilySearch Centers.

Exceptions:

Miscellaneous Court Papers and Miscellaneous Court Papers Index (Registered Users, FamilySearch Centers and members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints).

Archdeaconry and Diocese of Rochester:

FamilySearch has rights to publish images online to Registered Users, FamilySearch Centers and members of the supporting organization.

Exempt Deanery of Shoreham:

FamilySearch has rights to publish images online to users from the supporting organization, (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) and at FamilySearch Centers.

Peculiar of the Rector of Cliffe:

FamilySearch has rights to publish images online to users from the supporting organization, (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) and at FamilySearch Centers.

In August 2011, a new agreement was signed restricting access to images older than 100 years. If even one image on a film exceeds the 100 year cutoff, the entire film is restricted. Many older films contained multiple items and year ranges.

FamilySearch, however, has other resources which are available to all researchers. These online records, and many others for this area, are available on microfilm which can be ordered for viewing into the nearest FamilySearch Center.

General Information About These Records

Use these records to find ancestors’ children and relatives in order to establish relationships that may be more difficult to prove in parish registers, especially before 1813. They are also good to confirm relationships in families where relationship is already established.

Whenever possible, FamilySearch makes images available for all users, however, ultimate rights to view images on our website are granted by the record custodians. In the case of Kent, Wills and Probate records, each religious entity dictates who may view the records.

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Don't overlook FHL Place England, Kent items or FHL Keyword England, Kent items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see England Archives and Libraries.

Known Issues with This Collection

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Contributions to This Article

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Citations for This Collection

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information (often called citing your sources). This will help people find the record again and evaluate the reliability of the source. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records. Citations are available for the collection as a whole and each record or image individually.

Collection citation:

"England, Kent, Wills and Probate, 1440-1881." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2014. Citing County Record Office, Maidstone, England.


Image citation:

The citation for an image is available on each image in this collection by clicking Show Citation at the bottom left of the image screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for England, Kent, Wills and Probate, 1440-1881.

 

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