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Contents

Step By Step

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

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

3. Contact or visit the Essex County 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 indexes to probate records; then with the information obtained from the index[es] you can search more quickly the original wills and admons also on microfilm via any centers near you. 

Indexes

Before looking for a will, you should search the following indexes:

Online Indexes

A general will index for Essex County is available online.  This single index consolidates just about all Essex county wills of the various probate court jurisdictions, including the Peculiar Court of  the Liberty of the Sokens, into one database.

Printed and Published Indexes

If the indexes on the Internet do not produce possible wills for your ancestors, look in the published indexes listed here.

The Essex County Record Office compiled and published a complete surname index covering wills and administrations from eight Essex County probate courts including this court.  The index is available in three volumns at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City:

Records

Probate records of the Peculiar Court of Liberty of the Sokens were once held in the Chelmsford Cathedral Registry. After the setup of civil courts by act of Parliament in 1858, they were removed to Somerset House, London in 1858. In 1958, almost all of Essex wills were transferred back to Chelmsford to the County Hall, where they reside today.

These records date from 1618 to 1857 and cover only the three "Sokens": Kirkby-le-Soken, Thorpe-le-Soken and Walton-le-Soken.

Archive Location

Essex Record Office
Archives & Museums
Wharf Road
Chelmsford CM12 6YT
Telephone (01245) 244644
E-mail: ero.enquiry@essexcc.gov.uk 

Website: Essex County Record Office

Archive Records

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

Original Wills  1659-1793

Family History Library Records

Original Wills  1659-1793

History and Background


 

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