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In England, it is rare to find abstracts of wills that index all names found in each will. Abstracts are very helpful for identifying relationships, particularly when beneficiaries in wills do not share surnames with testators. The following is a list of probate courts that have been abstracted or have beneficiaries indexes.

Contents

National

Bank of England

  • Bank of England Will Extracts Index 1717-1845

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

  • 1387-1439 - Furnivall, The Fifty Earliest English Wills in the Court of Probate, London, A.D. 1387-1439, with a Priest's of 1454. Online.
  • Pre-1600 - Nicholas, Testamenta Vetusta. 2 vols. Vol. 1 | Vol. 2
  • 1620 - Lea, Register Soame 1620. Online.
  • 1620-1624 - Matthews and Matthews, Abstracts of probates and sentences in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, 1620-4. FHL Book 942 P2ce.
  • 1630-1655 - Probate Act Abstracts 1630-1655, 8 vols.
  • 1630 - Morrison, Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Register 'Scroope' (1630). FHL Collection.
  • 1658 - Brigg, Register "Wootton" 1658. Vol. 1 | Vol. 2 | Vols. 3-4 | Vol. 4 | Vols. 5-7

Bedfordshire

Archdeaconry Court of Bedford

Consistory Court of Lincoln

  • 1280-1547 - Gibbons, Early Lincoln Wills: An Abstract of All the Wills & Administrations Recorded in the Episcopal Registers of the Old Diocese of Lincoln, Comprising the Counties of Lincoln, Rutland, Northampton, Huntingdon, Bedford, Buckingham, Oxford, Leicester and Hertford, 1280-1547. Online
  • 1601-1652 - Peck, Bedfordshire Wills 1601-1652 at Probate Registry Lincoln, England. FHL book 942.565 S2p

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

Berkshire

Archdeaconry of Berkshire

Court of the Dean of Windsor

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

Buckinghamshire

Archdeaconry of Buckingham

  • Elvey, The Courts of the Archdeaconry of Buckingham, 1483-1523. FHL Book 942.575 B4ba v. 19
  • Buckinghamshire Family History Society, Wills, Archdeaconry Court of Buckingham (1680-1801). Order by post.

Consistory Court of Lincoln

  • 1280-1547 - Gibbons, Early Lincoln Wills: An Abstract of All the Wills & Administrations Recorded in the Episcopal Registers of the Old Diocese of Lincoln, Comprising the Counties of Lincoln, Rutland, Northampton, Huntingdon, Bedford, Buckingham, Oxford, Leicester and Hertford, 1280-1547. Online
  • 1601-1652 - Peck, Abstracts of Buckinghamshire Wills 1601-1652 at Probate Registry, Lincoln, England

Cambridgeshire

Consistory Court of Ely

Cheshire

  • 1500s - Lancashire and Cheshire Wills and Inventories. Online.
  • 1542-1661 - Pixton, Wrenbury Wills and Inventories, 1542-1661.

Cornwall

  • 1500s-1800s - Moger, Abstracts of Cornish Wills 16th-19th centuries. Archdeaconry of Cornwall, Exeter courts, PCC; incomplete. FHL films 317547-317548.[1]

Archdeaconry of Cornwall

Peculiars of the Bishop and Dean and Chapter of Exeter

  • Moger, Extracts of Cornish Wills and Administrations. Index in Cornwall Family History Society Journal, Vol. 49 (Sep. 1988):24. FHL book 942.37 B2cf.[1]

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

  • 1383-1583 - Glencross, Cornish Wills in Prerogative Court of Canterbury 1383-1583. 3 vols. FHL Books 942.37 S2g v. 1-3 (Partially indexed)

Cumberland

Archdeaconry Court of Richmond

  • 1442-1578 - Raine, Wills and Inventories from the Registry of the Archdeaconry of Richmond. Online.

Consistory Court of Carlisle

  • 1353-1386 - Ferguson, Testamenta Karleolensia: The Series of Wills from the Pre-reformation Registers of the Bishops of Carlisle, 1353-1386. Available online.
  • 1564-1668 - Raines?, Testamenta Carliolensia. FHL film 252674 Item 1.

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

  • Richardson and Shaw. Index and Extracts of Cumbrians in Wills Proved at the PCC. FHL book 942.8 P2i.

Derbyshire

Consistory Court of Lichfield

  • Spencer, Derbyshire Wills 1525-1928. Incomplete; focuses primarily on town of Wirksworth; available online.

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

Devon

Dorset

  • 1383-1700. Fry, Abstracts of Wills of Dorset Folk from the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, 7 vols. (Partial index) FHL films 476212-476215.[1]

Durham

Consistory Court of Durham

  • 1259-1649 - Raine et al, Wills and Inventories Illustrative of the History, Manners, Language, Statistics etc. of the Northern Counties of England, from the Eleventh Century Downwards. 4 vols. FHL books 942 B4s v. 2, 38, 112, and 112. Volume 2 is online.
  • 1500-1725 - Neasham, Wills extracted from the originals and early volumes of enrollments of Durham Co., (About 1500-1725). Indexed in Robinson. FHL films 574977-574978.
  • 1540-1800 - Robinson's Collections, 1540-1800. FHL films 574951-574958.
  • 1540-1806 - Raine, Dunelmensia, 1540-1806. Indexed in Robinson. FHL films 252668-252669.
  • 1576-1735 - Howe's Collection, 1576-1735. 6 vols. FHL film 90796.[1]
  • 1600-1625 - Atkinson et al, Darlington Wills and Inventories 1600-1625. FHL 942 B4s v. 201.
  • 1601-1650 - Briggs et al, Sunderland Wills and Inventories 1601-1650. FHL 942 B4s v. 214.

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

  • Commonwealth wills, 1649-1660: for the counties of Northumberland and Durham, extracted from the index at Somerset House, London, 1909. FHL film 1564756 Item 7.

Prerogative Court of York

Essex

Local Courts

Commissary Court of London

  • 1725-1858 - Abstracts of copy wills, Commissary Court of London, Essex and Herts division, registered wills, 1725-1858, ten microfilm reels.
  • 1750-1857 -Abstracts of copy wills, Commissary Court of London [London division] registered wills, 1750-1857, nine microfilm reels.

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

  • 1500s - Emmison, Elizabethan Life: Wills of Essex Gentry and Merchants Proved in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury. FHL Book 942.67 B4e no. 71.

Gloucestershire

Consistory Court of Bristol

Consistory Court of Gloucester

  • Mahler et al, Abstracts of Gloucestershire Probate Records, Online.

Great Orphan Books of Bristol

  • 1379-1612 - Wadley, Notes or Abstracts of the Wills Contained in the Volume Entitled the Great Orphan Book and Book of Wills, in the Council House at Bristol, online.[1]

Hampshire

  • 1492-1653 - Hampshire Will Extracts: Extracted from the Consistory Court of Winchester [1492-1652] and the Archdeaconry Court of Winchester [1501-1653]. B2 Reference Computer, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • 1378-1660 - Pedgely, An Index of Personal Names in Isle of Wight Probate Records, 1378-1600 [records from Hampshire Record Office and some from the National Archives]
  • 1840-1857Bishops court, Winchester, original wills & inventories (Hampshire) ( data extracted from films). Several volumes available online.

Herefordshire

  • 1407-1581 - Faraday and Cole, Calendar of Probate and Administration Acts 1407-1541 and Abstracts of Wills 1541-1581 in the Court Books of the Bishop of Hereford.
  • 1407-1581 - Faraday, Calendar of Probate and Administration Acts 1407-1550 in the Consistory Court of the Bishops of Hereford: With an Appendix of Abstracts of Register Copy Wills 1552-1581.

Hertfordshire

Archdeaconry Court of Huntingdon (Hitchin Division)

  • 1580-1609 - Briggs, Abstracts of Registered Copy Wills 1580-1609, in The Herts Genealogist and Antiquary, 2 vols. Online: Volume 2; Volume 3.[1]

Archdeaconry Court of Middlesex

  • 1563-1599 - Briggs, Abstracts of Registered Copy Wills 1563-1599, in The Herts Genealogist and Antiquary, 2 vols. Online: Volume 1; Volume 2.[1]

Archdeaconry Court of St Albans

  • 1415-1451 - Briggs, Abstracts of Registered Copy Wills 1415-1451, in The Herts Genealogist and Antiquary, 3 vols. Online: Volume 1; Volume 2; Volume 3.[1]

Commissary Court of London

  • 1725-1858 - Abstracts of copy wills, Commissary Court of London, Essex and Herts division, registered wills, 1725-1858, ten microfilm reels.
  • 1750-1857 -Abstracts of copy wills, Commissary Court of London [London division] registered wills, 1750-1857, nine microfilm reels.

Consistory Court of Lincoln

  • 1280-1547 - Gibbons, Early Lincoln Wills: An Abstract of All the Wills & Administrations Recorded in the Episcopal Registers of the Old Diocese of Lincoln, Comprising the Counties of Lincoln, Rutland, Northampton, Huntingdon, Bedford, Buckingham, Oxford, Leicester and Hertford, 1280-1547. Online
  • 1601-1652 - Peck, Abstracts of Hertfordshire Wills, 1601-1652 at Probate Registry, Lincoln, England. FHL book 942 A1 no. 142.

Consistory Court of London

  • 1592-1628 - Briggs, Abstracts of Registered Copy Wills 1592-1628, in The Herts Genealogist and Antiquary, 2 vols. Online: Volume 2; Volume 3.[1]

Huntingdonshire

Consistory Court of Lincoln

  • 1280-1547 - Gibbons, Early Lincoln Wills: An Abstract of All the Wills & Administrations Recorded in the Episcopal Registers of the Old Diocese of Lincoln, Comprising the Counties of Lincoln, Rutland, Northampton, Huntingdon, Bedford, Buckingham, Oxford, Leicester and Hertford, 1280-1547. Online
  • 1601-1652 - Peck, S. Allyn. Abstracts of Huntingdonshire Wills, 1601-1652, in Lincoln Consistory Court at Lincoln, England. FHL book 942.56 P28pa.

Kent

  • de Launay, The Weald of East Kent: Will Abstracts from the Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, Kent, Volumes 21-50 (KAO: PRC 17), Index of Will Abstracts [1536-1597]
  • de Launay, Abstracts of Cranbrook Wills Proved in the Diocesan Courts of Canterbury ... 1396-1640. FHL Book 942.23/C6 P28d.
  • Kent Will Abstracts 1328-1691 in National Wills Index. Online. Covers testators from Faversham and Thanet.

Lancashire

  • 1500s - Lancashire and Cheshire Wills and Inventories. Online.

Archdeaconry Court of Richmond

  • 1442-1578 - Raine, Wills and Inventories from the Registry of the Archdeaconry of Richmond. Online.

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

  • Richardson and Shaw. Index and Extracts of Cumbrians in Wills Proved at the Prerogative Court of Canterbury. FHL book 942.8 P2i.[1]

Leicestershire

Archdeaconry Court of Leicester

Consistory Court of Lincoln

  • 1280-1547 - Gibbons, Early Lincoln Wills: An Abstract of All the Wills & Administrations Recorded in the Episcopal Registers of the Old Diocese of Lincoln, Comprising the Counties of Lincoln, Rutland, Northampton, Huntingdon, Bedford, Buckingham, Oxford, Leicester and Hertford, 1280-1547. Online

Lincolnshire

  • 1280-1547 - Gibbons, Early Lincoln Wills: An Abstract of All the Wills & Administrations Recorded in the Episcopal Registers of the Old Diocese of Lincoln, Comprising the Counties of Lincoln, Rutland, Northampton, Huntingdon, Bedford, Buckingham, Oxford, Leicester and Hertford, 1280-1547. Online
  • Maddison, Lincolnshire Wills [1500-1617], 2 vols.
  • Baker, Wills Beneficiary Index [Lincolnshire 1383-1900], 9 fiche

London

  • 1700-1704 - Webb, London and Middlesex Wills Abstracts 1700-1704. Online. Includes several courts.

Commissary Court

  • 1374-1521 - Will Abstracts Commissary Court of London. Covers Registered Copy Wills Volumes 1 through 8 and through folio 180 of Volume 9. FHL films 1239017-1239020.[1]
  • 1558-1603 - Emmison, The Bishop of London's Commissary Court 1558-1603, 5 vols. FHL Books 942.67 P2e v. 8-12.
  • 1621-1643, 1645-1646 - Mahler, Commissary Court of London 1621-1643, 1645-1646. Online at FamilySearch Books Online.
  • 1750-1857 - Abstracts of copy wills, Commissary Court of London [London division] registered wills, 1750-1857, nine microfilm reels.

Consistory Court

  • 1492-1547 - London Consistory Court Wills. Online

Middlesex

Westminster

Commissary Court of London

  • 1700-1704 - London and Middlesex Wills Abstracts 1700-1704. Online.
  • 1750-1857 - Abstracts of copy wills, Commissary Court of London [London division] registered wills, 1750-1857, nine microfilm reels.

Norfolk

Northamptonshire

Consistory Court of Lincoln

  • 1280-1547 - Gibbons, Early Lincoln Wills: An Abstract of All the Wills & Administrations Recorded in the Episcopal Registers of the Old Diocese of Lincoln, Comprising the Counties of Lincoln, Rutland, Northampton, Huntingdon, Bedford, Buckingham, Oxford, Leicester and Hertford, 1280-1547. Online

Northumberland

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

  • Commonwealth wills, 1649-1660: for the counties of Northumberland and Durham, extracted from the index at Somerset House, London, 1909. FHL film 1564756 Item 7.

Prerogative Court of York

Oxfordshire

Consistory Court of Lincoln

  • 1280-1547 - Gibbons, Early Lincoln Wills: An Abstract of All the Wills & Administrations Recorded in the Episcopal Registers of the Old Diocese of Lincoln, Comprising the Counties of Lincoln, Rutland, Northampton, Huntingdon, Bedford, Buckingham, Oxford, Leicester and Hertford, 1280-1547. Online

Consistory Court of Oxford

Rutland

Consistory Court of Lincoln

  • 1280-1547 - Gibbons, Early Lincoln Wills: An Abstract of All the Wills & Administrations Recorded in the Episcopal Registers of the Old Diocese of Lincoln, Comprising the Counties of Lincoln, Rutland, Northampton, Huntingdon, Bedford, Buckingham, Oxford, Leicester and Hertford, 1280-1547. Online

Somerset

  • 1385-1558 - Somerset Will Abstracts 1385-1558. Online.
  • Brown, Abstracts of Somersetshire Wills, Etc., 6 vols.
  • Moger and Webb, Somerset Wills II
  • Rawlins, Somerset Wills from Exeter
  • Weaver, Somerset Medieval Wills [1383-1558], 3 vols.
  • Weaver, Wells Wills: Arranged in Parishes, and Annotated online

Suffolk

  • Suffolk Probate Index (Testators and Beneficiaries) 1847-1857. Online.

Archdeaconry of Sudbury

  • 1439-1474 - Northeast and Falvey, Wills of the Archdeaconry of Sudbury, 1439-1474, Part II, 1461-1474. Online bookstore

Archdeaconry of Suffolk

Surrey

Archdeaconry Court of Surrey

  • Archdeaconry Court of Surrey 1470-1856. Online.

Commissary Court of Surrey

  • Commissary Court of Surrey 1470-1856. Online.

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

  • Surrey PCC Wills Abstracts 1736-1794. Online.

Sussex

  • Sussex Wills (Testators, Beneficiaries, Witnesses)

Westmorland

  • 1686-1738 - Somervell, Some Westmoreland Wills, 1686-1738. Quaker wills. Online[1]

Archdeaconry Court of Richmond

  • 1442-1578 - Raine, Wills and Inventories from the Registry of the Archdeaconry of Richmond. Online.

Consistory Court of Durham

  • 1259-1649 - Raine et al, Wills and Inventories Illustrative of the History, Manners, Language, Statistics etc. of the Northern Counties of England, from the Eleventh Century Downwards. 4 vols. FHL books 942 B4s v. 2, 38, 112, and 112. Volume 2 is online.

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

  • Richardson and Shaw. Index and Extracts of Cumbrians in Wills Proved at the Prerogative Court of Canterbury. FHL book 942.8 P2i.[1]

Wiltshire

  • Wilson and Trace, Wiltshire Wills Beneficiaries Index, 1800-1858 [includes 14 peculiar courts], 2 CDs

Yorkshire

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

  • 1383-1558 - North Country PCC Abstracts 1383-1558. Online.
  • 1558-1604 - North Country PCC Abstracts 1558-1604. Online.
  • 1640s-1650s - Clay, Abstracts of Yorkshire Wills in the Time of the Commonwealth: At Somerset House, London, Chiefly Illustrative of Sir William Dugdale’s Visitation of Yorkshire in 1665-6. Online.

Prerogative Court of York

  • 1316-1550 - Raine, Raine, and Clay, Testamenta Eboracensia, or Wills Registered at York: Illustrative of the History, Manners, Language, Statistics, Etc., of the Province of York, from the Year MCCC Downwards [1316-1550], 12 vols. Online.

Archdeaconry Court of Richmond

  • 1442-1578 - Raine, Wills and Inventories from the Registry of the Archdeaconry of Richmond. Online.

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