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The following article lists the names of the Yorkshire probate courts before 1858. For general information about English probate records, click here.

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Description

Probate is the legal court process by which the estate of a deceased person is distributed to his or her heirs. The term probate refers to a collection of documents, including wills, administrations (also called admons), inventories, and act books. The Church of England ecclesiastical courts had authority for this process until to 1858. This article explains about probates and how to get started to search for a will.

Beginning in 1858, authority over probate matters was taken from ecclesiastical courts and put under the civil authority of the Principal Probate Registry. The Probates After 1857 section below has a link to an article about probates after 1857.

Getting Started

Follow these steps to look for a probate record before 1858. To bypass these steps, scroll down and click the name of a court.

  1. Discover when and where your ancestor died. If you don’t know, use the approximate date and place where they lived.
  2. Go to the Court Jurisdictions section below.
  3. Click a letter or span of letters for your place. This opens an article showing a table of places and the courts that had jurisdiction over them.
  4. Follow the steps at the top of the table to search for a will.

Court Jurisdictions by Parish

Before 1858, every town and parish in Westmorland was under the probate jurisdiction of a primary court and several secondary courts. When looking for a will of an ancestor in this county, search the courts in the order listed. It's best to search an index first. Indexes are mentioned on the individual court pages. To link to the court page, you need to see the jurisdiction tables. Click on one of the following letters to go to a jurisdiction table.

   A    C        F  Ho-Hy    L    N  Sa-Sk  Wa-We
 Ba-Bl    D    G    I  Ma-Me  O-P  Sl-Sy  Wh-Wy
 Bo-By    E  Ha-Hi    K  Mi-My  Q-R  T-U    Y


Yorkshire Probate Courts

Exchequer and Prerogative Courts of the Archbishop of York
Chancery Court of the Archbishop of York
Court of the Bishop (Consistory) of the Commissary of the Archdeaconry of Richmond Eastern Deaneries - Catterick
Court of the Bishop (Consistory) of the Commissary of the Archdeaconry of Richmond Eastern Deaneries - Boroughbridge
Court of the Bishop (Consistory) of the Commissary of the Archdeaconry of Richmond Western Deaneries - Lonsdale
Court of the Bishop (Consistory) of the Commissary of the Archdeaconry of Richmond Eastern Deaneries - Richmond
Court of the Bishop of Chester (Episcopal Consistory)
Court of the Archdeaconry of Cleveland
Court of the Archdeaconry of East Riding
Court of the Peculiar of Acomb
Court of the Peculiar of Aldbrough
Court of the Peculiar of the Bishop of Durham and the Dean and Chapter of Allerton and Allertonshire
Court of the Peculiar of Alne and Tollerton
Court of the Peculiar of the Manor of Altofts in Normanton
Court of the Peculiar of the Prebend of Ampleforth
Court of the Peculiar of the Manor of Askham Bryan
Court of the Peculiar of the Manor of Arkengarthdale with New Forest and Hope
Court of the Peculiar of the Prebend of Barmby Moor
Court of the Peculiar of the Manor of Barnoldswick
Court of the Peculiar of the Manor of Batley
Court of the Peculiar of the Manor of Beeford
Court of the Peculiar of the Provost of the Collegiate Church of St John, Beverley
Court of the Peculiar of the Prebend of Bilton
Court of the Peculiar of the Prebend of Bugthorpe
Court of the Peculiar of Craike
Court of the Peculiar of Dunnington
Court of the Peculiar of the Prebend of Fridaythorpe
Court of the Peculiar of the Prebend of Fenton
Court of the Peculiar of the Prebend of Givendale
Court of the Peculiar of the Prebend of Grindal
Court of the Peculiar of the Prebend of Holme Archiepiscopi
Court of the Peculiar of the Dean and Chapter of Durham within the Jurisdiction of Howden and Howdenshire
Court of the Peculiar of the Manor of Hunsingore
Court of the Peculiar of the Prebend of Husthwaite
Court of the Peculiar of the Knights of St John of Jerusalem in Manors of Crossley, Bingley, Cottingley and Pudsey
Court of the Peculiar of the Honour of Knaresborough
Court of the Peculiar of the Prebend of Knaresborough
Court of the Peculiar of the Prebend of Langtoft
Court of the Peculiar of the Chancellor of York with the Prebendal Jurisdiction of Laughton en le Morthen
Court of the Peculiar of St Leonard's Hospital, York
Court of the Peculiar of the Manor of Marsden
Court of the Peculiar of the Prebend of Masham
Court of the Deanery and Royal Peculiar of the Collegiate Church of Middleham
Court of the Peculiar of the Manor of Newton-on-Ouse with Beningborough
Court of the Peculiar of the Prebend of North Newbold
Court of the Peculiar of the Prebend of Osbaldwick
Court of the Peculiar of the Prebend of Riccall
Court of the Peculiar of the Prebend of Salton
Court of the Peculiar of Selby
Court of the Peculiar of the Manor of Silsden
Court of the Peculiar of Snaith
Court of the Peculiar of the Prebend of South Cave
Court of the Peculiar of the Prebend of Stillington
Court of the Peculiar of the Prebend of Strensall
Court of the Peculiar of Wadworth
Court of the Peculiar of the Manor of Warmfield with Heath
Court of the Peculiar of the Prebend of Warthill
Court of the Peculiar of the Prebend of Weighton
Court of the Peculiar of the Prebend of Wetwang
Court of the Peculiar of Bishop Wilton
Court of the Peculiar of the Prebend of Wistow
Court of the Peculiar of the Archdeaconry of York or the West Riding
Court of the Peculiar of the Dean of York
Court of the Peculiar of the Dean and Chapter of York
Court of the Peculiar of the Subdean of York
Court of the Peculiar of the Succentor Canonicorum of York
Court of the Peculiar of the Precentor of York with Prebendal Jurisdiction of Driffield

Appeals Courts

Any probate that was disputed and could not be settled by the county courts could be sent to these higher appeals courts:

Estate Duty Records

Starting in 1796, a tax or death duty was payable on estates over a certain value. Estate duty abstracts may add considerable information not found elsewhere. Estate duty indexes may help locate a will. For more information, go to Estate Duty Records.


 

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