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''[[England]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[London Probate Records]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Middlesex Probate Records]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Essex Probate Records]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Court_of_the_Bishop_of_London_(Episcopal_Consistory)|Court of the Bishop of London]]''
  
== Location of These Records  ==
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This court handled a high volume of wills between the 1780s and 1858.<ref name="webb" />
  
London Metropolitan Archives &amp; Library<br>40 Northampton Road<br>London EC1R 0HB <br>Tel 020 7332 3820 <br>Fax 020 7833 9136 <br>E-mail: ask.lma@cityoflondon.gov.uk <br>[http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/Corporation/LGNL_Services/Leisure_and_culture/Records_and_archives/ Website]
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== Step By Step  ==
  
== History and Background ==
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#Search the index at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1704 Ancestry]. If the desired digitized will is not found, proceed to Step 2.<br>
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#[https://www.familysearch.org/#form=catalog First search each index ](see below) to help you more quickly find the will, writing down each detail cited in the indexed entry.<br>
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#Proceed then&nbsp;to "Records" section (see below) to determine what probate records exist for this court.<br>
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#Contact or visit The London Metropolitan Archives and Library,&nbsp;or,&nbsp;hire a professional record searcher to view these records on your behalf, citing information obtained from the index[es]. Officials may send upon request a list of record searchers.<br>
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#You can also visit The [[Family History Library|Family History Library, or]], one of its 4,500 satellite family history centers worldwide and search indexes (see the Family History Library's {{FHL|330765|title-id|disp=cataloged entries}} providing the microfilms so you can have them circulated to the [[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers|center]]&nbsp;near you for searching the wills). The information obtained from the index[es] will help you&nbsp; more quickly search the&nbsp;wills and admons which can also&nbsp;be circulated on microfilm via any&nbsp;family history .<br>
  
Probate records of the Consistory Court of The Bishop of London commence from 1362-
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== Indexes  ==
  
[Return to the [[Essex Probate Records|Essex Probate Records]] page.]&nbsp;
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First search each index (see below) to help you more quickly find a will or administration (admon).<br>
  
== Location of These Records  ==
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The&nbsp;Consistory&nbsp;Court of&nbsp;London probate records have to some extent been&nbsp;indexed&nbsp;with the following ones:
  
London Metropolitan Archives &amp; Library<br>40 Northampton Road<br>London EC1R 0HB <br>Tel 020 7332 3820 <br>Fax 020 7833 9136 <br>E-mail: ask.lma@cityoflondon.gov.uk <br>[http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/Corporation/LGNL_Services/Leisure_and_culture/Records_and_archives/ Website]
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==== Online Indexes  ====
  
== History and Background  ==
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1704 London, England, Wills and Probate, 1507-1858] at Ancestry (£) includes Consistory Court of London.
  
Probate records of the Consistory Court of The Bishop of London commence from 1362 to&nbsp;
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*[http://www.origins.net/help/aboutNWI-LONMDX.aspx London &amp; Middlesex Will Abstracts 1700-1704] at Origins.net (£). Includes abstracts of original wills proved in the Consistory Court of London.
  
== Online indexes  ==
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The Metropolitan Archives and Library&nbsp;is currently compiling and posting online&nbsp;a&nbsp;will surname index covering wills and administrations from&nbsp;1363 to 1857. Currently, it&nbsp;is only a&nbsp;(partial) index for this probate court&nbsp;covering much of Middlesex County and is available [http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/londonGenerations/ online].
  
A general will index for Essex County is available&nbsp;[http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/default.asp online]. This single index consolidates just about all Essex county wills of the various probate court jurisdictions into one database.
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==== Printed and Published Indexes  ====
  
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*A probate index for the Consistory&nbsp;Court of London from 1363 to 1700 has been compiled by the British Record Society in its extensive [http://www.britishrecordsociety.org/volumespublished-forpurchase.htm publications]&nbsp;(vols 89 and 98). These publications are likely available in most major United States (especially university libraries) and United Kingdom Archives and libraries as well as in&nbsp;The Family History {{FHL|64094|title-id|disp=Library}}.
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*A&nbsp;comprehensive will&nbsp;and admon&nbsp;index to most of London's (including Greater L.) probate courts&nbsp;for the years covering&nbsp;1750-1858, is&nbsp;Dr David Wright's London Probate Index on CD and is&nbsp;on [http://www.davideastkent.canterhill.co.uk/lp-index.htm sale].&nbsp;He will perform&nbsp;"lookups" in his indexes for you for surnames covering from G-Z at a set fee.
  
==== Printed Indexes  ====
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Original handwritten indexes:
  
The Essex County Record Office compiled and published a complete surname index covering wills and administrations from&amp;nbsp;eight Essex County probate courts including this court.  
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{{FHL|263013|title-id|disp=Calendars and Indexes}}&nbsp;to&nbsp;Wills (1362 to 1858), and&nbsp;Index to probate registers (1514-1641), to this&nbsp;Probate court exist covering&nbsp;acts of Wills and Administrations (Admons). Calendars are a kind of index (of the first&nbsp;letter of each surname) to the&nbsp;probate records&nbsp;and admons (administrations). <br>
  
*Emmison, F. G., ed. ''[Index to] Wills at Chelmsford''. (FHL book [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=247479&disp=Wills+at+Chelmsford+%28Essex+and+East+He%20%20&columns=*,0,0 942 B4b] vols. 78, 79, 84; also on microfilms 0962739 and 0962740; also on microfiche 6073796, 6073797, and 6073802.)
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The&nbsp;above calendars can be accessed by visiting&nbsp;The London Metropolitan Archives and Library. To view what precise probate records they hold before visiting [their archives], go to [http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/a2a/results.aspx?tab=2&Page=1&ContainAllWords=St+John Access2Archives] and use their search engine for determining&nbsp;availability of records in The LMA.  
  
==== Original Handwritten Indexes  ====
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Microfilmed indexes available at the Family History Library:<br>
  
[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=277961&disp=Probate+records++ Calendars] to the Probate Acts of Wills and Administrations (Admons) exist from 1400-1858. Calendars are a kind of index to the day to day probate court procedures in which wills and admons (administrations) are processed.  
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{{FHL|263013|title-id|disp=Calendars and Indexes}} of Wills and Admons (Administrations)&nbsp;to the Consistory Court fo the Bishop of London are available on microfilm at the Family History Library covering the years 1362-1857 and may be circulated to each of its satellite Family History [[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers|Centers]].  
  
In addition to the calendars, a majority of the original (unregistered) wills and the registered wills are alphabetically arranged at the Record Office and are likewise organized on the microfilmed probates for this court at the Family History Library. Visit the Essex County&nbsp;[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=247479&disp=Wills+at+Chelmsford+%28Essex+and+East+He%20%20&columns=*,0,0 Archives] or the Family History Library [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=topicdetails&subject=358118&subject_disp=England%2C+Essex+%2D+Probate+records&columns=*,0,0 Catalog] under Essex, England to determine availability of records.
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== Records  ==
  
==== Microfilmed Indexes at the Family History Library ====
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==== Archives Location ====
  
Original (Unregistered) Wills and Registered Wills as well as extant indexes for this court are available on microfilm at the Family History Library and may be circulated to each of its satellite Family History Centers (see Court of the Archdeaconry of Essex), or go to this Family History Library Catalog [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=277961&disp=Probate+records%20%20&columns=*,0,0 page]  
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[http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/Corporation/LGNL_Services/Leisure_and_culture/Records_and_archives/ '''London Metropolitan Archives''']<br>40 Northampton Road<br>London EC1R 0HB<br>ENGLAND<br>Tel: (020) 7332 3820<br>Fax (020) 7833 9136<br>E-Mail: [mailto:ask.lma@corpoflondon.gov.uk ask.lma@corpoflondon.gov.uk]  
  
== Searching for probates in this court  ==
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Opening Times:&nbsp;Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9.30am - 4.45pm<br>Tuesday and Thursday 9.30am - 7.30pm<br>Saturday openings:&nbsp;9.30am - 4.45pm<br>Check website&nbsp;for specific&nbsp;Saturdays to be open.
  
CALENDAR
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==== Archive Records  ====
  
REGISTERED WILLS
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Add information about the manuscript, printed and digital records in this location.
  
ORIGINAL WILLS
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*Calendar and Index of Wills 1362-1814
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*Wills and administrations 1514-1640
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*Registered copies of wills 1520-1857
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*Inventories
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*Vicar General Books - 1520- 1685
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*Indexes - 1362-1857
  
ACT BOOKS
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For access to these records, e-mail the archive&nbsp;for a list of record searchers or visit the archive according to their scheduled opening hours.<br>
  
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==== Family History Library Records  ====
  
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Search the following probate records in the order listed below:
  
== Strategies, Tips, Other?  ==
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#{{FHL|263013|title-id|disp=Registered Wills}} 1514-1685
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#{{FHL|263013|title-id|disp=Original wills, 1507-1546}} 1552-1751
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#{{FHL|263013|title-id|disp=Registered Wills &amp;&nbsp;Admons}} 1752-1857
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#{{FHL|263013|title-id|disp=Calendars and index of wills}} v. 1-2 1362-1858
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#{{FHL|263013|title-id|disp=Index to registers}} 1514-1641
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#{{FHL|263013|title-id|disp=Registered Copy of Wills}} vols. 1-4 1514-1559
  
There are no indexes on microfilm for the years 1718-1858 for the Archdeaconry Court of Essex. See the above general countywide index online (see "online Indexes) or available through the Family History Library's&amp;nbsp;(see "Printed Indexes) many family history centers worldwide for an index to this court.
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== Jurisdiction  ==
  
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Return to the [[London Probate Records]] page.
  
To view a list of parishes and their&amp;nbsp;respective probate court jurisdiction, see the "Essex [https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Essex_Probate_Records Parishes] Parishes and Their Probate Jurisdictions" on the main page for Essex Probate Records.
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The Episcopal Consistory Court of the Bishop of London had jurisdiction over the whole diocese of London (the city) except the peculiars–including a concurrent jurisdiction with the smaller Archdeaconry courts of London and Middlesex, Colchester (Essex) and St Albans (Herts.). The Consistory Court of London handled a very large volume of wills between the 1780s and 1858.<ref name="webb">Cliff Webb, ''My Ancestors were Londoners: A Guide to London Sources for Family Historians'' (London: Society of Genealogists, 2009), 35.</ref> When a search of this courts’ probate records fails to provide the desired probate record, be sure to search the above Archdeaconry courts as well.
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== References ==
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Latest revision as of 03:03, 3 August 2012

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This court handled a high volume of wills between the 1780s and 1858.[1]

Contents

Step By Step

  1. Search the index at Ancestry. If the desired digitized will is not found, proceed to Step 2.
  2. First search each index (see below) to help you more quickly find the will, writing down each detail cited in the indexed entry.
  3. Proceed then to "Records" section (see below) to determine what probate records exist for this court.
  4. Contact or visit The London Metropolitan Archives and Library, or, hire a professional record searcher to view these records on your behalf, citing information obtained from the index[es]. Officials may send upon request a list of record searchers.
  5. You can also visit The Family History Library, or, one of its 4,500 satellite family history centers worldwide and search indexes (see the Family History Library's cataloged entries providing the microfilms so you can have them circulated to the center near you for searching the wills). The information obtained from the index[es] will help you  more quickly search the wills and admons which can also be circulated on microfilm via any family history .

Indexes

First search each index (see below) to help you more quickly find a will or administration (admon).

The Consistory Court of London probate records have to some extent been indexed with the following ones:

Online Indexes

The Metropolitan Archives and Library is currently compiling and posting online a will surname index covering wills and administrations from 1363 to 1857. Currently, it is only a (partial) index for this probate court covering much of Middlesex County and is available online.

Printed and Published Indexes

  • A probate index for the Consistory Court of London from 1363 to 1700 has been compiled by the British Record Society in its extensive publications (vols 89 and 98). These publications are likely available in most major United States (especially university libraries) and United Kingdom Archives and libraries as well as in The Family History Library.
  • A comprehensive will and admon index to most of London's (including Greater L.) probate courts for the years covering 1750-1858, is Dr David Wright's London Probate Index on CD and is on sale. He will perform "lookups" in his indexes for you for surnames covering from G-Z at a set fee.

Original handwritten indexes:

Calendars and Indexes to Wills (1362 to 1858), and Index to probate registers (1514-1641), to this Probate court exist covering acts of Wills and Administrations (Admons). Calendars are a kind of index (of the first letter of each surname) to the probate records and admons (administrations).

The above calendars can be accessed by visiting The London Metropolitan Archives and Library. To view what precise probate records they hold before visiting [their archives], go to Access2Archives and use their search engine for determining availability of records in The LMA.

Microfilmed indexes available at the Family History Library:

Calendars and Indexes of Wills and Admons (Administrations) to the Consistory Court fo the Bishop of London are available on microfilm at the Family History Library covering the years 1362-1857 and may be circulated to each of its satellite Family History Centers.

Records

Archives Location

London Metropolitan Archives
40 Northampton Road
London EC1R 0HB
ENGLAND
Tel: (020) 7332 3820
Fax (020) 7833 9136
E-Mail: ask.lma@corpoflondon.gov.uk

Opening Times: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9.30am - 4.45pm
Tuesday and Thursday 9.30am - 7.30pm
Saturday openings: 9.30am - 4.45pm
Check website for specific Saturdays to be open.

Archive Records

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

  • Calendar and Index of Wills 1362-1814
  • Wills and administrations 1514-1640
  • Registered copies of wills 1520-1857
  • Inventories
  • Vicar General Books - 1520- 1685
  • Indexes - 1362-1857

For access to these records, e-mail the archive for a list of record searchers or visit the archive according to their scheduled opening hours.

Family History Library Records

Search the following probate records in the order listed below:

  1. Registered Wills 1514-1685
  2. Original wills, 1507-1546 1552-1751
  3. Registered Wills & Admons 1752-1857
  4. Calendars and index of wills v. 1-2 1362-1858
  5. Index to registers 1514-1641
  6. Registered Copy of Wills vols. 1-4 1514-1559

Jurisdiction

Return to the London Probate Records page.

The Episcopal Consistory Court of the Bishop of London had jurisdiction over the whole diocese of London (the city) except the peculiars–including a concurrent jurisdiction with the smaller Archdeaconry courts of London and Middlesex, Colchester (Essex) and St Albans (Herts.). The Consistory Court of London handled a very large volume of wills between the 1780s and 1858.[1] When a search of this courts’ probate records fails to provide the desired probate record, be sure to search the above Archdeaconry courts as well.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Cliff Webb, My Ancestors were Londoners: A Guide to London Sources for Family Historians (London: Society of Genealogists, 2009), 35.

 

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