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''[[England]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[London Probate Records]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Middlesex Probate Records]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Court of the Commissary of the Bishop of London (London Division)|Court of the Commissary of the Bishop of London]]''
  
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== Step By Step&nbsp; ==
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== Step By Step  ==
  
1. First search each index (see below) to help you more quickly find the will, writing down each detail cited in the indexed entry.<br>2. Proceed then&nbsp;to the "Probate Records for This Court" section (see below) to determine what original probate records exist for this court.<br>3. 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>4. 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 [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=720702&disp=Acts%2C+probate+and+non%2Dtestamentary%2%20%20&columns=*,0,0 cataloged entries] providing the microfilms so you can have them circulated to the [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/FHC/frameset_fhc.asp 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>
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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 Indexes  ==
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== Indexes  ==
  
The&nbsp;Archdeaconry&nbsp;Court of&nbsp;Middlesex probate records have to some extent been&nbsp;indexed&nbsp;with the following ones:
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The Court of the Commissary of the Bishop of London probate records have to some extent been indexed in:
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==== Online Indexes  ====
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1704 London, England, Wills and Probate, 1507-1858] at Ancestry (£) includes Commissary Court of London.
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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 Commissary Court of London.
  
 
==== Printed and Published Indexes  ====
 
==== Printed and Published Indexes  ====
  
*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=819185&disp=London+Commissary+Court%2C+will+extracts%20%20&columns=*,0,0 Index to testamentary records in the Commissary Court of London (London Division)] 1374-1700  
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*{{FHL|819185|title-id|disp=Index to testamentary records in the Commissary Court of London (London Division)}} 1374-1700  
*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=299293&disp=Abstracts+of+copy+wills%2C+Commissary+Co%20%20&columns=*,0,0 Abstracts] of copy wills, Commissary Court of London [London division], registered wills, 1750-1857  
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*{{FHL|299293|title-id|disp=Abstracts}} of copy wills, Commissary Court of London [London division], registered wills, 1750-1857  
*Index to testamentary records in the Commissary Court of London (London Division) 1374-1700&nbsp; by Marc Fitch, available at Society of Genealogists, The Guildhall Library, London Metropolitan Archives and Library, The Family History [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=247669&disp=Index+to+testamentary+records+in+the+Com%20%20&columns=*,0,0 Library]
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*Index to testamentary records in the Commissary Court of London (London Division) 1374-1700&nbsp; by Marc Fitch, available at Society of Genealogists, The Guildhall Library, London Metropolitan Archives and Library, The Family History {{FHL|247669|title-id|disp=Library}}
*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 for&nbsp;surnames A-F, is&nbsp;Dr David Wright's London Probate Index on CD and is [http://www.davideastkent.canterhill.co.uk/lp-index.htm available]. He will provide a search service in his indexes for surnames covering from G-Z at a set fee.
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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 for&nbsp;surnames A-E, is&nbsp;Dr David Wright's London Probate Index on CD and is [http://www.davideastkent.canterhill.co.uk/lp-index.htm available]; surnames A-F are located on the [http://www.findmypast.com FindMyPast] web site. He will provide a search service in his indexes for surnames covering from G-Z at a set fee.
  
==== Original Handwritten Indexes  ====
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Original handwritten indexes:
  
 
Court probate inventories, 1662-1747 with surnames alpha-arranged  
 
Court probate inventories, 1662-1747 with surnames alpha-arranged  
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Calender of Probate &amp; Administrations acts 1660-1810  
 
Calender of Probate &amp; Administrations acts 1660-1810  
  
==== Microfilmed Indexes at the Family History Library<br> ====
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Microfilmed indexes available at the Family History Library:<br>  
  
 
The following indexes and abstracts&nbsp;to the wills&nbsp;for this court are available in the Family History Library:  
 
The following indexes and abstracts&nbsp;to the wills&nbsp;for this court are available in the Family History Library:  
  
*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=299293&disp=Abstracts+of+copy+wills%2C+Commissary+Co%20%20&columns=*,0,0 Abstracts of copy wills, Commissary Court of London.&nbsp;London division, registered wills], 1750-1857  
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*{{FHL|299293|title-id|disp=Abstracts of copy wills, Commissary Court of London.&nbsp;London division, registered wills}}, 1750-1857  
*''[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=247669&disp=Index+to+testamentary+records+in+the+Com%20%20&columns=*,0,0 Index to testamentary records in the Commissary Court of London (London Division)] ''1374-1700  
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*''{{FHL|247669|title-id|disp=Index to testamentary records in the Commissary Court of London (London Division)}} ''1374-1700  
*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=283866&disp=Probate+records++ Calendars] to&nbsp;Copy Wills and Administrations (Admons)&nbsp;1374-1857&nbsp;  
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*{{FHL|283866|title-id|disp=Calendars}} to&nbsp;Copy Wills and Administrations (Admons)&nbsp;1374-1857&nbsp;  
*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=819185&disp=London+Commissary+Court%2C+will+extracts%20%20&columns=*,0,0 London Commissary Court, will extracts of the registered copy wills] with index 1374-1521
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*{{FHL|819185|title-id|disp=London Commissary Court, will extracts of the registered copy wills}} with index 1374-1521
  
Most of the above indexes&nbsp;are on microfilm&nbsp;and may be circulated&nbsp;to each of its satellite Family History [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/FHC/frameset_fhc.asp Centers].  
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Most of the above indexes&nbsp;are on microfilm&nbsp;and may be circulated&nbsp;to each of its satellite Family History [[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers|Centers]].  
  
== The Records  ==
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== Records  ==
  
=== Records Location  ===
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==== Archive Location  ====
  
The London Metropolitan Archives &amp; Library
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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 Fax: (020) 7833 9136<br>E-Mail: [mailto:ask.lma@corpoflondon.gov.uk ask.lma@corpoflondon.gov.uk]
  
40 Northampton Road
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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
  
London EC1R 0HB
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==== Archive Records  ====
  
ENGLAND&nbsp;
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Add information about the manuscript, printed and digital records in this location.  
 
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Tel: (020) 7332 3820 Fax: (020) 7833 9136
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E-Mail: ask.lma@corpoflondon.gov.uk
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Website is [http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/scripts/htm_hl.pl?DB=col&STEMMER=en&WORDS=archives%20library&ALL=&ANY=&EXACTB=0&PHRASE=&EXACTP=0&CATEGORIES=&SIMPLE=Archives%20and%20Library&COLOUR=Red&STYLE=s&URL=http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/Corporation/LGNL_Services/Leisure_and_culture/Records_and_archives/#muscat_highlighter_first_match available]:
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Opening Times:&nbsp;Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9.30am - 4.45pm<br>Tuesday and Thursday 9.30am - 7.30pm
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Saturday openings:&nbsp;9.30am - 4.45pm
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January 10&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; May 9&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; September 12 <br>January 24&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; June&nbsp;13&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; September 26
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February 14&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; June 27&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; October 10 <br>February 28&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; July 11&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; October 24&nbsp;<br>March 14&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; July 25&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; November 28 <br>March 28&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; August 8&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;December 12 <br>April 25&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;August 22&nbsp;
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=== Probate Records for This Court  ===
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Calendars of Copy Wills &amp;&nbsp;Administrations 1374-1857  
 
Calendars of Copy Wills &amp;&nbsp;Administrations 1374-1857  
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Ex Officia Assignation Books 1712-1811  
 
Ex Officia Assignation Books 1712-1811  
  
Instance Act Books 1570-1675 <br>
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Instance Act Books 1570-1675 <br>  
  
== Records of This Court in The Family History Library<br> ==
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==== Family History Library Records<br> ====
  
[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=283866&disp=Probate+records++ Calendars of Copy Wills and Administrations] 1374-1857  
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{{FHL|283866|title-id|disp=Calendars of Copy Wills and Administrations}} 1374-1857  
  
[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&titleno=283866&disp=Probate+records++&first=101&last=200&columns=*,0,0 Original Wills] 1523-1857  
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{{FHL|283866|title-id|disp=Original Wills}} 1523-1857  
  
[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=283866&disp=Probate+records++ Register Copy Wills]&nbsp;1374-1857 (with gaps)  
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{{FHL|283866|title-id|disp=Register Copy Wills}}&nbsp;1374-1857 (with gaps)  
  
[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&titleno=283866&disp=Probate+records++&first=501&last=600&columns=*,0,0 Probate &amp;&nbsp;Administration Act books] 1496-1857 (with gaps)  
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{{FHL|283866|title-id|disp=Probate &amp;&nbsp;Administration Act books}} 1496-1857 (with gaps)  
  
[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&titleno=283866&disp=Probate+records++&first=501&last=600&columns=*,0,0 Administrations] 1669-1857  
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{{FHL|283866|title-id|disp=Administrations}} 1669-1857  
  
[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=719787&disp=Inventories+%26+declarations+of+the+good++ Inventories] 1666-1667, 1672-1857 (with gaps)  
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{{FHL|719787|title-id|disp=Inventories}} 1666-1667, 1672-1857 (with gaps)  
  
[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=819185&disp=London+Commissary+Court%2C+will+extracts%20%20&columns=*,0,0 Warrants] 1660-1772  
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{{FHL|819185|title-id|disp=Warrants}} 1660-1772  
  
[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&titleno=283866&disp=Probate+records++&first=801&last=900&columns=*,0,0 Act Books] 1585-1857  
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{{FHL|283866|title-id|disp=Act Books}} 1585-1857  
  
[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&titleno=283866&disp=Probate+records++&first=801&last=900&columns=*,0,0 Deposition Books]&nbsp;1537-1722  
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{{FHL|283866|title-id|disp=Deposition Books}}&nbsp;1537-1722  
  
[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&titleno=283866&disp=Probate+records++&first=801&last=900&columns=*,0,0 Ex Officia Assignation Books] 1630-1811  
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{{FHL|283866|title-id|disp=Ex Officia Assignation Books}} 1630-1811  
  
[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&titleno=283866&disp=Probate+records++&first=801&last=900&columns=*,0,0 Instance Act Books]&nbsp;1570-1675  
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{{FHL|283866|title-id|disp=Instance Act Books}}&nbsp;1570-1675  
  
[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&titleno=283866&disp=Probate+records++&first=801&last=900&columns=*,0,0 Personal responses] 1581-1593  
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{{FHL|283866|title-id|disp=Personal responses}} 1581-1593  
  
[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&titleno=283866&disp=Probate+records++&first=801&last=900&columns=*,0,0 Caveat Book] 1673-1857  
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{{FHL|283866|title-id|disp=Caveat Book}} 1673-1857  
  
== Historical Background ==
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== Jurisdiction ==
  
 
The Commissary Court of London (London Division) had jurisdiction over 94 parishes in Greater London (Middlesex)--including 50 parishes within the City of London proper and 44 out in the county of Middlesex. When a search of this courts’ probate records fails to provide the desired probate record, be sure to search the Consistory Court of the Bishop of London as well.  
 
The Commissary Court of London (London Division) had jurisdiction over 94 parishes in Greater London (Middlesex)--including 50 parishes within the City of London proper and 44 out in the county of Middlesex. When a search of this courts’ probate records fails to provide the desired probate record, be sure to search the Consistory Court of the Bishop of London as well.  
  
== Strategies, Tips, Other?  ==
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See the above&nbsp;Indexes or those available through the Family History Library or its&nbsp;many family history centers worldwide for an index to this court.
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<br>To view a list of parishes and their&nbsp;respective probate court jurisdiction, see the "Middlesex Parishes and Their Probate Jurisdictions" on the [https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Middlesex_Probate_Records main page] for Middlesex&nbsp;Probate Records.
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[[Category:Probate_records_in_London]] [[Category:Middlesex]] [[Category:London]]
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[[Category:Middlesex]] [[Category:London]]

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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

The Court of the Commissary of the Bishop of London probate records have to some extent been indexed in:

Online Indexes

Printed and Published Indexes

  • Index to testamentary records in the Commissary Court of London (London Division) 1374-1700
  • Abstracts of copy wills, Commissary Court of London [London division], registered wills, 1750-1857
  • Index to testamentary records in the Commissary Court of London (London Division) 1374-1700  by Marc Fitch, available at Society of Genealogists, The Guildhall Library, London Metropolitan Archives and Library, 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 for surnames A-E, is Dr David Wright's London Probate Index on CD and is available; surnames A-F are located on the FindMyPast web site. He will provide a search service in his indexes for surnames covering from G-Z at a set fee.

Original handwritten indexes:

Court probate inventories, 1662-1747 with surnames alpha-arranged

Probate and administration act book, 1496-1857

Calender of Probate & Administrations acts 1660-1810

Microfilmed indexes available at the Family History Library:

The following indexes and abstracts to the wills for this court are available in the Family History Library:

Most of the above indexes are on microfilm and may be circulated to each of its satellite Family History Centers.

Records

Archive 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

Archive Records

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

Calendars of Copy Wills & Administrations 1374-1857

Original Wills 1523-1857

Register Copy Wills 1374-1857 (with gaps)

Probate & Administration Act books 1496-1857 (with gaps)

Administration 1670-1857

Inventories 1666-1667, 1672-1857 (with gaps)

Deposition Books 1537-1722

Personal Answers 1675-1736

Warrants 1660-1772

Ex Officia Assignation Books 1712-1811

Instance Act Books 1570-1675

Family History Library Records

Calendars of Copy Wills and Administrations 1374-1857

Original Wills 1523-1857

Register Copy Wills 1374-1857 (with gaps)

Probate & Administration Act books 1496-1857 (with gaps)

Administrations 1669-1857

Inventories 1666-1667, 1672-1857 (with gaps)

Warrants 1660-1772

Act Books 1585-1857

Deposition Books 1537-1722

Ex Officia Assignation Books 1630-1811

Instance Act Books 1570-1675

Personal responses 1581-1593

Caveat Book 1673-1857

Jurisdiction

The Commissary Court of London (London Division) had jurisdiction over 94 parishes in Greater London (Middlesex)--including 50 parishes within the City of London proper and 44 out in the county of Middlesex. When a search of this courts’ probate records fails to provide the desired probate record, be sure to search the Consistory Court of the Bishop of London as well.