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''[[England]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[London]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Middlesex]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[London Probate Records|London Probate Records]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Middlesex Probate Records|Middlesex Probate Records]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Court of the Peculiar of the Dean and Chapter of St Paul's Cathedral|Court of the Peculiar of the Dean and Chapter of St Paul's Cathedral]]''
  
== Location of Records of This Court ==
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== Step By Step ==
  
===== Guildhall Library =====
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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 to "Records" (below) to determine what probate records exist for this court.<br>3. Contact or visit the Guildhall Library&nbsp;or,&nbsp;hire a professional record searcher to view these records on your behalf. Officials may send upon request a list of record searchers.<br>4. Or, you can visit The Family History Library, or, one of its 4,500 satellite family history centers worldwide and search indexes to probate records;&nbsp;then with the information obtained from the index[es] you can search more quickly the&nbsp;original wills and admons also&nbsp;on microfilm via any&nbsp;family history [[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers|centers]]&nbsp;near you.
  
===== '''Aldermanbury'''  =====
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'''London&nbsp;EC2V 7HH'''
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== Indexes<br>  ==
  
'''Tel 020 7332 1862 / 020 7332 1863'''
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The Court of the Peculiar of the Dean and Chapter of St Paul's Cathedral probate records is well-covered with the following indexes: <br>
  
'''Textphone 020 7332 3803''''''<br>Email [mailto:manuscripts.guildhall@cityoflondon.gov.uk manuscripts.guildhall@cityoflondon.gov.uk]'''
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==== Online Indexes<br> ====
  
===== [http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/Corporation/LGNL_Services/Leisure_and_culture/Libraries/City_of_London_libraries/guildhall_lib.htm Website]: [http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/Corporation/LGNL_Services/Leisure_and_culture/Libraries/City_of_London_libraries/guildhall_lib.htm http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/]  =====
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1704 London, England, Wills and Probate, 1507-1858] at Ancestry (£) includes Peculiar Court of the Dean and Chapter of St Paul’s.
  
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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 Dean and Chapter of St Paul's Cathedral.
  
== Starting Your Search in Indexes  ==
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==== Printed and Published Indexes<br> ====
  
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 to the "Probate Records of This Court" (below) to determine what original probate records exist for this court.<br>3. Contact or visit the Guildhall Library&nbsp;or,&nbsp;hire a professional record searcher to view these records on your behalf. Officials may send upon request a list of record searchers.<br>4. Visit The Family History Library, or, one of its 4,500 satellite family history centers worldwide and search indexes to probate records;&nbsp;then with the information obtained from the index[es] you can search more quickly the&nbsp;original wills and admons also&nbsp;on microfilm via any&nbsp;family history [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/FHC/frameset_fhc.asp centers]&nbsp;near you.  
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*A&nbsp;comprehensive will&nbsp;and admon&nbsp;index to London (including Greater L.)&nbsp;for the years covering&nbsp;1750-1858 for the surnames A-F, is&nbsp;Dr David Wright's London Probate Index on CDs and are available for&nbsp;[http://www.davideastkent.canterhill.co.uk/lp-index.htm sale]&nbsp;online.&nbsp;He&nbsp;provides a search service&nbsp;for surnames G-Z in his indexes for you at a set fee.
  
== History and Background<br> ==
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Original handwritten indexes:
  
Probate records of the Court of the Peculair of the Dean and Chapter of St Paul's Cathedral held jurisdiction over several parishes in Essex. Records of these probates--includes original as well as registered wills. These records date from as early as 1535-1643;&nbsp;and from 1660 to 1837. However, wills mostly go only to 1781 in this court. This probate court held jurisdiction over Albury, Barling, Belchamp St Paul's, Heybridge, Navestock, Tillingham and Wickham St Paul's parishes in Essex.&nbsp;
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{{FHL|277961|title-id|disp=Calendars}} to the Probate Acts of Wills and Administrations (Admons) exist from 1535-1837. Calendars are a kind of index to the day to day probate court procedures in which wills and admons (administrations) are processed. <br>
  
== Probate Indexes<br> ==
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In addition to the calendars, a majority of the original (unregistered) wills and the registered wills are alphabetically arranged at The Guildhall Library&nbsp;and are likewise organized on the microfilmed probates for this court at the Family History Library. Visit the&nbsp;The Guildhall [http://www.history.ac.uk/gh/probate.htm Library] or the Family History Library {{FHL|358118|subject-id|disp=Catalog}} under London, England to determine availability of records.
  
The Archdeaconry Court of Essex probate records is well-covered with the following indexes: <br>
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Microfilmed indexes available at the Family History Library:  
  
==== Online indexes<br> ====
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The&nbsp;majority of the original (unregistered) wills and the registered wills are calendared (by first letter of the&nbsp;surname) from 1535 to 1837.&nbsp;These calendars and the&nbsp;Wills&nbsp;themselves for this court are&nbsp;available on microfilm at the Family History Library and may be circulated to any one&nbsp;of its satellite Family History Centers&nbsp;(see under the Peculiar Court of the Dean and Chapter of St Pauls Cathedral) in&nbsp;the&nbsp;Family History Library Catalog&nbsp;{{FHL|568196|title-id|disp=page}} online under "London", England to determine availability of records for this probate court.
  
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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== Records  ==
  
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==== Archives Location  ====
  
==== Printed Indexes<br> ====
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Guildhall Library<br>Aldermanbury<br>London&nbsp;EC2V 7HH<br>Tel (020) 7332 1862 / (020) 7332 1863<br>Textphone (020) 7332 3803<br>Email [mailto:manuscripts.guildhall@cityoflondon.gov.uk manuscripts.guildhall@cityoflondon.gov.uk]
  
The Essex County Record Office compiled and published a complete surname index covering wills and administrations from&nbsp;eight Essex County probate courts including this court.  
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[http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/Corporation/LGNL_Services/Leisure_and_culture/Libraries/City_of_London_libraries/guildhall_lib.htm Website]: [http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/Corporation/LGNL_Services/Leisure_and_culture/Libraries/City_of_London_libraries/guildhall_lib.htm http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/]
  
*Emmison, F. G., ed.&nbsp; ''[Index to] Wills at Chelmsford''.&nbsp; (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 &amp; 84; also on microfilms 0962739 and 0962740; also on microfiche 6073796, 6073797, and 6073802.
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==== Archive Records  ====
*For a comprehensive will&nbsp;and admon&nbsp;index to London (including Greater L.)&nbsp;for the years covering&nbsp;1750-1858, see Dr David Wright's CDs on [http://www.davideastkent.canterhill.co.uk/lp-index.htm sale]. <br>
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==== Original Handwritten Indexes  ====
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Add information about the manuscript, printed and digital records in this location.
  
[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. <br>
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Original Wills  
  
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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Original Wills&nbsp;1660-1759
  
==== Microfilmed Indexes at the Family History Library ====
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Will Registers 1535-1643, 1660-1837 available only at The Guildhall Library; to be digitised shortly
  
The&nbsp;majority of the original (unregistered) wills and the registered wills are calendared (by first letter of the&nbsp;surname) from 1535 to 1837.&nbsp;These and the&nbsp;Wills&nbsp;for this court are also available on microfilm at the Family History Library and may be circulated to any one&nbsp;of its satellite Family History Centers (see Court of the Archdeaconry of Essex). View&nbsp;Family History Library Catalog&nbsp;[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=568196&disp=Original+wills%2C+1660-1837+and+index+++ page] online under "Essex", England to determine availability of records for this probate court.
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Calendars&nbsp;(first-letter-of-surname index) 1672-1837  
  
The indexes at the Family History Library are&nbsp;as follows:
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Probate &amp; Administration Act Books 1646-1650; 1660-1837 <br>
 
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== Searching for probates in this court  ==
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ORIGINAL WILLS
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Original Wills&nbsp;1660-1759
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CALENDARS&nbsp;(first-letter-of-surname index)
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==== Family History Library Records  ====
  
1672-1837
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These probate records are on microfilm and they may be accessed at The Family History Library or its 4,500 satelite Family History Centers worldwide.
  
PROBATE &amp; ADMINISTRATION ACT BOOKS
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{{FHL|568196|title-id|disp=Original Wills}}&nbsp;1660-1759
  
1646-1650; 1660-1837 (at Guildhall only;&nbsp;to be digitised shortly)
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{{FHL|202947|title-id|disp=Wills (Copied) Registers &amp;&nbsp;Administration (Admons)}} 1535-1643, 1660-1837 available only at the Guildhall Library; to be digitised shortly  
  
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{{FHL|568196|title-id|disp=Calendars}}&nbsp;(first-letter-of-surname index) 1672-1837
  
== Indexes  ==
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{{FHL|202947|title-id|disp=Calendar of Wills}} 1535-1837
  
The Archdeaconry Court of Essex probate records is well-covered with the following indexes:&nbsp;  
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{{FHL|568080|title-id|disp=Probate &amp; Administration Act Books}} 1646-1650; 1660-1837 <br>
  
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== Jurisdiction ==
  
==== Microfilmed Indexes at the Family History Library  ====
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Probate records of the Court of the Peculiar of the Dean and Chapter of St Paul's Cathedral held jurisdiction over several parishes in London. Records of these probates--includes original as well as registered wills. These records date from as early as 1535-1643;&nbsp;and from 1660 to 1837. However, wills mostly go only to 1781 in this court. Most testators in this jurisdiction filed their wills with the Prerogative Court of Canterbury between 1750 to 1858.<ref>Cliff Webb, ''My Ancestors were Londoners: A Guide to London Sources for Family Historians'' (London: Society of Genealogists, 2009), 35.</ref> This probate court held jurisdiction over the city parishes of [[St Augustine with St Faith|St Faith]], [[St Giles Cripplegate, Middlesex|St Giles Cripplegate]], [[St Helen Bishopsgate|St Helen Bishopsgate]], and the [[Middlesex|Middlesex]] parishes of&nbsp;Friern Barnet, Chiswick, West Drayton, Hoxton (Shoreditch), St Luke Old Street, St Pancras, Stoke Newington, and Willesden.
  
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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== References ==
  
== Strategies, Tips, Other?  ==
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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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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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Contents

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.
2. Proceed to "Records" (below) to determine what probate records exist for this court.
3. Contact or visit the Guildhall Library or, hire a professional record searcher to view these records on your behalf. Officials may send upon request a list of record searchers.
4. Or, you can 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 family history centers near you.


Indexes

The Court of the Peculiar of the Dean and Chapter of St Paul's Cathedral probate records is well-covered with the following indexes:

Online Indexes

Printed and Published Indexes

  • A comprehensive will and admon index to London (including Greater L.) for the years covering 1750-1858 for the surnames A-F, is Dr David Wright's London Probate Index on CDs and are available for sale online. He provides a search service for surnames G-Z in his indexes for you at a set fee.

Original handwritten indexes:

Calendars to the Probate Acts of Wills and Administrations (Admons) exist from 1535-1837. Calendars are a kind of index to the day to day probate court procedures in which wills and admons (administrations) are processed.

In addition to the calendars, a majority of the original (unregistered) wills and the registered wills are alphabetically arranged at The Guildhall Library and are likewise organized on the microfilmed probates for this court at the Family History Library. Visit the The Guildhall Library or the Family History Library Catalog under London, England to determine availability of records.

Microfilmed indexes available at the Family History Library:

The majority of the original (unregistered) wills and the registered wills are calendared (by first letter of the surname) from 1535 to 1837. These calendars and the Wills themselves for this court are available on microfilm at the Family History Library and may be circulated to any one of its satellite Family History Centers (see under the Peculiar Court of the Dean and Chapter of St Pauls Cathedral) in the Family History Library Catalog page online under "London", England to determine availability of records for this probate court.

Records

Archives Location

Guildhall Library
Aldermanbury
London EC2V 7HH
Tel (020) 7332 1862 / (020) 7332 1863
Textphone (020) 7332 3803
Email manuscripts.guildhall@cityoflondon.gov.uk

Website: http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/

Archive Records

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

Original Wills

Original Wills 1660-1759

Will Registers 1535-1643, 1660-1837 available only at The Guildhall Library; to be digitised shortly

Calendars (first-letter-of-surname index) 1672-1837

Probate & Administration Act Books 1646-1650; 1660-1837

Family History Library Records

These probate records are on microfilm and they may be accessed at The Family History Library or its 4,500 satelite Family History Centers worldwide.

Original Wills 1660-1759

Wills (Copied) Registers & Administration (Admons) 1535-1643, 1660-1837 available only at the Guildhall Library; to be digitised shortly

Calendars (first-letter-of-surname index) 1672-1837

Calendar of Wills 1535-1837

Probate & Administration Act Books 1646-1650; 1660-1837

Jurisdiction

Probate records of the Court of the Peculiar of the Dean and Chapter of St Paul's Cathedral held jurisdiction over several parishes in London. Records of these probates--includes original as well as registered wills. These records date from as early as 1535-1643; and from 1660 to 1837. However, wills mostly go only to 1781 in this court. Most testators in this jurisdiction filed their wills with the Prerogative Court of Canterbury between 1750 to 1858.[1] This probate court held jurisdiction over the city parishes of St Faith, St Giles Cripplegate, St Helen Bishopsgate, and the Middlesex parishes of Friern Barnet, Chiswick, West Drayton, Hoxton (Shoreditch), St Luke Old Street, St Pancras, Stoke Newington, and Willesden.

References

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