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== Image Visibility  ==
 
== Image Visibility  ==
  
Whenever possible, FamilySearch makes images available for all users. However, ultimate rights to view images on our website are granted by the record custodians. The England, Kent, Parish Chest collection is available to the Family History Library, FamilySearch Centers, and to members of the supporting organization, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The images can be viewed at a [https://www.familysearch.org/locations FamilySearch Center] near you.<br>For those in the United Kingdom, images may also be viewed by visiting the [http://www.kent.gov.uk/leisure_and_culture/archives_and_local_history.aspx Kent History and Library Centre in Maidstone, England].  
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Whenever possible, FamilySearch makes images available for all users. However, ultimate rights to view images on our website are granted by the record custodians. The England, Kent, Parish Chest collection is available to the Family History Library, FamilySearch Centers, and to members of the supporting organization, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The images can be viewed at a [https://www.familysearch.org/locations FamilySearch Center] near you.  
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For those in the United Kingdom, images may also be viewed by visiting the [http://www.kent.gov.uk/leisure_and_culture/archives_and_local_history.aspx Kent History and Library Centre in Maidstone, England].  
  
 
== Record Description  ==
 
== Record Description  ==
  
This Collection will include records from 1440 to 1881.<br>
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This Collection will include records from 1440 to 1881.  
  
 
The collection consists of Wills and probate records for the County of Kent. Availability of the records varies by year and locality.  
 
The collection consists of Wills and probate records for the County of Kent. Availability of the records varies by year and locality.  
  
Probate records document the transfer of possessions after a person dies. Wills, in particular, were written to ensure that the property and personal estate of a deceased person would be distributed according to his or her wishes. If the deceased did specifiy an executer, the court would usually assign the next of kin the duty of distributing the goods.  
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Probate records document the transfer of possessions after a person dies. Wills, in particular, were written to ensure that the property and personal estate of a deceased person would be distributed according to his or her wishes. If the deceased did not specify an executor, the court would usually assign the next of kin the duty of distributing the goods.  
  
For a list of records by date or locality currently published in this collection, select the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1949814/waypoints Browse] link from the collection landing page <br>
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=== Citation for This Collection  ===
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The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.
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{{Collection citation| text = Church of England. England,Kent, wills and probate. Kent County Record Office, Maidstone, England. }}  
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[[England, Kent, Wills and Probate (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
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== Record Content  ==
 
== Record Content  ==
  
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'''Probate records''' may contain the following information:  
Image:Norfolk Will 1855 .jpg|Sample of a Will
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Image:Norfolk Bond 1844 .jpg|Sample of a Bond
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Image:Norfolk Inventory 1836 .jpg|Sample of an Inventory
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Image:Norfolk Act Book 1710 .jpg|Sample of an Act
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Image:Letter of Administration.png|Sample of an Administration
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These Cheshire probate records after 1858 may contain the following information:  
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*Name of individual  
 
*Name of individual  
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== How to Use the Records  ==
 
== How to Use the Records  ==
  
Use these records to find ancestors’ children and relatives in order to establish relationships that may be more difficult to prove in parish registers, especially before 1813. They are also good to confirm relationships in families where relationship is already established.
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To begin your search, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:
  
Whenever possible, FamilySearch makes images available for all users, however, ultimate rights to view images on our website are granted by the record custodians. In the case of Kent, Wills and Probate records, each religious entity dictates who may view the records.
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*Name of deceased
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*Date and place of death
  
==== Beginning Your Search  ====
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=== Search the Collection ===
  
To begin your search, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:
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'''To browse by image:'''<br> To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:<br> ⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page <br> ⇒Select the appropriate "County, Court"<br> ⇒Select the appropriate "Record Type"<br> ⇒Select the appropriate "Year, Surname Range, Volume" which will take you to the images.
  
*Name of ancestor  
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Search the collection by image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.
*Date and place of death
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*Name of spouse
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*Names of children
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==== Searching the Images ====
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=== Ordering Microfilm ===
  
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:<br> ⇒ Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page<br> ⇒ Select the "Name of County, Court" category <br> ⇒ Select the "Record Type" category<br> ⇒ Select the "Year, Surname Range, Volume" category which will take you to the images.
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'''''Archdeaconry and Diocese of Canterbury:'''''
  
Look at each image one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.  
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FamilySearch has rights to publish images online to users from the supporting organization, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and at FamilySearch Centers.  
  
==== Ordering Microfilm  ====
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''Exceptions:''
  
'''''Archdeaconry and Diocese of Canterbury:''''' <br>''FamilySearch has rights to publish images online to users from the supporting organization, (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) and at FamilySearch Centers.<br>''- Exceptions:''Miscellaneous Court Papers and Miscellaneous Court Papers Index (Registered Users, FamilySearch Centers and members of LDS church)''
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Miscellaneous Court Papers and Miscellaneous Court Papers Index (Registered Users, FamilySearch Centers and members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints).
  
'''''Archdeaconry and Diocese of Rochester:''''' <br>''FamilySearch has rights to publish images online to Registered Users, FamilySearch Centers and members of the supporting organization''  
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'''''Archdeaconry and Diocese of Rochester:'''''  
  
'''''Exempt Deanery of Shoreham:<br>'''''FamilySearch has rights to publish images online to users from the supporting organization, (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) and at FamilySearch Centers.  
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FamilySearch has rights to publish images online to Registered Users, FamilySearch Centers and members of the supporting organization.  
  
'''''Peculiar of the Rector of Cliffe:<br>'''''FamilySearch has rights to publish images online to users from the supporting organization, (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) and at FamilySearch Centers.  
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'''''Exempt Deanery of Shoreham:'''''
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FamilySearch has rights to publish images online to users from the supporting organization, (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) and at FamilySearch Centers.
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'''''Peculiar of the Rector of Cliffe:'''''  
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FamilySearch has rights to publish images online to users from the supporting organization, (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) and at FamilySearch Centers.  
  
 
In August 2011, a new agreement was signed restricting access to images older than 100 years. If even one image on a film exceeds the 100 year cutoff, the entire film is restricted. Many older films contained multiple items and year ranges.  
 
In August 2011, a new agreement was signed restricting access to images older than 100 years. If even one image on a film exceeds the 100 year cutoff, the entire film is restricted. Many older films contained multiple items and year ranges.  
  
 
FamilySearch, however, has other resources which are available to all researchers. These online records, and many others for this area, are available on microfilm which can be ordered for viewing into the nearest FamilySearch Center. {{details|Ordering Microfilm or Microfiche|how to order microfilms}}  
 
FamilySearch, however, has other resources which are available to all researchers. These online records, and many others for this area, are available on microfilm which can be ordered for viewing into the nearest FamilySearch Center. {{details|Ordering Microfilm or Microfiche|how to order microfilms}}  
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=== Using the Information  ===
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Use these records to find ancestors’ children and relatives in order to establish relationships that may be more difficult to prove in parish registers, especially before 1813. They are also good to confirm relationships in families where relationship is already established.
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Whenever possible, FamilySearch makes images available for all users, however, ultimate rights to view images on our website are granted by the record custodians. In the case of Kent, Wills and Probate records, each religious entity dictates who may view the records.
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== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
 
== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
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== Related Websites  ==
 
== Related Websites  ==
  
*[http://www.kent.gov.uk/leisure_and_culture/archives_and_local_history.aspx Kent Archives]
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*[http://212.140.253.25/CalmView/ Kent Archives]
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*[[England and Wales History Links]]
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*[[England and Wales Historic Maps]]
  
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
  
*[[England Probate Records|England Probate Records]]  
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*[[Kent Probate Records]]
*[[Kent|Kent]]  
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*[[England Probate Records]]  
*[[Kent Probate Records|Kent Probate Records]]
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*[[Kent Genealogy|Kent]]  
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*[[England Genealogy|England]]
  
== Contributions to This Article  ==
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== How You Can Contribute ==
  
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections ==
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== Citations for This Collection ==
  
When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.  
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When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information; that is, cite your sources. This will help people find the record again and evaluate the reliability of the source. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records. Citations are available for the collection as a whole and each record or image individually.  
  
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections|Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].  
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'''Collection Citation:'''<br> {{Collection citation | text= "England, Kent, Wills and Probate, 1440-1881." Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2015. Citing County Record Office, Maidstone, England.}}
  
=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
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"England, Kent, Wills and Probate, 1440-1881:" images, ''FamilySearch ''([https://familysearch.org https://familysearch.org]: accessed 8 February 2012), John Edwards, late of Deal, 25 November 1739; citing Probate Records, Kent, Diocese of Canterbury, Inventories, 1739-1748, Image 5; Kent archives, Maidstone, England.
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Latest revision as of 09:53, 26 May 2015

FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records available at FamilySearch.org.

Contents

Image Visibility

Whenever possible, FamilySearch makes images available for all users. However, ultimate rights to view images on our website are granted by the record custodians. The England, Kent, Parish Chest collection is available to the Family History Library, FamilySearch Centers, and to members of the supporting organization, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The images can be viewed at a FamilySearch Center near you.

For those in the United Kingdom, images may also be viewed by visiting the Kent History and Library Centre in Maidstone, England.

Record Description

This Collection will include records from 1440 to 1881.

The collection consists of Wills and probate records for the County of Kent. Availability of the records varies by year and locality.

Probate records document the transfer of possessions after a person dies. Wills, in particular, were written to ensure that the property and personal estate of a deceased person would be distributed according to his or her wishes. If the deceased did not specify an executor, the court would usually assign the next of kin the duty of distributing the goods.

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for England, Kent, Wills and Probate, 1440-1881.

Record Content

Probate records may contain the following information:

  • Name of individual
  • Location where the deceased lived
  • Names of beneficiaries (usually surviving spouse and children)
  • Name of executor or administrator
  • Names of witnesses
  • Date of will or probate
  • Place of probate
  • Relative or relatives present at the time of death
  • Itemization of household goods and property
  • Amounts of money and goods
  • Location where the deceased lived
  • Listing of any debt or funeral expenses to be paid
  • Property names

How to Use the Records

To begin your search, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:

  • Name of deceased
  • Date and place of death

Search the Collection

To browse by image:
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select the appropriate "County, Court"
⇒Select the appropriate "Record Type"
⇒Select the appropriate "Year, Surname Range, Volume" which will take you to the images.

Search the collection by image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.

Ordering Microfilm

Archdeaconry and Diocese of Canterbury:

FamilySearch has rights to publish images online to users from the supporting organization, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and at FamilySearch Centers.

Exceptions:

Miscellaneous Court Papers and Miscellaneous Court Papers Index (Registered Users, FamilySearch Centers and members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints).

Archdeaconry and Diocese of Rochester:

FamilySearch has rights to publish images online to Registered Users, FamilySearch Centers and members of the supporting organization.

Exempt Deanery of Shoreham:

FamilySearch has rights to publish images online to users from the supporting organization, (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) and at FamilySearch Centers.

Peculiar of the Rector of Cliffe:

FamilySearch has rights to publish images online to users from the supporting organization, (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) and at FamilySearch Centers.

In August 2011, a new agreement was signed restricting access to images older than 100 years. If even one image on a film exceeds the 100 year cutoff, the entire film is restricted. Many older films contained multiple items and year ranges.

FamilySearch, however, has other resources which are available to all researchers. These online records, and many others for this area, are available on microfilm which can be ordered for viewing into the nearest FamilySearch Center.

Using the Information

Use these records to find ancestors’ children and relatives in order to establish relationships that may be more difficult to prove in parish registers, especially before 1813. They are also good to confirm relationships in families where relationship is already established.

Whenever possible, FamilySearch makes images available for all users, however, ultimate rights to view images on our website are granted by the record custodians. In the case of Kent, Wills and Probate records, each religious entity dictates who may view the records.

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Don't overlook FHL Place England, Kent items or FHL Keyword England, Kent items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see England Archives and Libraries.

Known Issues with This Collection

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See a list of known issues, workarounds, tips, restrictions, future fixes, news and other helpful information.

For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached wiki article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to support@familysearch.org. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.

Related Websites

Related Wiki Articles

How You Can Contribute

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.


Citations for This Collection

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information; that is, cite your sources. This will help people find the record again and evaluate the reliability of the source. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records. Citations are available for the collection as a whole and each record or image individually.

Collection Citation:

"England, Kent, Wills and Probate, 1440-1881." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2015. Citing County Record Office, Maidstone, England.


Image Citation:

The citation for an image is available on each image in this collection by clicking Show Citation at the bottom left of the image screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for England, Kent, Wills and Probate, 1440-1881.



 

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