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In England, it is rare to find abstracts of wills that index all names found in each will. Abstracts are very helpful for identifying relationships, particularly when legatees in wills do not share surnames with testators. The following is a list of probate courts that have been abstracted.

Contents

National

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

  • 1387-1439 - Furnivall, The Fifty Earliest English Wills in the Court of Probate, London, A.D. 1387-1439, with a Priest's of 1454. Online.
  • Pre-1600 - Nicholas, Testamenta Vetusta. 2 vols. Vol. 1 | Vol. 2
  • 1620 - Lea, Register Soame 1620. Online.
  • 1620-1624 - Matthews and Matthews, Abstracts of probates and sentences in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, 1620-4. FHL Book 942 P2ce.
  • 1630-1655 - Probate Act Abstracts 1630-1655, 8 vols.
  • 1630 - Morrison, Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Register 'Scroope' (1630). FHL Collection.
  • 1658 - Brigg, Register "Wootton" 1658. Vol. 1 | Vol. 2 | Vol. 4

Bank of England

  • Bank of England Will Extracts Index 1717-1845

Bedfordshire

Archdeaconry Court of Bedford

Consistory Court of Lincoln

  • 1280-1547 - Gibbons, Early Lincoln Wills: An Abstract of All the Wills & Administrations Recorded in the Episcopal Registers of the Old Diocese of Lincoln, Comprising the Counties of Lincoln, Rutland, Northampton, Huntingdon, Bedford, Buckingham, Oxford, Leicester and Hertford, 1280-1547. Online

Buckinghamshire

Consistory Court of Lincoln

  • 1280-1547 - Gibbons, Early Lincoln Wills: An Abstract of All the Wills & Administrations Recorded in the Episcopal Registers of the Old Diocese of Lincoln, Comprising the Counties of Lincoln, Rutland, Northampton, Huntingdon, Bedford, Buckingham, Oxford, Leicester and Hertford, 1280-1547. Online
  • 1601-1652 - Peck, Abstracts of Buckinghamshire Wills 1601-1652 at Probate Registry, Lincoln, England

Archdeaconry of Buckingham

  • Elvey, The Courts of the Archdeaconry of Buckingham, 1483-1523. FHL Book 942.575 B4ba v. 19
  • Buckinghamshire Family History Society, Wills, Archdeaconry Court of Buckingham (1680-1801). Order by post.

Cheshire

  • 1500s - Lancashire and Cheshire Wills and Inventories. Online.
  • 1542-1661 - Pixton, Wrenbury Wills and Inventories, 1542-1661.

Cornwall

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

Archdeaconry of Cornwall

Cumberland

Archdeaconry Court of Richmond

  • 1442-1578 - Raine, Wills and Inventories from the Registry of the Archdeaconry of Richmond. Online.

Devon

Dorset

  • Abstracts of Wills of Dorset Folk from the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, 7 vols. (Lacks an everyname index)

Essex

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

  • 1500s - Emmison, Elizabethan Life: Wills of Essex Gentry and Merchants Proved in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury. FHL Book 942.67 B4e no. 71.

Local Courts

  • 1500s - Emmison, Elizabethan Life: Wills of Essex Gentry and Yeomen: Preserved in the Essex Record Office. FHL Book 942.67 B4e no. 75.
  • 1558-1603 - Emmison, Essex Wills 1558-1603, 7 vols. FHL Books 942.67 P2e v. 1-7.
  • 1725-1858 - Abstracts of copy wills, Commissary Court of London, Essex and Herts division, registered wills, 1725-1858, ten microfilm reels.
  • 1750-1857 -Abstracts of copy wills, Commissary Court of London [London division] registered wills, 1750-1857, nine microfilm reels.

Gloucestershire

  • Mahler et al, Abstracts of Gloucestershire Probate Records, Online.

Hampshire

  • 1492-1653 - Hampshire Will Extracts: Extracted from the Consistory Court of Winchester [1492-1652] and the Archdeaconry Court of Winchester [1501-1653]. B2 Reference Computer, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • 1378-1660 - Pedgely, An Index of Personal Names in Isle of Wight Probate Records, 1378-1600 [records from Hampshire Record Office and some from the National Archives]

Herefordshire

  • 1407-1581 - Faraday and Cole, Calendar of Probate and Administration Acts 1407-1541 and Abstracts of Wills 1541-1581 in the Court Books of the Bishop of Hereford.
  • 1407-1581 - Faraday, Calendar of Probate and Administration Acts 1407-1550 in the Consistory Court of the Bishops of Hereford: With an Appendix of Abstracts of Register Copy Wills 1552-1581.

Hertfordshire

  • 1725-1858 - Abstracts of copy wills, Commissary Court of London, Essex and Herts division, registered wills, 1725-1858, ten microfilm reels.
  • 1750-1857 -Abstracts of copy wills, Commissary Court of London [London division] registered wills, 1750-1857, nine microfilm reels.

Consistory Court of Lincoln

  • 1280-1547 - Gibbons, Early Lincoln Wills: An Abstract of All the Wills & Administrations Recorded in the Episcopal Registers of the Old Diocese of Lincoln, Comprising the Counties of Lincoln, Rutland, Northampton, Huntingdon, Bedford, Buckingham, Oxford, Leicester and Hertford, 1280-1547. Online

Huntingdonshire

Consistory Court of Lincoln

  • 1280-1547 - Gibbons, Early Lincoln Wills: An Abstract of All the Wills & Administrations Recorded in the Episcopal Registers of the Old Diocese of Lincoln, Comprising the Counties of Lincoln, Rutland, Northampton, Huntingdon, Bedford, Buckingham, Oxford, Leicester and Hertford, 1280-1547. Online

Kent

  • de Launay, The Weald of East Kent: Will Abstracts from the Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, Kent, Volumes 21-50 (KAO: PRC 17), Index of Will Abstracts [1536-1597]
  • de Launay, Abstracts of Cranbrook Wills Proved in the Diocesan Courts of Canterbury ... 1396-1640. FHL Book 942.23/C6 P28d.
  • Kent Will Abstracts 1328-1691 in National Wills Index. Online. Covers testators from Faversham and Thanet.

Lancashire

  • 1500s - Lancashire and Cheshire Wills and Inventories. Online.

Archdeaconry Court of Richmond

  • 1442-1578 - Raine, Wills and Inventories from the Registry of the Archdeaconry of Richmond. Online.

Leicestershire

Consistory Court of Lincoln

  • 1280-1547 - Gibbons, Early Lincoln Wills: An Abstract of All the Wills & Administrations Recorded in the Episcopal Registers of the Old Diocese of Lincoln, Comprising the Counties of Lincoln, Rutland, Northampton, Huntingdon, Bedford, Buckingham, Oxford, Leicester and Hertford, 1280-1547. Online

Archdeaconry Court of Leicester

Lincolnshire

  • 1280-1547 - Gibbons, Early Lincoln Wills: An Abstract of All the Wills & Administrations Recorded in the Episcopal Registers of the Old Diocese of Lincoln, Comprising the Counties of Lincoln, Rutland, Northampton, Huntingdon, Bedford, Buckingham, Oxford, Leicester and Hertford, 1280-1547. Online
  • Maddison, Lincolnshire Wills [1500-1617], 2 vols.
  • Baker, Wills Beneficiary Index [Lincolnshire 1383-1900], 9 fiche

London

  • 1700-1704 - London and Middlesex Wills Abstracts 1700-1704. Online.

Commissary Court

Middlesex

  • 1700-1704 - London and Middlesex Wills Abstracts 1700-1704. Online.
  • 1750-1857 - Abstracts of copy wills, Commissary Court of London [London division] registered wills, 1750-1857, nine microfilm reels.

Northamptonshire

Consistory Court of Lincoln

  • 1280-1547 - Gibbons, Early Lincoln Wills: An Abstract of All the Wills & Administrations Recorded in the Episcopal Registers of the Old Diocese of Lincoln, Comprising the Counties of Lincoln, Rutland, Northampton, Huntingdon, Bedford, Buckingham, Oxford, Leicester and Hertford, 1280-1547. Online

Oxfordshire

Consistory Court of Lincoln

  • 1280-1547 - Gibbons, Early Lincoln Wills: An Abstract of All the Wills & Administrations Recorded in the Episcopal Registers of the Old Diocese of Lincoln, Comprising the Counties of Lincoln, Rutland, Northampton, Huntingdon, Bedford, Buckingham, Oxford, Leicester and Hertford, 1280-1547. Online

Rutland

Consistory Court of Lincoln

  • 1280-1547 - Gibbons, Early Lincoln Wills: An Abstract of All the Wills & Administrations Recorded in the Episcopal Registers of the Old Diocese of Lincoln, Comprising the Counties of Lincoln, Rutland, Northampton, Huntingdon, Bedford, Buckingham, Oxford, Leicester and Hertford, 1280-1547. Online

Somerset

  • 1385-1558 - Somerset Will Abstracts 1385-1558. Online.
  • Brown, Abstracts of Somersetshire Wills, Etc., 6 vols.
  • Moger and Webb, Somerset Wills II
  • Rawlins, Somerset Wills from Exeter
  • Weaver, Somerset Medieval Wills [1383-1558], 3 vols.
  • Weaver, Wells Wills: Arranged in Parishes, and Annotated online

Suffolk

  • Suffolk Probate Index (Testators and Beneficiaries) 1847-1857. Online.

Archdeaconry of Suffolk

Archdeaconry of Sudbury

  • 1439-1474 - Northeast and Falvey, Wills of the Archdeaconry of Sudbury, 1439-1474, Part II, 1461-1474. Online bookstore

Surrey

  • Archdeaconry Court of Surrey 1470-1856. Online.
  • Commissary Court of Surrey 1470-1856. Online.
  • Surrey PCC Wills Abstracts 1736-1794. Online.

Sussex

  • Sussex Wills (Testators, Beneficiaries, Witnesses)

Westmorland

Archdeaconry Court of Richmond

  • 1442-1578 - Raine, Wills and Inventories from the Registry of the Archdeaconry of Richmond. Online.

Wiltshire

  • Wilson and Trace, Wiltshire Wills Beneficiaries Index, 1800-1858 [includes 14 peculiar courts], 2 CDs

Yorkshire

Prerogative Court of Canterbury

  • 1383-1558 - North Country PCC Abstracts 1383-1558. Online.
  • 1558-1604 - North Country PCC Abstracts 1558-1604. Online.
  • 1640s-1650s - Clay, Abstracts of Yorkshire Wills in the Time of the Commonwealth: At Somerset House, London, Chiefly Illustrative of Sir William Dugdale’s Visitation of Yorkshire in 1665-6. Online.

Prerogative Court of York

  • 1316-1550 - Raine, Raine, and Clay, Testamenta Eboracensia, or Wills Registered at York: Illustrative of the History, Manners, Language, Statistics, Etc., of the Province of York, from the Year MCCC Downwards [1316-1550], 12 vols. Online.

Archdeaconry Court of Richmond

  • 1442-1578 - Raine, Wills and Inventories from the Registry of the Archdeaconry of Richmond. Online.

 

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