Exchequer and Prerogative Courts of the Archbishop of York

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''[[England]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Cheshire]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Cheshire Probate Records]]''<br>''[[England]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Yorkshire]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Yorkshire Probate Records]]''<br>''[[England]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Lancashire]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Lancashire Probate Records]]''
  
[[England]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Lancashire]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Lancashire Probate Records]]  
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A general explanation of probate records in England, is given in the article [[England Probate Records]]
  
For a general explanation about probate records in England, click [[England Probate Records|here]].
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== Description  ==
  
== Location of These Probate Records  ==
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''Probate'' is the legal court process by which the estate of a deceased person is distributed to his or her heirs. The term ''probate'' refers to a collection of documents, including [[W genealogical glossary terms|wills]], [[A genealogical glossary terms|administrations]] (also called admons), [[I genealogical glossary terms|inventories]], and [[A genealogical glossary terms|act books]]. The Church of England ecclesiastical courts had authority for this process until to 1858.
  
[http://www.york.ac.uk/inst/bihr/ Borthwick Institute for Historical Research] <br> University of York <br> Heslington York YO10 5DD <br> England
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== Step By Step  ==
  
Telephone: (0)1904 321166 Email: [mailto:bihr500@york.ac.uk bihr500@york.ac.uk] <br> Opening Times: Mon-Fri 9:15am - 4:45pm<br>
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1. [https://www.familysearch.org/ Search] indexes to help you more quickly find the will, writing down each detail given in the index.  
  
== Historical Background  ==
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2. Go to "Records" below to determine what&nbsp;probate records exist for this court.
  
The Court of the Exchequer and&nbsp;Prerogative Courts of the&nbsp;Archbishop of York held&nbsp;jurisdiction over the whole of the Province of York, which consisted of&nbsp;the counties of&nbsp;Cheshire, Cumberland, Durham,&nbsp;Lancashire, Northumberland, Nottinghamshire, Westmoreland, Yorkshire.
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3. Obtain the records to search. Use one of these methods to find indexes and records:
  
Unless a person&nbsp;held properties in more than one diocese (within the Province of York), always ''first ''search'', ''the local diocesan court probate records&nbsp;of&nbsp;the county in which they lived and/or died.&nbsp;When a search of this courts’ probate records, or a search&nbsp;in those of&nbsp;the local diocesan courts&nbsp;fails to provide the desired probate record, be sure to search the&nbsp;Court of the Peculiar of the Dean and Chapter of York as well.  
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*Contact or visit the Archive (see below) or hire a professional record searcher to view these records on your behalf.
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*Order microfilm copies of the indexes and records listed in the Family History Library Records (see section below) by visiting the[[Family History Library|Family History Library]] or one of its [[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers|family history centers]] and search indexes and records.
  
== Starting Your Search in Indexes  ==
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== Indexes  ==
  
1. First search each index (see below) to help you more quickly find the will, writing down each detail cited in the indexed entry.
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==== Online Indexes  ====
  
2. Proceed then to the "Probate Records of This Court" section (see below) to determine what original probate records exist for this court.  
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Indexes to Yorkshire wills are beginning to come online.  
  
3. Contact or visit the Lancashire Record Office, 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.  
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*The National Archives website has an index covering [http://yourarchives.nationalarchives.gov.uk/index.php?title=Online_Probate_Indexes 1267 to 1500],&nbsp;for 10,000 wills proved in the Prerogative &amp; Exchequer Courts of York, and other probate indexes, arranged alphabetically by location.
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*The 'Exchequer and Prerogative Courts of York Probate Index 1731-1858' is available at [http://www.britishorigins.com/ British Origins]. Click on the 'National Wills Index' then select it from the list. This is a subscription site.
  
4. Visit the Family History Library or one of its 4,500 satellite [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/FHC/frameset_fhc.asp family history centers] worldwide and search microfilm copies of indexes. See the library's [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=515962&disp=Original+wills%2C+bonds+and+inventories++ cataloged records] for the film numbers. The information obtained from an index will help you&nbsp;more quickly find a copy of a probate document.
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Indexes to the Exchequer and Prerogative&nbsp;Courts were published by the Yorkshire Archaeological Society. Many of these volumes have been converted to digital books. The following table will help you find these resources online (the dollar sign [$] means there is a fee for using the listed website):
  
== Probate Indexes  ==
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|-
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| '''Vol.'''
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| '''Contents'''
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| '''FamilySearch'''
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| '''Google'''
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| '''Genealogist'''
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| 6
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| Wills 1389-1514; Probate and Administrations Act Book 1502-1514&nbsp;(mislabeled&nbsp;on Google)
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| {{FSbook|E84480}}
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| [http://books.google.com/books?id=fVwJAAAAIAAJ Link]
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| [http://www.thegenealogist.co.uk/bookview/directory_index.php Link] ($)
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|-
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| 11
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| Wills 1514-1553; Administration Acts (from Act Books) 1514-1553; Probate Acts 1514-1521; Act Book Deanery of Harthill 1558-1565
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| {{FSbook|84582}}
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| [http://books.google.com/books?id=01sJAAAAIAAJ Link]
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| [http://www.thegenealogist.co.uk/bookview/directory_index.php Link] ($)
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|-
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| 14
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| Wills 1554-1568; Administration Acts (from Act Books) 1553-1568
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| {{FSbook|84629}}
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| [http://www.thegenealogist.co.uk/bookview/directory_index.php Link] ($)
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|-
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| 19
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| Wills 1568-1585; Administration Acts (from Act Books) 1568-1585
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| {{FSbook|84588}}
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| [http://www.thegenealogist.co.uk/bookview/directory_index.php Link] ($)
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|-
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| 22
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| Wills 1585-1594; Administration Acts (from Act Books) 1585-1594&nbsp;
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| {{FSbook|84430}}
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| &nbsp;
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| [http://www.thegenealogist.co.uk/bookview/directory_index.php Link] ($)
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|-
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| 24
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| Wills 1594-1602; Administration Acts (from Act Books) 1594-1602
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| {{FSbook|84427}}
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| [http://www.thegenealogist.co.uk/bookview/directory_index.php Link] ($)
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|-
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| 26
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| Wills 1603-1611; Administration Acts (from Act Books) 1603-1611
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| {{FSbook|84456}}
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| [http://www.thegenealogist.co.uk/bookview/directory_index.php Link] ($)
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| 28
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| Wills 1612-1619; Administration Acts (from Act Books) 1612-1619
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| {{FSbook|84515}}
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| [http://www.thegenealogist.co.uk/bookview/directory_index.php Link] ($)
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| 32
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| Wills 1620-1627; Administration Acts (from Act Books) 1620-1627
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| {{FSbook|84600}}
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| [http://www.thegenealogist.co.uk/bookview/directory_index.php Link] ($)
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| 35
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| Wills 1627-1636; Administration Acts (from Act Books) 1627-1652
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| {{FSbook|84662}}
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| [http://www.thegenealogist.co.uk/bookview/directory_index.php Link] ($)
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| 4
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| Wills 1636-1652
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| {{FSbook|84553}}
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| [http://books.google.com/books?id=qlwJAAAAIAAJ Link]
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| [http://www.thegenealogist.co.uk/bookview/directory_index.php Link] ($)
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| Wills, Administrations, Probate Acts&nbsp;1660-1665
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| {{FSbook|84450}}
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Surviving wills and admons to the Exchequer and Prerogative Courts of the Archbishop&nbsp;of&nbsp;York probate records have to some extent been indexed with the following ones:
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<br>
  
 
==== Printed and Published Indexes  ====
 
==== Printed and Published Indexes  ====
  
Index of Wills, etc., from the Dean and Chapter's Court at York, A.D. 1321 to 1636 [also containing] original wills, administrations and tuitions from 1524-1724, and Register copy wills from 1557-1638 in the Yorkshire Archaeological Society Record Series volume 38. There are indexes covering the years 1389-1822 in the same (above) series in the following volumes:&nbsp; 4, 6, 11, 14, 19, 22, 24, 26, 28, 32, 35, 49, 60, 68, 73, 89, 93. Separate indexes for the years 1688-1731 are also available covering, respectively--the [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=394883&disp=Calendar+of+Yorkshire+probate+records+ta%20%20&columns=*,0,0 Exchequer] and [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=394916&disp=Calendar+of+probate+records+taken+from+t%20%20&columns=*,0,0 Prerogative] courts of York.<br>
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The Family History Library has film copies of the following indexes. Films can be viewed in the  
  
Researchin British Probates, 1354-1858: A Guide to the Microfilm Collection of The Family History Library
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[[Family History Library|Family History Library]] and in a [[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers|family history center]].<br>
[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=601861&disp=Researching+British+probates%2C+1354%2D1%20%20&columns=*,0,0]
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==== Online Indexes  ====
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*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=394916&disp=Calendar+of+probate+records+taken+from+t++ Calendar of probate records taken from the act books of the Prerogative Court of York&nbsp;: 1 December 1688-30 April 1731, and the Deanery of Holderness, 1 December 1688-31 December 1705]
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*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=394883&disp=Calendar+of+Yorkshire+probate+records+ta++ Calendar of Yorkshire probate records taken from the deanery act books of the exchequer court of York, 1688-1731]<br>
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*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=402687&disp=Index+of+wills+in+the+York+Registry%20%20&columns=*,0,0 Index of wills in the York Registry]<br>
  
Indexes to Yorkshire wills are beginning to come online.&nbsp;Yorkshire will indexes online are&nbsp;only available at [http://www.britishorigins.com/ britishorigins] for the following years:  
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[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=1281601&disp=Yorkshire+probate+index%20%20&columns=*,0,0 Yorkshire probate index&nbsp;: part one, 1800 to 1803] was compiled by Janet Ogden, Stephen D. Whitwam and Brian Jones.<br>
  
*Medieval Probate Index - 1267- 1500
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== Records  ==
*Peculiar Courts Probate Index - 1383-1883
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*Exchequer and Prerogative Courts of the Archbishop of York - 1842-1858
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==== Original Handwritten Indexes ====
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==== Archive Location ====
  
*Manuscript indexes exist from 1438-1728 and 1650-1858.
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The original records for this court are in the [http://www.york.ac.uk/inst/bihr/contact.htm Borthwick Institute for Historical Research]
  
==== Microfilmed Indexes at the Family History Library  ====
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University of York <br>Heslington York YO10 5DD <br>England Telephone: (0)1904 321166 <br>Email: [mailto:bihr500@york.ac.uk bihr500@york.ac.uk] <br>
  
The indexes as listed in the above are available. In addition, filmed indexed, 1688-1731, can be viewed in the [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/FHL/frameset_library.asp Family History Library] and [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/FHC/frameset_fhc.asp family history centers ]worldwide.
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==== Archive Records  ====
  
== Searching for probates in this court. ==
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Add information about the manuscript, printed and digital records in this location.  
  
This court's jurisdiction applies to persons with ''bona notabilia'' (property worth 5 pounds or more) in more than one diocese within the northern Province of York, which includes all of the dioceses of York, Carlisle, Chester, Sodor and Man (Isle of Man), Durham and Lancaster. If probate records are not found in this court, be certain to search the Court of the Dean and Chapter of York. The Family History Library Catalog shows [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=topicdetails&subject=330753&subject_disp=England%2C+York+-+Probate+records&columns=*,0,0 records] as follows: <br>
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==== Family History Library Records  ====
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The Family History Library has the following records on film.<br>
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F350921 Original wills, etc. of the Exchequer and Prerogative courts, Archbishop of York, 1688-1750] <br>
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F350921 Wills and administrations, 1389-1858]<br>
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F342415 Wills registered at York, 1540-1802]<br>
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F563751 York District Probate Registry&nbsp;: probate act books, 1502-1624]<br>
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*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=563751&disp=Register+of+tuitions+and+curations%2C+15%20%20&columns=*,0,0 Register of tuitions and curations, 1592-1639]. Click to read an explanation of [[T genealogical glossary terms|tuitions]] and [[C genealogical glossary terms|curations]].<br>
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*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=754269&disp=Court+books%2C+1548-1663++ Court books, 1548-1663 ]<br>
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*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=754091&disp=Commissions+books%2C+1611-1683%20%20&columns=*,0,0 Commissions books, 1611-1683]<br>
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*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=754056&disp=Citation+books%2C+1611-1695++ Citation books, 1611-1695] <br>
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*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=754180&disp=Caveat+books%2C+1521-1859%20%20&columns=*,0,0 Caveat books, 1521-1859]<br>
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== Appeals Courts  ==
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Any probate that was disputed and could not be settled by the county courts could be sent to these higher appeals courts:
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*[[Court of Arches]]
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*[[High Court of Delegates]]
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*[[Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury]]
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== Estate Duty Records  ==
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Starting in 1796, a tax or death duty was payable on estates over a certain value. Estate duty abstracts may add considerable information not found elsewhere. Estate duty indexes may help locate a will. For more information, go to [[Estate Duty Records]].<br>
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== Jurisdiction  ==
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This court's jurisdiction applies to persons with ''bona notabilia'' (property worth 5 pounds or more) in more than one diocese within the northern Province of York, which includes all of the dioceses of York, Carlisle, Chester, Sodor and Man (Isle of Man), Durham and Lancaster. If probate records are not found in this court, be certain to search the Court of the Dean and Chapter of York.  
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The Court of the Exchequer and&nbsp;Prerogative Courts of the&nbsp;Archbishop of York held&nbsp;jurisdiction over the whole of the Province of York, which consisted of&nbsp;the counties of&nbsp;Cheshire, Cumberland, Durham,&nbsp;Lancashire, Northumberland, Nottinghamshire, Westmoreland, Yorkshire.
  
*ORIGINAL WILLS, ADMINISTRATIONS (ADMONS), INVENTORIES, TUITIONS&nbsp;1427-1858
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Unless a person&nbsp;held properties in more than one diocese (within the Province of York), always ''first ''search'', ''the local diocesan court probate records&nbsp;of&nbsp;the county in which they lived and/or died.&nbsp;When a search of this courts’ probate records, or a search&nbsp;in those of&nbsp;the local diocesan courts&nbsp;fails to provide the desired probate record, be sure to search the&nbsp;Court of the Peculiar of the Dean and Chapter of York as well. <br>
*REGISTER OF COPY WILLS 1389-1558
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*ACT BOOKS 1502-1858
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*REGISTER OF TUITIONS AND CURATIONS 1592-1639
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*REGISTER OF WILLS DECREED OUT OF COURT 1778-1833
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*CAVEAT BOOKS 1521-1859
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*CITATION BOOKS 1611-1695
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*COMMISSION BOOKS (GRANTS OF PROBATE &amp; ADMINISTRATION&nbsp;FOR&nbsp;CLERGY,&nbsp;EXECUTORS, ADMINISTRATORS, CONFERRING OF CURATION AND TUITION OF MINORS, WITNESSES) 1611-1683
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*CHANCERY AND AUDIENCE RECORDS&nbsp;1525-1640
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A general explanation of probate records in England, is given in the article England Probate Records.

Contents

Description

Probate is the legal court process by which the estate of a deceased person is distributed to his or her heirs. The term probate refers to a collection of documents, including wills, administrations (also called admons), inventories, and act books. The Church of England ecclesiastical courts had authority for this process until to 1858.

Step By Step

1. Search indexes to help you more quickly find the will, writing down each detail given in the index.

2. Go to "Records" below to determine what probate records exist for this court.

3. Obtain the records to search. Use one of these methods to find indexes and records:

  • Contact or visit the Archive (see below) or hire a professional record searcher to view these records on your behalf.
  • Order microfilm copies of the indexes and records listed in the Family History Library Records (see section below) by visiting theFamily History Library or one of its family history centers and search indexes and records.

Indexes

Online Indexes

Indexes to Yorkshire wills are beginning to come online.

  • The National Archives website has an index covering 1267 to 1500, for 10,000 wills proved in the Prerogative & Exchequer Courts of York, and other probate indexes, arranged alphabetically by location.
  • The 'Exchequer and Prerogative Courts of York Probate Index 1731-1858' is available at British Origins. Click on the 'National Wills Index' then select it from the list. This is a subscription site.

Indexes to the Exchequer and Prerogative Courts were published by the Yorkshire Archaeological Society. Many of these volumes have been converted to digital books. The following table will help you find these resources online (the dollar sign [$] means there is a fee for using the listed website):

Vol. Contents FamilySearch Google Genealogist
6 Wills 1389-1514; Probate and Administrations Act Book 1502-1514 (mislabeled on Google) FamilySearch Books Online Link Link ($)
11 Wills 1514-1553; Administration Acts (from Act Books) 1514-1553; Probate Acts 1514-1521; Act Book Deanery of Harthill 1558-1565 FamilySearch Books Online Link Link ($)
14 Wills 1554-1568; Administration Acts (from Act Books) 1553-1568 FamilySearch Books Online Link ($)
19 Wills 1568-1585; Administration Acts (from Act Books) 1568-1585 FamilySearch Books Online Link ($)
22 Wills 1585-1594; Administration Acts (from Act Books) 1585-1594  FamilySearch Books Online   Link ($)
24 Wills 1594-1602; Administration Acts (from Act Books) 1594-1602 FamilySearch Books Online Link ($)
26 Wills 1603-1611; Administration Acts (from Act Books) 1603-1611 FamilySearch Books Online Link ($)
28 Wills 1612-1619; Administration Acts (from Act Books) 1612-1619 FamilySearch Books Online Link ($)
32 Wills 1620-1627; Administration Acts (from Act Books) 1620-1627 FamilySearch Books Online Link ($)
35 Wills 1627-1636; Administration Acts (from Act Books) 1627-1652 FamilySearch Books Online Link ($)
4 Wills 1636-1652 FamilySearch Books Online Link Link ($)
49 Wills, Administrations, Probate Acts 1660-1665 FamilySearch Books Online    


Printed and Published Indexes

The Family History Library has film copies of the following indexes. Films can be viewed in the

Family History Library and in a family history center.

Yorkshire probate index : part one, 1800 to 1803 was compiled by Janet Ogden, Stephen D. Whitwam and Brian Jones.

Records

Archive Location

The original records for this court are in the Borthwick Institute for Historical Research

University of York
Heslington York YO10 5DD
England Telephone: (0)1904 321166
Email: bihr500@york.ac.uk

Archive Records

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

Family History Library Records

The Family History Library has the following records on film.

Appeals Courts

Any probate that was disputed and could not be settled by the county courts could be sent to these higher appeals courts:

Estate Duty Records

Starting in 1796, a tax or death duty was payable on estates over a certain value. Estate duty abstracts may add considerable information not found elsewhere. Estate duty indexes may help locate a will. For more information, go to Estate Duty Records.

Jurisdiction

This court's jurisdiction applies to persons with bona notabilia (property worth 5 pounds or more) in more than one diocese within the northern Province of York, which includes all of the dioceses of York, Carlisle, Chester, Sodor and Man (Isle of Man), Durham and Lancaster. If probate records are not found in this court, be certain to search the Court of the Dean and Chapter of York.

The Court of the Exchequer and Prerogative Courts of the Archbishop of York held jurisdiction over the whole of the Province of York, which consisted of the counties of Cheshire, Cumberland, Durham, Lancashire, Northumberland, Nottinghamshire, Westmoreland, Yorkshire.

Unless a person held properties in more than one diocese (within the Province of York), always first search, the local diocesan court probate records of the county in which they lived and/or died. When a search of this courts’ probate records, or a search in those of the local diocesan courts fails to provide the desired probate record, be sure to search the Court of the Peculiar of the Dean and Chapter of York as well.