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]] [[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]]''  
  
For a general explanation about probate records in England, click [[England Probate Records|here]].  
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A general explanation of probate records in England, is given in the article [[England Probate Records]].
  
 
== Description  ==
 
== Description  ==
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== Step By Step  ==
 
== Step By Step  ==
  
1. [https://www.familysearch.org/ Search] indexes to help you more quickly find the will, writing down each detail given in the index.  
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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&nbsp;probate records exist for this court.  
 
2. Go to "Records" below to determine what&nbsp;probate records exist for this court.  
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==== Online Indexes  ====
 
==== Online Indexes  ====
  
Indexes to Yorkshire wills are beginning to come online.  
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Complete indexes to Yorkshire wills are online'''&nbsp;'''from 1267 to 1858.  
  
*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 'York Medieval Probate Index '''1267-1500'''' is available at [http://www.britishorigins.com/ Origins]. Click on the 'National Wills Index' then select it from the list. This is a subscription site.
*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.
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*For the period '''1501 to 1687''', refer to the table below. (Exception, for the period '''1653 to 1659''', refer also to the [[Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury|Prerogative Court of Canterbury]] page.)<br>
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*The 'Calendar of Probate Records Taken from the Act Books of the Prerogative Court of York '''1688-1731'''' is available at {{FSbook|1043863}}. This is a free site.  
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*The 'Exchequer and Prerogative Courts of York Probate Index '''1731-1858'''' is available at [http://www.britishorigins.com/ Origins]. Click on the 'National Wills Index' then select it from the list. This is a subscription site.
  
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):  
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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 pound sign [£] means there is a fee for using the listed website):  
  
 
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==== Printed and Published Indexes  ====
 
==== Printed and Published Indexes  ====
  
The Family History Library has film copies of the following indexes. Films can be viewed in the
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The Family History Library has film copies of the following indexes. Films can be viewed in the  
  
 
[[Family History Library|Family History Library]] and in a [[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers|family history center]].<br>  
 
[[Family History Library|Family History Library]] and in a [[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers|family history center]].<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>
 
*[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>
  
[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>
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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>  
  
 
== Records  ==
 
== Records  ==
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The Family History Library has the following records on film.<br>  
 
The Family History Library has the following records on film.<br>  
  
*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=817893&disp=Original+wills%2C+etc.+of+the+Excheque++ 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 Original wills, etc. of the Exchequer and Prerogative courts, Archbishop of York, 1688-1750] <br>  
*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=350921&disp=Wills+and+administrations++ 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%2F350921 Wills and administrations, 1389-1858]<br>  
*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=342415&disp=Wills+registered+at+York%2C+1540-1802++ 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%2F342415 Wills registered at York, 1540-1802]<br>  
*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=219456&disp=York+District+Probate+Registry++ York District Probate Registry&nbsp;: probate act books, 1502-1624]<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>  
 
*[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>  
 
*[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>  
 
*[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>  
 
*[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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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

Complete indexes to Yorkshire wills are online from 1267 to 1858.

  • The 'York Medieval Probate Index 1267-1500' is available at Origins. Click on the 'National Wills Index' then select it from the list. This is a subscription site.
  • For the period 1501 to 1687, refer to the table below. (Exception, for the period 1653 to 1659, refer also to the Prerogative Court of Canterbury page.)
  • The 'Calendar of Probate Records Taken from the Act Books of the Prerogative Court of York 1688-1731' is available at FamilySearch Books Online. This is a free site.
  • The 'Exchequer and Prerogative Courts of York Probate Index 1731-1858' is available at 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 pound sign [£] means there is a fee for using the listed website):

Vol. Contents FamilySearch Google Genealogist Origins
6 Wills 1389-1514; Probate and Administrations Act Book 1502-1514 (mislabeled on Google) FamilySearch Books Online Link 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 (£) Link (£)
14 Wills 1554-1568; Administration Acts (from Act Books) 1553-1568 FamilySearch Books Online Link Link (£) Link (£)
19 Wills 1568-1585; Administration Acts (from Act Books) 1568-1585 FamilySearch Books Online Link (£) Link (£)
22 Wills 1585-1594; Administration Acts (from Act Books) 1585-1594  FamilySearch Books Online Link (£) Link (£)
24 Wills 1594-1602; Administration Acts (from Act Books) 1594-1602 FamilySearch Books Online Link Link (£) Link (£)
26 Wills 1603-1611; Administration Acts (from Act Books) 1603-1611 FamilySearch Books Online Link (£) Link (£)
28 Wills 1612-1619; Administration Acts (from Act Books) 1612-1619 FamilySearch Books Online Link Link (£) Link (£)
32 Wills 1620-1627; Administration Acts (from Act Books) 1620-1627 FamilySearch Books Online Link Link (£) Link (£)
35 Wills 1627-1636; Administration Acts (from Act Books) 1627-1652 FamilySearch Books Online Link Link (£) Link (£)
4 Wills 1636-1652 FamilySearch Books Online Link Link (£) Link (£)
1 Wills 1649-1660 FamilySearch Books Online Link Link (£) Link (£)
49 Wills, Administrations, Probate Acts 1660-1665 FamilySearch Books Online    
60 Wills, Administrations, Probate Acts 1666-1672 Link (£)
68 Wills, Administrations, Probate Acts 1673-1680 Link (£)
89 Wills, Administrations, Probate Acts 1681-1688 Link (£)

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.