Exchequer and Prerogative Courts of the Archbishop of York

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== Description  ==
 
== 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 [[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.<br>
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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.  
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== Step By Step  ==
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1. Search indexes to help you more quickly find the will, writing down each detail given in the index.
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2. Go to the Archive Records below to determine what original probate records exist for this court.
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3. Obtain the records to search. Use one of these methods to find indexes and records.
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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 [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/Library/FHL/frameset_library.asp Family History Library] or one of its [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/FHC/frameset_fhc.asp family history centers] and search indexes and records.
  
 
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==== Archive Location  ====
 
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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]
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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]  
  
 
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>
 
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>

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England Gotoarrow.png Cheshire Gotoarrow.png Cheshire Probate Records
England Gotoarrow.png Yorkshire Gotoarrow.png Yorkshire Probate Records
England Gotoarrow.png Lancashire Gotoarrow.png Lancashire Probate Records

For a general explanation about probate records in England, click here.

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 the Archive Records below to determine what original 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 the Family 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 Prerogative & Exchequer Courts of York Probate Index 1731-1858 is available at britishorigins. This is a subscription site.

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

Family History Library Records

The Family History Library has the following records on film.

Juridiction

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.

Historical Background

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.