Herefordshire Probate Records

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For an explanation of probate records in England, click [[England Probate Records|here]].
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== Getting Started  ==
 
== Getting Started  ==
  
''Probate'' is the legal court process by which the estate of a deceased person is distributed to his or her heirs. The Church of England ecclesiastical courts had authority for this process until to 1858. Beginning in 1858, authority over probate matters was taken from ecclesiastical courts and put under the civil authority of the Principal Probate Registry. The Post-1857 Probate Records section below contains links to additional information about the records of this court.  
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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. Probate records include [[W genealogical glossary terms|wills]] and [[A genealogical glossary terms|administrations]]. This article is about probate records in Herefordshire. See [[England Probate Records]] for a general description of probate records in England.  
  
To look for a probate record before 1858:<br>
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=== 1858 to the Present  ===
  
#Discover when and where your ancestor died. If you don’t know, use the approximate date and place where they lived. <br>
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Beginning in 1858, the [[Principal Probate Registry|Principal Probate Registry]] had the authority for probating estates. Click on the link to learn more.  
#Go to [https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Yorkshire_Probate_Records#Court_Jurisdictions Court Jurisdictions] section below.<br>
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#Click a letter or span of letters for your place name. This opens a jurisdictions table.<br>
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#Follow the instructions on the jurisdictions table page.<br>
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== Herefordshire Probate Courts ==
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=== Before 1858 ===
  
*[[Court of the Dean of Hereford Cathedral |Court of the Dean of Hereford Cathedral]]
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Before 1858, Church of England ecclesiastical courts had authority for this process. To search for a pre-1858 probate record in Herefordshire, follow these steps:
*[[Court of the Bishop of Hereford (Episcopal Consistory)]]
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*[[Court of the Archdeacon of Brecon |Court of the Archdeacon of Brecon]]
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*[[Court of the Bishop of St. David's (Episcopal Consistory|Court of the Bishop of St. David's (Episcopal Consistory]])
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*[[Court of the Peculiar of Moreton Magna or Moreton on Lugg |Court of the Peculiar of Moreton Magna or Moreton on Lugg]]
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*[[Court of the Peculiar of Upper Bullinghope or Upper Bullingham |Court of the Peculiar of Upper Bullinghope or Upper Bullingham]]
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*[[Court of the Peculiar of Little Hereford & Ashford Carbonell |Court of the Peculiar of Little Hereford &amp; Ashford Carbonell]]
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== Some Explanatory Notes on the Herefordshire Probate Courts ==
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==== Step 1. Search Indexes ====
  
== Court Jurisdictions  ==
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Here are some online indexes to probate records that include individuals who lived in Herefordshire. Search these indexes first:
  
Before 1858, every town and parish in Herefordshire was under the probate jurisdiction of a primary ecclesiastical court and one or more secondary ecclesiastical courts.  
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*[http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng/HEF/ProbateRecords/index.html Abstracts of Herefordshire Probate Records] and [http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng/HEF/ProbateRecords/about.html Herefordshire Wills Collections]. These pages provide details of compilations of Herefordshire Probate Records (wills), either partial abstracts or indexes, online and in printed collections.
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*Longtown Historical Society's [http://www.lhsarchive.org.uk/archive.php Archive project] includes probate records for several parishes in southwest Herefordshire that formed part of the Archdeacon of Brecon
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*[http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline/wills.asp?WT.hp=Wills Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury]
  
For a list of Herefordshire places&nbsp;and the pre-1858 courts that had probate jurisdiction over them, click on a letter link:
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Did you find a reference to a probate record?
  
[[Herefordshire Probate Jurisdictions, Parishes A|A]],&nbsp; [[Herefordshire Probate Jurisdictions, Parishes B|B]], &nbsp;[[Herefordshire Probate Jurisdictions, Parishes C-E|C-E]], &nbsp;[[Herefordshire Probate Jurisdictions, Parishes F-I|F-I]],&nbsp; [[Herefordshire Probate Jurisdictions, Parishes K-L|K-L]], &nbsp;[[Herefordshire Probate Jurisdictions, Parishes M-P|M-P]], &nbsp;[[Herefordshire Probate Jurisdictions, Parishes R-T|R-T]], &nbsp;[[Herefordshire Probate Jurisdictions, Parishes U-Z|U-Z]].  
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*If ''yes'', go to '''Step 4''' below.
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*If ''no'', go to '''Step 2''' below.
  
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==== Step 2. Identify when and where your ancestor died  ====
  
== Indexes to Probate Records  ==
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Determine ''when'' your ancestor died. If you aren't sure, use an approximate date.
  
In addition to the probate indexes listed below, indexes are also found with the records of the courts.&nbsp; Click on the court links above.<br>
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Determine ''where'' your ancestor died. It is easier to find a probate record if you know whether the place where your ancestor lived or died is a [[P genealogical glossary terms|parish]]. To learn whether it is a parish, look it up in&nbsp;a gazetteer. Here is a link to the 1872 ''Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales'' online:
  
=== Probate Indexes Online  ===
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*[http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/descriptions/index.jsp Vision of Britain]
  
Before looking for a will, you should search an index. [http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng/HEF/ProbateRecords/index.html]<br>
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The gazetteer will either tell you:  
  
Abstracts of Herefordshire Probate Records
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*A place is a parish, or
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*What parish it is a part of, or
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*What place it is near.
  
Herefordshire Wills Collections<br>This page provides details of compilations of Herefordshire Probate Records (Wills), either partial abstracts or indexes, online and in printed collections. The following are listed in reverse order of their creation, or my discovery.[http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng/HEF/ProbateRecords/about.html]
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If the latter, look that place up in the gazetteer and see if it is a parish.  
  
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Once you have identified the parish, go to '''Step 3'''.
  
== Estate Duty Records<br> ==
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==== Step 3. Identify court jurisdictions by parish  ====
  
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. Between 1813-1858 estate duty indexes may help locate a will. For more information, go to [[Estate Duty Records]].<br>
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Once you have identified the parish where your ancestor lived or died, learn which courts had jurisdiction over it then search indexes for those courts. Every town and parish in Sussex fell under the probate jurisdiction of a primary court and several secondary courts. For a list of Herefordshire parishes and the pre-1858 courts that had probate jurisdiction over them, click on a letter link:
  
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| &nbsp;[[Herefordshire Probate Jurisdictions, Parishes A|A]]&nbsp;
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| &nbsp;[[Herefordshire Probate Jurisdictions, Parishes B|B]] &nbsp;
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| &nbsp;[[Herefordshire Probate Jurisdictions, Parishes C-E|C-E]] &nbsp;
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| &nbsp;[[Herefordshire Probate Jurisdictions, Parishes F-I|F-I]]&nbsp;
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| &nbsp;[[Herefordshire Probate Jurisdictions, Parishes K-L|K-L]] &nbsp;
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| &nbsp;[[Herefordshire Probate Jurisdictions, Parishes M-P|M-P]] &nbsp;
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| &nbsp;[[Herefordshire Probate Jurisdictions, Parishes R-T|R-T]] &nbsp;
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| &nbsp;[[Herefordshire Probate Jurisdictions, Parishes U-Z|U-Z]] &nbsp;
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== Post-1857 Probate Records  ==
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If you do not know the parish in which your ancestor died or held property, search the [[Court of the Bishop of Hereford (Episcopal Consistory)]] first.
  
Beginning in 1858, the government took over the&nbsp;settlement of estates and all&nbsp;wills are now probated through the Principal Probate Registry system.&nbsp; The system consists of 11 district registry offices and&nbsp;18 sub-district registries, located throughout England and Wales, and&nbsp;the principal registry&nbsp;office located in London.&nbsp; The records are available through the office of Her Majesty's Courts Service.&nbsp; To learn more, go to the [http://www.hmcourts-service.gov.uk/infoabout/civil/probate/index.htm HMCS website].  
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==== Step 4. Obtain a copy of the probate record  ====
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Once you have found an index reference to a probate record and&nbsp;identified the&nbsp;court that probated it, obtain a copy of the record. Do so by one of these methods:
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*Visit or contact the record office that has the original records in its collection.  
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*Visit the [https://www.familysearch.org/#form=catalog Family History Library] or a [[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers|family history center]] and obtain a copy of the record on microfilm. For more information, click on&nbsp;the court name below. <br>
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== Herefordshire Probate Courts  ==
  
A&nbsp;country-wide surname index to the records is available, so it is much easier to look for post-1857 wills.&nbsp; The [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=208102&disp=Calendar+of+the+grants+of+probate+and+le%20%20&columns=*,0,0 indexes] for 1858-1957 and the [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=authordetails&authorno=301365&name=Great+Britain%2E+Principal+Probate+Registry&columns=*,0,0 records] for 1858-1925 are available on microfilm at the Family History Library.<br>
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Most of Herefordshire was under the jurisdiction of the [[Court of the Bishop of Hereford (Episcopal Consistory)]]. The majority of probate searches will be in the records of this court and its superior courts. However, the following courts also had some pre-1858 jurisdiction within the county. Click on a court name to learn about records and indexes.  
  
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*[[Court of the Bishop (Consistory) of the Dean of Hereford]]
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*[[Court of the Archdeaconry of Breconshire]]
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*[[Court of the Bishop of St. David's (Episcopal Consistory)]]
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*[[Court of the Peculiar of Moreton Magna or Moreton on Lugg]]
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*[[Court of the Peculiar of Upper Bullinghope or Upper Bullingham]]
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*[[Court of the Peculiar of Little Hereford & Ashford Carbonell]]
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*[[Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury]]
  
 
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[[Category:Herefordshire|Probate Records]]
[[Category:Probate records in England]]
 

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Contents

Getting Started

Probate is the legal court process by which the estate of a deceased person is distributed to his or her heirs. Probate records include wills and administrations. This article is about probate records in Herefordshire. See England Probate Records for a general description of probate records in England.

1858 to the Present

Beginning in 1858, the Principal Probate Registry had the authority for probating estates. Click on the link to learn more.

Before 1858

Before 1858, Church of England ecclesiastical courts had authority for this process. To search for a pre-1858 probate record in Herefordshire, follow these steps:

Step 1. Search Indexes

Here are some online indexes to probate records that include individuals who lived in Herefordshire. Search these indexes first:

Did you find a reference to a probate record?

  • If yes, go to Step 4 below.
  • If no, go to Step 2 below.

Step 2. Identify when and where your ancestor died

Determine when your ancestor died. If you aren't sure, use an approximate date.

Determine where your ancestor died. It is easier to find a probate record if you know whether the place where your ancestor lived or died is a parish. To learn whether it is a parish, look it up in a gazetteer. Here is a link to the 1872 Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales online:

The gazetteer will either tell you:

  • A place is a parish, or
  • What parish it is a part of, or
  • What place it is near.

If the latter, look that place up in the gazetteer and see if it is a parish.

Once you have identified the parish, go to Step 3.

Step 3. Identify court jurisdictions by parish

Once you have identified the parish where your ancestor lived or died, learn which courts had jurisdiction over it then search indexes for those courts. Every town and parish in Sussex fell under the probate jurisdiction of a primary court and several secondary courts. For a list of Herefordshire parishes and the pre-1858 courts that had probate jurisdiction over them, click on a letter link:

 A   B    C-E    F-I   K-L    M-P    R-T    U-Z  

If you do not know the parish in which your ancestor died or held property, search the Court of the Bishop of Hereford (Episcopal Consistory) first.

Step 4. Obtain a copy of the probate record

Once you have found an index reference to a probate record and identified the court that probated it, obtain a copy of the record. Do so by one of these methods:

  • Visit or contact the record office that has the original records in its collection.
  • Visit the Family History Library or a family history center and obtain a copy of the record on microfilm. For more information, click on the court name below.

Herefordshire Probate Courts

Most of Herefordshire was under the jurisdiction of the Court of the Bishop of Hereford (Episcopal Consistory). The majority of probate searches will be in the records of this court and its superior courts. However, the following courts also had some pre-1858 jurisdiction within the county. Click on a court name to learn about records and indexes.