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''[[England]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Huntingdonshire]]''
  
For an explanation of probate records in England, click [[England Probate Records|here]].
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== Getting Started  ==
  
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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 Huntingdonshire. See [[England Probate Records]] for a general description of probate records in England.
  
== Getting Started ==
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=== 1858 to the Present ===
  
Probate is the legal court process by which the estate of a deceased person is distributed to his/her heirs. 
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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.  
  
In order to find a probate record for your ancestor, you must answer two questions:
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=== Before 1858  ===
  
#When did your ancestor die?
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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 Huntingdonshire, follow these steps:
#Where did your ancestor live or own property?
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A key date is 1858, when probate authority was taken from the ecclesiatical courts of the Church of England and given to the civil government. 
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==== Step 1. Search Indexes  ====
  
*If your ancestor died before 1858, his/her probate would have been proven by an ecclesiatical court and it is important to know where he/she lived, as that will determine which courts had jurisdiction. 
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Here are some online indexes to probate records that include individuals who lived in Huntingdonshire. Search these indexes first:
*If you know where your ancestor lived before 1858, you should go to the '''Court Jurisdictions''' section below to determine what courts had jurisdiction over your ancestor's place of residence. 
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*Beginning in 1858, probate authority was vested in the '''Principal Probate Registry''' system.  For more information, scroll to the '''Post-1857 Probate Records''' section at the bottom of the page.
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Once you have answered the two questions and determined the courts, look for indexes. Indexes will be found on the individual court pages (when you click on a court name) or in the '''Probate Indexes''' section below.<br><br>
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*[http://www.origins.net/help/aboutNWI-procoll.aspx Huntingdonshire Wills 1479-1652]. Part of the National Wills Index.  
  
== Huntingdonshire Probate Courts  ==
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'''Note: '''List here any that are combined indexes for several of the courts. If an index covers only one of the courts, the index should be listed on that court's page.
  
== Some Explanatory Notes on the Huntingdonshire Probate Courts ==
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*Probate records of the Archdeaconry of Huntingdon, 1585-1858 Many index listing in the following film notes on the Family History Library catalog {{FHL|283731|title-id|disp=}}
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*Probate records for the Commissary Court of Lincoln for the Archdeaconry of Huntingdon, 1559-1857, 1559-1857 This Court only had jurisdiction in Huntingdon prior to 1837 {{FHL|374857|title-id|disp=}}
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*Calendars of Huntingdonshire wills, 1479-1652 {{FHL|235806|title-id|disp=}}
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*Abstracts of Huntingdonshire wills, 1601-1652, in Lincoln consistory court at Lincoln, England {{FHL|400069|title-id|disp=}}
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*Transactions of the Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire Archaeological Society - v. 5-6 (1936-1940) v. 6 Part 3 pages 79-96 have an index of Wills Proved in the Peculiar Courts of Brampton, Buckden, Leighton Bromswold, Stow Longa, all in the County of Huntingdon, together with the Bonds and Inventories. According to this 1940 publication They were preserved in the Probate registry at Peterborough. {{FHL|1187845|title-id|disp=}}
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*The Court of the Bishop (Consistory) of Ely and Court of the Archdeacon of Ely had jurisdiction only from 1837-1858 in Huntingdon Index of the probate records of the Consistory Court of Ely, 1449-1858,{{FHL|737867|title-id|disp=}} Index of the probate records of the Court of the Archdeacon of Ely, 1513-1857 {{FHL|249584|title-id|disp=}}
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*Court of the Bishop of Peterborough (Episcopal Consistory) only included the parish of Washingley in Huntingdon Calendars of wills, administrations &amp; etc., for the Archdeaconry Court of Northamptonshire and the Consistory Court of Peterborough {{FHL|677961|title-id|disp=}}
  
== Court Jurisdictions  ==
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Did you find a reference to a probate record?
  
Before 1858, with just a few exceptions, all of Huntingdonshire was under the primary probate jurisdiction of the [[Court of the Commissary of the Bishop of Lincoln and of the Archdeaconry of Huntingdon]] and the secondary probate jurisdiction of two courts:
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*If ''yes'', go to '''Step 4''' below.
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*If ''no'', go to '''Step 2''' below.
  
*Pre-1837: [[Court of the Bishop of Lincoln]] (Episcopal Consistory)
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==== Step 2. Identify when and where your ancestor died  ====
*Post-1836: [[Court of the Bishop of Ely]] (Episcopal Consistory)
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The exceptions were a few places and parishes considered 'peculiars' and their courts will be found in the jurisdiction lists through the links below.
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Determine ''when'' your ancestor died.&nbsp;If you aren't sure, use an approximate date.&nbsp;
  
[[Huntingdonshire Probate Jurisdictions, Parishes B-D|A-D]] &nbsp; [[Huntingdonshire Probate Jurisdictions, Parishes C-G|E-G]] &nbsp; [[Huntingdonshire Probate Jurisdictions, Parishes H-O|H-O]] &nbsp; [[Huntingdonshire Probate Jurisdictions, Parishes P-S|P-S]] &nbsp; [[Huntingdonshire Probate Jurisdictions, Parishes T-Z|T-Z]] &nbsp;
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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 a gazetteer. Here is a link to the 1872 ''Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales'' online:
  
Search courts in the order given. Search indexes first. Indexes will be found by clicking the name of a court. <br>
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*[http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/descriptions/index.jsp Vision of Britain]
  
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The gazetteer will either tell you:
  
== Post-1857 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.
  
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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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'''.
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==== Step 3. Identify court jurisdictions by parish  ====
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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 Huntingdonshire fell under the probate jurisdiction of a primary court and several secondary courts. Click on a link below for the letter the parish begins with.
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<br>Before 1858 all of Huntingdonshire, with just a few exceptions, was under the primary probate jurisdiction of the [[Court of the Commissary of the Bishop of Lincoln and of the Archdeacon in the Archdeaconry of Huntingdon]]. The exceptions were a few places and parishes considered [[P genealogical glossary terms|peculiars]] and their courts will be found in the jurisdiction lists through the links below. Click on a letter link for the name of a parish.
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[[Huntingdonshire Probate Jurisdictions, Parishes A-D|A-D]] &nbsp; [[Huntingdonshire Probate Jurisdictions, Parishes E-G|E-G]] &nbsp; [[Huntingdonshire Probate Jurisdictions, Parishes H-O|H-O]] &nbsp; [[Huntingdonshire Probate Jurisdictions, Parishes P-S|P-S]] &nbsp; [[Huntingdonshire Probate Jurisdictions, Parishes T-Z|T-Z]] &nbsp;  
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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, 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 a court name below. <br>
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== Huntingdonshire Probate Courts  ==
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Most of Huntingdonshire was under the pre-1858 probate jurisdiction of the [[Court of the Commissary of the Bishop of Lincoln and of the Archdeacon in the Archdeaconry of Huntingdon]]. The majority of probate searches will be in the records of this court and its superior courts. However, the following smaller courts also had some pre-1858 jurisdiction within the county. Click on a court name to learn about records and indexes. <br>
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*Court of the Archdeacon of Huntingdon (Hitchin Division)
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*[[Court of the Bishop of Lincoln (Episcopal Consistory)]]
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*[[Court of the Bishop of Ely (Episcopal Consistory)]]
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*[[Court of the Peculiar of Brampton]]
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*[[Court of the Peculiar of Buckden]]
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*[[Court of the Peculiar of the Dean and Chapter of Lincoln]]
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*[[Court of the Peculiar of the Prebend of Leighton Bromswold]]
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*[[Court of the Peculiar of the Prebend of Stow Longa]]
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*[[Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury]]
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== Some Explanatory Notes on the Huntingdonshire 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.+Principal+Probate+Registry&columns=*,0,0 records] for 1858-1925 are available on microfilm at the Family History Library.  
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Before the Reformation the diocese of Lincoln included the Archdeaconry of Huntingdon. After the Reformation, the archdeaconry remained until the period 1837-1845. <ref>Camp, Anthony J. Wills and Their Whereabouts. London: by author, 1974; page 66.</ref><br>
  
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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 Huntingdonshire. 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 Huntingdonshire, follow these steps:

Step 1. Search Indexes

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

Note: List here any that are combined indexes for several of the courts. If an index covers only one of the courts, the index should be listed on that court's page.

  • Probate records of the Archdeaconry of Huntingdon, 1585-1858 Many index listing in the following film notes on the Family History Library catalog [1]
  • Probate records for the Commissary Court of Lincoln for the Archdeaconry of Huntingdon, 1559-1857, 1559-1857 This Court only had jurisdiction in Huntingdon prior to 1837 [2]
  • Calendars of Huntingdonshire wills, 1479-1652 [3]
  • Abstracts of Huntingdonshire wills, 1601-1652, in Lincoln consistory court at Lincoln, England [4]
  • Transactions of the Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire Archaeological Society - v. 5-6 (1936-1940) v. 6 Part 3 pages 79-96 have an index of Wills Proved in the Peculiar Courts of Brampton, Buckden, Leighton Bromswold, Stow Longa, all in the County of Huntingdon, together with the Bonds and Inventories. According to this 1940 publication They were preserved in the Probate registry at Peterborough. [5]
  • The Court of the Bishop (Consistory) of Ely and Court of the Archdeacon of Ely had jurisdiction only from 1837-1858 in Huntingdon Index of the probate records of the Consistory Court of Ely, 1449-1858,[6] Index of the probate records of the Court of the Archdeacon of Ely, 1513-1857 [7]
  • Court of the Bishop of Peterborough (Episcopal Consistory) only included the parish of Washingley in Huntingdon Calendars of wills, administrations & etc., for the Archdeaconry Court of Northamptonshire and the Consistory Court of Peterborough [8]

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 Huntingdonshire fell under the probate jurisdiction of a primary court and several secondary courts. Click on a link below for the letter the parish begins with.


Before 1858 all of Huntingdonshire, with just a few exceptions, was under the primary probate jurisdiction of the Court of the Commissary of the Bishop of Lincoln and of the Archdeacon in the Archdeaconry of Huntingdon. The exceptions were a few places and parishes considered peculiars and their courts will be found in the jurisdiction lists through the links below. Click on a letter link for the name of a parish.

A-D   E-G   H-O   P-S   T-Z  

Step 4. Obtain a copy of the probate record

Once you have found an index reference to a probate, 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.

Huntingdonshire Probate Courts

Most of Huntingdonshire was under the pre-1858 probate jurisdiction of the Court of the Commissary of the Bishop of Lincoln and of the Archdeacon in the Archdeaconry of Huntingdon. The majority of probate searches will be in the records of this court and its superior courts. However, the following smaller courts also had some pre-1858 jurisdiction within the county. Click on a court name to learn about records and indexes.


Some Explanatory Notes on the Huntingdonshire Probate Courts

Before the Reformation the diocese of Lincoln included the Archdeaconry of Huntingdon. After the Reformation, the archdeaconry remained until the period 1837-1845. [1]


  1. Camp, Anthony J. Wills and Their Whereabouts. London: by author, 1974; page 66.

 

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