Lancashire Probate Records

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''[[England]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Lancashire]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Lancashire Probate Records|Lancashire Probate Records]]''  
  
 
== 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. Probate records include [[W genealogical glossary terms|wills]] and [[A genealogical glossary terms|administrations]]. This article is about probate records in Lancashire. For a general description of England probate records, click [[England Probate Records|here]].  
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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 Lancashire. See [[England Probate Records]] for a general description of probate records in England.  
  
 
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=== 1858 to the Present  ===
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==== Step 1. Search Indexes  ====
 
==== Step 1. Search Indexes  ====
  
Here are some online indexes to probate records that include individuals who lived in Lancashire. Search these indexes first:  
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'''Online Indexes''' Here are some online indexes to probate records that include individuals who lived in Lancashire. Search these indexes first:  
  
*[http://www.familyhistoryonline.net/database/SussexFHGprobate.shtml http://www.familyhistoryonline.net/database/SussexFHGprobate.shtml] -- compiled by the Sussex Family History Group which has transcribed the names of 12,300 individuals found in Sussex wills, including testators, executors, beneficiaries or witnesses. The information recorded includes name, date and place.
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*[http://www.origins.net/NationalWills/Users/NWIUserHome.aspx Britishorigins.net National Wills Index Covering Western Deaneries of Lancashire indexed 1457-1812]
*The [http://sussexrecordsociety.org/home2.asp?an=&ap= Sussex Record Society] has published four volumes of indexes to Sussex wills, and these can be viewed on their [http://sussexrecordsociety.org/bwills1.asp?an=&ap= website]. They are arranged by parish then by surname. 
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*[http://www.xmission.com/~nelsonb/lws.htm Lancashire Will Search - 1541-1837]
*[http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline/wills.asp?WT.hp=Wills Prerogative Court of Canterbury wills (1384-1858)].
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*[http://www.uclan.ac.uk/ahss/education_social_sciences/history/probate_index.php North Lancashire Will index] - partial Web links not working on April 21, 2013.
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5895 Ancestry.com] - 1301-1752; some later years for various probate courts are included
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*[http://www.findmypast.co.uk/DeathDutyStartSearchServlet Estate Duty Registers] (wills) - indexes from 1796 to 1903
  
Did you find a reference to a probate record?  
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For published indexes see each court jurisdiction (listed below). The latest years of these indexes go only to the year 1807.
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For later than 1807, see the Estate Duty Registers' indexes (see above link or, order microfilms available at the Family History Library or 4600 family history centers worldwide). These original indexes were created by the Estate Duty Office (Inland Revenue) for all wills and administrations, which exacted Death Duties (from all probate courts in the country).
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<br>Did you find a reference to a probate record?  
  
 
*If ''yes'', go to '''Step 4''' below.  
 
*If ''yes'', go to '''Step 4''' below.  
 
*If ''no'', go to '''Step 2''' below.
 
*If ''no'', go to '''Step 2''' below.
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Indexes at the Family History Library, Salt Lake City. [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F1031217 Archdeaconry Court of Richmond, Index of Probate Records 1748-1858]
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Lancashire and Cheshire Record Society Series.
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Vol 2 (1545-1620), Vol 4 (1621-1650), 1651-1659 see Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Vol 15 (1660-1680), Vol 18 (1681-1700), Vol 20 (1701-1720), Vol 22 (1721-1740), Vol 25 (1741-1760), Vol 37-38 (1761-1780), Vol 44-45 (1781-1800), Vol 62-63 (1801-1810), Vol 78-79 (1811-1820), Vol 107 (1821-1825), Vol 113 (1826-1830), Vol 118 (1831-1833), Vol 120 (1834-1837)
  
 
==== Step 2. Identify when and where your ancestor died  ====
 
==== Step 2. Identify when and where your ancestor died  ====
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Determine ''when'' your ancestor died.&nbsp;If you aren't sure, use an approximate date.&nbsp;  
 
Determine ''when'' your ancestor died.&nbsp;If you aren't sure, use an approximate date.&nbsp;  
  
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:  
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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. Or use [http://maps.familysearch.org England Jurisdictions, 1851 ]to find it&nbsp;on a map, along with information about it.&nbsp;Here is a link to the 1872 ''Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales'' online:  
  
 
*[http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/descriptions/index.jsp Vision of Britain]
 
*[http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/descriptions/index.jsp Vision of Britain]
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==== Step 3. Identify court jurisdictions by parish  ====
 
==== 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 Lancashire 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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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. Before 1858 every town and parish in Lancashire came&nbsp;under the probate jurisdiction of a primary court and several secondary courts. Click on a link below for the letter the parish begins with&nbsp;to identify&nbsp;which&nbsp;pre-1858 courts&nbsp;had probate jurisdiction over it''':'''&nbsp;
  
Before 1858, every town and parish in Lancashire was under the probate jurisdiction of a primary court and one or more secondary courts.&nbsp; To see a list of parishes (and chapelries)&nbsp;in Lancashire and the pre-1858 courts that had probate jurisdiction over them, click on a letter link:
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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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== Lancashire Probate Courts  ==
 
== Lancashire Probate Courts  ==
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*[[Court of the Chancery of the Archbishop of York]]  
 
*[[Court of the Chancery of the Archbishop of York]]  
 
*[[Peculiar Court of Halton Manor]]  
 
*[[Peculiar Court of Halton Manor]]  
*[[Exchequer and Prerogative Courts of the Archbishop of York]]
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*[[Exchequer and Prerogative Courts of the Archbishop of York]]  
 
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*[[Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury]]
In addition, the [[Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury]] had jurisdiction over the whole of England and specifically in the following cases.<br>
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*Wealthy individuals<br>
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*Interregnum, 1649-1660, because the Prerogative Court was the only court.
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*Property in more than one diocese in the Province of Canterbury.
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*Property in both the Province of Canterbury and Province of York.
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*People who died outside England, including British citizens and others who held property in England.
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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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The [[Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury]] also served as an appeals court.
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== Probate Records of Lancashire Courts  ==
 
== Probate Records of Lancashire Courts  ==
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*PROBATE RECORDS, Court of the Peculiar of the Dean and Chapter of York
 
*PROBATE RECORDS, Court of the Peculiar of the Dean and Chapter of York
  
== Explanatory Notes<br> ==
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== Explanatory Notes<br> ==
  
 
Probate records of Lancashire commence from as early as 1321&nbsp;to&nbsp;1857.&nbsp;The&nbsp;probate court&nbsp;jurisdictions&nbsp;listed below hold extensive probate record coverage&nbsp;not only for Lancashire but for Yorkshire,&nbsp;Cheshire, Durham, and Cumberland.&nbsp;There is only one&nbsp;peculiar or smaller court jurisdictions which&nbsp;pertain to&nbsp;Lancashire parishes.  
 
Probate records of Lancashire commence from as early as 1321&nbsp;to&nbsp;1857.&nbsp;The&nbsp;probate court&nbsp;jurisdictions&nbsp;listed below hold extensive probate record coverage&nbsp;not only for Lancashire but for Yorkshire,&nbsp;Cheshire, Durham, and Cumberland.&nbsp;There is only one&nbsp;peculiar or smaller court jurisdictions which&nbsp;pertain to&nbsp;Lancashire parishes.  
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=== Useful Resources  ===
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Raymond, Stuart A. ''Lancashire: a genealogical bibliography'', vol. 2. ''Registers, inscriptions and wills''. Birmingham [England]: Federation of Family History Societies, c 1996-1997. {{Lancashire}}
  
 
[[Category:Lancashire]] [[Category:Probate_records_in_Lancashire]]
 
[[Category:Lancashire]] [[Category:Probate_records_in_Lancashire]]

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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 Lancashire. 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 Lancashire, follow these steps:

Step 1. Search Indexes

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

For published indexes see each court jurisdiction (listed below). The latest years of these indexes go only to the year 1807.

For later than 1807, see the Estate Duty Registers' indexes (see above link or, order microfilms available at the Family History Library or 4600 family history centers worldwide). These original indexes were created by the Estate Duty Office (Inland Revenue) for all wills and administrations, which exacted Death Duties (from all probate courts in the country).


Did you find a reference to a probate record?

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

Indexes at the Family History Library, Salt Lake City. Archdeaconry Court of Richmond, Index of Probate Records 1748-1858

Lancashire and Cheshire Record Society Series.

Vol 2 (1545-1620), Vol 4 (1621-1650), 1651-1659 see Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Vol 15 (1660-1680), Vol 18 (1681-1700), Vol 20 (1701-1720), Vol 22 (1721-1740), Vol 25 (1741-1760), Vol 37-38 (1761-1780), Vol 44-45 (1781-1800), Vol 62-63 (1801-1810), Vol 78-79 (1811-1820), Vol 107 (1821-1825), Vol 113 (1826-1830), Vol 118 (1831-1833), Vol 120 (1834-1837)

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. Or use England Jurisdictions, 1851 to find it on a map, along with information about it. 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. Before 1858 every town and parish in Lancashire came under the probate jurisdiction of a primary court and several secondary courts. Click on a link below for the letter the parish begins with to identify which pre-1858 courts had probate jurisdiction over it: 

  A   B   C   D-E   F-G   H   I-L   M-N   O-R   S   T-U   Wal-Wav   We-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.


Lancashire Probate Courts

Probate Records of Lancashire Courts

  • MISCELLANEOUS WILLS 1695-1855 Diocese of Chester. Consistory Court
  • PROBATE RECORDS 1558-1858, Consistory Court of the Diocese of Chester, 1558-1858 Diocese of Chester. Consistory Court
  • PROBATE RECORDS 1466-1860 Archdeaconry of Richmond. Consistory Court (Western Deaneries)
  • PROBATE RECORDS, 1521-1858 Church of England. Diocese of Chester. Consistory Court
  • PROBATE RECORDS, 1852 Church of England. Prebendal Court (Fordington and Writhlington)
  • PROBATE RECORDS, 1374 to 1858 Court of the Exchquer of the Archbishop of York
  • PROBATE RECORDS, early to 1858 Court of the Chancery of the Archbishop of York
  • PROBATE RECORDS, Court of the Peculiar of the Dean and Chapter of York

Explanatory Notes

Probate records of Lancashire commence from as early as 1321 to 1857. The probate court jurisdictions listed below hold extensive probate record coverage not only for Lancashire but for Yorkshire, Cheshire, Durham, and Cumberland. There is only one peculiar or smaller court jurisdictions which pertain to Lancashire parishes.

Useful Resources

Raymond, Stuart A. Lancashire: a genealogical bibliography, vol. 2. Registers, inscriptions and wills. Birmingham [England]: Federation of Family History Societies, c 1996-1997.