The Court of Arches of the Archbishop of Canterbury

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== Location of Records of This Court ==
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''[[England]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[London]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[London Probate Records|London Probate Records]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[The Court of Arches of the Archbishop of Canterbury|The Court of Arches of the Archbishop of Canterbury]]''
  
===== Lambeth Palace Library  =====
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Lambeth Palace Road
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== Step by Step  ==
  
'''London&nbsp;SE1 7JU'''
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1. First [https://www.familysearch.org/#form=catalog search ]each index (see below) to help you more quickly find the will, writing down each detail cited in the indexed entry.<br>2. Proceed to "Records" (below) to determine what probate records exist for this court.<br>3. Contact or visit the Guildhall Library&nbsp;or,&nbsp;hire a professional record searcher to view these records on your behalf. Officials may send upon request a list of record searchers.<br>4. Or, visit The [[Family History Library|Family History Library,]] or, one of its 4,500 satellite family history centers worldwide and search indexes to probate records;&nbsp;then with the information obtained from the index[es] you can search more quickly the&nbsp;original wills and admons also&nbsp;on microfilm via any&nbsp;family history [[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers|centers]]&nbsp;near you.
  
'''Tel: + 44 (0)20 7898 1400<br>Fax: + 44 (0)20 7928 7932<br>E-mail: lpl.staff@c-of-e.org.uk<br>Post: The Librarian, Lambeth Palace Library, London, SE1 7JU, UK'''
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[http://www.lambethpalacelibrary.org/ Website]
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== Indexes<br>  ==
  
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==== Online Indexes  ====
  
== Starting Your Search in Indexes  ==
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==== Printed and Published Indexes  ====
  
1. First search each index (see below) to help you more quickly find the will, writing down each detail cited in the indexed entry.<br>2. Proceed to the "Probate Records of This Court" (below) to determine what original probate records exist for this court.<br>3. Contact or visit the Guildhall Library&nbsp;or,&nbsp;hire a professional record searcher to view these records on your behalf. Officials may send upon request a list of record searchers.<br>4. Visit The Family History Library, or, one of its 4,500 satellite family history centers worldwide and search indexes to probate records;&nbsp;then with the information obtained from the index[es] you can search more quickly the&nbsp;original wills and admons also&nbsp;on microfilm via any&nbsp;family history [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/FHC/frameset_fhc.asp centers]&nbsp;near you.  
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The Court of Arches of the Archbishop of Canterbury probate records are well-covered with the following indexes: 1660 to 1913 published by the List and Index Society, London.  
  
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*A&nbsp;comprehensive will&nbsp;and admon&nbsp;index to London (including Greater L.)&nbsp;for the years covering&nbsp;1750-1858 for surnames A-F, is&nbsp;Dr David Wright's London Probate Index on CDs and are available for purchase [[http://www.davideastkent.canterhill.co.uk/lp-index.htm online]. He will provide a searcher service for those seeking surnames G-Z in his indexes at a set fee.
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*The following published index found in the publications of the List and Index Society covers court cases in this court from 1660-1913--which includes probate records for the above-mentioned three City of London parishes: {{FHL|248463|title-id|disp=''Index''}}''of cases in the records of the Court of Arches at Lambeth Palace Library, 1660-1913. ''This volume and almost the whole set of volumes (well over 200 volumes) to the excellent series&nbsp;is likely to be found at many major academic (university) libraries throughout North America and in especially the U.S.
  
== Historical&nbsp;Background<br> ==
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'''Original Handwritten Indexes:'''
  
Although the&nbsp; The Court of Arches of the Archbishop of Canterbury&nbsp;was an "appeals court" for the Province of Canterbury, it also held peculiar jurisdiction for the probating of wills admons in three&nbsp;London parishes within the City. These parishes were St Gregory by St Paul's (Cathedral), St Giles without Cripplegate and St Helen Bishopsgate. Records of this probate court date from 1635 to 1913. Be certain to check the Peculiar Court of the Dean and Chapter of St Paul's, jurisdiction as well.
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There are&nbsp;"typed script" indexes at&nbsp;the Lambeth Palace Library.  
  
== Probate Indexes<br> ==
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'''Microfilmed Indexes at the Family History Library:'''
  
The Court of Arches of the Archbishop of Canterbury probate records are well-covered with the following indexes: 1660 to 1913 published by the List and Index Society, London.  
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Outside of the above indexes the closest recourse to quick-finding wills of this court&nbsp;may be in the following two published works available at the Family History Library''':'''
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*{{FHL|405562|title-id|disp=Act Books}} (see below) covering years from *1635 to 1818&nbsp;
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*{{FHL|248463|title-id|disp=Court of Arches}} - an Index of cases in the records of the Court of Arches, 1660-1913
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*These are on 105 microfilms and may be viewed&nbsp;at the Family History Library and may be circulated to any one&nbsp;of its satellite Family History [[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers|Centers]].
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== Records  ==
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==== Archives Location  ====
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[http://www.lambethpalacelibrary.org/ '''Lambeth Palace Library''']<br>Lambeth Palace Road<br>London SE1 7JU<br> Tel: + 44 (0)20 7898 1400<br>Fax: + 44 (0)20 7928 7932<br>E-mail: [mailto:lpl.staff@c-of-e.org.uk lpl.staff@c-of-eorg.uk]<br>Post: The Librarian, Lambeth Palace Library, London, SE1 7JU, UK
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==== Archive Records  ====
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These records may be accessed by contacting the record archives office at the above address. The&nbsp;records in their archives library include the following ones:
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Testamentary records 1660-1913
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Act books&nbsp;1635-1818
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Muniment&nbsp;Books 1554-1850<br>Black Book&nbsp;of the&nbsp;Arches&nbsp; - No date given
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Assignation&nbsp;Books 1763-1875
  
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Minute Books&nbsp;1862-1883
  
==== Printed Indexes<br> ====
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Sentences&nbsp;1560-1797
  
*A&nbsp;comprehensive will&nbsp;and admon&nbsp;index to London (including Greater L.)&nbsp;for the years covering&nbsp;1750-1858, is&nbsp;Dr David Wright's London Probate Index on CDs and are on [http://www.davideastkent.canterhill.co.uk/lp-index.htm sale]&nbsp;or he will perform&nbsp;"lookups" in his indexes for you.
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Appeals&nbsp;1661-1803
  
The following published index found in the publications of the List and Index Society covers court cases in this court from 1660-1913--which includes probate records for the above-mentioned three City of London parishes: [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=248463&disp=Index+of+cases+in+the+records+of+the+Cou%20%20&columns=*,0,0 ''Index'']''of cases in the records of the Court of Arches at Lambeth Palace Library, 1660-1913 ''<br>
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Personal&nbsp;Answers&nbsp;1661-1798
  
==== Original Handwritten Indexes  ====
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Depositions&nbsp;1664-1803
  
There are may be "typed script" indexes at&nbsp;the Lambeth Palace Library.
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==== Family History Library Records  ====
  
==== Microfilmed Indexes at the Family History Library  ====
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{{FHL|379246|title-id|disp=Testamentary (wills) records 1660-1913}}
  
*The&nbsp;manuscript indexes&nbsp;of the original (unregistered) wills and the registered wills are&nbsp;on [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=405562&disp=Proceedings+of+the+Court+of+Arches%2C+15++ microfilm] at The Family History Library covering all years from 1660 to 1913.&nbsp;
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{{FHL|405562|title-id|disp=Act books 1635-1774}}
*&nbsp;These may be viewed&nbsp;at the Family History Library and may be circulated to any one&nbsp;of its satellite Family History [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/FHC/frameset_fhc.asp Centers].
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== Searching for probates in this court  ==
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{{FHL|405562|title-id|disp=Acts of Court 1714-1818}}
  
ACT BOOKS&nbsp;1635-1818
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{{FHL|405562|title-id|disp=Assignations books 1763-1875}}
  
MUNIMENT BOOKS 1554-1850<br>
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{{FHL|405562|title-id|disp=Sentences 1560-1797}}
  
BLACK BOOK OF THE ARCHES No date given
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{{FHL|405562|title-id|disp=Appeals 1661-1803}}
  
ASSIGNATION BOOKS 1763-1875
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{{FHL|405562|title-id|disp=Personal answers 1661-1798}}
  
MINUTE BOOKS 1862-1883
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{{FHL|405562|title-id|disp=Depositions 1664-1803}}
  
SENTENCES 1560-1797
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{{FHL|405562|title-id|disp=Muniment books 1554-1815}}
  
APPEALS 1661-1803
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{{FHL|405562|title-id|disp=Minute books 1875-1885 &amp;amp; 1815-1850}}
  
PERSONAL ANSWERS 1661-1798
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== Jurisdiction  ==
  
DEPOSITIONS 1664-1803
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Although&nbsp;The Court of Arches of the Archbishop of Canterbury&nbsp;was an "appeals court" for the Province of Canterbury, it also held peculiar jurisdiction for the probating of wills and administrations (admons) in three&nbsp;London parishes within the City. These parishes were [[St Mary Magdalene Old Fish Street with St Gregory by St Paul|St Gregory by St Paul's (Cathedral)]], [[St Giles Cripplegate, Middlesex|St Giles without Cripplegate]] and [[St Helen Bishopsgate|St Helen Bishopsgate]]. Records of this probate court date from 1635 to 1913, although most testators in this jurisdiction filed their wills with the Prerogative Court of Canterbury between 1750 to 1858.<ref>Cliff Webb, ''My Ancestors were Londoners: A Guide to London Sources for Family Historians'' (London: Society of Genealogists, 2009), 35.</ref> Be certain to check the Peculiar Court of the Dean and Chapter of St Paul's, jurisdiction as well.
  
== Strategies, Tips, Other?  ==
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If no will is found in this court, then recourse should next be taken to search the wills and admons of the Peculiar Court of the Dean and Chapter of St Pauls (Cathedral).
  
There are some&nbsp;indexes&nbsp;for this court. See the above general countywide indexes. To view a list of parishes and their respective probate court jurisdiction, see the "Middlesex Probate Jurisdictions by Parish"&nbsp;on the main page for Middlesex Probate Records.
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Contents

Step by Step

1. First search each index (see below) to help you more quickly find the will, writing down each detail cited in the indexed entry.
2. Proceed to "Records" (below) to determine what probate records exist for this court.
3. Contact or visit the Guildhall Library or, hire a professional record searcher to view these records on your behalf. Officials may send upon request a list of record searchers.
4. Or, visit The Family History Library, or, one of its 4,500 satellite family history centers worldwide and search indexes to probate records; then with the information obtained from the index[es] you can search more quickly the original wills and admons also on microfilm via any family history centers near you.


Indexes

Online Indexes

Printed and Published Indexes

The Court of Arches of the Archbishop of Canterbury probate records are well-covered with the following indexes: 1660 to 1913 published by the List and Index Society, London.

  • A comprehensive will and admon index to London (including Greater L.) for the years covering 1750-1858 for surnames A-F, is Dr David Wright's London Probate Index on CDs and are available for purchase [online. He will provide a searcher service for those seeking surnames G-Z in his indexes at a set fee.
  • The following published index found in the publications of the List and Index Society covers court cases in this court from 1660-1913--which includes probate records for the above-mentioned three City of London parishes: Indexof cases in the records of the Court of Arches at Lambeth Palace Library, 1660-1913. This volume and almost the whole set of volumes (well over 200 volumes) to the excellent series is likely to be found at many major academic (university) libraries throughout North America and in especially the U.S.

Original Handwritten Indexes:

There are "typed script" indexes at the Lambeth Palace Library.

Microfilmed Indexes at the Family History Library:

Outside of the above indexes the closest recourse to quick-finding wills of this court may be in the following two published works available at the Family History Library:

  • Act Books (see below) covering years from *1635 to 1818 
  • Court of Arches - an Index of cases in the records of the Court of Arches, 1660-1913
  • These are on 105 microfilms and may be viewed at the Family History Library and may be circulated to any one of its satellite Family History Centers.

Records

Archives Location

Lambeth Palace Library
Lambeth Palace Road
London SE1 7JU
Tel: + 44 (0)20 7898 1400
Fax: + 44 (0)20 7928 7932
E-mail: lpl.staff@c-of-eorg.uk
Post: The Librarian, Lambeth Palace Library, London, SE1 7JU, UK

Archive Records

These records may be accessed by contacting the record archives office at the above address. The records in their archives library include the following ones:


Testamentary records 1660-1913

Act books 1635-1818

Muniment Books 1554-1850
Black Book of the Arches  - No date given

Assignation Books 1763-1875

Minute Books 1862-1883

Sentences 1560-1797

Appeals 1661-1803

Personal Answers 1661-1798

Depositions 1664-1803

Family History Library Records

Testamentary (wills) records 1660-1913

Act books 1635-1774

Acts of Court 1714-1818

Assignations books 1763-1875

Sentences 1560-1797

Appeals 1661-1803

Personal answers 1661-1798

Depositions 1664-1803

Muniment books 1554-1815

Minute books 1875-1885 &amp; 1815-1850

Jurisdiction

Although The Court of Arches of the Archbishop of Canterbury was an "appeals court" for the Province of Canterbury, it also held peculiar jurisdiction for the probating of wills and administrations (admons) in three London parishes within the City. These parishes were St Gregory by St Paul's (Cathedral), St Giles without Cripplegate and St Helen Bishopsgate. Records of this probate court date from 1635 to 1913, although most testators in this jurisdiction filed their wills with the Prerogative Court of Canterbury between 1750 to 1858.[1] Be certain to check the Peculiar Court of the Dean and Chapter of St Paul's, jurisdiction as well.

If no will is found in this court, then recourse should next be taken to search the wills and admons of the Peculiar Court of the Dean and Chapter of St Pauls (Cathedral).


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