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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]]''
  
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== Step by Step  ==
 
== 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.<br>2. Proceed to the "Probate Records Held in This Archives" (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. Or, 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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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.  
  
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== Probate Indexes<br> ==
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== Indexes<br> ==
  
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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==== Online Indexes  ====
  
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==== Printed and Published Indexes  ====
  
==== Printed Indexes<br> ====
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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.
  
 
*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.  
 
*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.  
*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. ''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.<br>
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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.
  
==== Original Handwritten Indexes ====
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'''Original Handwritten Indexes:'''
  
 
There are&nbsp;"typed script" indexes at&nbsp;the Lambeth Palace Library.  
 
There are&nbsp;"typed script" indexes at&nbsp;the Lambeth Palace Library.  
  
==== Microfilmed Indexes at the Family History Library ====
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'''Microfilmed Indexes at the Family History Library:'''
  
 
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''':'''  
 
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''':'''  
  
*[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++ Act Books] (see below) covering years from *1635 to 1818&nbsp;  
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*{{FHL|405562|title-id|disp=Act Books}} (see below) covering years from *1635 to 1818&nbsp;  
*[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 Court of Arches] - an Index of cases in the records of the Court of Arches, 1660-1913
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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]].
  
*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 [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/FHC/frameset_fhc.asp Centers].
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== Records  ==
  
== The Records ==
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==== Archives Location ====
  
=== 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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'''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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==== Archive Records  ====
 
==== Archive Records  ====
 
Add information about the manuscript, printed and digital records in this location.
 
 
=== Probate Records in This Archive  ===
 
  
 
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:  
 
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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Depositions&nbsp;1664-1803  
 
Depositions&nbsp;1664-1803  
  
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==== Family History Library Records  ====
  
=== Records at The Family History Library  ===
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{{FHL|379246|title-id|disp=Testamentary (wills) records 1660-1913}}
  
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{{FHL|405562|title-id|disp=Acts of Court 1714-1818}}
  
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{{FHL|405562|title-id|disp=Assignations books 1763-1875}}
  
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{{FHL|405562|title-id|disp=Personal answers 1661-1798}}
  
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== Jurisdiction  ==
  
== Historical&nbsp;Background<br> ==
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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.  
 
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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 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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== 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).  
 
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).  
  
To view a list of parishes and their respective probate court jurisdiction, see the "London Probate Jurisdictions by Parish"&nbsp;(above).
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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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