Court of the Peculiar of Monks Risborough
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 the "Records" (below) to determine what probate records exist for this court. Also see "Family History Library Records."
3. Contact or visit the Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies or, hire a professional record searcher to view these records on your behalf. A list of record searches is available on the Centre's website.
4. 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 centers near you.
Printed and Published Indexes
Jeremy S. W. Gibson has published an "Index to wills proved in the Peculiar Court of Banbury, 1542-1858," which is available from the Banbury Historical Society, at the Oxfordshire Record Office, at the Family History Library, and elsewhere.
In addition, these indexes to the records of the peculiar courts of Buckinghamshire are available at the Society of Genealogists in London, and the Family History Library:
- Index to the wills and administrations of the Peculiar Courts of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire, 1550-1858
- Probate records of the Archdeaconry Court of Buckingham 1483-1660 and of the Buckinghamshire peculiars 1420-1660
The original and microfilmed records listed below also include indexes.
The original records are deposited at the Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies in Aylesbury. They include:
- Filed wills and administration bonds, 1605-1856
- Wills, 1736-1856
- Registered wills and administrations, filed with those for the Court of the Peculiar of Banbury
- Administration act books, 1674-1856, filed with those for the Court of the Peculiar of Aylesbury.
Family History Library Records
Some records are on microfilm and are available at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and through family history centers.
- Wills and administrations, 1605-1856 (includes indexes)
- Probate records, 1547-1858 (with the records for Banbury; includes indexes)
- Wills and administrations, 1624-1858 (with the records of Aylesbury; includes indexes)
This court had jurisdiction over the parishes of Monks Risborough (and its hamlets) and Halton in Buckinghamshire. It also had jurisdiction over Newington with Britwell Prior in Oxfordshire. It was a peculiar of the Archbishop of Canterbury.