Court of the Peculiar of the Precentor of York with Prebendal Jurisdiction of Driffield
Probate is the legal court process by which the estate of a deceased person is distributed to his or her heirs. The term probate refers to a collection of documents, including wills, administrations (also called admons), inventories, and act books. The Church of England ecclesiastical courts had authority for this process until to 1858.
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Printed and Published Indexes
The records for this court are held in the Borthwick Institute of Historical Research.
Original records 1557-1852 .
Family History Library Records
Great Driffield, Little Driffield, Haxby (part of) and Little Ouseburn. Inhibited six months at the Episcopal Visitation by the Chancery Court and at the Visitation of the Dean and Chapter.