Episcopal Principal Registry of Exeter

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England Gotoarrow.png Devon Gotoarrow.png Devonshire Probate Records

A general explanation of probate records in England, is given in the article England Probate Records.

Step By Step

Follow these steps to look for a probate record before 1858:
1. Discover when and where your ancestor died. If you don’t know, use the approximate date and place where they lived.
2. Go to the Court Jurisdictions section below.
3. Click a letter or span of letters for your place. This opens an article showing a table of places and the courts that had jurisdiction over them.
4. Follow the steps at the top of the table to search for a will.


Online Indexes

Printed and Published Indexes

Calendar of wills and administrations relating to the counties of Devon and Cornwall proved in the Consistory court of the Bishop of Exeter, 1532-1800
Some country-wide indexes are available. See the Manuscript Records subheading in Devonshire Probate Records.


Archive Location

Virtually all records for this court were destroyed in 1942, but don't give up until you have searched the manuscript collections and the Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury.  In addition, copies of some post-1796 probates may have been deposited in the Estate Duty Registers.

Archive Records

Add information about the manuscript, printed and digital records in this location.

Family and Church History Records


Jurisdiction was limited to probate matters within the Diocese of Exeter.