Court of the Archdeaconry of Salisbury

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Return to the Wiltshire Probate Records page. Return to the Somerset Probate Records Page

Step By Step 

1. First search each index (see below) to help you more quickly find the will or administration (admon), 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 Wiltshire Record Office or, hire a professional record searcher to view these records on your behalf. Officials may send upon request a list of record searchers.
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.


Online Indexes

Here are two websites providing online indexes to Wiltshire Wills:

Printed and Published Indexes


Archive Location

Wiltshire and Swindon Archives

Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre

Cocklebury Road


Wiltshire SN15 3QN



Tel: 44 (0)1249 705500

Fax: 44 (0)1249 705527 Website

Archive Records

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

Original Wills & Administrations & Inventories 1597-1854

Family History Library Records

Index to Wills 1528-1858

Registered Wills 1538-1635

Original Wills 1552-1857

Act Books 1572-1620


The Courts of the Archdeacons of Sarum and of Wiltshire and also the Court of the Archdeacon of the sub-dean of Salisbury Cathedral held jurisdiction over the southern portion of Wiltshire and were inhibited triennually by the Court of the Bishop of Salisbury.