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[Return to the [[London Probate Records]] page.] 
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*Return to the [[London Probate Records]] page.
  
== Location of These Records ==
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== Probate Indexes of This Court ==
  
London Metropolitan Archives &amp; Library<br>40 Northampton Road<br>London EC1R 0HB <br>Tel: (020) 7332 3820 <br>Fax: (020) 7833 9136 <br>E-mail: ask.lma@cityoflondon.gov.uk <br>[http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/Corporation/LGNL_Services/Leisure_and_culture/Records_and_archives/ Website]
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First search each index (see below) to help you more quickly find a will or administration (admon).<br>
  
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The&nbsp;Consistory&nbsp;Court of&nbsp;London probate records have to some extent been&nbsp;indexed&nbsp;with the following ones:
  
== History and Background ==
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==== Online indexes ====
  
Probate records of the Consistory Court of The Bishop of London commence from 1362 to&nbsp;1858. This court held concurrent jurisdiction over all of the City of London parishes execpt the peculiars, and both the archdeaconries of London and Middlesex, Colchester, St Albans's and Essex.  
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The Metropolitan Archives and Library&nbsp;is currently compiling and posting online&nbsp;a&nbsp;will surname index covering wills and administrations from&nbsp;1363 to 1857. Currently, it&nbsp;is only a&nbsp;(partial) index for this probate court&nbsp;covering much of Middlesex County and is available [http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/londonGenerations/ online].  
  
== Online indexes ==
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==== Printed and Published Indexes ====
  
The following websites provide online indexes to two important Greater London (including the City) probate courts:  
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*A probate index for the Consistory&nbsp;Court of London from 1363 to 1700 has been compiled by the British Record Society in its extensive [http://www.britishrecordsociety.org/volumespublished-forpurchase.htm publications]&nbsp;(vols 89 and 98). These publications are likely available in most major United States (especially university libraries) and United Kingdom Archives and libraries as well as in&nbsp;The Family History [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=64094&disp=Index+to+testamentary+records+in+the+Arc%20%20&columns=*,0,0 Library].
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*A&nbsp;comprehensive will&nbsp;and admon&nbsp;index to most of London's (including Greater L.) probate courts&nbsp;for the years covering&nbsp;1750-1858, is&nbsp;Dr David Wright's London Probate Index on CD and is&nbsp;on [http://www.davideastkent.canterhill.co.uk/lp-index.htm sale].&nbsp;He will perform&nbsp;"lookups" in his indexes for you for surnames covering from G-Z at a set fee.
  
The Court of the Diocese of London (Episcopal Consistory) has some indexes covering the years 1492 to 1547 compiled by Ida Darlington. This printed index is also [http://www.british-history.ac.uk/source.aspx?pubid=573 available online].<br>
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==== Original Handwritten Indexes  ====
  
*Court of the [http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/londonGenerations/ Diocese of London (Episcopal Consistory)] -&nbsp;&nbsp;held some concurrent jurisdiction in the counties of Essex, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Middlesex as well for all the City of London parishes. There are&nbsp;indexes to both registered and original wills for this court.  
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[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=263013&disp=Wills+and+administrations%2C+1362-1857++ Calendars and Indexes]&nbsp;to&nbsp;Wills (1362 to 1858), and&nbsp;Index to probate registers (1514-1641), to this&nbsp;Probate court exist covering&nbsp;acts of Wills and Administrations (Admons). Calendars are a kind of index (of the first&nbsp;letter of each surname) to the&nbsp;probate records&nbsp;and admons (administrations). <br>
*Court of the Archdeaconry of London index 1750-1800 at the [http://www.originsnetwork.com/help/popup-aboutbo-acl.htm Origins Network]
 
*Court of the [http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/wills/ Archdeaconry of Middlesex] - 10,000 wills currently online
 
  
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The&nbsp;above calendars can be accessed by visiting&nbsp;The London Metropolitan Archives and Library. To view what precise probate records they hold before visiting [their archives], go to [http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/a2a/results.aspx?tab=2&Page=1&ContainAllWords=St+John Access2Archives] and use their search engine for determining&nbsp;availability of records in The LMA.
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==== Microfilmed Indexes at the Family History Library<br> ====
  
A general will index for Essex County is available&nbsp;[http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/default.asp online]. This single index consolidates just about all Essex county wills of the various probate court jurisdictions into one database.  
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[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=263013&disp=Wills+and+administrations%2C+1362-1857++ Calendars and Indexes] of Wills and Admons (Administrations)&nbsp;to the Consistory Court fo the Bishop of London are available on microfilm at the Family History Library covering the years 1362-1857 and may be circulated to each of its satellite Family History [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/FHC/frameset_fhc.asp Centers].  
  
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== Location of These Probate Records  ==
  
==== Printed Indexes  ====
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The London Metropolitan Archives &amp; Library
  
The Court of the Diocese of London (Episcopal Consistory) has some indexes covering the years 1492 to 1547 compiled by Ida Darlington. This printed index is also available [http://www.british-history.ac.uk/source.aspx?pubid=573 online].
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40 Northampton Road
  
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London EC1R 0HB
  
Emmison, F. G., ed. ''[Index to] Wills at Chelmsford''. (FHL book [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=247479&disp=Wills+at+Chelmsford+%28Essex+and+East+He%20%20&columns=*,0,0 942 B4b] vols. 78, 79, 84; also on microfilms 0962739 and 0962740; also on microfiche 6073796, 6073797, and 6073802.)
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ENGLAND&nbsp;  
  
==== Original Handwritten Indexes  ====
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Tel: (020) 7332 3820<br>Fax (020) 7833 9136
  
[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=277961&disp=Probate+records++ Calendars] to the Probate Acts of Wills and Administrations (Admons) exist from 1400-1858. Calendars are a kind of index to the day to day probate court procedures in which wills and admons (administrations) are processed.  
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E-Mail: ask.lma@corpoflondon.gov.uk
  
In addition to the calendars, a majority of the original (unregistered) wills and the registered wills are alphabetically arranged at the Record Office and are likewise organized on the microfilmed probates for this court at the Family History Library. Visit the Essex County&nbsp;[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=247479&disp=Wills+at+Chelmsford+%28Essex+and+East+He%20%20&columns=*,0,0 Archives] or the Family History Library [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=topicdetails&subject=358118&subject_disp=England%2C+Essex+%2D+Probate+records&columns=*,0,0 Catalog] under Essex, England to determine availability of records.
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Website is [http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/scripts/htm_hl.pl?DB=col&STEMMER=en&WORDS=archives%20library&ALL=&ANY=&EXACTB=0&PHRASE=&EXACTP=0&CATEGORIES=&SIMPLE=Archives%20and%20Library&COLOUR=Red&STYLE=s&URL=http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/Corporation/LGNL_Services/Leisure_and_culture/Records_and_archives/#muscat_highlighter_first_match available]:
  
==== Microfilmed Indexes at the Family History Library  ====
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Opening Times:&nbsp;Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9.30am - 4.45pm<br>Tuesday and Thursday 9.30am - 7.30pm
  
Indexes from 1492 to 1547 are available through the Family History Library and its 4,500 satellite centers worldwide. This particular index is&nbsp;available&nbsp;in book form only. The FHL has a copy of this book; the&nbsp;call number is [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=291540&disp=London+consistory+court+wills%2C+1492%2D%20%20&columns=*,0,0 942.1/L1 B4L v. 3].  
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Saturday openings:&nbsp;9.30am - 4.45pm
  
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Check website&nbsp;for specific&nbsp;saturdays to be open.
  
Calendars and indexes to will registers were filmed along with the actual original/registered wills themselves from 1362 to 1858 and&nbsp;are available on microfilm at the Family History Library and may be circulated to each of its satellite Family History Centers (see Court of the Diocese of London (Episcopal Consistory) by going to this Family History Library Catalog [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=263013&disp=Wills+and+administrations%2C+1362%2D1857%20%20&columns=*,0,0 page]
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=== Records Held in This Archive  ===
  
== Searching for probates in this court  ==
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*Calendar and Index of Wills 1362-1814
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*Wills and administrations 1514-1640
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*Registered copies of wills 1520-1857
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*Inventories
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*Vicar General Books - 1520- 1685
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*Indexes - 1362-1857
  
REGISTERED WILLS
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For access to these records, e-mail the archive&nbsp;for a list of record searchers or visit the archive according to their scheduled opening hours.<br>
  
1492, 1514-1520, 1540-1641; 1670-1858
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== Probates records in this [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=263013&disp=Wills+and+administrations%2C+1362-1857++ court]&nbsp;at the Family History Library  ==
  
ORIGINAL WILLS
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Search the following probate records in the order listed below:
  
1508-1646; 1661-1858  
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#Registered Wills 1514-1857
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#Original wills, 1507-1546, 1552-1751
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#Calendars and index of wills, v. 1-2 1362-1858  
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#Index to registers, 1514-1641
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#Registered Copy of Wills vols. 1-4 1514-1559
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#Calendar and Index of Wills vols 1-9
  
ADMINISTRATION ACT BOOKS
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== Historical Background  ==
  
1540-1591; 1670-1858
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Return to the [[Middlesex Probate Records|Middlesex Probate Records]] page.
  
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The Episcopal Consistory Court of the Bishop of London had jurisdiction over the whole diocese of London except the peculiars–including a concurrent jurisdiction with the smaller Archdeaconry courts of London and Middlesex, Colchester (Essex) and St Albans (Herts.). When a search of this courts’ probate records fails to provide the desired probate record, be sure to search the above Archdeaconry courts as well.
  
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== Strategies, Tips, Other?  ==
 
== Strategies, Tips, Other?  ==
  
There are no indexes on microfilm for the years 1718-1858 for the Archdeaconry Court of Essex. See the above general countywide index online (see "online Indexes) or available through the Family History Library's&amp;nbsp;(see "Printed Indexes) many family history centers worldwide for an index to this court.  
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See the above general countywide index online (see "online Indexes) or those available through the Family History Library's (see "Printed Indexes) many family history centers worldwide for an index to this court.  
 
 
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To view a list of parishes and their&amp;nbsp;respective probate court jurisdiction, see the "Essex [https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Essex_Probate_Records Parishes] Parishes and Their Probate Jurisdictions" on the main page for Essex Probate Records.  
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<br>To view a list of parishes and their&nbsp;respective probate court jurisdiction, see the "Middlesex Parishes and Their Probate Jurisdictions" on the [https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Middlesex_Probate_Records main page] for Middlesex&nbsp;Probate Records.  
  
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[[Category:London]] [[Category:Probate_records_in_London]]

Revision as of 22:13, 9 November 2009

Probate Indexes of This Court

First search each index (see below) to help you more quickly find a will or administration (admon).

The Consistory Court of London probate records have to some extent been indexed with the following ones:

Online indexes

The Metropolitan Archives and Library is currently compiling and posting online a will surname index covering wills and administrations from 1363 to 1857. Currently, it is only a (partial) index for this probate court covering much of Middlesex County and is available online.

Printed and Published Indexes

  • A probate index for the Consistory Court of London from 1363 to 1700 has been compiled by the British Record Society in its extensive publications (vols 89 and 98). These publications are likely available in most major United States (especially university libraries) and United Kingdom Archives and libraries as well as in The Family History Library.
  • A comprehensive will and admon index to most of London's (including Greater L.) probate courts for the years covering 1750-1858, is Dr David Wright's London Probate Index on CD and is on sale. He will perform "lookups" in his indexes for you for surnames covering from G-Z at a set fee.

Original Handwritten Indexes

Calendars and Indexes to Wills (1362 to 1858), and Index to probate registers (1514-1641), to this Probate court exist covering acts of Wills and Administrations (Admons). Calendars are a kind of index (of the first letter of each surname) to the probate records and admons (administrations).

The above calendars can be accessed by visiting The London Metropolitan Archives and Library. To view what precise probate records they hold before visiting [their archives], go to Access2Archives and use their search engine for determining availability of records in The LMA.

Microfilmed Indexes at the Family History Library

Calendars and Indexes of Wills and Admons (Administrations) to the Consistory Court fo the Bishop of London are available on microfilm at the Family History Library covering the years 1362-1857 and may be circulated to each of its satellite Family History Centers.

Location of These Probate Records

The London Metropolitan Archives & Library

40 Northampton Road

London EC1R 0HB

ENGLAND 

Tel: (020) 7332 3820
Fax (020) 7833 9136

E-Mail: ask.lma@corpoflondon.gov.uk

Website is available:

Opening Times: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9.30am - 4.45pm
Tuesday and Thursday 9.30am - 7.30pm

Saturday openings: 9.30am - 4.45pm

Check website for specific saturdays to be open.

Records Held in This Archive

  • Calendar and Index of Wills 1362-1814
  • Wills and administrations 1514-1640
  • Registered copies of wills 1520-1857
  • Inventories
  • Vicar General Books - 1520- 1685
  • Indexes - 1362-1857

For access to these records, e-mail the archive for a list of record searchers or visit the archive according to their scheduled opening hours.

Probates records in this court at the Family History Library

Search the following probate records in the order listed below:

  1. Registered Wills 1514-1857
  2. Original wills, 1507-1546, 1552-1751
  3. Calendars and index of wills, v. 1-2 1362-1858
  4. Index to registers, 1514-1641
  5. Registered Copy of Wills vols. 1-4 1514-1559
  6. Calendar and Index of Wills vols 1-9

Historical Background

Return to the Middlesex Probate Records page.

The Episcopal Consistory Court of the Bishop of London had jurisdiction over the whole diocese of London except the peculiars–including a concurrent jurisdiction with the smaller Archdeaconry courts of London and Middlesex, Colchester (Essex) and St Albans (Herts.). When a search of this courts’ probate records fails to provide the desired probate record, be sure to search the above Archdeaconry courts as well.


Strategies, Tips, Other?

See the above general countywide index online (see "online Indexes) or those available through the Family History Library's (see "Printed Indexes) many family history centers worldwide for an index to this court.


To view a list of parishes and their respective probate court jurisdiction, see the "Middlesex Parishes and Their Probate Jurisdictions" on the main page for Middlesex Probate Records.