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[Return to the [[London Probate Records|London Probate Records]] page.]  [View the [[Middlesex Probate Records|Middlesex Probate Records]] page.]   
 
[Return to the [[London Probate Records|London Probate Records]] page.]  [View the [[Middlesex Probate Records|Middlesex Probate Records]] page.]   
  
== Location of These Probate Records  ==
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The London Metropolitan Archives &amp; Library
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== Step By Step&nbsp;  ==
 
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40 Northampton Road
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London EC1R 0HB
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ENGLAND&nbsp;
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Tel: (020) 7332 3820<br>Fax: (020) 7833 9136
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E-Mail: ask.lma@corpoflondon.gov.uk
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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]:
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Opening Times:&nbsp;Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9.30am - 4.45pm<br>Tuesday and Thursday 9.30am - 7.30pm
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Saturday openings:&nbsp;9.30am - 4.45pm
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2009:
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January 10&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; May 9&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; September 12 <br>January 24&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; June&nbsp;13&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; September 26
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February 14&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; June 27&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; October 10 <br>February 28&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; July 11&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; October 24&nbsp;<br>March 14&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; July 25&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; November 28 <br>March 28&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; August 8&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;December 12 <br>April 25&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;August 22&nbsp;
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== Historical Background  ==
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Return to the [[Middlesex Probate Records|Middlesex Probate Records]] page.
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The Commissary Court of London (London Division) had jurisdiction over 94 parishes in Greater London (Middlesex)&nbsp;and the City--including 50 parish within the City of London proper and 44 in the county of Middlesex. When a search of this courts’ probate records fails to provide the desired probate record, be sure to search the Consistory Court of the Bishop of London as well.
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== Starting Your Search in Indexes ==
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1. First search each index (see below) to help you more quickly find the will, writing down each detail cited in the indexed entry.<br>2. Proceed then&nbsp;to the "Probate Records of This Court" section (see below) to determine what original probate records exist for this court.<br>3. Contact or visit The London Metropolitan Archives and Library,&nbsp;or,&nbsp;hire a professional record searcher to view these records on your behalf, citing information obtained from the index[es]. Officials may send upon request a list of record searchers.<br>4. You can also visit The Family History Library, or, one of its 4,500 satellite family history centers worldwide and search indexes (see the Family History Library's [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=720702&disp=Acts%2C+probate+and+non%2Dtestamentary%2%20%20&columns=*,0,0 cataloged entries] providing the microfilms so you can have them circulated to the [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/FHC/frameset_fhc.asp center]&nbsp;near you for searching the wills). The information obtained from the index[es] will help you&nbsp; more quickly search the&nbsp;wills and admons which can also&nbsp;be circulated on microfilm via any&nbsp;family history .<br>  
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1. First search each index (see below) to help you more quickly find the will, writing down each detail cited in the indexed entry.<br>2. Proceed then&nbsp;to the "Probate Records of This Court" section (see below) to determine what original probate records exist for this court.<br>3. Contact or visit The London Metropolitan Archives and Library,&nbsp;or,&nbsp;hire a professional record searcher to view these records on your behalf, citing information obtained from the index[es]. Officials may send upon request a list of record searchers.<br>4. You can also visit The Family History Library, or, one of its 4,500 satellite family history centers worldwide and search indexes (see the Family History Library's [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=720702&disp=Acts%2C+probate+and+non%2Dtestamentary%2%20%20&columns=*,0,0 cataloged entries] providing the microfilms so you can have them circulated to the [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/FHC/frameset_fhc.asp center]&nbsp;near you for searching the wills). The information obtained from the index[es] will help you&nbsp; more quickly search the&nbsp;wills and admons which can also&nbsp;be circulated on microfilm via any&nbsp;family history .<br>
  
 
== Probate Indexes  ==
 
== Probate Indexes  ==
  
The&nbsp;Archdeaconry&nbsp;Court of&nbsp;Middlesex probate records have to some extent been&nbsp;indexed&nbsp;with the following ones:<br>  
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The&nbsp;Archdeaconry&nbsp;Court of&nbsp;Middlesex probate records have to some extent been&nbsp;indexed&nbsp;with the following ones:<br>
  
 
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*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=299293&disp=Abstracts+of+copy+wills%2C+Commissary+Co%20%20&columns=*,0,0 Abstracts] of copy wills, Commissary Court of London [London division], registered wills, 1750-1857  
 
*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=299293&disp=Abstracts+of+copy+wills%2C+Commissary+Co%20%20&columns=*,0,0 Abstracts] of copy wills, Commissary Court of London [London division], registered wills, 1750-1857  
 
*Index to testamentary records in the Commissary Court of London (London Division) 1374-1700&nbsp; by Marc Fitch, available at Society of Genealogists, The Guildhall Library, London Metropolitan Archives and Library, The Family History [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=247669&disp=Index+to+testamentary+records+in+the+Com%20%20&columns=*,0,0 Library]  
 
*Index to testamentary records in the Commissary Court of London (London Division) 1374-1700&nbsp; by Marc Fitch, available at Society of Genealogists, The Guildhall Library, London Metropolitan Archives and Library, The Family History [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=247669&disp=Index+to+testamentary+records+in+the+Com%20%20&columns=*,0,0 Library]  
*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 for&nbsp;surnames A-F, 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. <br>
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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 for&nbsp;surnames A-F, is&nbsp;Dr David Wright's London Probate Index on CD and is [http://www.davideastkent.canterhill.co.uk/lp-index.htm available]. He will provide a search service in his indexes for surnames covering from G-Z at a set fee. <br>
  
 
==== Original Handwritten Indexes  ====
 
==== Original Handwritten Indexes  ====
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Calender of Probate &amp; Administrations acts, vols. 1-16, 1660-1810  
 
Calender of Probate &amp; Administrations acts, vols. 1-16, 1660-1810  
  
==== Microfilmed Indexes at the Family History Library<br> ====
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==== Microfilmed Indexes at the Family History Library<br> ====
  
 
The indexes as listed in the above are also available&nbsp;covering the years 1662-1810&nbsp;at The Family History Library and they are on microfilm&nbsp;and may be circulated&nbsp;to each of its satellite Family History [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/FHC/frameset_fhc.asp Centers]&nbsp;worldwide.  
 
The indexes as listed in the above are also available&nbsp;covering the years 1662-1810&nbsp;at The Family History Library and they are on microfilm&nbsp;and may be circulated&nbsp;to each of its satellite Family History [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/FHC/frameset_fhc.asp Centers]&nbsp;worldwide.  
  
== Searching for probates in this court. ==
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== The Record Office and Its&nbsp;Probate Collections ==
  
ORIGINAL WILLS
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The London Metropolitan Archives &amp; Library
  
1523-1857
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40 Northampton Road
  
REGISTER COPY WILLS
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London EC1R 0HB
  
1374-1857 (with gaps)
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ENGLAND&nbsp;
  
PROBATE AND ADMINISTRATION ACT BOOKS
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Tel: (020) 7332 3820<br>Fax: (020) 7833 9136
  
1496-1857 (with gaps)
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E-Mail: ask.lma@corpoflondon.gov.uk
  
ADMINISTRATIONS
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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]:
  
1670-1857
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Opening Times:&nbsp;Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9.30am - 4.45pm<br>Tuesday and Thursday 9.30am - 7.30pm
  
INVENTORIES
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Saturday openings:&nbsp;9.30am - 4.45pm
  
1666-1667, 1672-1857 (with gaps)
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DEPOSITION BOOKS
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January 10&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; May 9&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; September 12 <br>January 24&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; June&nbsp;13&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; September 26
  
1537-1722
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February 14&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; June 27&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; October 10 <br>February 28&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; July 11&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; October 24&nbsp;<br>March 14&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; July 25&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; November 28 <br>March 28&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; August 8&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;December 12 <br>April 25&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;August 22&nbsp;
  
PERSONAL ANSWERS
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1675-1736
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=== Probate Records of This Court in This Archive  ===
  
EX OFFICIO ASSIGNATION BOOKS
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Original Wills 1523-1857
  
1712-1811
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Register Copy Wills&nbsp;1374-1857 (with gaps)
  
INSTANCE ACT BOOKS
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Probate &amp;&nbsp;Administration Act books 1496-1857 (with gaps)
  
1570-1675  
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Administration 1670-1857
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Inventories 1666-1667, 1672-1857 (with gaps)
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Deposition Books&nbsp;1537-1722
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Personal Answers&nbsp;1675-1736
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Ex Officia Assignation Books 1712-1811
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Instance Act Books&nbsp;1570-1675  
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== Historical Background  ==
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Return to the [[London Probate Records]] page.
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The Commissary Court of London (London Division) had jurisdiction over 94 parishes in Greater London (Middlesex)&nbsp;and the City--including 50 parish within the City of London proper and 44 in the county of Middlesex. When a search of this courts’ probate records fails to provide the desired probate record, be sure to search the Consistory Court of the Bishop of London as well.
  
 
== Strategies, Tips, Other?  ==
 
== Strategies, Tips, Other?  ==
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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.  
 
<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.  
  
[[Category:Probate_records_in_Middlesex]] [[Category:Middlesex]] [[Category:London]]
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[[Category:Probate_records_in_London]] [[Category:Middlesex]] [[Category:London]]

Revision as of 17:37, 11 November 2009

[Return to the London Probate Records page.]  [View the Middlesex Probate Records page.] 


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 then to the "Probate Records of This Court" section (see below) to determine what original probate records exist for this court.
3. Contact or visit The London Metropolitan Archives and Library, or, hire a professional record searcher to view these records on your behalf, citing information obtained from the index[es]. Officials may send upon request a list of record searchers.
4. You can also visit The Family History Library, or, one of its 4,500 satellite family history centers worldwide and search indexes (see the Family History Library's cataloged entries providing the microfilms so you can have them circulated to the center near you for searching the wills). The information obtained from the index[es] will help you  more quickly search the wills and admons which can also be circulated on microfilm via any family history .

Probate Indexes

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

 

Printed and Published Indexes

  • Abstracts of copy wills, Commissary Court of London [London division], registered wills, 1750-1857
  • Index to testamentary records in the Commissary Court of London (London Division) 1374-1700  by Marc Fitch, available at Society of Genealogists, The Guildhall Library, London Metropolitan Archives and Library, 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 for surnames A-F, is Dr David Wright's London Probate Index on CD and is available. He will provide a search service in his indexes for surnames covering from G-Z at a set fee.

Original Handwritten Indexes

Court probate inventories, 1662-1747 with surnames alpha-arranged

Probate and administration act book, 1667-1675

Calender of Probate & Administrations acts, vols. 1-16, 1660-1810

Microfilmed Indexes at the Family History Library

The indexes as listed in the above are also available covering the years 1662-1810 at The Family History Library and they are on microfilm and may be circulated to each of its satellite Family History Centers worldwide.

The Record Office and Its Probate Collections

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

2009:

January 10         May 9         September 12
January 24         June 13       September 26

February 14       June 27       October 10
February 28       July 11        October 24 
March 14           July 25        November 28
March 28           August 8     December 12
April 25             August 22 


Probate Records of This Court in This Archive

Original Wills 1523-1857

Register Copy Wills 1374-1857 (with gaps)

Probate & Administration Act books 1496-1857 (with gaps)

Administration 1670-1857

Inventories 1666-1667, 1672-1857 (with gaps)

Deposition Books 1537-1722

Personal Answers 1675-1736

Ex Officia Assignation Books 1712-1811

Instance Act Books 1570-1675


Historical Background

Return to the London Probate Records page.

The Commissary Court of London (London Division) had jurisdiction over 94 parishes in Greater London (Middlesex) and the City--including 50 parish within the City of London proper and 44 in the county of Middlesex. When a search of this courts’ probate records fails to provide the desired probate record, be sure to search the Consistory Court of the Bishop of London as well.

Strategies, Tips, Other?

See the above Indexes or those available through the Family History Library or its 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.