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[[Huntingdonshire]]  
 
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For an explanation of probate records in England, click [[England Probate Records|here]].<br>  
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The following article is about probate records in the county of Huntingdonshire. For an explanation of probate records in England, click [[England Probate Records|here]].<br>  
  
 
== Getting Started  ==
 
== Getting Started  ==
  
Probate is the legal court process by which the estate of a deceased person is distributed to his/her&nbsp;heirs.&nbsp;
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''Probate'' is the legal court process by which the estate of a deceased person is distributed to his or her heirs. The Church of England ecclesiastical courts had authority for this process until to 1858. Beginning in 1858, authority over probate matters was taken from ecclesiastical courts and put under the civil authority of the Principal Probate Registry. The Post-1857 Probate Records section below contains links to additional information about the records of this court.
  
In order to find a probate record for your ancestor, you must answer two questions:  
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To look for a probate record before 1858:<br>
  
#When did your ancestor die?
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#Discover when and where your ancestor died. If you don’t know, use the approximate date and place where they lived. <br>
#Where did your ancestor live or own property?
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#Go to [https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Cumberland_Probate_Records#Court_Jurisdictions Court Jurisdictions] section below.<br>
 
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#Click a letter or span of letters for your place. This opens a jurisdictions table.<br>
A key date is 1858, when probate authority was taken from the ecclesiatical courts of the Church of England and given to&nbsp;the civil government.&nbsp;
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#Follow the instructions on the jurisdictions table page.<br>
 
 
*If your ancestor died before 1858, his/her probate would have been proven by an ecclesiatical court and it is important to know where he/she lived, as that will determine which courts had jurisdiction.&nbsp;
 
*If you know where your ancestor lived before 1858, you should go to the '''Court Jurisdictions'''&nbsp;section below&nbsp;to determine what courts had jurisdiction over your ancestor's place of residence.&nbsp;
 
*Beginning in 1858, probate authority was&nbsp;vested in&nbsp;the '''Principal Probate Registry''' system.&nbsp; For more information, scroll to the '''Post-1857 Probate Records''' section at the bottom of the page.
 
 
 
Once you have answered the two questions and determined the courts, look for indexes. Indexes will be found on the individual court pages (when you click on a court name) or in the '''Probate Indexes''' section below.<br>  
 
  
 
== Huntingdonshire Probate Courts  ==
 
== Huntingdonshire Probate Courts  ==
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== Court Jurisdictions  ==
 
== Court Jurisdictions  ==
  
Before 1858, all of Huntingdonshire, with just a few exceptions, was under the primary probate jurisdiction of the [[Court of the Commissary of the Bishop of Lincoln and of the Archdeacon in the Archdeaconry of Huntingdon]]. <br>
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Before 1858 all of Huntingdonshire, with just a few exceptions, was under the primary probate jurisdiction of the [[Court of the Commissary of the Bishop of Lincoln and of the Archdeacon in the Archdeaconry of Huntingdon]]. The exceptions were a few places and parishes considered [[P genealogical glossary terms|peculiars]] and their courts will be found in the jurisdiction lists through the links below.
  
The exceptions were a few places and parishes considered 'peculiars' and their courts will be found in the jurisdiction lists through the links below.
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[[Huntingdonshire Probate Jurisdictions, Parishes A-D|A-D]] &nbsp; [[Huntingdonshire Probate Jurisdictions, Parishes E-G|E-G]] &nbsp; [[Huntingdonshire Probate Jurisdictions, Parishes H-O|H-O]] &nbsp; [[Huntingdonshire Probate Jurisdictions, Parishes P-S|P-S]] &nbsp; [[Huntingdonshire Probate Jurisdictions, Parishes T-Z|T-Z]] &nbsp;
  
[[Huntingdonshire Probate Jurisdictions, Parishes A-D|A-D]] &nbsp; [[Huntingdonshire Probate Jurisdictions, Parishes E-G|E-G]] &nbsp; [[Huntingdonshire Probate Jurisdictions, Parishes H-O|H-O]] &nbsp; [[Huntingdonshire Probate Jurisdictions, Parishes P-S|P-S]] &nbsp; [[Huntingdonshire Probate Jurisdictions, Parishes T-Z|T-Z]] &nbsp;
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== Probate Indexes<br>  ==
  
Search courts in the order given. Search indexes first. Indexes will be found by clicking the name of a court. <br>
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'''Note: '''List here any that are combined indexes for several of the courts. If an index covers only one of the courts, the index should be listed on that court's page.  
  
 
== Estate Duty Records<br>  ==
 
== Estate Duty Records<br>  ==
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Beginning in 1858, the government took over the&nbsp;settlement of estates and all&nbsp;wills are now probated through the Principal Probate Registry system.&nbsp; The system consists of 11 district registry offices and&nbsp;18 sub-district registries, located throughout England and Wales, and&nbsp;the principal registry&nbsp;office located in London.&nbsp; The records are available through the office of Her Majesty's Courts Service.&nbsp; To learn more, go to the [http://www.hmcourts-service.gov.uk/infoabout/civil/probate/index.htm HMCS website].  
 
Beginning in 1858, the government took over the&nbsp;settlement of estates and all&nbsp;wills are now probated through the Principal Probate Registry system.&nbsp; The system consists of 11 district registry offices and&nbsp;18 sub-district registries, located throughout England and Wales, and&nbsp;the principal registry&nbsp;office located in London.&nbsp; The records are available through the office of Her Majesty's Courts Service.&nbsp; To learn more, go to the [http://www.hmcourts-service.gov.uk/infoabout/civil/probate/index.htm HMCS website].  
  
A&nbsp;country-wide surname index to the records is available, so it is much easier to look for post-1857 wills.&nbsp; The [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=208102&disp=Calendar+of+the+grants+of+probate+and+le%20%20&columns=*,0,0 indexes] for 1858-1957 and the [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=authordetails&authorno=301365&name=Great+Britain.+Principal+Probate+Registry&columns=*,0,0 records] for 1858-1925 are available on microfilm at the Family History Library.  
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A&nbsp;country-wide surname index to the records is available, so it is much easier to look for post-1857 wills.&nbsp; The [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=208102&disp=Calendar+of+the+grants+of+probate+and+le%20%20&columns=*,0,0 indexes] for 1858-1957 and the [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=authordetails&authorno=301365&name=Great+Britain.+Principal+Probate+Registry&columns=*,0,0 records] for 1858-1925 are available on microfilm at the Family History Library. Films can be viewed in the library or in a [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/FHC/frameset_fhc.asp family history center].<br>  
 
 
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Huntingdonshire

The following article is about probate records in the county of Huntingdonshire. For an explanation of probate records in England, click here.

Getting Started

Probate is the legal court process by which the estate of a deceased person is distributed to his or her heirs. The Church of England ecclesiastical courts had authority for this process until to 1858. Beginning in 1858, authority over probate matters was taken from ecclesiastical courts and put under the civil authority of the Principal Probate Registry. The Post-1857 Probate Records section below contains links to additional information about the records of this court.

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 Court Jurisdictions section below.
  3. Click a letter or span of letters for your place. This opens a jurisdictions table.
  4. Follow the instructions on the jurisdictions table page.

Huntingdonshire Probate Courts

The following ecclesiastical courts had some probate jurisdiction over the county of Cumberland prior to 1858. Click on a court name to learn more about its records, indexes and finding a probate for your ancestor. To determine which court, go to the Court Jurisdictions section below.

Appeals Courts

Any probate that was disputed and could not be settled by the county courts could be sent to these higher appeals courts:

Some Explanatory Notes on the Huntingdonshire Probate Courts

Court Jurisdictions

Before 1858 all of Huntingdonshire, with just a few exceptions, was under the primary probate jurisdiction of the Court of the Commissary of the Bishop of Lincoln and of the Archdeacon in the Archdeaconry of Huntingdon. The exceptions were a few places and parishes considered peculiars and their courts will be found in the jurisdiction lists through the links below.

A-D   E-G   H-O   P-S   T-Z  

Probate Indexes

Note: List here any that are combined indexes for several of the courts. If an index covers only one of the courts, the index should be listed on that court's page.

Estate Duty Records

Starting in 1796, a tax or death duty was payable on estates over a certain value. Estate duty abstracts may add considerable information not found elsewhere. Between 1813-1858 estate duty indexes may help locate a will. For more information, go to Estate Duty Records.

Post-1857 Probate Records

Beginning in 1858, the government took over the settlement of estates and all wills are now probated through the Principal Probate Registry system.  The system consists of 11 district registry offices and 18 sub-district registries, located throughout England and Wales, and the principal registry office located in London.  The records are available through the office of Her Majesty's Courts Service.  To learn more, go to the HMCS website.

A country-wide surname index to the records is available, so it is much easier to look for post-1857 wills.  The indexes for 1858-1957 and the records for 1858-1925 are available on microfilm at the Family History Library. Films can be viewed in the library or in a family history center.