Court of the Archdeaconry of Huntingdon (Herts div.)

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Before 1858, the grant of probate or letters of administration for estates was within the jurisdiction of the ecclesiastical courts in England. Seventy six Hertfordshire parishes fell within the jurisdiction of the Archdeaconry of Huntingdon in the Herts or Hitchin division. Below is a step by step guide to finding these probate records including wills.

Step by Step[edit | edit source]

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 to "Records" (below) to determine what probate records exist for this court. Also see "Family History Library Records."

3. Contact or visit the Hertfordshire 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 center near you.

Indexes[edit | edit source]

Online Indexes[edit | edit source]

Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies has compiled an online index to Wills, 1413 - 1857 as part of the Hertfordshire Names Online. In "advanced search" mode, you may search on:

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Document delivery by email is available for a fee.

Printed and Published Indexes[edit | edit source]

Wills at Hertford 1415-1858

Index to wills of the Archdeaconries of St. Albans and Huntingdon (Hitchin), 1415-1857

Index to inventories 1607-1857 on Family History Library Film 187855 and Index to Admon Bonds on Family History Library Film 187904 which is in this catalog source listing. Index

The Society of Genealogists in London, England has Indexes.

Records[edit | edit source]

Archive Location[edit | edit source]

Archive Records[edit | edit source]

  • HALS: original wills, 1585-1857; will registers, 1557-1843; inventories, 1568-1789; admons and accounts, 1609-1857.
  • Huntingdon: will registers, 1479-1652 containing Hertfordshire entries.

Family History Library Records[edit | edit source]

The Family History Library has a collection of the probate records on Microfilm as follows:

Probate records of the Hitchin Division of the Court of the Archdeaconry of Huntingdon, 1529-1857

Probate records of the Archdeaconry of Huntingdon, 1585-1858

Admon Act Books and Bonds cover this jurisdiction with this catalog source listing

Jurisdiction[edit | edit source]

Includes the early records 1479-1609 at Huntingdon mingled with those of the Huntingdonshire division. This court was in the diocese of Lincoln. It had jurisdiction over all of Huntingdonshire except for the Prebends. From 1479-1609 the Hitchin Division of the Archdeaconry of Huntingdon also had jurisdiction over these parishes:

  • Aldbury
  • Aldenham
  • Ardley
  • Ashwell
  • Aspenden
  • Aston
  • Ayot
  • Baldock
  • Bayford
  • Bengoe
  • Benington
  • Berkhamstead
  • Bovingdon
  • Bramfield
  • Broadfield
  • Bygrave
  • Caldecote
  • Clothall
  • Cottered
  • Datchworth
  • Digswell
  • Digswell
  • Essendon
  • Flamstead
  • Flaunded
  • Graveley & Chesfield
  • Great Gaddesden
  • Great Munden
  • Great Wymondley
  • Harpenden
  • Hatfield
  • Hemel Hempstead
  • Hertford city parishes
  • Hertingfordbury
  • Hinxworth
  • Hitchin
  • Ickleford
  • Ippollitts
  • Kelshall
  • Kensworth
  • Kimpton
  • King's Langley
  • King's Walden
  • Knebworth
  • Letchworth
  • Lilley
  • Little Berkhamsted
  • Little Gaddesden
  • Little Munden
  • Little Wymondley
  • Minsden
  • North Mimms
  • Offley
  • Pirton
  • Puttenham
  • Radwell
  • Rushden
  • Sacombe
  • Sandon
  • Shenley
  • Stapleford
  • Stevenage
  • Tewin
  • Therfield
  • Throcking
  • Totteridge
  • Tring
  • Walkern
  • Wallington
  • Watton-at-Stone
  • Welwyn
  • Westmill
  • Weston
  • Wheathampstead
  • Wiggington
  • Willian