Court of the Bishop of Bristol (Episcopal Consistory Court of Bristol, Dorset Genealogy Division)

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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 original probate records exist for this court. Also see "Family History Library Records."
3. Contact or visit the  Dorset History Centre 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.

Indexes[edit | edit source]

Online Indexes[edit | edit source]

Printed and Published Indexes[edit | edit source]

Wills and administrations, 1568-1807

A calendar of wills and administrations relating to the county of Dorset proved in the Consistory court (Dorsetshire division) of the late diocese of Bristol, 1681-1792.

Records[edit | edit source]

Archive Locations[edit | edit source]

Dorset History Centre
Bridport Road
United Kingdom

General Enquiries
Name: Dorset History Centre
Tel: 01305 250550
Fax: 01305 257184

Archive Records[edit | edit source]

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

Family History Library Records[edit | edit source]

Wills and administrations, 1568-1807

Jurisdictions[edit | edit source]

The Diocese of Bristol was formed in 1542, prior to that year Dorset was in the Diocese of Salisbury. The earliest record of the Episcopal Consistory Court of Salisbury is dated 1526.