Court of the Bishop of Durham (Episcopal Consistory)

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A general explanation of probate records in England, is given in the article England Probate Records.

Description[edit | edit source]

Probate is the legal court process by which the estate of a deceased person is distributed to his or her heirs. The term probate refers to a collection of documents, including wills, administrations (also called admons), inventories, and act books. The Church of England ecclesiastical courts had authority for this process until to 1858.

Indexes[edit | edit source]

Online Indexes[edit | edit source]

Printed and Published Indexes[edit | edit source]

Researching British Probates, 1354-1858: A Guide to the Microfilm Collection of The Family History Library [1]

The Family History Library has film copies of the following.

  • Indexes, 1540-1858.
  • Index of wills, etc., in the Probate registery, Durham, and from other sources, 1540-1599
  • Index to Durham wills in the probate registry 1540-1812
  • Index and complete transcriptions of wills and Inventories pre-1649
  • Personal names in wills proved at Durham 1787-1803
  • Durham Wills [2]
  • Index to Durham wills from 1540 to about 1800
  • Index or extracts from the act books of th Consistory Court of wills and administrations of Durham and Northumberland 1576-1735

Records[edit | edit source]

Archive Location
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Durham County Record Office
County Hall
County Durham DH1 5UL

E-mail: record.​office@​durham.​gov.​uk
Telephone: 0191 ​383 ​3253

Archive Records[edit | edit source]

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

Family History Library Records
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The Family History Library has film copies of original wills, inventories and administrations, 1540-1858. They can be viewed in the library or in one of the family history centers worldwide.

Jurisdiction[edit | edit source]

This court had jurisdiction over the entire county.