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England, Durham Diocese, Allertonshire Peculiar Administration Bonds and Inventories 1670-1808
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Record Description
Record Type Administration Bonds and Inventories
Collection years 1670-1808
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Durham University Library

What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection consists of digitized probate records from the hundred of Allertonshire in Yorkshire for the years 1670-1808. The parishes and chapels of Brampton, Deighton, High Worsall, Kirby Sigston, Northallerton and West Rounton are included in this collection.

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Definitions[edit | edit source]

Hundred:an administrative division (county) that is geographically part of a larger region.
Ordinary:an officer of a church or civic authority who by reason of office has ordinary power to execute laws.
Peculiar:a parish that is administered by a diocese other than the one where it is actually located. It is exempted from the jurisdiction of the ordinary or bishop in whose diocese it lies and is governed by another. In this case, it is several parishes administered by the Diocese of Durham, rather than by the Diocese of York.
Bond:a written guarantee that a person will faithfully perform the tasks assigned to him by a probate court.
Inventory:list of belongings and their values, including such items as household goods, tools, and personal items. Occupations are often mentioned.
The executor posted a testamentary bond, the administrator posted an administration bond, and the guardian of a minor child posted a bond of tuition or curation.

To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection using the waypoints on the Collection Browse Page for England, Durham Diocese, Allertonshire Peculiar Administration Bonds and Inventories, 1670-1808.

These records are sorted by reference numbers. For assistance with searching, see the section How Do I Search This Collection?.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:


  • Surname and Given Name of the Participant
  • Age of Participant
  • Gender of Participant
  • Current Residence and Previous Residences
  • Current Occupation


  • Name of property owner
  • Address or residence
  • A list of personal assets

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

This collection primarily contains two types of probate records, namely, bonds and inventories. Probate records of other types may be present in the collection, but in only a very small percentage.

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How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of the person you are looking for
  • Approximate date of death

View the Images[edit | edit source]

There are several ways you can view the images.

  1. The records in this collection are linked to an index on Durham University's website. Search Durham University Probate Database. Fill in as much information as you know and click on Search Database. This will allow you to view the images.
  2. This collection is sorted by Reference Numbers. For example: DPRI/6/B/1670/C1. The number 1670 refers to the year. The letter after the year "C" refers to the first letter of the surname. The number 1 indicates that there may be more than one person with a surname beginning with that letter. If you already know the approximate year and the surname, you can go directly to the images by visiting the Browse Page.

  3. Another option is looking through the Allertonshire Administration Bonds and Inventories Catalogue on the Durham University's website. The names, years, and reference numbers are listed.

Some of the records in this collection may be written in an old script that can be challenging to read. Refer to BYU’s Script Tutorial for assistance with reading the records.

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking for, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Add any new information to your records
  • Save or print a copy of the image if possible
  • Use the information which has been discovered to find more. For instance, use the age listed in the record to estimate a year of birth, if that is yet undetermined
  • Use the information which has been discovered to find the individual in other records. Particularly useful for research in nineteenth-century England are the England Census, parish registers, and civil registration records
  • Continue to search the collection to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking for, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • When looking for a person with a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which individual is correct. Use other information, such as place of birth, age, occupation, or names of parents, to determine which candidate is the correct person
  • Check for variants of given names and surnames
  • For much of the period of this collection, spelling was not standardized; pay special attention to how the name should have been pronounced and try variations on the pronunciation
  • Simple clerical errors were also always possible
  • Individuals were often listed under a middle name, a nickname, or an abbreviation of their given name
  • Vary the search terms. For example, search by either the given name or surname to return broader list of possible candidates which can then be examined for matches. Alternatively, try expanding the date range
  • Search the records of nearby locations
    • Tyne, Wear, and Northumberland to the north
    • Cumbria to the west
    • North Yorkshire to the south

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

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Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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