England, Staffordshire, Dioceses Of Lichfield and Coventry Wills and Probate - FamilySearch Historical Records

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Staffordshire, England
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Record Description
Record Type Wills and probates
Collection years 1521-1860
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Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Archive Service: Staffordshire County Record Office


English Dioceses ca. 1509-1547

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

This collection contains wills, inventories, letters of administration and probate proceedings for the dioceses of Coventry and Litchfield. These diocese include locations in the counties of Derbyshire, the northern part of Shropshire, Staffordshire, and the north and east portions of Warwickshire.

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