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== Step By Step ==
1. First search each index (see below) to help you more quickly find the will, writing down each detail cited in the indexed entry.<br>2. Proceed to the "Probate Records Held in&nbsp;This Archive" (below) to determine what original probate records exist for this court.<br>3. Contact or visit the Hampshire&nbsp;Record Office or,&nbsp;hire a professional record searcher to view these records on your behalf. Officials may send upon request a list of record searchers.<br>4. You can visit The Family History Library, or, one of its 4,500 satellite family history centers worldwide and search indexes to probate records;&nbsp;then with the information obtained from the index[es] you can search more quickly the&nbsp;original wills and admons also&nbsp;on microfilm via any&nbsp;[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/FHC/frameset_fhc.asp centers]&nbsp;near you.<br>
== Indexes ==
==== On the Internet Online Indexes ====
Online indexes are available at the following two websites:<br>
*British Origins has an [http://www.britishorigins.com/ index] of over 500,000 entries&nbsp;for the Surrey and London region from 1470 to 1856&nbsp;(a subscription&nbsp;website).
==== Printed and Published Indexes ====
The West Surrey Family History Society (Cliff Webb) has produced a significant number of indexes to County Surrey wills and other probate records. See their website for further [http://www.wsfhs.org/RecordSeries.htm details on their excellent publications].
 
==== Indexes Available in The Family History Library ====
Click [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=topicdetails&subject=507268&subject_disp=England%2C+Surrey+-+Probate+records+-+Indexes&columns=*,0,0 here] for a list of printed&nbsp;indexes&nbsp;found in&nbsp;the Family History Library.
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== The Records ==
==== Archives Location ====
The original records of the Court of the Archdeaconry of Surrey for 1480-1858 are found at:
Centre for Kentish Studies
Tel. 01622 694363<br>Fax: 01622 694379<br>[mailto:archives@kent.gov.uk archives@kent.gov.uk]
[http://www.kent.gov.uk/leisure-and-culture/archives-and-local-history/archive-centres/centre-for-kentish-studies.htm Website]  ==== Archive Records ==== Add information about the manuscript, printed and digital records in this location.
=== Probates = Archive Records of This Court Held in This Archive ====
The records include probate and administration act books, original wills and registered wills, as well as indexes.
Affidavits, depositions, interrogations, visitation books 1555-1857 <br>
=== Probate Records of This Court in The Family History Library === The Family History Library has probate records (with&nbsp;indexes) on microfilm, microfiche and in print.&nbsp; Those available at&nbsp;the Family History Library in Salt Lake City include copies and abstracts of the [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=topicdetails&subject=330406&subject_disp=England%2C+Surrey+-+Probate+records&columns=*,0,0 records] for 1484-1821.  <br> [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=261612&disp=Probate+records%2C+1542-1857%2C+Kent+C++ Act Books 1542-1858]  [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=10686&disp=Wills%2C+bonds%2C+account+papers%2C+etc++ Original Copy Wills 1538-1857]  [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=231770&disp=Probate+records++ Register Copy Wills 1396-1857]&nbsp;(some missing years)  [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=261612&disp=Probate+records%2C+1542-1857%2C+Kent+C++ Accounts &amp;&nbsp;Inventories&nbsp;1569-1604]  [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=231770&disp=Probate+records++ Inventories 1396-1857]  [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=640685&disp=Testamentary+cause+papers+in+the+Canterb++ Testamentary Cause Papers 1595-1646]&nbsp;  [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=231770&disp=Probate+records++ Index to&nbsp;Wills 1396-1857]<br>[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=261612&disp=Probate+records%2C+1542-1857%2C+Kent+C++ Testamentary Bonds 1667-1672]  [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=261612&disp=Probate+records%2C+1542-1857%2C+Kent+C++ Temporary Administrations (Admons) 1600-1678]&nbsp;  [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=10686&disp=Wills%2C+bonds%2C+account+papers%2C+etc++ Account Papers 1605-1690]  [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=10686&disp=Wills%2C+bonds%2C+account+papers%2C+etc++ Caveats 1627-1809]  [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=10686&disp=Wills%2C+bonds%2C+account+papers%2C+etc++ Renunciation Papers]  [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=10686&disp=Wills%2C+bonds%2C+account+papers%2C+etc++ Affidavits 1829-1857]  [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=10686&disp=Wills%2C+bonds%2C+account+papers%2C+etc++ Testamentary Bonds 1660-1857]  [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&titleno=10686&disp=Wills%2C+bonds%2C+account+papers%2C+etc++&first=101&last=200&columns=*,0,0 Inventory Paprers 1596-1748]  [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&titleno=10686&disp=Wills%2C+bonds%2C+account+papers%2C+etc++&first=101&last=200&columns=*,0,0 Affidavits, depositions, interrogations, visitation books 1555-1857]  =Records = Background ==
This court held fractional jurisdiction inThe Family History Library has probate records (with&nbsp;countyindexes) on microfilm, microfiche and in print.&nbsp;Surrey. Lambeth Parish was transferred after 1837, toThose available at&nbsp;this jurisdictionthe Family History Library in Salt Lake City include copies and abstracts of the [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=topicdetails&nbsp; subject=330406&subject_disp=England%2C+Surrey+-+Probate+records&columns=*,0,0 records] for 1484-1821.<br>
See *[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=261612&disp=Probate+records%2C+1542-1857%2C+Kent+C++ Act Books 1542-1858] *[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=10686&disp=Wills%2C+bonds%2C+account+papers%2C+etc++ Original Copy Wills 1538-1857] *[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=231770&disp=Probate+records++ Register Copy Wills 1396-1857]&nbsp;(some missing years) *[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=261612&disp=Probate+records%2C+1542-1857%2C+Kent+C++ Accounts &amp;&nbsp;Inventories&nbsp;1569-1604] *[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=231770&disp=Probate+records++ Inventories 1396-1857] *[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=640685&disp=Testamentary+cause+papers+in+the+Canterb++ Testamentary Cause Papers 1595-1646]&nbsp;*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=231770&disp=Probate+records++ Index to&nbsp;Wills 1396-1857]*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=261612&disp=Probate+records%2C+1542-1857%2C+Kent+C++ Testamentary Bonds 1667-1672] *[Surrey http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=261612&disp=Probate Jurisdictions+records%2C+1542-1857%2C+Kent+C++ Temporary Administrations (Admons) 1600-1678]&nbsp; *[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=10686&disp=Wills%2C+bonds%2C+account+papers%2C+etc++ Account Papers 1605-1690] *[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=10686&disp=Wills%2C+bonds%2C+account+papers%2C+etc++ Caveats 1627-1809] *[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=10686&disp=Wills%2C+bonds%2C+account+papers%2C+etc++ Renunciation Papers] *[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=10686&disp=Wills%2C+bonds%2C+account+papers%2C+etc++ Affidavits 1829-1857] *[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=10686&disp=Wills%2C+bonds%2C+account+papers%2C+etc++ Testamentary Bonds 1660-1857] *[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&titleno=10686&disp=Wills%2C+bonds%2C+account+papers%2C+etc++&first=101&last=200&columns=*, Parishes A|Surrey probate jurisdiction tables0,0 Inventory Paprers 1596-1748]*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&titleno=10686&disp=Wills%2C+bonds%2C+account+papers%2C+etc++&first=101&last=200&columns=*,0,0 Affidavits, depositions, interrogations, visitation books 1555-1857].
Also search the Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury.  == <span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1258672932639_203" />Jurisdictions: History and BackgroundJurisdiction<br> ==
The Court of the Bishop (Episcopal Consistory) of Canterbury had primary jurisdiction over many parishes in the eastern part of Kent, from Maidstone eastward.&nbsp; The remaining eastern parishes were under the primary jurisdiction of the [[Court of the Archdeaconry of Canterbury|Archdeacon of Canterbury]] (who received his&nbsp;authority from the Bishop of Canterbury).<br>
The Commissary-General of the Archbishop of Canterbury was the judge of the Court of the Bishop (Episcopal Consistory) of Canterbury. He exercised probate jurisdiction within the diocese of Canterbury, and he also exercised the Archbishop’s prerogative throughout the diocese. Therefore, records of probate that would have normally gone through the Archbishop's court, will be found in the records of the Court of the Bishop of Canterbury, particularly before 1759.  == Strategies, Tips, Other? ==
[[Category:Probate_records_in_Surrey]] [[Category:Surrey]] [[Category:Kent]] [[Category:Province_of_Canterbury|Canterbury]]
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