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The Court of the Bishop (Episcopal Consistory) of Canterbury had primary jurisdiction over many Parishes in the Eastern part of Kent.  From Maidstone Eastward.
  
 
== Step By Step  ==
 
== 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 "Records" (below) to determine what 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.
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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 "Records" (below) to determine what 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;[[Introduction to Family History Centers|centers&nbsp;]]near you.
  
 
== Indexes  ==
 
== Indexes  ==
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==== Online Indexes  ====
 
==== Online Indexes  ====
  
Online indexes are available at the following&nbsp;three websites:<br>
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*The East Kent Archealogical Society has created online indexes to [https://wills.canterbury-cathedral.org/ East Kent probate records] from 1396-1858.  
 
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*Maureen Rawson's [http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mrawson/probate.html Kent Genealogy], including an index to some wills and inventories,&nbsp;through the Freepages on Rootsweb.Ancestry.com.
Online Indexes
 
 
 
*The East Kent Archealogical Society has created [http://www.kentarchaeology.ac/ekwills_a/index.html online indexes to East Kent probate records] from 1396-1858.
 
*Wills have been created for&nbsp;the "names of...people appearing in the wills of testators residing in the County of Surrey, England (and nine other Counties)."&nbsp; It is known as [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~engsurry/ The Surrey Plus Wills Index]. Currently it is a partial index to Surrey Wills.
 
*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  ====
 
==== 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].
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The British Index Library has published indexes to the records of the Consistory and Archdeaconry Courts of Canterbury jointly.&nbsp; These are available at the Kent Archives Services and at the Family History Library (see Records below for both).&nbsp; They are as follows:
 
 
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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*Wills and administrations 1396-1558, 1640-1650 ([https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F237842 vol. 50])
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*Administrations 1539-1545 and Wills&nbsp;&amp; administrations 1558-1577 ([https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F237842 vol. 65])&nbsp;&nbsp;
  
 
== Records  ==
 
== Records  ==
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==== Archives Location  ====
 
==== Archives Location  ====
  
The records of the Court of the Archdeaconry of Surrey for 1480-1858 are found at:  
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The records of the Court of the&nbsp;Bishop of Canterbury&nbsp;for 1396-1857 are found at:  
 
 
Centre for Kentish Studies
 
 
 
Sessions house
 
 
 
County Hall
 
 
 
Maidstone ME14 1XQ
 
 
 
ENGLAND
 
 
 
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 ====
 
 
 
The records include probate and administration act books, original wills and registered wills, as well as indexes.
 
 
 
Act Books 1542-1858
 
 
 
Original Copy Wills 1538-1857
 
 
 
Register Copy Wills 1396-1857 (some missing years)
 
 
 
Accounts &amp; Inventories 1569-1604
 
 
 
Inventories 1396-1857
 
 
 
Testamentary Cause Papers 1595-1646
 
 
 
Index to Wills 1396-1857<br>Testamentary Bonds 1667-1672
 
 
 
Temporary Administrations (Admons) 1600-1678
 
 
 
Account Papers 1605-1690
 
 
 
Caveats 1627-1809
 
  
Renunciation Papers
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Kent Archives Service<br>Sessions house<br>County Hall<br>Maidstone ME14 1XQ <br>ENGLAND <br>Tel. 01622 694363<br>Fax: 01622 694379<br>Email: [mailto:archives@kent.gov.uk archives@kent.gov.uk] <br>Website: [http://www.kent.gov.uk/leisure_and_culture/archives_and_local_history.aspx http://www.kent.gov.uk/leisure_and_culture/archives_and_local_history.aspx] &nbsp;
  
Affidavits 1829-1857
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==== Archive Records  ====
  
Testamentary Bonds 1660-1857
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The records include:
  
Inventory Paprers 1596-1748  
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*Original and Copy Wills 1538-1857
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*Register Copy Wills 1396-1857 (some missing years; with indexes)
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*Administration Bonds (Admons) 1660-1857
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*Act Books 1542-1857 (indexed from 1577)
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*Testamentary Bonds 1660-1857
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*Inventory Papers 1596-1748  
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*Inventory Registers 1566-69, 1597-1638 (indexed from 1606)
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*Accounts &amp; Inventories 1569-1604
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*Temporary Administrations 1600-42, 1661-78 (indexed)&nbsp;
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*Guardians Registers 1631-1763 (indexed)
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*Caveats 1627-49, 1660-1809 (most indexed)
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*Renunciation Papers&nbsp; 1660-1814
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*Account&nbsp;Registers 1605-39, 1671-90
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*Inventories 1396-1857
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*Testamentary Cause Papers 1595-1646
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*Affidavits, depositions, interrogations, visitation books, and&nbsp;papers and accounts&nbsp;1555-1857 <br>
  
Affidavits, depositions, interrogations, visitation books 1555-1857 <br>
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=== Family History Library Records  ===
  
=== Family History Library Records ===
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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 {{FHL|330406|subject-id|disp=records}} for 1484-1821.<br>
  
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>
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*{{FHL|261612|title-id|disp=Act Books 1542-1858}}
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*{{FHL|10686|title-id|disp=Original Copy Wills 1538-1857}}
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*{{FHL|231770|title-id|disp=Register Copy Wills 1396-1857}}&nbsp;(some missing years)  
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*{{FHL|261612|title-id|disp=Accounts &amp;&nbsp;Inventories&nbsp;1569-1604}}
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*{{FHL|231770|title-id|disp=Inventories 1396-1857}}
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*{{FHL|640685|title-id|disp=Testamentary Cause Papers 1595-1646}}&nbsp;
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*{{FHL|231770|title-id|disp=Index to&nbsp;Wills 1396-1857}}
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*{{FHL|261612|title-id|disp=Testamentary Bonds 1667-1672}}
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*{{FHL|261612|title-id|disp=Temporary Administrations (Admons) 1600-1678}}&nbsp;
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*{{FHL|10686|title-id|disp=Account Papers 1605-1690}}
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*{{FHL|10686|title-id|disp=Caveats 1627-1809}}
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*{{FHL|10686|title-id|disp=Renunciation Papers}}
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*{{FHL|10686|title-id|disp=Affidavits 1829-1857}}
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*{{FHL|10686|title-id|disp=Testamentary Bonds 1660-1857}}
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*{{FHL|10686|title-id|disp=Inventory Paprers 1596-1748}}
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*{{FHL|10686|title-id|disp=Affidavits, depositions, interrogations, visitation books 1555-1857}}
  
*[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++ Act Books 1542-1858]
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== Jurisdiction  ==
*[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]
 
*[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]
 
  
== <span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1258672932639_203" />Jurisdiction<br> ==
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The Court of the Bishop (Episcopal Consistory) of Canterbury had primary jurisdiction over many parishes in the eastern part of Kent, from Maidstone eastward. The remaining eastern parishes were under the primary jurisdiction of the [[Court of the Archdeaconry of Canterbury|Archdeacon of Canterbury]] (who received his authority from the Bishop of Canterbury).<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>
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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.  
  
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.
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After 1837, this court also had jurisdiction over the Surrey parishes of Addington and Lambeth.&nbsp; See [[Surrey Probate Records|Surrey Probate Records]].  
  
[[Category:Probate_records_in_Surrey]] [[Category:Surrey]] [[Category:Kent]] [[Category:Province_of_Canterbury|Canterbury]]
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[[Category:Kent Probate Records]]

Latest revision as of 16:44, 29 October 2020

The Court of the Bishop (Episcopal Consistory) of Canterbury had primary jurisdiction over many Parishes in the Eastern part of Kent. From Maidstone Eastward.

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.
2. Proceed to "Records" (below) to determine what probate records exist for this court.
3. Contact or visit the Hampshire Record Office or, hire a professional record searcher to view these records on your behalf. Officials may send upon request a list of record searchers.
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; 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

Online Indexes

  • The East Kent Archealogical Society has created online indexes to East Kent probate records from 1396-1858.
  • Maureen Rawson's Kent Genealogy, including an index to some wills and inventories, through the Freepages on Rootsweb.Ancestry.com.

Printed and Published Indexes

The British Index Library has published indexes to the records of the Consistory and Archdeaconry Courts of Canterbury jointly.  These are available at the Kent Archives Services and at the Family History Library (see Records below for both).  They are as follows:

  • Wills and administrations 1396-1558, 1640-1650 (vol. 50)
  • Administrations 1539-1545 and Wills & administrations 1558-1577 (vol. 65)  

Records

Archives Location

The records of the Court of the Bishop of Canterbury for 1396-1857 are found at:

Kent Archives Service
Sessions house
County Hall
Maidstone ME14 1XQ
ENGLAND
Tel. 01622 694363
Fax: 01622 694379
Email: archives@kent.gov.uk
Website: http://www.kent.gov.uk/leisure_and_culture/archives_and_local_history.aspx  

Archive Records

The records include:

  • Original and Copy Wills 1538-1857
  • Register Copy Wills 1396-1857 (some missing years; with indexes)
  • Administration Bonds (Admons) 1660-1857
  • Act Books 1542-1857 (indexed from 1577)
  • Testamentary Bonds 1660-1857
  • Inventory Papers 1596-1748
  • Inventory Registers 1566-69, 1597-1638 (indexed from 1606)
  • Accounts & Inventories 1569-1604
  • Temporary Administrations 1600-42, 1661-78 (indexed) 
  • Guardians Registers 1631-1763 (indexed)
  • Caveats 1627-49, 1660-1809 (most indexed)
  • Renunciation Papers  1660-1814
  • Account Registers 1605-39, 1671-90
  • Inventories 1396-1857
  • Testamentary Cause Papers 1595-1646
  • Affidavits, depositions, interrogations, visitation books, and papers and accounts 1555-1857

Family History Library Records

The Family History Library has probate records (with indexes) on microfilm, microfiche and in print.  Those available at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City include copies and abstracts of the records for 1484-1821.

Jurisdiction

The Court of the Bishop (Episcopal Consistory) of Canterbury had primary jurisdiction over many parishes in the eastern part of Kent, from Maidstone eastward. The remaining eastern parishes were under the primary jurisdiction of the Archdeacon of Canterbury (who received his authority from the Bishop of Canterbury).

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.

After 1837, this court also had jurisdiction over the Surrey parishes of Addington and Lambeth.  See Surrey Probate Records.