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== 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 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>
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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;[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/FHC/frameset_fhc.asp centers]&nbsp;near you.
  
 
== Indexes  ==
 
== Indexes  ==
  
==== On the Internet  ====
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==== Online Indexes ====
  
 
Online indexes are available at the following two websites:<br>
 
Online indexes are available at the following two websites:<br>
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*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).
 
*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 Indexes  ====
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==== 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].  
 
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.  
 
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  ==
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== Records  ==
  
=== Archives Location  ===
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==== Archives Location  ====
  
The original 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 Archdeaconry of Surrey for 1480-1858 are found at:  
  
 
Centre for Kentish Studies  
 
Centre for Kentish Studies  
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Tel. 01622 694363<br>Fax: 01622 694379<br>[mailto:archives@kent.gov.uk archives@kent.gov.uk]  
 
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]  
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[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 Records of This Court Held in This Archive  ===
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==== Archive Records ====
  
 
The records include probate and administration act books, original wills and registered wills, as well as indexes.  
 
The records include probate and administration act books, original wills and registered wills, as well as indexes.  
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Affidavits, depositions, interrogations, visitation books 1555-1857 <br>
 
Affidavits, depositions, interrogations, visitation books 1555-1857 <br>
  
=== Probate Records of This Court in The Family History Library ===
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=== Family History Library Records ===
 
 
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.
 
 
 
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[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]
 
 
 
== Background  ==
 
  
This court held fractional jurisdiction in&nbsp;county&nbsp;Surrey. Lambeth Parish was transferred after 1837, to&nbsp;this jurisdiction.&nbsp;
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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 [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>
  
See the&nbsp;[[Surrey Probate Jurisdictions, Parishes A|Surrey probate jurisdiction tables]].
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*[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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*[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]
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*[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)
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*[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]
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*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=231770&disp=Probate+records++ Inventories 1396-1857]
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*[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;  
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*[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]
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*[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]
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*[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;
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*[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]
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*[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]
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*[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]
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*[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]
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*[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]
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*[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]  
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*[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.
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== <span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1258672932639_203" />Jurisdiction<br> ==
 
 
== <span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1258672932639_203" />Jurisdictions: History and Background<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 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.  
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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.
 
 
== Strategies, Tips, Other?  ==
 
  
 
[[Category:Probate_records_in_Surrey]] [[Category:Surrey]] [[Category:Kent]] [[Category:Province_of_Canterbury|Canterbury]]
 
[[Category:Probate_records_in_Surrey]] [[Category:Surrey]] [[Category:Kent]] [[Category:Province_of_Canterbury|Canterbury]]

Revision as of 11:36, 4 February 2010

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Step By Step[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Online Indexes[edit | edit source]

Online indexes are available at the following two websites:

  • Wills have been created for the "names of...people appearing in the wills of testators residing in the County of Surrey, England (and nine other Counties)."  It is known as The Surrey Plus Wills Index. Currently it is a partial index to Surrey Wills.
  • British Origins has an index of over 500,000 entries for the Surrey and London region from 1470 to 1856 (a subscription website).

Printed and Published Indexes[edit | edit source]

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 details on their excellent publications.

Click here for a list of printed indexes found in the Family History Library.


Records[edit | edit source]

Archives Location[edit | edit source]

The records of the Court of the Archdeaconry of Surrey for 1480-1858 are found at:

Centre for Kentish Studies

Sessions house

County Hall

Maidstone ME14 1XQ

ENGLAND

Tel. 01622 694363
Fax: 01622 694379
archives@kent.gov.uk

Website

Archive Records[edit | edit source]

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 & Inventories 1569-1604

Inventories 1396-1857

Testamentary Cause Papers 1595-1646

Index to Wills 1396-1857
Testamentary Bonds 1667-1672

Temporary Administrations (Admons) 1600-1678

Account Papers 1605-1690

Caveats 1627-1809

Renunciation Papers

Affidavits 1829-1857

Testamentary Bonds 1660-1857

Inventory Paprers 1596-1748

Affidavits, depositions, interrogations, visitation books 1555-1857

Family History Library Records[edit | edit source]

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
[edit | edit source]

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.