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Court of the Commissary of the Sacrist of St Edmunds

A general explanation of probate records in England, is given in the article England Probate Records.

Step by Step

1. First search each index (see below) to help you more quickly find the will or administration (admon), 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 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. 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.


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Suffolk Record Office - Ipswich
Gatacre Road

Ipswich IP1 2LQ

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Telephone: 01473 584560 (Public Service Manager)

Fax: 01473 584533


Archive Records

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See the Court of the Archdeaconry of Sudbury.

Family History Library Records

See the Court of the Archdeaconry of Sudbury.


The Archdeaconry Court of Sudbury included also the records of the Court of the Sacrist of St. Edmund’s Abbey for the Peculiar of Bury St. Edmunds, 1354-1539, which then became the Episcopal Commissary Court for Bury St. Edmunds and was officially annexed to the Archdeaconry of Sudbury in 1844. For practical purposes, however, the probate business of the two courts was largely merged from 1566 and there are no separate registers after that date.[1]

  1. Camp, Anthony J. Wills and Their Whereabouts. London: published by author, 1974; page 129.