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''[[England Genealogy|England]]&nbsp;[[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Essex, England Genealogy|Essex]]&nbsp;[[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Essex Probate Records|Essex Probate Records]]'' <br>
  
Portions of County Essex court jurisdictions have always been associated with Greater London and the County of Middlesex. When the precise Essex parish of residence at the time of death is unknown, recourse has to be made to the records of the jurisdictions relating not only to Essex but to London and Middlesex as well. Essex County is divided mostly into the following five main probate jurisdictions:
 
  
1. Court of the Archdeaconry of Essex
 
2. Archdeaconry Court of Colchester
 
3. Commissary Court of the Bishop of London (Essex & Hertfordshire Division)
 
4. Commissary Court of the Bishop of London (London Division)
 
5. Archdeaconry Court of Middlesex (Essex & Hertfordshire Division)
 
  
The rest of Essex County is divided up into several smaller peculiar court jurisdictions. The majority of genealogical searches should be made in the records of the above five major courts. The following is a complete listing of the probate courts holding peculiar jurisdiction (or granted special privileges to probate wills) in Essex County:
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''Probate'' is the legal court process by which the estate of a deceased person is distributed to his or her heirs. The term ''probate'' refers to a collection of documents, including [[W genealogical glossary terms|wills]], [[A genealogical glossary terms|administrations]] (also called admons), [[I genealogical glossary terms|inventories]], and [[A genealogical glossary terms|act books]]. <br>
  
• Peculiar of the Archbishop of Canterbury in the Peculiar Deanery of Bocking
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<br>Below is a list of Essex places beginning with the letter 'A' and the ecclesiastical courts with pre-1858 probate jurisdiction over them.&nbsp; Once you have identified a court of interest, search [[Essex Probate Records|indexes]].&nbsp; Search the courts in the order given.&nbsp; Click on a court name for more information about the court.
• Peculiar Court of Good Easter
 
• Peculiar Court of Writtle and Roxwell
 
• Peculiar of the Liberty of the Sokens
 
• Peculiar Court of Hornchurch (& Romford and Havering-atte-Bowers)
 
• Peculiar Court of the Dean & Chapter of St Pauls (London)
 
• Royal Peculiar of the Dean & Chapter of Westminster
 
  
Other probate courts holding higher jurisdictions include:
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To see a list of other Essex places, click on a letter link:  
  
• Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury (P.C.C.)
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In the diocese of Canterbury, the Commissary-General exercised probate jurisdiction within the diocese. He also exercised the Archbishop’s prerogative throughout the diocese, and prerogative probate records exist from 1397 to about 1759 in the records of the Court of the Episcopal Consistory of Canterbury.
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<br>1. Find the place where your ancestor lived in the first column. <br>2. Click on the court name in the second column to learn where to find the records and indexes.<br>3. Click on each name of the court in the third column if the record isn't found in the first court.<br>4. Search last the [[Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury]].  
The Court of the Provost of the College of Wingham was closed in 1547. After that date wills of residents living in the parishes of this jurisdiction are found in the records of the Court of the Episcopal Consistory of Canterbury.  
 
  
[edit] Kent Parishes and Their Probate Jurisdictions
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<br>If no will is found, your ancestor may not have left one.<br><br>
  
To see a list of Kent parishes and the courts with probate jurisdiction over them, click on the letter the parish name begins with.
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! style="background: #ffdead" width="15%" | PARISH
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! style="background: #ffdead" width="40%" | PRIMARY COURT
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! style="background: #ffdead" width="40%" | SECONDARY COURTS - IN SEARCH ORDER
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| Abberton
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| [[Court of the Archdeaconry of Colchester]]
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| 2 - [[Court of the Commissary of the Bishop of London (Essex & Hertfordshire Division)]]
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3 - [[Court of the Bishop of London (Episcopal Consistory)]]
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|-
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| Abbess Roding
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| [[Court of the Archdeaconry of Essex]]
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| 2 - [[Court of the Archdeaconry of Middlesex (Middlesex Division)]]
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3 - [[Court of the Archdeaconry of Colchester]]
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4 - [[Court of the Commissary of the Bishop of London (Essex & Hertfordshire Division)]]
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5 - [[Archdeaconry Court of Middlesex (Middlesex Division)]]
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|-
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| Aldham
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| [[Court of the Commissary of the Bishop of London (Essex & Hertfordshire Division)]]
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| 2 - [[Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury]]
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|-
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| All Saints in Stanway and Lexden
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| [[Court of the Archdeaconry of Colchester]]
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2 - [[Court of the Commissary of the Bishop of London (Essex & Hertfordshire Division)]]
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3 - [[Court of the Bishop of London (Episcopal Consistory)]]
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|-
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| Alphamstone
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| [[Court of the Archdeaconry of Middlesex (Essex & Hertfordshire Division)]]
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| 2 - [[Court of the Commissary of the Bishop of London (Essex & Hertfordshire Division)]]
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3 - [[Court of the Bishop of London (Episcopal Consistory)]]
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|-
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| Alresford
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| [[Court of the Archdeaconry of Colchester]]
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2 - [[Court of the Commissary of the Bishop of London (Essex & Hertfordshire Division)]]
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3 - [[Court of the Bishop of London (Episcopal Consistory)]]
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|-
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| Althorne
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| [[Court of the Commissary of the Bishop of London (Essex & Hertfordshire Division)]]
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| 2 - [[Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury]]
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|-
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| Ardleigh
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| [[Court of the Archdeaconry of Colchester]]
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2 - [[Court of the Commissary of the Bishop of London (Essex & Hertfordshire Division)]]
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3 - [[Court of the Bishop of London (Episcopal Consistory)]]
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|-
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| Arkesden
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| [[Court of the Commissary of the Bishop of London (Essex & Hertfordshire Division)]]
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| 2 - [[Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury]]
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|-
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| Ashdon
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| [[Court of the Commissary of the Bishop of London (Essex & Hertfordshire Division)]]
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| 2 - [[Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury]]
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|-
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| Asheldham
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| [[Court of the Archdeaconry of Essex]]
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2 - [[Court of the Commissary of the Bishop of London (Essex & Hertfordshire Division)]]
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3 - [[Court of the Bishop of London (Episcopal Consistory)]]
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|-
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| Ashen
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| [[Court of the Archdeaconry of Middlesex (Essex & Hertfordshire Division)]]
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2 - [[Court of the Commissary of the Bishop of London (Essex & Hertfordshire Division)]]
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3 - [[Court of the Bishop of London (Episcopal Consistory)]]
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|-
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| Ashingdon
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| [[Court of the Commissary of the Bishop of London (Essex & Hertfordshire Division)]]
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| 2 - [[Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury]]
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|-
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| Aveley
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| [[Court of the Archdeaconry of Essex]]
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2 - [[Court of the Commissary of the Bishop of London (Essex & Hertfordshire Division)]]
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3 - [[Court of the Bishop of London (Episcopal Consistory)]]
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|-
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| Aythorpe Roding
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| [[Court of the Commissary of the Bishop of London (Essex & Hertfordshire Division)]]
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| 2 - [[Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury]]
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|}
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[[Category:Essex Probate Records]]

Latest revision as of 10:31, 5 February 2021

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Probate is the legal court process by which the estate of a deceased person is distributed to his or her heirs. The term probate refers to a collection of documents, including wills, administrations (also called admons), inventories, and act books.


Below is a list of Essex places beginning with the letter 'A' and the ecclesiastical courts with pre-1858 probate jurisdiction over them.  Once you have identified a court of interest, search indexes.  Search the courts in the order given.  Click on a court name for more information about the court.

To see a list of other Essex places, click on a letter link:

 B   C   D-F  G   H-K   L   M-N   O-R      T-V   W-Z 


1. Find the place where your ancestor lived in the first column.
2. Click on the court name in the second column to learn where to find the records and indexes.
3. Click on each name of the court in the third column if the record isn't found in the first court.
4. Search last the Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury.


If no will is found, your ancestor may not have left one.

PARISH PRIMARY COURT SECONDARY COURTS - IN SEARCH ORDER
Abberton Court of the Archdeaconry of Colchester 2 - Court of the Commissary of the Bishop of London (Essex & Hertfordshire Division)

3 - Court of the Bishop of London (Episcopal Consistory)

Abbess Roding Court of the Archdeaconry of Essex 2 - Court of the Archdeaconry of Middlesex (Middlesex Division)

3 - Court of the Archdeaconry of Colchester

4 - Court of the Commissary of the Bishop of London (Essex & Hertfordshire Division)

5 - Archdeaconry Court of Middlesex (Middlesex Division)

Aldham Court of the Commissary of the Bishop of London (Essex & Hertfordshire Division) 2 - Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury
All Saints in Stanway and Lexden Court of the Archdeaconry of Colchester

2 - Court of the Commissary of the Bishop of London (Essex & Hertfordshire Division)

3 - Court of the Bishop of London (Episcopal Consistory)

Alphamstone Court of the Archdeaconry of Middlesex (Essex & Hertfordshire Division) 2 - Court of the Commissary of the Bishop of London (Essex & Hertfordshire Division)

3 - Court of the Bishop of London (Episcopal Consistory)

Alresford Court of the Archdeaconry of Colchester

2 - Court of the Commissary of the Bishop of London (Essex & Hertfordshire Division)

3 - Court of the Bishop of London (Episcopal Consistory)

Althorne Court of the Commissary of the Bishop of London (Essex & Hertfordshire Division) 2 - Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury
Ardleigh Court of the Archdeaconry of Colchester

2 - Court of the Commissary of the Bishop of London (Essex & Hertfordshire Division)

3 - Court of the Bishop of London (Episcopal Consistory)

Arkesden Court of the Commissary of the Bishop of London (Essex & Hertfordshire Division) 2 - Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury
Ashdon Court of the Commissary of the Bishop of London (Essex & Hertfordshire Division) 2 - Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury
Asheldham Court of the Archdeaconry of Essex

2 - Court of the Commissary of the Bishop of London (Essex & Hertfordshire Division)

3 - Court of the Bishop of London (Episcopal Consistory)

Ashen Court of the Archdeaconry of Middlesex (Essex & Hertfordshire Division)

2 - Court of the Commissary of the Bishop of London (Essex & Hertfordshire Division)

3 - Court of the Bishop of London (Episcopal Consistory)

Ashingdon Court of the Commissary of the Bishop of London (Essex & Hertfordshire Division) 2 - Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury
Aveley Court of the Archdeaconry of Essex

2 - Court of the Commissary of the Bishop of London (Essex & Hertfordshire Division)

3 - Court of the Bishop of London (Episcopal Consistory)

Aythorpe Roding Court of the Commissary of the Bishop of London (Essex & Hertfordshire Division) 2 - Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury