Court of the Archdeaconry of Ely

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Cambridgeshire Probate Records
Court of the Archdeaconry of Ely

Step by Step

1. First search each index (see "Indexes" below) to help you more quickly find the will, writing down each detail cited in the indexed entry.
2. Proceed to the "Records" section (below) to determine what probate records exist for this court.
3. Contact or visit the Cambridgeshire Archives and Local Studies 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 [1] worldwide and search the indexes; then with the information obtained from the index[es] you can search more quickly the original wills and admons on microfilm.


Online Indexes

Printed or Published Indexes

The original and microfilmed records listed below under the Records section include indexes.

In addition, the Family History Library and other repositories have the following index:


Archive Location

Cambridgeshire Archives

Box RES 1009
Shire Hall
Castle Hill

Archive Records

The original records of this court are deposited at the Cambridgeshire Archives and Local Studies in the city of Cambridge.  Contact the archives for assistance.

The records include:

  • Original wills, 1513-1857
  • Registered wills, 1521-1858
  • Original administrations, inventories, tuitions, etc., 1662-1858

Family History Library Records

Records are on microfilm and are available at the Family History Libray in Salt Lake City, and through family history centers.  They include:


This court had jurisdiction in the following Cambridgeshire parishes:

  • Abingdon Piggots
  • Barnwell
  • Bassingbourne
  • Bourne
  • Boxworth
  • Caldecot
  • Cambridge City (13 parishes)
  • Caxton
  • Cherry Hinton
  • Conington
  • Croxton
  • Croydon cum Clapton
  • East Hatley
  • Elsworth
  • Eltisley
  • Great and Little Eversden
  • Fen Drayton
  • Fulbourn All Saints and St. Vigor
  • Gamlingay
  • Gilden Morden
  • Graveley
  • Haddenham
  • Hatley St. George
  • Kingston
  • Knapwell
  • Litlington
  • Lollworth
  • Long Stow
  • Melbourne
  • Meldreth
  • Papworth Agnes
  • Papworth Everard
  • Steeple Morden
  • Swavesey
  • Tadlow
  • Toft
  • Wendy
  • Whaddon
  • Wilburton