Court of the Bishop (Consistory) of the Archdeaconry of Barnstable

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The following article is about probate records in the county of Devon. A general explanation of probate records in England, is given in the article England Probate Records.

Step By Step [edit | edit source]

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 the "Records" (below) to determine what probate records exist for this court.

3. Contact or visit the Westcountry Local Studies Library or, the Devonshire Record Office or, hire a professional record searcher to view these records on your behalf.

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.

Indexes[edit | edit source]

Online Indexes[edit | edit source]

Printed and Published Indexes[edit | edit source]

A few individuals compiled collections and indexes before the records were destroyed. References to them are listed on the page, Devonshire Probate Records under the section, Step 1 Search the Indexes.

Devonshire Record Office has a series of 39 volumes containing abstracts of selected wills and administrations, compiled by Miss Olive Moger before the second World War. Miss Moger abstracted wills and administrations for some Devonshire families, so the series is not complete. The record office will search Miss Moger's volumes for relevant surnames through  postal/email enquiry service, and provide photocopies of the pages. Their address is:

Devon Record Office
Great Moor House
Bittern Road
Enquiry form +44 (0)1392 384253
+44 (0)1392 384256


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Virtually all records for this court were destroyed in 1942, but don't give up until you have searched the manuscript collections and the all other possible courts. These include:

Copies of some post-1796 probates may have been deposited in the Estate Duty Registers.

Archive Locations[edit | edit source]

The original probate records of this court were transferred prior to WWII, and were therefore destroyed in 1942. Some extracts of the probates of this court exist and may be accessed at the following local studies library:

West Country Studies Library

Castle Street

Exeter EX4 3PQ


tel: 44 (0)1392-384216.


Archive Records[edit | edit source]

Add information about the manuscript, printed and digital records in this location.

Wills & Administrations (were destroyed) but with some transcripts available at the above local studies library.

Family History Library Records[edit | edit source]

Jurisdictions[edit | edit source]

This court has jurisdiction over most of the northern part of Devonshire. All of these records that were deposited in the Probate Registry at Exeter were destroyed in 1942.