Court of the Chancellor of the University of Oxford

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Oxfordshire Probate Records
Court of the Chancellor of the University of Oxford
Berkshire Probate Records
Court of the Chancellor of the University of Oxford

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 the "Records" (below) to determine what original probate records exist for this court.
3. Contact or visit the Oxfordshire 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.


Online Indexes

Here is a partial index to Oxfordshire wills from 1550-1590 online.

Printed and Published Indexes

  • An index to wills proved in the court of the chancellor of the University of Oxford 1436-1814 by John Griffiths Oxford University Press: 1862

Indexes at The Family History Library


Archive Location

The original records are deposited at:

Oxford University Archives
Bodleian Library
Broad Street
Telephone: 01865 277145

Earlier notes pointed to:

Oxfordshire Record Office

St Luke's Church

Temple Road


Oxford OX4 2HT


Tel: 44 (0)1865 398200
Fax: 44 (0)1865 398201



Archive Records

The records held there include:

  • Original & Register Copy Wills 1436-1814
  • Inventories 1443-1740 
  • Accounts 1453-1719

Family History Library Records

Some records have been microfilmed and made available at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and through its satellite  family history centers. They include:

Wills 1577-1747

Inventories 1577-1747

Administrations 1577-1747

Depositions, 1567-1578


The Court of the Chancellor of the University of Oxford had jurisdiction over matriculated persons with bona notabilia within the precincts of the University.