Court of the Peculiar Parish of Dorchester

From FamilySearch Wiki
Jump to: navigation, search
Oxfordshire Probate Records
Court of the Peculiar Parish of Dorchester
Berkshire Probate Records
Court of the Peculiar Parish of Dorchester

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 Index

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

Printed and Published Indexes

The Oxfordshire Record Society has published a probate index covering the years 1547-1856 (Langford probates may not go as late as this time period), entitled Index to the probate records of the courts of the bishop and archdeacon of Oxford, 1733-1857, c1997 (see the heading below, "Indexes in The Family History Library")

Indexes at The Family History Library


Archive Location

The original records are deposited at:

Oxfordshire Record Office

St Luke's Church Temple Road Cowley Oxford OX4 2HT ENGLAND

Tel: 44 (0)1865 398200 Fax: 44 (0)1865 398201 E-mail:


Archive Records

The records held there include:

  • Filed Wills 1553-1835
  • Register Wills & Administrations (Admons) 1698-1733 (also see Banbury)
  • Inventories (see Banbury)

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:


This peculiar court held jurisdiction over the following parishes:

  • Dorchester (and Abbey)
  • Benson
  • Chiselhampton
  • Clifton Hampden
  • Drayton St Leonard
  • Marsh Baldon
  • Nettlebed
  • Pishill
  • Stadhampton
  • Toot Baldon
  • Warborough