Court of the Peculiar of Bishop Wilton

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A general explanation of probate records in England, is given in the article England Probate Records.Click to read a definition of the word peculiar.

Description[edit | edit source]

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. The Church of England ecclesiastical courts had authority for this process until to 1858.

Step By Step[edit | edit source]

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

3. Obtain the records to search. Use one of these methods to find indexes and records.

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Indexes[edit | edit source]

Online Indexes[edit | edit source]

Indexes for 54 peculiar courts, 1383-1883, are available online on BritishOrigins. This is a subscription site.

Printed and Published Indexes[edit | edit source]

The Family History Library has a calendar, 1616-1858, on film number 98917 item 4.

Records[edit | edit source]

Archive Location[edit | edit source]

The records for this court are held in the Borthwick Institute of Historical Research.

Archive Records[edit | edit source]

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Family History Library Records[edit | edit source]

The library has originals records, 1616-1760, on film number 99441. Films can be view in the library or in a family history center.Two other wills for this courty are with a miscellaneous collection on item 12 on film 100080. They are for Mary Sanderson, widow of Benjamin Sanderson, proven in 1728; and Robert Turner, yeoman, proven in 1732. Original records, 1761-1842, are on film 99442.

Jurisdiction[edit | edit source]

Bishop Wilton and Bolton near Pocklington. It was not inhibited by the Dean and Chapter of York. Part of the jurisdiction of the dissolved Treasurership of York.