Court of the Peculiar of St Leonard's Hospital, York

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A general explanation of probate records in England, is given in the article England Probate Records.Click to read definitions 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]

1. Search indexes to help you more quickly find the will, writing down each detail given in the index.

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.

  • Contact or visit the Archive (see below) or hire a professional record searcher to view these records on your behalf.
  • Microfilm can no longer be ordered.Check to see if it is available at a local family history center.

Indexes[edit | edit source]

Online Indexes[edit | edit source]

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

Printed and Published Indexes[edit | edit source]

The Yorkshire Archaeological Society Records Series volume 60 contains an index, 1410-1533.

Records[edit | edit source]

Archive Location[edit | edit source]

The records for this court are housed in York Minister Library, Dean's Park, York.

Archive Records[edit | edit source]

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Family History Library Records[edit | edit source]

The Family History Library has Register of Wills, 1410-1533, on film number 1545163 item 6. Films can be view in the library or in a family history center.

Jurisdiction[edit | edit source]

Carneby, North and South Cave, Hotham, Nunburnholme, Burniston, Kirkby, Newton-on-Ouse, Over Helmsley, Pickhill, Topcliffe, Gisburn, Rufforth, Saxton, All Saints North Street, St. Helen's Stonegate, St. Giles' Gillygate, and St. Lawrence in the city of York.