Court of the Peculiar of St Leonard's Hospital, York
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
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 for 54 peculiar courts, 1383-1883, are available online on British Origins. This is a subscription site.
Printed and Published Indexes
The Yorkshire Archaeological Society Records Series volume 60 contains an index, 1410-1533.
The records for this court are housed in York Minister Library, Dean's Park, York.
Family History Library Records
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.