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Court of the Peculiar of the Bishop of Exeter (Episcopal Consistory)

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A general explanation of probate records in England, is given in the article England Probate Records.

The following article is about probate records in the county of Devon. A general explanation of probate records in England, is given in the article England Probate Records.

Step By Step[edit | edit source]

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

3. Contact or visit the Devonshire 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.

Indexes[edit | edit source]

Online Indexes[edit | edit source]

Printed and Published Indexes[edit | edit source]

Calendars of wills and administrations relating to the counties of Devon and Cornwall : proved in the Court of the principal registry of the Bishop of Exeter, 1559-1799. And of Devon only, proved in the Court of the Archdeaconry of Exeter, 1540-1799.

Records[edit | edit source]

Archive Location[edit | edit source]

Virtually all records for this court were destroyed in 1942, but don't give up until you have searched the manuscript collections and all other possible courts. These include:

Copies of some post-1796 probates may have been deposited in the Estate Duty Registers.

Archive Records[edit | edit source]

Add information about the manuscript, printed and digital records in this location.

Family History Library Records[edit | edit source]

Jurisdiction[edit | edit source]

This court had jurisdiction over the following parishes.

Bishop's Nympton Bishop's Teignton Chudleigh Crediton
Kennerleigh Landkey Marldon Morchard Bishop
Newport Paignton Sandford Stoke Gabriel
Swimbridge Bishop's Tawton West Teignmouth .