Court of the Peculiar of the Manor of Arkengarthdale with New Forest and Hope

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

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.
  • Order microfilm copies of the indexes and records listed in the Family History Library Records (see section below) by visiting the Family History Library or one of its family history centers and search indexes and records.

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 Family History Library has a calendar of wills and administrations of Arkingarthdale, 1559-1858.

Records[edit | edit source]

Archive Location[edit | edit source]

Records are housed in the Borthwick Institute in York.

Archive Records[edit | edit source]

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Family History Library Records[edit | edit source]

No original records have been filmed in this manorial court but abstracts to all of the wills, last names A-M, are in The Northern Genealogist. Last names A-H are found in volume IV pages 93-102 and 116-131 (also FHL film 994073 item 11). Last name H continues on pages 24-29 of volume V. Last names I-M are on pages 93-96 of voumne VI.

Jurisdiction[edit | edit source]

The court is over the manor and parish of Arkengarthdale. Also, so much of the parishes of Kirkby Hill and Barningham as comprises the districts of New Forest and Hope. Some Arkengarthdale wills were also proved in the Consistory Court of Richmond.