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Court of the Peculiar of the Manor of Batley

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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 theFamily 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]

Records[edit | edit source]

Archive Location[edit | edit source]

Records are housed in the Borthwick Institute in York.

Archive Records[edit | edit source]

Add information.

Family History Library Records[edit | edit source]

Transcripts of the wills, bonds and inventories, 1601-1698, are on film in the Family History Library. Films can be viewed in the library or in a family history center.

Abstracts of selected wills for this court were printed in a history of the parish pubished in 1894, pages 294-411. An index and further abstracts, 1651-1694, are found in volume 74 of the Records Series of the Yorkshire Archaeological Society (FHL film 599878 item 2).

Jurisdiction[edit | edit source]

Probate jurisdiction is over the manor of Batley. The court is not inhibited.