Exchequer and Prerogative Courts of the Archbishop of York

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England Gotoarrow.png Yorkshire Gotoarrow.png Yorkshire Probate Records
England Gotoarrow.png Lancashire Gotoarrow.png Lancashire Probate Records

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.
  • Microfilm can no longer be ordered.

Indexes[edit | edit source]

Online Indexes[edit | edit source]

Complete indexes to Yorkshire wills are online from 1267 to 1858.

  • The 'York Medieval Probate Index 1267-1500' is available at findmypast (£).
  • For the period 1501 to 1687, refer to the table below. (Exception, for the period 1653 to 1659, refer also to the Prerogative Court of Canterbury page.)
  • The 'Calendar of Probate Records Taken from the Act Books of the Prerogative Court of York 1688-1731' is available at FamilySearch Digital Library. This is a free site.
  • The 'Exchequer and Prerogative Courts of York Probate Index 1688-1858' is available at findmypast (£).

Indexes to the Exchequer and Prerogative Courts were published by the Yorkshire Archaeological Society. Many of these volumes have been converted to digital books. The following table will help you find these resources online (the pound sign [£] means there is a fee for using the listed website):

Vol. Contents FamilySearch Google Genealogist findmypast
6 Wills 1389-1514; Probate and Administrations Act Book 1502-1514 (mislabeled on Google) FamilySearch Digital Library Link Link (£) Link (£)
11 Wills 1514-1553; Administration Acts (from Act Books) 1514-1553; Probate Acts 1514-1521; Act Book Deanery of Harthill 1558-1565 FamilySearch Digital Library Link Link (£) Link (£)
14 Wills 1554-1568; Administration Acts (from Act Books) 1553-1568 FamilySearch Digital Library Link Link (£) Link (£)
19 Wills 1568-1585; Administration Acts (from Act Books) 1568-1585 FamilySearch Digital Library Link (£) Link (£)
22 Wills 1585-1594; Administration Acts (from Act Books) 1585-1594  FamilySearch Digital Library Link (£) Link (£)
24 Wills 1594-1602; Administration Acts (from Act Books) 1594-1602 FamilySearch Digital Library
Link (£) Link (£)
26 Wills 1603-1611; Administration Acts (from Act Books) 1603-1611 FamilySearch Digital Library Link (£) Link (£)
28 Wills 1612-1619; Administration Acts (from Act Books) 1612-1619 FamilySearch Digital Library Link Link (£) Link (£)
32 Wills 1620-1627; Administration Acts (from Act Books) 1620-1627 FamilySearch Digital Library Link Link (£) Link (£)
35 Wills 1627-1636; Administration Acts (from Act Books) 1627-1652 FamilySearch Digital Library Link Link (£) Link (£)
4 Wills 1636-1652 FamilySearch Digital Library Link Link (£) Link (£)
1 Wills 1649-1660 FamilySearch Digital Library Link Link (£) Link (£)
49 Wills, Administrations, Probate Acts 1660-1665 FamilySearch Digital Library
60 Wills, Administrations, Probate Acts 1666-1672 Link (£)
68 Wills, Administrations, Probate Acts 1673-1680 Link (£)
89 Wills, Administrations, Probate Acts 1681-1688 Link (£)

Printed and Published Indexes[edit | edit source]

The Family History Library has film copies of the following indexes. Films can be viewed in the

Family History Library and in a family history center.

Yorkshire probate index : part one, 1800 to 1803 was compiled by Janet Ogden, Stephen D. Whitwam and Brian Jones.

Records[edit | edit source]

Archive Location[edit | edit source]

The original records for this court are in the Borthwick Institute for Historical Research

University of York
Heslington York YO10 5DD
England Telephone: (0)1904 321166
Email: bihr500@york.ac.uk

Archive Records[edit | edit source]

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

 Family History Library Records[edit | edit source]

The Family History Library has the following records on film.

Appeals Courts[edit | edit source]

Any probate that was disputed and could not be settled by the county courts could be sent to these higher appeals courts:

Estate Duty Records[edit | edit source]

Starting in 1796, a tax or death duty was payable on estates over a certain value. Estate duty abstracts may add considerable information not found elsewhere. Estate duty indexes may help locate a will. For more information, go to Estate Duty Registers.

Archbishop's Registers[edit | edit source]

The original registers are held at the Borthwick Institute. They are being digitized, see: York's Archbishops' Registers Revealed.

Years Bishop FHL Film Book Online
1215-1255 Walter de Gray 1484275 IArchive
1266-1279 Walter Giffard 1484275 IArchive
1279-1285 William Wickwane 1484275 IArchive
1286-1296 John le Romeyn 1484276 Part 1, Part 2
1298-1299 Henry Newark 1484276 IArchive
1300-1304 Thomas Corbridge 1484276
1306-1315 William Greenfield 1484277
1317-1340 William Melton 1484278 Cant. & York Soc. 70-1,
76, 85, 93, 101
1342-1352 William Zouche 1484279
1353-1373 John Thoresby 1484280
1374-1388 Alexander Neville 1484280
1388-1396 Thomas Arundel 1484281
1397 Robert Waldby 1484281
1398-1405 Richard Scrope 1484281
1407-1423 Henry Bowet 1484282
1426-1452 John Kempe 1484283
1452-1464 William Booth 1484284
1465-1476 George Neville 1484285
1476-1480 Laurence Booth 1484285
1480-1500 Thomas Rotherham 1484286 Cant. & York Soc. 69
1501-1507 Thomas Savage 1484287
1508-1514 Christopher Bainbridge 1484287
1514 vacancy 1484287
1514-1530 Thomas Wolsey 1484287
1531-1544 Ed. Lee 1484288
1545-1554 Robert Holgate 1484288
1555-1559 Nicholas Heath 1484288
1561-1568 Thomas Young 1484289
1568-1570 vacancy 1484289
1570-1576 Ed. Grindal 1484289
1576-1577 vacancy 1484289
1577-1588 Edwin Sandys 1484289
1588-1589 vacancy 1484289
1589-1594 John Piers 1484289
1595-1606 Matthew Hutton 1484289
1606-1628 Tobias Matthew 1484289
1629-1631 Samuel Harsnett 1484290
1632-1640 Richard Neile 1484290
1641-1650 John Williams 1484290

Jurisdiction[edit | edit source]

This court's jurisdiction applies to persons with bona notabilia (property worth 5 pounds or more) in more than one diocese within the northern Province of York, which includes all of the dioceses of York, Carlisle, Chester, Sodor and Man (Isle of Man), Durham and Lancaster. If probate records are not found in this court, be certain to search the Court of the Dean and Chapter of York.

The Court of the Exchequer and Prerogative Courts of the Archbishop of York held jurisdiction over the whole of the Province of York, which consisted of the counties of Cheshire, Cumberland, Durham, Lancashire, Northumberland, Nottinghamshire, Westmoreland, Yorkshire.

Unless a person held properties in more than one diocese (within the Province of York), always first search, the local diocesan court probate records of the county in which they lived and/or died. When a search of this courts’ probate records, or a search in those of the local diocesan courts fails to provide the desired probate record, be sure to search the Court of the Peculiar of the Dean and Chapter of York as well.