Great Orphan's Books, Mayor of Bristol

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Step By Step [edit | edit source]

  1. Look at the "Records" section below to determine what probate records exist for you.
  2. If you find reference to a will of interest to you, obtain a copy either by writing to England or by viewing it on microfilm at the Family History Library or through a family history center.
  3. If no reference of interest is found, search the records of the Court of the Bishop of Gloucester. If you are looking for a will after 1776, you should also check the Bishop's court.

Indexes[edit | edit source]

Indexes Online[edit | edit source]

Printed and Published Indexes[edit | edit source]

Records[edit | edit source]

Archive Locations[edit | edit source]

Bristol Record Office 'B' Bond Warehouse Smeaton Road Bristol BS1 6XN

Tel: 0117 922 4224

Fax: 0117 922 4236


The records for this court are housed in the Bristol City Record Office.

Archive Records[edit | edit source]

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

Registered Wills 1379-1674

Probate or Copy Wills 1261-1828

Family History Library Records[edit | edit source]

Registered Wills 1379-1674

Notes or abstracts of the wills

Recognizance of orphans, 1333-1700

Juridiction[edit | edit source]

By Royal Letters Patent 12th Jan 1331, Edward III granted to the Mayor of Bristol power to take recognisance for the proper security of orphans estates.