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==== Step 1. Search Indexes  ====
 
==== Step 1. Search Indexes  ====
  
Here are some online indexes to probate records that include individuals who lived in Cambridgeshire. Search these indexes first:  
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Here are some online indexes to probate records that include individuals who lived in Cambridgeshire. Search this index first:  
  
Before looking for a will, you should search an index. One to search is:
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[http://www.cfhs.org.uk/camwisdex.html Cambridgeshire Wills Surname Index pre-1858].  Established by the Cambridgeshire Family History Society, this index is small but is growing. Contributions are welcome.  
 
 
*[http://www.cfhs.org.uk/camwisdex.html Cambridgeshire Wills Surname Index pre-1858].  Established by the Cambridgeshire Family History Society, this index is small but is growing. Contributions are welcome.
 
  
 
See other indexes on the court pages.&nbsp; Click on a court name link in the Cambridgeshire Probate Courts section above.<br>
 
See other indexes on the court pages.&nbsp; Click on a court name link in the Cambridgeshire Probate Courts section above.<br>
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==== Step 3. Identify court jurisdictions by parish  ====
 
==== Step 3. Identify court jurisdictions by parish  ====
  
Once you have identified the parish where your ancestor lived or died, learn which courts had jurisdiction over it then search indexes for those courts. Every town and parish in Cambridgeshire fell under the probate jurisdiction of a primary court and several secondary courts. Click on a link below for the letter the parish begins with.
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Once you have identified the parish where your ancestor lived or died, learn which courts had jurisdiction over it then search indexes for those courts. Every town and parish in Cambridgeshire fell under the probate jurisdiction of a primary court and several secondary courts. Click on a link below for the letter the parish begins with:
  
<br>Before 1858, probate of the estates of deceased persons was handled by eccelesiastical courts of the Church of England.&nbsp; Every parish was under the jurisdiction of a primary court and several secondary courts.
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==== Step 4. Obtain a copy of the probate record  ====
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Once you have found an index reference to a probate, obtain a copy of the record. Do so by one of these methods:
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*Visit or contact the record office that has the original records in its collection.
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*Visit the[https://www.familysearch.org/#form=catalog Family History Library] or a [[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers|family history center]] and obtain a copy of the record on microfilm. For more information, click on a court name below. <br>
  
 
== Cambridgeshire Probate Courts  ==
 
== Cambridgeshire Probate Courts  ==
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*[[Court of the Peculiar of Isleham and Freckenham]]  
 
*[[Court of the Peculiar of Isleham and Freckenham]]  
 
*[[Court of the Peculiar of King's College]]  
 
*[[Court of the Peculiar of King's College]]  
*[[Court of the Peculiar Parish of Thorney]]
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*[[Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury]] &gt;
In addition, the [[Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury]] had jurisdiction over the whole of England and specifically in the following cases.<br>
 
 
 
*Wealthy individuals<br>
 
*Interregnum, 1649-1660, because the Prerogative Court was the only court.
 
*Property in more than one diocese in the Province of Canterbury.
 
*Property in both the Province of Canterbury and Province of York.
 
*People who died outside England, including British citizens and others who held property in England.
 
  
=== Appeals Courts  ===
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Any probate that was disputed and could not be settled by the county courts could be sent to these higher appeals courts:
 
 
 
*[[Court of Arches]]
 
*[[High Court of Delegates]]
 
 
 
The [[Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury]] also served as an appeals court.<br>
 
 
 
== Probate Indexes Online  ==
 
 
 
Before looking for a will, you should search an index. One to search is:
 
 
 
*[http://www.cfhs.org.uk/camwisdex.html Cambridgeshire Wills Surname Index pre-1858].&nbsp; Established by the Cambridgeshire Family History Society, this index is small but is growing. Contributions are welcome.
 
 
 
See other indexes on the court pages.&nbsp; Click on a court name link in the Cambridgeshire Probate Courts section above.<br>
 
  
 
[[Category:Cambridgeshire|Probate]]
 
[[Category:Cambridgeshire|Probate]]

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Getting Started

Probate is the legal court process by which the estate of a deceased person is distributed to his or her heirs. Probate records include wills and administrations. This article is about probate records in Cambridgeshire. For a general description of England probate records, click here.

1858 to the Present

Beginning in 1858, the Principal Probate Registry had the authority for probating estates. Click on the link to learn more.

Before 1858

Before 1858, Church of England ecclesiastical courts had authority for this process. To search for a pre-1858 probate record in Cambridgeshire, follow these steps:

Step 1. Search Indexes

Here are some online indexes to probate records that include individuals who lived in Cambridgeshire. Search this index first:

Cambridgeshire Wills Surname Index pre-1858.  Established by the Cambridgeshire Family History Society, this index is small but is growing. Contributions are welcome.

See other indexes on the court pages.  Click on a court name link in the Cambridgeshire Probate Courts section above.

Did you find a reference to a probate record?

  • If yes, go to Step 4 below.
  • If no, go to Step 2 below.

Step 2. Identify when and where your ancestor died

Determine when your ancestor died. If you aren't sure, use an approximate date. 

Determine where your ancestor died. It is easier to find a probate record if you know whether the place where your ancestor lived or died is a parish. To learn whether it is a parish, look it up in a gazetteer. Here is a link to the 1872 Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales online:

The gazetteer will either tell you:

  • A place is a parish, or
  • What parish it is a part of, or
  • What place it is near.

If the latter, look that place up in the gazetteer and see if it is a parish.

Once you have identified the parish, go to Step 3.

Step 3. Identify court jurisdictions by parish

Once you have identified the parish where your ancestor lived or died, learn which courts had jurisdiction over it then search indexes for those courts. Every town and parish in Cambridgeshire fell under the probate jurisdiction of a primary court and several secondary courts. Click on a link below for the letter the parish begins with:


   A-B C  D-G H-L M-R  S-Z


Step 4. Obtain a copy of the probate record

Once you have found an index reference to a probate, obtain a copy of the record. Do so by one of these methods:

  • Visit or contact the record office that has the original records in its collection.

Cambridgeshire Probate Courts

Here is a list of the ecclesiastical courts that had some pre-1858 probate jurisdiction over the parishes of Cambridgeshire.  Click on a court name for more information.  Also see the Indexes section below.