Court of the Archdeaconry of Canterbury

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Notes on the Court of the Archdeaconry of Canterbury

The Court of the Archdeaconry of Canterbury had primary jurisdiction over most of the eastern half of the county of Kent, basicially from the city of Maidstone eastward.  Some parishes in the eastern half, including Maidstone, were under the primary jurisdiction of the Consistory Court of Canterbury.  See the parish jurisdiction lists for specifics. 

Printed Indexes

Here is a list of printed indexes for this court which are available through the Family History Library.  Click on a link to the record in the library catalog.  These indexes can be accessed through interlibrary-loan at family history centers located throughout the world.

Index Call # Title of Index Index relates to Notes
942.23 P22bgl 4 vols. microfiche #6026693-6026696 Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, county of Kent, 1449-1712 : index of wills, listed alphabetically by surnames Registered wills on film  beginning with film # 0188913 -
942.23 P22bg 4 vols. microfiche #6026697-6026700 Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, county of Kent, 1449-1712 : index of wills, listed alphabetically by locality Registered wills on film beginning with film # 0188913 -
942.23 P22bgm 2 vols. microfilm #1559403 Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, county of Kent, 1449-1958: index to original wills Original wills on film  beginning with film # 1042603 -
942.23 P22bgo 2 vols. microfiche #6035798-799 Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, county of Kent, 1713-1858: index of wills, listed alphabetically by locality Registered wills on film beginning with film # 0188913 -
942.23 P22bgp 2 vols. microfiche #6035796-6035797 Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, county of Kent,1713-1858: index of wills, listed alphabetically by surname Registered wills on film beginning with film # 0188913 -
942 B4b vol. 50 Index of Wills and Administrations now Preserved in the Probate Registry at Canterbury 1396-1558, 1640-1650 Wills and administrations on film beginning with film # 0188831 and # 0189226 also in book 942.23 B4ka v. 6 microfilm #0973302 & microfiche #6072890 (7 fiche)
Microfilm #1544555 items 30-31 and 1544588 item 1 Notebooks containing lists of wills, searches and depositions for Kent families, dating from 1560-1857, from various courts various -
942.23 B4ka vol. 3 microfilm #874099 item 3 & microfiche #6072887 (2 fiche) Sede vacante wills : a calendar of wills proved before the commissary of the prior and chapter of Christ Church, Canterbury, during vacancies in the primacy, with an appendix containing transcripts of archiepiscopal and other wills of importance, from various courts various -
942.23 H25k no. 9, 13, 20, 21 Weald of East Kent : will abstracts from the Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, Kent Wills on film beginning with film  # 1042603 v. 1. Parish of Benenden, will numbers 1-159 -- v. 2. Parish of Bethersden, will numbers 160-323 -- v. 3. Parish of Biddenden, will numbers 324-471 -- v. 4. Parish of Cranbrook, will numbers 472-663
Microfiche #6341166 The Weald of East Kent : will abstracts from the Archdeaconry court of Canterbury, Kent, volumes 21-50 (KAO : PRC 17), index of will abstracts Wills on film beginning with film # 1042603 Contains a surname index (A-Y) of all persons cited in the Kentish will abstracts (1536-1597) in the parishes of Benenden, Bethersden, Biddenden, Cranbrook, Frittenden, Goudhurst, Halden, Hawkhurst, Headcorn, Marden, Newenden, Rolvenden, Sandhurst, Smarden, Staplehurst, Tenterden, Wittersham and Woodchurch.
Microfiche #6204480 Will and register abstracts of families and people, mostly of Kent, letter A, from various courts - Will and parish register abstracts for individuals whose surname begins with the letter "A".