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These documents are held at: Lancashire Record Office [http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/a2a/results.aspx?tab=2&Page=1&ContainAllWords=archdeaconry+of+Richmond&Repository=Lancashire+Record+Office]  
These documents are held at: Lancashire Record Office [http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/a2a/results.aspx?tab=2&Page=1&ContainAllWords=archdeaconry+of+Richmond&Repository= Lancashire Record Office]
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Revision as of 19:43, 8 December 2011

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For a general explanation about probate records in England, click here.


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 codicils. The Church of England ecclesiastical courts had authority for this process until to 1858.


Online Indexes

Printed and Published Indexes

The University of Central Lancashire has "An index of all surviving probate documents for the Western Deaneries of the Archdeaconry of Richmond, 1748-1858 has been prepared. The deaneries included are Amounderness, Copeland, Furness, Kendal and Lonsdale". The indexes are based on 36,676 wills. Indexes for surnames and for places are free of charge.

A few abstracts of documents relating to Richmond probates are found in miscellaneous collections. Filmed probates and calendars stop in 1720. The act books are a substitute index, 1720-1857. The Family History Library has indexes and act books, 1541-1857 on film.


Archive Location

These documents are held at: Lancashire Record Office Lancashire Record Office

Archive Records

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

Family History Library Records

The Family History Library has wills, 1466-1860. They can be viewed in the library or in a family history center.


This court is part of the western deaneries. Four other courts are included in the western deaneries: Amounderness, Furness, Kendal and Lonsdale. These courts cover parts of Lancashire. Maps and gazetteersof each deanery, including Copeland, are on film in the Family History Library.