Court of the Bishop (Consistory) of the Archdeaconry of Cornwall

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England Gotoarrow.png Cornwall Probate Records or Devonshire Probate Records

For an explanation of probate records in England, click here.

Step By Step

1. First search each index (see below) to help you more quickly find the will or administration (admon), writing down each detail cited in the indexed entry.
2. Proceed to the "Records" (below) to determine what probate records exist for this court.
3. Contact or visit the Cornwall County Record Office or, hire a professional record searcher to view these records on your behalf. Officials may send upon request a list of record searchers.

4. Visit The Family History Library, or, one of its 4,500 satellite family history centers worldwide and search indexes to probate records. Then with the information obtained from the index[es] you can search more quickly the original wills and admons also on microfilm via any centers near you.


Online Indexes

Cornwall Wills online (see "Probate Records")

Printed & Published Indexes

Indexes 1569-1799 List & Index vol 56

Indexes 1569-1858 at Society of Genealogists

The following indexes are at the Family History Library:


Archive Location

Cornwall Record Office

Old County Hall



United Kingdom, TR1 3AY.

Tel: 01872 323127

Archive Records

Original Wills, Admons, & Inventories 1600-1858

Register Copy Wills 1690-1858

Act Books 1592-1858

Family History Library Records

The Family History Library has copies of the following records on film. Films can be viewed in a family history center.


This court was inhibited by the Court of the Bishop's Registrar of Exeter. The original records of the Court of the Archdeacon of Cornwall are in the County Record Office.

The court had jurisdiction over the Devonshire parishes of North Petherwin, St. Giles on the Heath, and Werrington.