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''[[England]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Somerset]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Somerset Probate Records]]'' 
  
Return to the [[Staffordshire Probate Records|Staffordshire Probate Records]] page. 
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== Step By Step  ==
  
== Step By Step  ==
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1. First [https://www.familysearch.org/ search ]each index (see below) to help you more quickly find the will, writing down each detail cited in the indexed entry.<br>2. Proceed to "Records" (below) to determine what probate records exist for this court. Also see "Probate Records of This Court in The Family History Library".<br>3. Contact or visit the Somersetshire Record Office or,&nbsp;hire a professional record searcher to view these records on your behalf. Officials may send upon request a list of record searchers.<br>4. Visit The [[Family History Library|Family History Library]], or, one of its 4,500 satellite family history centers worldwide and search indexes to probate records;&nbsp;then with the information obtained from the index[es] you can search more quickly the&nbsp;original wills and admons also&nbsp;on microfilm via any&nbsp;[[Family History Library|centers]]&nbsp;near you.
  
1. First search each index (see below) to help you more quickly find the will, writing down each detail cited in the indexed entry.<br>2. Proceed to the "Probate Records Held in This Archive" (below) to determine what original probate records exist for this court. Also see "Probate Records of This Court in The Family History Library".<br>3. Contact or visit the Staffordshire Record Office or,&nbsp;hire a professional record searcher to view these records on your behalf. Officials may send upon request a list of record searchers.<br>4. Visit The Family History Library, or, one of its 4,500 satellite family history centers worldwide and search indexes to probate records;&nbsp;then with the information obtained from the index[es] you can search more quickly the&nbsp;original wills and admons also&nbsp;on microfilm via any&nbsp;[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/FHC/frameset_fhc.asp centers]&nbsp;near you.<br>
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== Indexes  ==
  
== Probate Indexes ==
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==== Online Index ====
  
Surviving wills and admons to the&nbsp;Court of the Peculiar of Alrewas and Weeford have to some extent been indexed with the following ones:
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Here is an [http://www1.somerset.gov.uk/archives/Catalogs.htm online index of Somersetshire wills 1796-1857]
  
=== Printed and Published Indexes  ===
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==== Printed and Published Indexes<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1267041429488_199" /> ====
  
==== Online Indexes  ====
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Also try the following indexes at the Family History Library:
  
[http://books.google.com/books?id=dfkcAAAAYAAJ&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_book_other_versions_r&cad=2_1#PPA498,M1 Here] is an online printed (scanned images) from 1516-1652. This is not a complete listing of all wills for this time period, but, it&nbsp;might be helpful to those searching during this time.
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{{FHL|701562|title-id|disp=Estate Duty Wills 1805-1811}}
  
==== Original Handwritten Indexes  ====
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{{FHL|346690|title-id|disp=Estate Duty Wills Index 1812-1857}}
  
There is an index (manuscript) from 1516 to 1857 covering most if not all wills in Staffordshire including both the Consistory Court of Lichfield and also the smaller or peculiar courts.
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{{FHL|534228|title-id|disp=Death Duty Registers of Abstracts of Administrations and Probates of Wills 1796-1811}}
  
==== Microfilmed Indexes at the Family History Library&lt;br&gt; ====
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== Records ==
  
The indexes as listed in the above are also available in the collection of&nbsp;The Family History Library and they are on microfilm and may be circulated to each of its satellite Family History [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/FHC/frameset_fhc.asp Centers]&nbsp;worldwide.
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==== ''Important Note:''  ====
  
In addition, the Family History Library has a more comprehensive microfilmed [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=338212&disp=Original+wills%2C+administrations+and+in++ set of Calendars] of probate records which partially indexes the surnames (by first letter of surname only) available for the years from 1492 to 1860.  
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The records of the Consistory Court of the Archdeaconry of Taunton, which were deposited at the Probate Registry at Exeter,&nbsp;were destroyed by enemy action during World War II.&nbsp; The following is information on&nbsp;the few records&nbsp;that survive. They survive because they were not deposited at the Exeter Registry.  
  
Amazingly,&nbsp;the Lichfield Archives&nbsp;has alphabetically arranged many of the diocesan wills by each letter of each surname as well (see the next&nbsp;section below).
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==== Archive Location  ====
  
== The Records  ==
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==== Archive Records  ====
  
=== Archives Location  ===
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Add information about the manuscript, printed and digital records in this location.
  
'''Lichfield Record Office (formerly Lichfield Joint Record Office)'''
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*Register Copy Wills&nbsp;1543-1546; 1554-1556&nbsp;
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*Inventories 1610-1754 (few before 1634)&nbsp;
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*Administration Acts &amp;&nbsp;Tuition Bonds 1623-1649; 1671; 1686-1703
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*Act&nbsp;Books 1817-1850
  
'''''The Friary'''''
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==== Family History Library Records  ====
  
'''Lichfield''' '''Staffs WS13 6QG'''
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== Jurisdictions  ==
  
Telephone: U.K. 01543 510720 Overseas (+44) 1543 510720
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See the above Indexes or those available through the Family History Library or its many family history centers worldwide for an index to this court.  
  
=== Probate Records in This Archive  ===
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The Archdeaconry was part of the Diocese of Bath and Wells.&nbsp; The&nbsp;Archdeaconry&nbsp;court had jurisdiction over most of the eastern half of the county of Somerset, roughly from the River Parrot eastward.&nbsp;The exceptions&nbsp;are some parishes under peculiar court jurisdictions and the area under the jurisdiction of the Archdeaconry of Bath in the north of the county.
  
Original Wills &amp; Admons 1510-1858
 
  
=== Probate Records of This Court in The Family History Library  ===
 
  
[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=338212&disp=Original+wills%2C+administrations+and+in%20%20&columns=*,0,0 Original Wills &amp; Admons 1510-1858]
 
  
== Jurisdictions  ==
 
  
See the above Indexes or those available through the Family History Library or its many family history centers worldwide for an index to this court.
 
  
The Archdeaconry was part of the Diocese of Bath and Wells.&nbsp; Th&nbsp;Archdeaconry&nbsp;court had jurisdiction over most of the eastern half of the county of Somerset, roughly from the River Parrot eastward.&nbsp;The exceptions&nbsp;are some parishes under peculiar court jurisdictions and the area under the jurisdiction of the Archdeaconry of Bath in the north of the county.
 
  
 
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Revision as of 14:30, 23 December 2011

England Gotoarrow.png Somerset Gotoarrow.png Somerset Probate Records 

Step By Step

1. First search each index (see below) to help you more quickly find the will, writing down each detail cited in the indexed entry.
2. Proceed to "Records" (below) to determine what probate records exist for this court. Also see "Probate Records of This Court in The Family History Library".
3. Contact or visit the Somersetshire 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.

Indexes

Online Index

Here is an online index of Somersetshire wills 1796-1857

Printed and Published Indexes

Also try the following indexes at the Family History Library:

Estate Duty Wills 1805-1811

Estate Duty Wills Index 1812-1857

Death Duty Registers of Abstracts of Administrations and Probates of Wills 1796-1811

Records

Important Note:

The records of the Consistory Court of the Archdeaconry of Taunton, which were deposited at the Probate Registry at Exeter, were destroyed by enemy action during World War II.  The following is information on the few records that survive. They survive because they were not deposited at the Exeter Registry.

Archive Location

Archive Records

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

  • Register Copy Wills 1543-1546; 1554-1556 
  • Inventories 1610-1754 (few before 1634) 
  • Administration Acts & Tuition Bonds 1623-1649; 1671; 1686-1703
  • Act Books 1817-1850

Family History Library Records

Jurisdictions

See the above Indexes or those available through the Family History Library or its many family history centers worldwide for an index to this court.

The Archdeaconry was part of the Diocese of Bath and Wells.  The Archdeaconry court had jurisdiction over most of the eastern half of the county of Somerset, roughly from the River Parrot eastward. The exceptions are some parishes under peculiar court jurisdictions and the area under the jurisdiction of the Archdeaconry of Bath in the north of the county.