Court of the Bishop (Episcopal Consistory) of Chichester for the Archdeaconry of Chichester
1. Search each index (see below). If you find a reference to a probate record, write down all details cited in the index entry.
2. Proceed to "Records" (below) to determine what probate records exist for this court.
3. To obtain the records, do one of the following:
- Visit or contact the West Sussex Record Office. If you are unable to visit in person, the record office provides a research service for a fee.
- Visit The Family History Library or one of its 4,500+ satellite family history centers worldwide and make a copy of the probate record from the microfilm copy.
Printed and Published Indexes
The following indexes have been published and are available at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City:
- Calendar of wills in the Consistory court of the Bishop of Chichester, 1482-1800 (British Record Society publication, volume 49)
- Calendar of administrations in the Consistory court of the Bishop of Chichester, 1555-1800, etc.
Family History Library Records
- Bishop of Chichester. Consistory Court (Archdeaconry of Chichester) Wills and administrations, 1511-1865 Indexes 1511-1857.
This court had jurisdiction over the western portion of the county of Sussex, with the line between West and East Sussex running from the mouth of the River Adur in the south roughly north and ending between the parishes of Rusper and Ifield on the north.
Any probate that was disputed and could not be settled by the county courts could be sent to these higher appeals courts:
The Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury also served as an appeals court.
Estate Duty Records
Starting in 1796, a tax or death duty was payable on estates over a certain value. Estate duty abstracts may add considerable information not found elsewhere. Estate duty indexes may help locate a will. For more information, go to Estate Duty Records.