Court of the Bishop of Bristol in the Deanery of Bristol (Episcopal Consistory)

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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 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".

3. Contact or visit the Bristol 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 Index

Here is an online index of Gloucestershire wills 1541-1857 

Printed Indexes

Wills [index] 1572-1792 by Index Library vol. 17, & 22

Administrations 1770-1792 by Index Library vol. 17

Indexes at the Family History Library

Also try the following index at the Family History Library: Index to wills 1571-1886

The Records

Archive Location

Bristol Record Office
B' Bond Warehouse
Smeaton Road
Bristol BS1 6XN
Tel: 0117-922 4224   

Probate Records of This Court Held in This Archive

  • Original Wills 1546-1858
  • Copy Wills 1677-1721
  • Register Copy Wills 1767-1857
  • Administration Bonds 1661-1857
  • Registers of Administrations 1767-1857
  • Inventories 1611-1767

Probate Records of This Court In The Family History Library

The Family History Library has some of the probate records for this court on microfilm. Here are:

The Family History Library has very few original probate records for Bristol on microfilm.  Most of the what the library has is various published abstracts.  These include:


The Society of Genealogists in London has copies of published abstracts of wills and other probate documents for Bristol.  To see a list of titles, search their library catalogue for the Subject of "Gloucestershire - General: Wills."


The court held jurisdiction over the parish of Abbotts Leigh in Somerset, and held concurrent jurisdiction over just about all of the City of Bristol parishes and several surrounding parishes as well.

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