Court of the Bishop of Carlisle (Episcopal Consistory)
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 act books. The Church of England ecclesiastical courts had authority for this process until 1858.
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 "Records" (below) to determine what probate records exist for this court.
3. Contact or visit the 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.
Printed and Published Indexes
Comprehensive indexes are available through the Cumbria Archive Services in the Carlisle and the Kendal offices. The indexes cover from 1617 to 1941, listing the year of probate and the residence of the deceased. This is extraordinarily helpful in distinguishing between many individuals of the same name.
The Family History Library has indexes, 1563-1858, on film. Some indexes are on films containing wills, administrations and inventories.
Add information about the manuscript, printed and digital records in this location.
- Original wills, administrations, and inventories, 1558-1644, 1661-1858
- Register copy wills, 1727-1858
- Act books, 1661-1858
Family History Library Records
This court covered the northern part of Westmorland and all of Cumberland except the Deanery of Copeland in the southwest of the county (see the Court of the Archdeaconry of Richmond Western Deaneries - Copeland).