Court of the Bishop of Durham (Episcopal Consistory)

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England Gotoarrow.png  Durham Gotoarrow.png  Durham Probate Records,Cumberland Probate Records

For a general explanation about probate records in England, click here.


Researching British Probates, 1354-1858: A Guide to the Microfilm Collection of The Family History Library [1]

The Family History Library has film copies of the following.

  • Indexes, 1540-1858.
  • Index of wills, etc., in the Probate registery, Durham, and from other sources, 1540-1599 [2]
  • Index to Durham wills in the probate registry 1540-1812 [3]
  • Index and complete transcriptions of wills and Inventories pre-1649 [4]
  • Personal names in wills proved at Durham 1787-1803 [5]
  • Durham Wills [6]
  • Index to Durham wills from 1540 to about 1800 [7]
  • Index or extracts from the act books of th Consistory Court of wills and administrations of Durham and Northumberlabd 1576-1735, [8]


Archive Location

Durham County Record Office
County Hall
County Durham DH1 5UL

E-mail: record.​office@​durham.​gov.​uk
Telephone: 0191 ​383 ​3253

Archive Records

Family History Library Records

The Family History Library has film copies of original wills, inventories and administrations, 1540-1858. They can be viewed in the library or in one of the family history centers worldwide.


This court had jurisdiction over the entire county.