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''[[England]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Bedfordshire Probate Records]], [[Lincolnshire Probate Records]]''  
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''[[England]]&nbsp;[[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Bedfordshire Probate Records]], [[Lincolnshire Probate Records]]'' <br>
  
== Jurisdiction<br> ==
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== Getting Started or Step by Step? ==
  
==== Lincolnshire<br>  ====
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1. If you do not have access to the Family History Library or a family history center, contact the [http://microsites.lincolnshire.gov.uk/archives/section.asp?catId=13105 Lincolnshire Archives Office] and request a search of their index to wills for an entry for your ancestor. If they find a reference, they will inform you how to obtain a copy of the will.
  
The Diocese of Lincoln (which has existed since before 1088 and was at that time&nbsp;one of&nbsp;the&nbsp;largest diocese in England) covers the whole of Lincolnshire and most of Nottinghamshire.&nbsp; After the Reformation [in the&nbsp;1530's during the&nbsp;reign of Henry VIII], it was divided into the Archdeaconries of Lincoln and&nbsp;Stow in Lincolnshire, and the Archdeaconry of&nbsp;Nottingham.&nbsp; The&nbsp;Archdeaconry&nbsp;of Lincoln covered the largest portion of that county.&nbsp; The Court of the Bishop of Lincoln had primary probate jurisdiction&nbsp;in the Archdeaconry of Lincoln and secondary jurisdiction in the Archdeaconry of Stow (see also the [[Court of the Archdeaconry of Stow|Court of the Archdeaconry of Stow]]).
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2. If you have access to the Family History Library or a family history center, search (or order on microfilm and search) the indexes to the court with jurisdiction over your parish of interest. If you find a reference to your ancestor's will, go to the library's online catalog entry for the court's probate records (see above), and match the index reference to the film for the correct year and record. For instance, "Will index vol. 9-11, 1766-1857," on film #0198799,&nbsp;gives the following reference:
  
==== Bedfordshire  ====
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*1784,<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1253810707938_954" /><span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1253810707938_466" /> Brumley, William - Barton&nbsp;
  
The Archdeaconry of Bedfordshire was in the Diocese of Lincoln until 1837.&nbsp; Therefore before that time, the Court of the Bishop of Lincoln (Episcopal Consistory) had secondary jurisdiction over the whole of Bedfordshire except the peculiars of [[Court of the Peculiar of Biggleswade|Biggleswade]] and [[Court of the Peculiar of Leighton Buzzard|Leighton Buzzard]].&nbsp; <br>
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This indicates that William Brumley of Barton died and left a will proven in 1784.  
  
==== Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire  ====
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3. Go to the library's online catalog entry for&nbsp;[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=196273&disp=Wills+and+administrations+of+the+Episcop++ Wills and administrations of the Episcopal Consistory Court of Lincoln, England, 1506-1857] for the Court of the Bishop of Lincoln&nbsp;and view the film notes. Browse down the film notes until you come to (as in the case of our example) "Registered wills v. 263, 1784" on film #0199069. Go to the film cabinets and retrieve the film, put it on a film reader, and turn to the will in alphabetical order.
  
This court also had superior jurisdiction over&nbsp;the peculiar courts of [[Court of the Peculiar of Aylesbury|Aylesbury]] and&nbsp;[[Court of the Peculiar of Buckingham|Buckingham]] (Lincoln [[P genealogical glossary terms|prebends]]&nbsp;in the county of Buckingham), and the peculiar courts of&nbsp;[[Court of the Peculiar of Banbury|Banbury]], [[Court of the Peculiar of Bierton|Bierton]], [[Court of the Peculiar of Thame|Thame]], [[Court of the Peculiar of Cropredy|Cropredy]], [[Court of the Peculiar of King's Sutton|King's Sutton]], and [[Court of the Peculiar of Horley and Hornton|Horley and Hornton]]&nbsp;(in the county of Oxford), which were under the Dean and Chapter of Lincoln.  
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4. If you are using a family history center, use the library's catalog as before, and order the film into the center for your use.  
  
==== Huntingdonshire<br>  ====
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5. The Family History Library and family history centers have copying facilities so you may make a copy of your ancestor's probate record.  
 
 
From 1479-1609, this court had superior jurisdiction over the parishes under the primary jurisdiction of the [[Court of the Commissary of the Bishop of Lincoln and of the Archdeacon in the Archdeaconry of Huntingdon]], except for the [[P genealogical glossary terms|prebends]]. It continued to have superior jurisiction over many Huntingdonshire parishes until the end of 1857.<br>
 
 
 
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== Indexes<br>  ==
 
== Indexes<br>  ==
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The [http://microsites.lincolnshire.gov.uk/archives/section.asp?catId=13105 Lincolnshire Archives Office] has an index to Lincolnshire wills, 1701-1800, in PDF format that can be searched online, and other indexes to probate records.<br>  
 
The [http://microsites.lincolnshire.gov.uk/archives/section.asp?catId=13105 Lincolnshire Archives Office] has an index to Lincolnshire wills, 1701-1800, in PDF format that can be searched online, and other indexes to probate records.<br>  
  
The '''Family History Library''' has indexes including:  
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The Family History Library has indexes including:  
  
 
*Indexes on the films with the records (see above).  
 
*Indexes on the films with the records (see above).  
*Various published indexes including:
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*Various published indexes including:  
 
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*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=294785&disp=Calendars+of+Lincoln+wills%20%20&columns=*,0,0 Calendars of Lincoln wills, 1320-1659]<br>  
#[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=294785&disp=Calendars+of+Lincoln+wills%20%20&columns=*,0,0 Calendars of Lincoln wills, 1320-1659]<br>  
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*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=726768&disp=Index+of+Lincoln+Consistory+Court+wills+%20%20&columns=*,0,0 Index of Lincoln Consistory Court wills and inventories, 1660-1700]<br>  
#[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=726768&disp=Index+of+Lincoln+Consistory+Court+wills+%20%20&columns=*,0,0 Index of Lincoln Consistory Court wills and inventories, 1660-1700]<br>  
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*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=733336&disp=Lincolnshire+Archives+index+of+Lincoln+C++ Lincolnshire Archives index of Lincoln Consistory Court wills, 1801-1858] (on microfiche)<br>  
#[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=733336&disp=Lincolnshire+Archives+index+of+Lincoln+C++ Lincolnshire Archives index of Lincoln Consistory Court wills, 1801-1858] (on microfiche)<br>  
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*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=204648&disp=Calendars+of+administrations+in+the+Cons%20%20&columns=*,0,0 Calendars of administrations in the Consistory Court of Lincoln, 1540-1659]<br>  
#[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=204648&disp=Calendars+of+administrations+in+the+Cons%20%20&columns=*,0,0 Calendars of administrations in the Consistory Court of Lincoln, 1540-1659]<br>  
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*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=755208&disp=Wills+beneficiary+index%20%20&columns=*,0,0 A Wills beneficiary index]<br>
#[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=755208&disp=Wills+beneficiary+index%20%20&columns=*,0,0 A Wills beneficiary index]<br>
 
  
 
The library's holdings of probate records for Lincolnshire are listed in the [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=topicdetails&subject=329888&subject_disp=England%2C+Lincoln+-+Probate+records&columns=*,0,0 Family History Library Catalog] by using the Place Search for:  
 
The library's holdings of probate records for Lincolnshire are listed in the [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=topicdetails&subject=329888&subject_disp=England%2C+Lincoln+-+Probate+records&columns=*,0,0 Family History Library Catalog] by using the Place Search for:  
  
England, Lincoln - Probate records  
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*England, Lincoln - Probate records  
 
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*England, Lincoln - Probate records - Indexes
England, Lincoln - Probate records - Indexes  
 
 
 
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== Records<br>  ==
 
== Records<br>  ==
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== Steps to Find a Will ==
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== Jurisdiction<br> ==
  
1. If you do not have access to the Family History Library or a family history center, contact the [http://microsites.lincolnshire.gov.uk/archives/section.asp?catId=13105 Lincolnshire Archives Office] and request a search of their index to wills for an entry for your ancestor. If they find a reference, they will inform you how to obtain a copy of the will.  
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==== Lincolnshire<br>  ====
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The Diocese of Lincoln (which has existed since before 1088 and was at that time&nbsp;one of&nbsp;the&nbsp;largest diocese in England) covers the whole of Lincolnshire and most of Nottinghamshire.&nbsp; After the Reformation [in the&nbsp;1530's during the&nbsp;reign of Henry VIII], it was divided into the Archdeaconries of Lincoln and&nbsp;Stow in Lincolnshire, and the Archdeaconry of&nbsp;Nottingham.&nbsp; The&nbsp;Archdeaconry&nbsp;of Lincoln covered the largest portion of that county.&nbsp; The Court of the Bishop of Lincoln had primary probate jurisdiction&nbsp;in the Archdeaconry of Lincoln and secondary jurisdiction in the Archdeaconry of Stow (see also the [[Court of the Archdeaconry of Stow|Court of the Archdeaconry of Stow]]).  
  
2. If you have access to the Family History Library or a family history center, search (or order on microfilm and search) the indexes to the court with jurisdiction over your parish of interest. If you find a reference to your ancestor's will, go to the library's online catalog entry for the court's probate records (see above), and match the index reference to the film for the correct year and record. For instance, "Will index vol. 9-11, 1766-1857," on film #0198799,&nbsp;gives the following reference:
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==== Bedfordshire  ====
  
*1784,<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1253810707938_954" /><span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1253810707938_466" /> Brumley, William - Barton&nbsp;
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The Archdeaconry of Bedfordshire was in the Diocese of Lincoln until 1837.&nbsp; Therefore before that time, the Court of the Bishop of Lincoln (Episcopal Consistory) had secondary jurisdiction over the whole of Bedfordshire except the peculiars of [[Court of the Peculiar of Biggleswade|Biggleswade]] and [[Court of the Peculiar of Leighton Buzzard|Leighton Buzzard]].&nbsp; <br>
  
This indicates that William Brumley of Barton died and left a will proven in 1784.
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==== Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire  ====
  
3. Go to the library's online catalog entry for&nbsp;[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=196273&disp=Wills+and+administrations+of+the+Episcop++ Wills and administrations of the Episcopal Consistory Court of Lincoln, England, 1506-1857] for the Court of the Bishop of Lincoln&nbsp;and view the film notes. Browse down the film notes until you come to (as in the case of our example) "Registered wills v. 263, 1784" on film #0199069. Go to the film cabinets and retrieve the film, put it on a film reader, and turn to the will in alphabetical order.  
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This court also had superior jurisdiction over&nbsp;the peculiar courts of [[Court of the Peculiar of Aylesbury|Aylesbury]] and&nbsp;[[Court of the Peculiar of Buckingham|Buckingham]] (Lincoln [[P genealogical glossary terms|prebends]]&nbsp;in the county of Buckingham), and the peculiar courts of&nbsp;[[Court of the Peculiar of Banbury|Banbury]], [[Court of the Peculiar of Bierton|Bierton]], [[Court of the Peculiar of Thame|Thame]], [[Court of the Peculiar of Cropredy|Cropredy]], [[Court of the Peculiar of King's Sutton|King's Sutton]], and [[Court of the Peculiar of Horley and Hornton|Horley and Hornton]]&nbsp;(in the county of Oxford), which were under the Dean and Chapter of Lincoln.  
  
4. If you are using a family history center, use the library's catalog as before, and order the film into the center for your use.
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==== Huntingdonshire<br>  ====
  
5. The Family History Library and family history centers have copying facilities so you may make a copy of your ancestor's probate record.  
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From 1479-1609, this court had superior jurisdiction over the parishes under the primary jurisdiction of the [[Court of the Commissary of the Bishop of Lincoln and of the Archdeacon in the Archdeaconry of Huntingdon]], except for the [[P genealogical glossary terms|prebends]]. It continued to have superior jurisiction over many Huntingdonshire parishes until the end of 1857.<br> <br>
  
 
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[[Category:Lincolnshire]]

Revision as of 21:27, 9 November 2009

England Gotoarrow.png Bedfordshire Probate Records, Lincolnshire Probate Records

Getting Started or Step by Step?

1. If you do not have access to the Family History Library or a family history center, contact the Lincolnshire Archives Office and request a search of their index to wills for an entry for your ancestor. If they find a reference, they will inform you how to obtain a copy of the will.

2. If you have access to the Family History Library or a family history center, search (or order on microfilm and search) the indexes to the court with jurisdiction over your parish of interest. If you find a reference to your ancestor's will, go to the library's online catalog entry for the court's probate records (see above), and match the index reference to the film for the correct year and record. For instance, "Will index vol. 9-11, 1766-1857," on film #0198799, gives the following reference:

  • 1784, Brumley, William - Barton 

This indicates that William Brumley of Barton died and left a will proven in 1784.

3. Go to the library's online catalog entry for Wills and administrations of the Episcopal Consistory Court of Lincoln, England, 1506-1857 for the Court of the Bishop of Lincoln and view the film notes. Browse down the film notes until you come to (as in the case of our example) "Registered wills v. 263, 1784" on film #0199069. Go to the film cabinets and retrieve the film, put it on a film reader, and turn to the will in alphabetical order.

4. If you are using a family history center, use the library's catalog as before, and order the film into the center for your use.

5. The Family History Library and family history centers have copying facilities so you may make a copy of your ancestor's probate record.

Indexes

The Lincolnshire Archives Office has an index to Lincolnshire wills, 1701-1800, in PDF format that can be searched online, and other indexes to probate records.

The Family History Library has indexes including:

The library's holdings of probate records for Lincolnshire are listed in the Family History Library Catalog by using the Place Search for:

  • England, Lincoln - Probate records
  • England, Lincoln - Probate records - Indexes

Records

The original records are in the collection of the Lincolnshire Archives Office in the city of Lincoln.  The records include:

  • Original and register copy wills, 1506-1858
  • Act books, 1553-1701
  • Administrations, 1540-1857
  • Inventories, 1508-1831

For research assistance, contact the archives office.

The records have been microfilmed and are available at the Family History Library and through family history centers.  These include:


Jurisdiction

Lincolnshire

The Diocese of Lincoln (which has existed since before 1088 and was at that time one of the largest diocese in England) covers the whole of Lincolnshire and most of Nottinghamshire.  After the Reformation [in the 1530's during the reign of Henry VIII], it was divided into the Archdeaconries of Lincoln and Stow in Lincolnshire, and the Archdeaconry of Nottingham.  The Archdeaconry of Lincoln covered the largest portion of that county.  The Court of the Bishop of Lincoln had primary probate jurisdiction in the Archdeaconry of Lincoln and secondary jurisdiction in the Archdeaconry of Stow (see also the Court of the Archdeaconry of Stow).

Bedfordshire

The Archdeaconry of Bedfordshire was in the Diocese of Lincoln until 1837.  Therefore before that time, the Court of the Bishop of Lincoln (Episcopal Consistory) had secondary jurisdiction over the whole of Bedfordshire except the peculiars of Biggleswade and Leighton Buzzard

Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire

This court also had superior jurisdiction over the peculiar courts of Aylesbury and Buckingham (Lincoln prebends in the county of Buckingham), and the peculiar courts of Banbury, Bierton, Thame, Cropredy, King's Sutton, and Horley and Hornton (in the county of Oxford), which were under the Dean and Chapter of Lincoln.

Huntingdonshire

From 1479-1609, this court had superior jurisdiction over the parishes under the primary jurisdiction of the Court of the Commissary of the Bishop of Lincoln and of the Archdeacon in the Archdeaconry of Huntingdon, except for the prebends. It continued to have superior jurisiction over many Huntingdonshire parishes until the end of 1857.