Court of the Peculiar of Cheriton with Kilmeston and Tichborne
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- 1 Step By Step
- 2 Probate Indexes
- 3 The Records
- 4 Historical Background
- 5 Strategies, Tips, Other?
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.
3. Contact or visit the Essex County 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. You can 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.
Surviving wills and admons to the Court of the Peculiar of Cheriton, Kilmeston (now Kilmiston) and Tichborne (now Titchborne) have been mostly indexed with the following ones:
Here is an online index from 1500's-1857. This is a mostly complete listing of wills for this time period, and can be very helpful to those searching Hampshire probate records.
Original Handwritten Indexes
There is an index (manuscript) from 1612 to 1763 for Cheriton, Kilmeston (now Kilmiston) and Tichborne (now Titchborne). They are held at the Hampshire Record Office covering most if not all wills in this peculiar court's jurisdiction.
Microfilmed Indexes at the Family History Library
The indexes as listed in the above are also available in the collection of The Family History Library and they are on microfilm and may be circulated to each of its satellite Family History Centers worldwide. The Family History Library has a comprehensive microfilmed index Cards of probate records which pertain to each of Hampshire's peculiar probate courts--including  Cheriton, Kilmeston (now Kilmiston) and Tichborne (now Titchborne) for the years of this peculiar court's jurisdiction from 1612 to 1763. The Hampshire Record Office also has a type manuscript index covering the early Bishopstoke 1612-1763; see the next section below.
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Probate Records Held in This Archive
Original Wills 1612-1763
Probate Records of This Court in The Family History Library
Original Wills 1612-1680; 1720-1681 (reverse order); 1763-1721 (reverse order)
Registered Wills 1681-1774
The Court of the Peculiar of Cheriton with Kilmeston and Tichborne held jurisdiction over the parishes of Cheriton with Kilmeston (now Kilmiston) and Tichborne now Titchborne). When a search of this courts’ records fails to provide the desired probate record, be sure to search both the Consistory and Archdeaconry Courts of Winchester as well as the Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury.
You can also visit The Family History Library, or, one of its 4,500 satellite family history centers worldwide and search indexes (see the Family History Library's cataloged entries providing the microfilms so you can have them circulated to the center near you for searching the wills). The information obtained from the index[es] will help you more quickly search the wills and admons which can also be circulated on microfilm via any family history center.
Strategies, Tips, Other?
See the above Indexes or those available through the Family History Library or its many family history centers worldwide for an index to this court. The administrations (admons) for this "peculiar" probate court were processed and granted through the [Consistory Court] of Winchester. To view a list of parishes and their respective probate court jurisdiction, see the "Hampshire Parishes and Their Probate Jurisdictions" on the main page for Hampshire Probate Records.