Court of the Peculiar of Hurstbourne Priors with St Mary Bourne
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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.
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.
Location of These Probate Records
Hampshire Record Office
Archives and Local Studies
Hampshire SO23 8TH
tel 01962 846154, fax 01962 878681
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The Court of the Peculiar of Hurstbourne Priors with St Mary Bourne held jurisdiction over the parish of Hurstbourne Priors and its neighboring parish, St Mary Bourne. These records are held at the Hampshire Record Office (see above). When a search of this courts’ probate records fails to provide the desired probate record, be sure to search both the Consistory (administrations and wills) Archdeaconry (wills only) 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.
Surviving wills and admons to the Court of the Peculiar of Hurstbourne Priors with St Mary Bourne have been mostly indexed as follows:
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 1577, 1635-1780 for Hurstbourne Priors with St Mary Bourne held at the Hampshire Record Office.
Microfilmed Indexes at the Family History Library<br>
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 microfilmed index (index Cards) to the probate records which pertains to each of Hampshire's peculiar probate courts--including Houghton for the years 1577, 1635-1780.
The Hampshire Record Office also has a type manuscript index covering the early Houghton wills; see the next section below.
Searching for probates in this court
ORIGINAL WILLS 1577, 1635-1780
Additional wills also exist for the Hampshire parishes of Hurstbourne Priors and Hurstbourne Tarrant in the Wiltshire Prebendal (probate) Court of Hurstbourne and Burbage, which see.
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 only 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.