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== Step By Step  ==
 
== 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.  
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1. First search each index (see below) to help you more quickly find the will, writing down each detail cited in the indexed entry.<br>2. Proceed to "Records" (below) to determine what probate records exist for this court.<br>3. Contact or visit the Hampshire&nbsp;Record Office or,&nbsp;hire a professional record searcher to view these records on your behalf. Officials may send upon request a list of record searchers.<br>4. You can visit The [[Family History Library|Family History Library,]] or, one of its 4,500 satellite family history centers worldwide and search indexes to probate records;&nbsp;then with the information obtained from the index[es] you can search more quickly the&nbsp;original wills and admons also&nbsp;on microfilm via any&nbsp;[[Introduction to Family History Centers|centers]]&nbsp;near you.<br>
 
 
2. Proceed then to the "Probate Records In This Archive" section (see below) to determine what original probate records exist for this court.  
 
 
 
3. Contact or visit the&nbsp;Lichfield Record Office (see address below), to hire a professional record searcher to view these records on your behalf, citing information obtained from the indexes (see next heading). Officials may send upon request a list of record searchers.  
 
 
 
4. You can also visit The Family History Library, or, one of its 4,500 satellite family history centers worldwide and search indexes and wills (see the Family History Library's [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=topicdetails&subject=426796&subject_disp=England%2C+Cheshire+%2D+Probate+records&columns=*,0,0 cataloged entries] providing the microfilm numbers so you can have them circulated to the [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/FHC/frameset_fhc.asp center]&nbsp;near you for searching). 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.  
 
  
 
== Indexes  ==
 
== Indexes  ==
  
The probate collection includes a Calendars and indexes to wills, administrations and inventories.&nbsp; A calendar is an index arranged first alphabetically by the&nbsp;beginning letter of a testator's surname&nbsp;and second&nbsp;by date.<br>
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The probate collection includes a Calendars and indexes to wills, administrations and inventories. A calendar is an index arranged first alphabetically by the beginning letter of a testator's surname and second by date.<br>
  
 
==== Online Indexes  ====
 
==== Online Indexes  ====
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[http://www.familyhistoryonline.net/database/SussexFHGprobate.shtml This is a website] for which you may request a search to be made.  
 
[http://www.familyhistoryonline.net/database/SussexFHGprobate.shtml This is a website] for which you may request a search to be made.  
  
==== Printed Indexes  ====
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==== Printed and Published Indexes  ====
  
The Index Library has printed an index from 1588-1660
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'''Manuscript Indexes'''
  
==== Manuscript Indexes in The Family History Library ====
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The Index Library volumes&nbsp;49 and 64 are&nbsp;indexes to this courts' probates from 1479-1684
  
[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=213058&disp=Calendar+of+wills+and+administrations+in%20%20&columns=*,0,0 Calendars of Wills &amp; Admons 1509-1660]
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Calendars from 1511-1857 at The Society of Genealogists, London
  
[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=173636&disp=Probate+records++ Index to Original Wills 1588-1858]
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'''Microfilmed Indexes at the Family History Library'''
  
== The Records  ==
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The indexes as listed in the above are also available in the collection of&nbsp;The Family History Library and they are on microfilm and may be circulated to each of its satellite Family History [[Introduction to Family History Centers|Centers]]&nbsp;worldwide.
  
=== Archives Location  ===
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Here are a series of "Indexes" at The Family History Library:
  
The East Sussex Record Office
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*{{FHL|1198216|title-id|disp=Index to Probate Accounts 1572-1711}}
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*{{FHL|521244|title-id|disp=Index to West Sussex probate records, 1483-1858}}
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*{{FHL|1197933|title-id|disp=Index to the Court Diary of the Dean of Chichester Peculiar 1626-1667}}
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*{{FHL|243356|title-id|disp=Calendar of Wills and Administrations (years not given)}}
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*{{FHL|674735|title-id|disp=Calendar of bonds for the grant of letters of administration 1675-1689, 1770-1780}}
  
The Maltings
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== Records  ==
  
Castle Precincts
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==== Archives Location  ====
  
Lewes
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The original records are deposited at:
  
East Sussex BN7 1YT
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[http://www.westsussex.gov.uk/ccm/content/your-council/contact-west-sussex-county-council/contact-west-sussex-county-council.en West Sussex County Council]
  
ENGLAND  
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County Hall <br>West Street <br>Chichester <br>West Sussex PO19 1RQ <br>ENGLAND <br>Tel 44-(0)1243 777100
  
Tel 44-(0)1273 482349
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==== Archive Records  ====
  
E-Mail: [mailto:archives@eastsussexcc.gov.uk archives@eastsussexcc.gov.uk] &nbsp;
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Add information about the manuscript, printed and digital records in this location.  
  
[http://www.eastsussex.gov.uk/leisureandtourism/localandfamilyhistory/esro/default.htm Website]
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The records include:  
  
=== Probate Records of This Court Held In This Archive  ===
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*Original Wills 1561-1857
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*Registered Wills 1554-1857
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*Administration Bonds 1584-1857
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*Probate and Administration Act Books and Diaries 1578-1857
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*Caveats 1748-1784
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*Inventories, Accounts, etc 1594-1739
  
These records include:
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==== Family History Library Records  ====
  
Original Wills&nbsp;1588-1681; 1750-1773
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*{{FHL|1195610|title-id|disp=Original Wills 1704-1857}}
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*{{FHL|596185|title-id|disp=Probate diaries 1577-1862}};
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*{{FHL|82267|title-id|disp=1568-1907}}
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*{{FHL|82301|title-id|disp=Registered &amp; Original Wills 1553-1857}}; also see&nbsp;{{FHL|82267|title-id|disp=1520-1858}}
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*{{FHL|82301|title-id|disp=Caveats 1748-1784}}
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*{{FHL|82301|title-id|disp=Bonds Box 1590-1744}}; {{FHL|82267|title-id|disp=1579-1689}}
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*{{FHL|556392|title-id|disp=Probate Records 1684-1780}}
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*{{FHL|674735|title-id|disp=Calendar of Bonds for&nbsp;Letters of Administration 1675-1689; 1770-1780}}
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*{{FHL|243356|title-id|disp=Calendar Administrations (no years given)}}
  
Administrations (Admons) 1751-1857 (Admons are added in with Registered Wills after 1714)
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== Jurisdiction ==
 
 
Registered Copy Wills&nbsp;1682-1858
 
 
 
Indexes 1588-1660; 1682-1858
 
 
 
=== Probate Records of This Court In The Family History Library ===
 
 
 
These have been microfilmed and are available at the [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/FHL/frameset_library.asp Family History Library] in Salt Lake City and through [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/FHC/frameset_fhc.asp family history centers].&nbsp; They include:
 
  
[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=173636&disp=Probate+records++ Original Wills &amp; Administrations (Admons) 1588-1858]
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This peculiar court held concurrent jurisdiction over the following West Sussex parishes:  
  
[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=173636&disp=Probate+records++ Registered Wills &amp; Admons 1588-1858]
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*Chichester St Andrew
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*Chichester St Bartholomew
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*Chichester St Martin
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*Chichester St Olave
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*Chichester St Peter the Great
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*Chichester St Peter the Less
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*Chichester St Pancras
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*New Fishbourne
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*Rumboldswyke
  
[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=173636&disp=Probate+records++ Inventories and Bonds 1730-1836]
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== Appeals Courts  ==
  
[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=173636&disp=Probate+records++ Caveat Book 1728-1858]
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Any probate that was disputed and could not be settled by the county courts could be sent to these higher appeals courts:  
  
[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=173636&disp=Probate+records++ Compotus Rolls 1722-1723]  
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*[[Court of Arches]]
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*[[High Court of Delegates]]
  
[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=173636&disp=Probate+records++ Index to Original Wills 1588-1858]
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The [[Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury]] also served as an appeals court.
  
[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=1195608&disp=Original+wills+for+the+Peculiar+Court+of++ Original Wills 1706-1858]
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== Estate Duty Records  ==
  
[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=82267&disp=Wills+and+administrations++ Registered [&amp; Original] Wills 1520-1858
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Starting in 1796, a tax or death duty was payable on estates over a certain value. Estate duty abstracts may add considerable information not found elsewhere. Estate duty indexes may help you locate a will. For more information, go to [[Estate Duty Records]].<br>
  
[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=82267&disp=Wills+and+administrations++ Bonds Box 1579-1689]
 
  
[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=82267&disp=Wills+and+administrations++ Diaries of Wills &amp; Admons 1568-1907]
 
  
[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=554366&disp=Probate+records++ Probate Accounts 1610-1686]
 
  
[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=554366&disp=Probate+records++ Probate Acts 1537-1553]
 
 
[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=554366&disp=Probate+records++ Admon Acts 1576-1578]
 
 
[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=554366&disp=Probate+records++ Calendar from Original Bonds 1670-1689] [http://www.westsussex.gov.uk/ccm/content/your-council/contact-west-sussex-county-council/contact-us.en E-mail]
 
 
[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=82267&disp=Wills+and+administrations++ Index to Admons 1781-1857]
 
 
[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=604256&disp=Probate+records++ Original Testaments and Wills 1580-1706]
 
 
== 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.<br>2. Proceed to the "Probate Records Held in&nbsp;This Archive" (below) to determine what original probate records exist for this court.<br>3. Contact or visit the Hampshire&nbsp;Record Office or,&nbsp;hire a professional record searcher to view these records on your behalf. Officials may send upon request a list of record searchers.<br>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;&nbsp;then with the information obtained from the index[es] you can search more quickly the&nbsp;original wills and admons also&nbsp;on microfilm via any&nbsp;[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/FHC/frameset_fhc.asp centers]&nbsp;near you.<br>
 
 
== Probate Indexes  ==
 
 
Surviving wills and admons to the&nbsp;Court of the Peculiar of Alrewas and Weeford have to some extent been indexed with the following ones:
 
 
=== Printed and Published Indexes  ===
 
 
==== Online Indexes  ====
 
 
[http://calm.hants.gov.uk/DServe/Search%20all.htm Here] is an online index from 1500's-1857. This is mostly complete listing of all wills for this time period, and can be very helpful to those searching Hampshire probate records during this time period.
 
 
==== Printed & Manuscript Indexes  ====
 
 
There is an index from 1670 to 1805 in manuscript form at the archives (see below for address).
 
The Index Library vol. 64 is an index from 1516-1670
 
 
==== Microfilmed Indexes at the Family History Library  ====
 
 
The indexes as listed in the above are also available in the collection of&nbsp;The Family History Library and they are on microfilm and may be circulated to each of its satellite Family History [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/FHC/frameset_fhc.asp Centers]&nbsp;worldwide.
 
 
In addition, the Family History Library has a more comprehensive microfilmed [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=1198216&disp=Index+to+probate+accounts%2C+1572-1711++ Index to Probate Accounts 1572-1711]
 
 
== The Records  ==
 
 
=== Archives Location  ===
 
 
The original records are deposited at:
 
 
[http://www.westsussex.gov.uk/ccm/content/your-council/contact-west-sussex-county-council/contact-west-sussex-county-council.en West Sussex County Council]
 
 
County Hall
 
 
West Street
 
 
Chichester
 
 
West Sussex PO19 1RQ&nbsp;
 
 
ENGLAND
 
 
Tel 44-[0]1243 777100&nbsp;
 
 
=== Probate Records of This Court Held in This Archive  ===
 
 
Oroiginal Wills 1580-1858 Registered Will 1516-1567; 1622-1642; 1678-1858 Admionistration Bonds 1579-1857 Probate Accounts 1610-1643 Indexes 1516-1857
 
 
=== Probate Records of This Court in The Family History Library  ===
 
 
== Jurisdiction  ==
 
  
This peculiar court held concurrent jurisdiction over the following East Sussex parishes:
 
  
*Chichester All Saints
 
*Horsham (part)
 
*East Lavant
 
*Pagham
 
*Patching
 
*Slindon
 
*Tangmere
 
*West Tarring inluding Durrington &amp; Heen
 
  
[[Category:Sussex|Sussex]] [[Category:Kent]]
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[[Category:England Court Records]]

Latest revision as of 00:11, 22 November 2018

Step By Step[edit | edit source]

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 "Records" (below) to determine what probate records exist for this court.
3. Contact or visit the Hampshire 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.

Indexes[edit | edit source]

The probate collection includes a Calendars and indexes to wills, administrations and inventories. A calendar is an index arranged first alphabetically by the beginning letter of a testator's surname and second by date.

Online Indexes[edit | edit source]

This is a website for which you may request a search to be made.

Printed and Published Indexes[edit | edit source]

Manuscript Indexes

The Index Library volumes 49 and 64 are indexes to this courts' probates from 1479-1684

Calendars from 1511-1857 at The Society of Genealogists, London

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.

Here are a series of "Indexes" at The Family History Library:

Records[edit | edit source]

Archives Location[edit | edit source]

The original records are deposited at:

West Sussex County Council

County Hall
West Street
Chichester
West Sussex PO19 1RQ
ENGLAND
Tel 44-(0)1243 777100

Archive Records[edit | edit source]

Add information about the manuscript, printed and digital records in this location.

The records include:

  • Original Wills 1561-1857
  • Registered Wills 1554-1857
  • Administration Bonds 1584-1857
  • Probate and Administration Act Books and Diaries 1578-1857
  • Caveats 1748-1784
  • Inventories, Accounts, etc 1594-1739

Family History Library Records[edit | edit source]

Jurisdiction[edit | edit source]

This peculiar court held concurrent jurisdiction over the following West Sussex parishes:

  • Chichester St Andrew
  • Chichester St Bartholomew
  • Chichester St Martin
  • Chichester St Olave
  • Chichester St Peter the Great
  • Chichester St Peter the Less
  • Chichester St Pancras
  • New Fishbourne
  • Rumboldswyke

Appeals Courts[edit | edit source]

Any probate that was disputed and could not be settled by the county courts could be sent to these higher appeals courts:

The Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury also served as an appeals court.

Estate Duty Records[edit | edit source]

Starting in 1796, a tax or death duty was payable on estates over a certain value. Estate duty abstracts may add considerable information not found elsewhere. Estate duty indexes may help you locate a will. For more information, go to Estate Duty Records.