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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.<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>
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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>
  
 
== 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 &amp; Manuscript Indexes  ====
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==== Printed and Published Indexes  ====
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'''Manuscript Indexes'''
  
 
The Index Library volumes&nbsp;49 and 64 are&nbsp;indexes to this courts' probates from 1479-1684  
 
The Index Library volumes&nbsp;49 and 64 are&nbsp;indexes to this courts' probates from 1479-1684  
  
Calendars from 1511-1857 at The Society of Genealogists, London
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Calendars from 1511-1857 at The Society of Genealogists, London  
  
==== Microfilmed Indexes at the Family History Library ====
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'''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.  
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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.  
  
 
Here are a series of "Indexes" at The Family History Library:  
 
Here are a series of "Indexes" at The Family History Library:  
  
[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]
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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}}
[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=521244&disp=Index+to+West+Sussex+probate+records%2C+++ 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)}}
[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=1197933&disp=Index+to+the+court+diary+of+the+Dean+of+%20%20&columns=*,0,0 Index to the Court Diary of the Dean of Chichester Peculiar 1626-1667]
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*{{FHL|674735|title-id|disp=Calendar of bonds for the grant of letters of administration 1675-1689, 1770-1780}}
  
[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=243356&disp=Calendar+of+administrations+in+the+Consi++ Calendar of Wills and Administrations (years not given)]
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== Records  ==
  
[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=674735&disp=Calendar+of+bonds+for+the+grant+of+lette%20%20&columns=*,0,0 Calendar of bonds for the grant of letters of administration 1675-1689, 1770-1780]
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==== Archives Location  ====
 
 
<br>
 
 
 
== The Records  ==
 
 
 
=== Archives Location  ===
 
  
 
The original records are deposited at:  
 
The original records are deposited at:  
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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]  
 
[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  
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County Hall <br>West Street <br>Chichester <br>West Sussex PO19 1RQ <br>ENGLAND <br>Tel 44-(0)1243 777100
  
West Street
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==== Archive Records  ====
  
Chichester
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Add information about the manuscript, printed and digital records in this location.
  
West Sussex PO19 1RQ&nbsp;
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The records include:
  
ENGLAND
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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
  
Tel 44-(0)1243 777100&nbsp;
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==== Family History Library Records  ====
  
<br>
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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)}}
  
=== Probate Records of This Court Held in This Archive ===
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== Jurisdiction ==
  
Original Wills 1561-1857
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This peculiar court held concurrent jurisdiction over the following West Sussex parishes:
  
Registered Wills 1554-1857
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*Chichester St Andrew
 
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*Chichester St Bartholomew
Administration Bonds&nbsp; 1584-1857
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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
  
Probate &amp;&nbsp;Administration Act Books &amp;&nbsp;Diaries 1578-1857
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== Appeals Courts  ==
  
Caveats 1748-1784
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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:
  
Inventories, Accounts, etc 1594-1739
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*[[Court of Arches]]
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*[[High Court of Delegates]]
  
=== Probate Records of This Court In The Family History Library  ===
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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=1195610&disp=Original+wills+for+the+Peculiar+Court+of++ Original Wills 1704-1857]
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== Estate Duty Records  ==
  
[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=596185&disp=Probate+diaries%2C+1577-1862++ Probate diaries 1577-1862]; [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=82267&disp=Wills+and+administrations++ 1568-1907]
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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=82301&disp=Wills+and+administrations++ Registered &amp; Original Wills 1553-1857]; also see&nbsp;[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=82267&disp=Wills+and+administrations++ 1520-1858]
 
  
[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=82301&disp=Wills+and+administrations++ Caveats 1748-1784]
 
  
[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=82301&disp=Wills+and+administrations++ Bonds Box 1590-1744]; [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=82267&disp=Wills+and+administrations++ 1579-1689]
 
  
[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=556392&disp=Probate+records++ Probate Records 1684-1780]
 
  
[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=674735&disp=Calendar+of+bonds+for+the+grant+of+lette++ Calendar of Bonds for&nbsp;Letters of Administration 1675-1689; 1770-1780]
 
  
== Jurisdiction  ==
 
  
This peculiar court held concurrent jurisdiction over the following West Sussex parishes:  
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[[Category:England Court Records]]
 
 
*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
 

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.