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''Probate'' is the legal process by which the estate of a deceased person is distributed to his or her heirs. This article is about probate records in Derbyshire. For a general description of England probate records, click [[England Probate Records|here]].  
 
''Probate'' is the legal process by which the estate of a deceased person is distributed to his or her heirs. This article is about probate records in Derbyshire. For a general description of England probate records, click [[England Probate Records|here]].  
  
=== 1850 to the Present  ===
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=== 1858 to the Present  ===
  
 
Beginning in 1858, the [[Principal Probate Registry]] had the authority for probating estates. Click on the link to learn more.  
 
Beginning in 1858, the [[Principal Probate Registry]] had the authority for probating estates. Click on the link to learn more.  
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Before 1858, Church of England ecclesiastical courts had authority for this process. To search for a pre-1858 probate record in Sussex, follow these steps:  
 
Before 1858, Church of England ecclesiastical courts had authority for this process. To search for a pre-1858 probate record in Sussex, follow these steps:  
  
==== Step 1. Search indexes ====
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==== Step 1. Search indexes ====
  
 
==== Step 2. Identify when and where your ancestor died  ====
 
==== Step 2. Identify when and where your ancestor died  ====
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Determine ''where'' your ancestor died. It is easier to find a probate record if you know whether the place where your ancestor lived or died is a parish. To learn whether it is a parish, look it up in a gazetteer. Here are links to gazetteers online. <br>
 
Determine ''where'' your ancestor died. It is easier to find a probate record if you know whether the place where your ancestor lived or died is a parish. To learn whether it is a parish, look it up in a gazetteer. Here are links to gazetteers online. <br>
  
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Once you identified the parish, go to Step 3.
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Once you identified the parish, go to Step 3.  
  
 
==== Step 3. Identify court jurisdictions by parish  ====
 
==== Step 3. Identify court jurisdictions by parish  ====
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Once you have identified the parish where your ancestor lived or died, learn which courts had jurisdiction over it then search indexes for those courts. Every town and parish in Derbyshire was under the probate jurisdiction of a primary court and several secondary courts. Most of the county was under the primary jurisdiction of the [[Court of the Bishop of Lichfield and Coventry (Episcopal Consistory)|Court of the Bishop of Lichfield and Coventry (Episcopal Consistory)]] and the secondary jurisdiction of the [[Prerogative Court of Canterbury|Prerogative Court of Canterbury]], which also was the highest court in the country. To access indexes, click on the court name. <br>
 
Once you have identified the parish where your ancestor lived or died, learn which courts had jurisdiction over it then search indexes for those courts. Every town and parish in Derbyshire was under the probate jurisdiction of a primary court and several secondary courts. Most of the county was under the primary jurisdiction of the [[Court of the Bishop of Lichfield and Coventry (Episcopal Consistory)|Court of the Bishop of Lichfield and Coventry (Episcopal Consistory)]] and the secondary jurisdiction of the [[Prerogative Court of Canterbury|Prerogative Court of Canterbury]], which also was the highest court in the country. To access indexes, click on the court name. <br>
  
However there were exceptions. Click [[Derbyshire Probate Jurisdictions|<u>here</u>]] for an alphabetical list of the parishes of Derbyshire that were exceptions. If you do not find your place in the list of exceptions, then search the records of the above courts.
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However there were exceptions. Click [[Derbyshire Probate Jurisdictions|<u>here</u>]] for an alphabetical list of the parishes of Derbyshire that were exceptions. If you do not find your place in the list of exceptions, then search the records of the above courts.  
  
 
==== Step 4. Obtain a copy of the probate record  ====
 
==== Step 4. Obtain a copy of the probate record  ====
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== Derbyshire Probate Courts  ==
 
== Derbyshire Probate Courts  ==
  
Here is a list of the courts that had&nbsp;probate jurisdiction over Derbyshire before 1858. For more information, click on a court name.
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Here is a list of the courts that had&nbsp;probate jurisdiction over Derbyshire before 1858. For more information, click on a court name.  
  
 
*[[Court of the Bishop of Lichfield and Coventry (Episcopal Consistory)]]  
 
*[[Court of the Bishop of Lichfield and Coventry (Episcopal Consistory)]]  
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*[http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng/DBY/ProbateRecords/index.html Abstracts of Derbyshire Probate Records:]  
 
*[http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng/DBY/ProbateRecords/index.html Abstracts of Derbyshire Probate Records:]  
*[http://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/leisure/record_office/our_collection/derbyshirewills/ Derbyshire wills for the period 1858-1928 (from the Derbyshire Record Office):]
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*[http://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/leisure/record_office/our_collection/derbyshirewills/ Derbyshire wills for the period 1858-1928 (from the Derbyshire Record Office):]  
*[http://www.wirksworth.org.uk/WILLS.htm Derbyshire WILLS, 1525-1928] (browse 35,066 Wills and 5,093 different surnames; pertaining to much more than just people from the parish of Wirksworth):
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*[http://www.wirksworth.org.uk/WILLS.htm Derbyshire WILLS, 1525-1928] (browse 35,066 Wills and 5,093 different surnames; pertaining to much more than just people from the parish of Wirksworth):  
 
*[http://www.pentrich.org.uk/html/wills.html PENTRICH WILLS &amp;&nbsp;PROBATE INDEX] (from the Pentrich Historical Society; also includes entries for people in parishes adjacent to Pentrich):
 
*[http://www.pentrich.org.uk/html/wills.html PENTRICH WILLS &amp;&nbsp;PROBATE INDEX] (from the Pentrich Historical Society; also includes entries for people in parishes adjacent to Pentrich):
  

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Getting Started

Probate is the legal process by which the estate of a deceased person is distributed to his or her heirs. This article is about probate records in Derbyshire. For a general description of England probate records, click here.

1858 to the Present

Beginning in 1858, the Principal Probate Registry had the authority for probating estates. Click on the link to learn more.

Before 1858

Before 1858, Church of England ecclesiastical courts had authority for this process. To search for a pre-1858 probate record in Sussex, follow these steps:

Step 1. Search indexes

Step 2. Identify when and where your ancestor died

Determine when your ancestor died. If you aren't sure, use an approximate date.

Determine where your ancestor died. It is easier to find a probate record if you know whether the place where your ancestor lived or died is a parish. To learn whether it is a parish, look it up in a gazetteer. Here are links to gazetteers online.

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Once you identified the parish, go to Step 3.

Step 3. Identify court jurisdictions by parish

Once you have identified the parish where your ancestor lived or died, learn which courts had jurisdiction over it then search indexes for those courts. Every town and parish in Derbyshire was under the probate jurisdiction of a primary court and several secondary courts. Most of the county was under the primary jurisdiction of the Court of the Bishop of Lichfield and Coventry (Episcopal Consistory) and the secondary jurisdiction of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, which also was the highest court in the country. To access indexes, click on the court name.

However there were exceptions. Click here for an alphabetical list of the parishes of Derbyshire that were exceptions. If you do not find your place in the list of exceptions, then search the records of the above courts.

Step 4. Obtain a copy of the probate record

Once you have found an index reference to a probate, obtain a copy of the record. Do so by one of these methods:

  • Visit or contact the record office htat has the original records in its collection.
  • Visit the Family History Library or a family history center and obtain a copy of the record on microfilm. For more information, click on a court name below.

Derbyshire Probate Courts

Here is a list of the courts that had probate jurisdiction over Derbyshire before 1858. For more information, click on a court name.

Probate Indexes

Before looking for a will, you should search an index. Here is a list of some indexes. Others will be listed in each court's article.

Estate Duty Records

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.

Probates After 1857