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== Getting Started  ==
 
== Getting Started  ==
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Here are some online indexes to probate records that include individuals who lived in Devon. Search these indexes first:  
 
Here are some online indexes to probate records that include individuals who lived in Devon. Search these indexes first:  
  
Before looking for a will, you should search an index.&nbsp;<br>  
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Before looking for a will, you should search an index.&nbsp;<br>
  
 
*[http://history.wiltshire.gov.uk/heritage/index.php Pre-1858 for CHARDSTOCK and UFFCULME parishes], and a few other wills from other parishes for the diocese of Salisbury that used to cover not only Wiltshire but also part of Berkshire, Dorset and Devon.
 
*[http://history.wiltshire.gov.uk/heritage/index.php Pre-1858 for CHARDSTOCK and UFFCULME parishes], and a few other wills from other parishes for the diocese of Salisbury that used to cover not only Wiltshire but also part of Berkshire, Dorset and Devon.
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*[http://genuki.cs.ncl.ac.uk/DEV/DevonWills/index.html Devon Names in the Calendars of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills 1383-1700]
 
*[http://genuki.cs.ncl.ac.uk/DEV/DevonWills/index.html Devon Names in the Calendars of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills 1383-1700]
  
<br> The aim of the Devon Wills Project is to provide a consolidated index of Devon wills, administrations and inventories, covering (and distinguishing between) original documents, probate copies, transcripts and abstracts. The project involves systematically transcribing information obtained from various "sources", i.e. indexes, calendars, catalogues, etc. The period covered is up to 1857, and wills, etc., are taken as related to Devon if the testator is identified to be or can be assumed as being of Devon, even if the will was proved elsewhere. (The index covers only testators, not other named individuals, and is initially just provided separately for each source.)*[http://genuki.cs.ncl.ac.uk/DEV/DevonWillsProject/]  
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<br>The aim of the Devon Wills Project is to provide a consolidated index of Devon wills, administrations and inventories, covering (and distinguishing between) original documents, probate copies, transcripts and abstracts. The project involves systematically transcribing information obtained from various "sources", i.e. indexes, calendars, catalogues, etc. The period covered is up to 1857, and wills, etc., are taken as related to Devon if the testator is identified to be or can be assumed as being of Devon, even if the will was proved elsewhere. (The index covers only testators, not other named individuals, and is initially just provided separately for each source.)*[http://genuki.cs.ncl.ac.uk/DEV/DevonWillsProject/]  
  
 
Prerogative Court of Canterbury wills [http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline/browse-refine.asp?CatID=6&searchType=browserefine&pagenumber=1&query=*&queryType=1 (1384 - 1858)]  
 
Prerogative Court of Canterbury wills [http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline/browse-refine.asp?CatID=6&searchType=browserefine&pagenumber=1&query=*&queryType=1 (1384 - 1858)]  
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[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=573927&disp=Wills+for+the+Diocese+of+Exeter+%28Count%20%20&columns=*,0,0 Wills for the Diocese of Exeter (County of Devon), 1812-1857] The copies were made for the Legacy Duty Department of the Stamp Duty Office, and from 1848 on to its successor, The Estate Duty Office of the Inland Revenue Office. They consist of wills proved in the Principal Registry and Consistory Court of the Bishop of Exeter, and in the various Archdeaconry Courts.  
 
[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=573927&disp=Wills+for+the+Diocese+of+Exeter+%28Count%20%20&columns=*,0,0 Wills for the Diocese of Exeter (County of Devon), 1812-1857] The copies were made for the Legacy Duty Department of the Stamp Duty Office, and from 1848 on to its successor, The Estate Duty Office of the Inland Revenue Office. They consist of wills proved in the Principal Registry and Consistory Court of the Bishop of Exeter, and in the various Archdeaconry Courts.  
  
Uffculme is a Peculiar Court and has indexes as follows: See Film 97429 18th court listed and 97430 17th court listed using following link. Wills, original and registered of the peculiar court of the Dean and parish of Sarum, Wiltshire, [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=300055&disp=Wills%2C+original+and+registered+of+the+++ 1560-1857 ]  
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Uffculme is a Peculiar Court and has indexes as follows: See Film 97429 18th court listed and 97430 17th court listed using following link. Wills, original and registered of the peculiar court of the Dean and parish of Sarum, Wiltshire, [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=300055&disp=Wills%2C+original+and+registered+of+the+++ 1560-1857]  
  
 
Did you find a reference to a probate record?  
 
Did you find a reference to a probate record?  
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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 Sussex fell under the probate jurisdiction of a primary court and several secondary courts. Click on a link below for the letter the parish begins with.  
 
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 Sussex fell under the probate jurisdiction of a primary court and several secondary courts. Click on a link below for the letter the parish begins with.  
  
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*Visit or contact the record office that has the original records in its collection. *Visit the [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/FHL/frameset_library.asp Family History Library] or a [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/FHC/frameset_fhc.asp family history center] and obtain a copy of the record on microfilm. For more information, click on a court name below. <br>
 
*Visit or contact the record office that has the original records in its collection. *Visit the [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/FHL/frameset_library.asp Family History Library] or a [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/FHC/frameset_fhc.asp family history center] and obtain a copy of the record on microfilm. For more information, click on a court name below. <br>
  
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== Devonshire Probate Courts  ==
 
== Devonshire Probate Courts  ==
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*[[Court of the Peculiar of the Dean of Exeter]]  
 
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*[[Court of the Archdeaconry of Dorset]]  
 
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*[[Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury]]
 
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== Manuscript Records<br> ==
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The Family History Library has [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=235196&disp=Calendars+of+wills+and+administrations+r%20%20&columns=*,0,0 ''Calendars of wills and administrations relating to the counties of Devon and Cornwall&amp;nbsp;: proved in the Court of the principal registry of the Bishop of Exeter, 1559-1799. And of Devon only, proved in the Court of the Archdeaconry of Exeter, 1540-1799'']  
 
The Family History Library has [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=235196&disp=Calendars+of+wills+and+administrations+r%20%20&columns=*,0,0 ''Calendars of wills and administrations relating to the counties of Devon and Cornwall&amp;nbsp;: proved in the Court of the principal registry of the Bishop of Exeter, 1559-1799. And of Devon only, proved in the Court of the Archdeaconry of Exeter, 1540-1799'']  
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Includes abstracts of probate records from various courts about testators from Devon before the destruction in World War II. The Family History Library has [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=351796&disp=Oswyn+Murray+collection+of+wills%2C+abt%%20%20&columns=*,0,0 Oswyn Murray collection of wills, abt. 1600-1800]  
 
Includes abstracts of probate records from various courts about testators from Devon before the destruction in World War II. The Family History Library has [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=351796&disp=Oswyn+Murray+collection+of+wills%2C+abt%%20%20&columns=*,0,0 Oswyn Murray collection of wills, abt. 1600-1800]  
  
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*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=575287&disp=Index+to+wills%2C+copies+and+related+pap%20%20&columns=*,0,0 Index to wills, copies and related pape][http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=575287&disp=Index+to+wills%2C+copies+and+related+pap%20%20&columns=*,0,0 rs [of the County of Devon, 1200-1900's]  
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*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=575287&disp=Index+to+wills%2C+copies+and+related+pap%20%20&columns=*,0,0 Index to wills, copies and related papers][http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=575287&disp=Index+to+wills%2C+copies+and+related+pap%20%20&columns=*,0,0 [of the County of Devon, 1200-1900's]  
 
*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=264158&disp=Devonshire+wills...%20%20&columns=*,0,0} Devonshire wills, by Charles Worthy]  
 
*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=264158&disp=Devonshire+wills...%20%20&columns=*,0,0} Devonshire wills, by Charles Worthy]  
*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=246385&disp=A+calendar+of+inquisitiones+post+mortem+%20%20&columns=*,0,0 A calendar of inquisitiones post mortem for Cornwall and Devon, from Henry III to Charles I (1216-1649)]<br>  
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*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=246385&disp=A+calendar+of+inquisitiones+post+mortem+%20%20&columns=*,0,0 A calendar of inquisitiones post mortem for Cornwall and Devon, from Henry III to Charles I (1216-1649)]<br>
*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=278481&disp=An+alphabetical+register+of+divers+perso%20%20&columns=*,0,0 An alphabetical register of divers persons, who by their last wills &amp; grants have given towards the relief of the poor of the county of Devon]<br>  
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*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=278481&disp=An+alphabetical+register+of+divers+perso%20%20&columns=*,0,0 An alphabetical register of divers persons, who by their last wills &amp; grants have given towards the relief of the poor of the county of Devon]<br>
 
*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=279949&disp=Abstracts+of+wills+of+the+Drew+Family%2C%20%20&columns=*,0,0 Abstracts of wills of the Drew Family, proved in the Court of the Archdeacon of Exeter and other courts, 1550-1891]<br>
 
*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=279949&disp=Abstracts+of+wills+of+the+Drew+Family%2C%20%20&columns=*,0,0 Abstracts of wills of the Drew Family, proved in the Court of the Archdeacon of Exeter and other courts, 1550-1891]<br>
  
 
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Getting Started

Probate is the legal court process by which the estate of a deceased person is distributed to his or her heirs. Probate records include wills and administrations. This article is about probate records in Devon. 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 Devon, follow these steps:

Step 1. Search Indexes

Here are some online indexes to probate records that include individuals who lived in Devon. Search these indexes first:

Before looking for a will, you should search an index. 


The aim of the Devon Wills Project is to provide a consolidated index of Devon wills, administrations and inventories, covering (and distinguishing between) original documents, probate copies, transcripts and abstracts. The project involves systematically transcribing information obtained from various "sources", i.e. indexes, calendars, catalogues, etc. The period covered is up to 1857, and wills, etc., are taken as related to Devon if the testator is identified to be or can be assumed as being of Devon, even if the will was proved elsewhere. (The index covers only testators, not other named individuals, and is initially just provided separately for each source.)*[1]

Prerogative Court of Canterbury wills (1384 - 1858)

The majority of the local records in Devonshire courts were destroyed during World War II.  However, the indexes do exist except for the Archdeaconry Court of Totnes.

Calendars of wills and administrations relating to the counties of Devon and Cornwall : proved in the Court of the principal registry of the Bishop of Exeter, 1559-1799. And of Devon only, proved in the Court of the Archdeaconry of Exeter, 1540-1799.

Calendars of wills and administrations relating to the counties of Devon and Cornwall : 1532-1800

Index of testamentary material in records of the principal registry of Bishop of Exeter

Transcript of Devonshire wills, 1600-1800

Oswyn Murray collection of wills, abt. 1600-1800

Index to wills, copies and related papers [of the County of Devon], 1200-1900's

Devonshire wills...

A calendar of inquisitiones post mortem for Cornwall and Devon, from Henry III to Charles I (1216-1649)

An alphabetical register of divers persons, who by their last wills & grants have given towards the relief of the poor of the county of Devon

Abstracts of wills of the Drew Family, proved in the Court of the Archdeacon of Exeter and other courts, 1550-1891

Death duty registers, Exeter, 1796-1811

Wills for the Diocese of Exeter (County of Devon), 1812-1857 The copies were made for the Legacy Duty Department of the Stamp Duty Office, and from 1848 on to its successor, The Estate Duty Office of the Inland Revenue Office. They consist of wills proved in the Principal Registry and Consistory Court of the Bishop of Exeter, and in the various Archdeaconry Courts.

Uffculme is a Peculiar Court and has indexes as follows: See Film 97429 18th court listed and 97430 17th court listed using following link. Wills, original and registered of the peculiar court of the Dean and parish of Sarum, Wiltshire, 1560-1857

Did you find a reference to a probate record?

  • If yes, go to Step 4 below.
  • If no, go to Step 2 below.

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 is a link to the 1872 Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales online:

The gazetteer will either tell you:

  • A place is a parish, or
  • What parish it is a part of, or
  • What place it is near.

If the latter, look that place up in the gazetteer and see if it is a parish.

Once you have 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 Sussex fell under the probate jurisdiction of a primary court and several secondary courts. Click on a link below for the letter the parish begins with.


   A  B  C  D-E  F-H  I-K  L-M  N-O  P-R  S  T-V  W-Z

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 that 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.


Devonshire Probate Courts


Manuscript Records

The Family History Library has Calendars of wills and administrations relating to the counties of Devon and Cornwall&nbsp;: proved in the Court of the principal registry of the Bishop of Exeter, 1559-1799. And of Devon only, proved in the Court of the Archdeaconry of Exeter, 1540-1799

Olive Moger Collection

A professional genealogist, she abstracted many probate records from most of the Devon courts prior to World War II. The Family History Library has Transcript of Devonshire wills, 1600-1800.

Oswyn Murray's collection

Includes abstracts of probate records from various courts about testators from Devon before the destruction in World War II. The Family History Library has Oswyn Murray collection of wills, abt. 1600-1800

Other collections in the Family History Library