Exchequer and Prerogative Courts of the Archbishop of York

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England Gotoarrow.png Yorkshire Gotoarrow.png Yorkshire Probate Records

England Gotoarrow.png Lancashire Gotoarrow.png Lancashire Probate Records

For a general explanation about probate records in England, click here.

Getting Started


Online Indexes

Indexes to Yorkshire wills are beginning to come online. The Prerogative & Exchequer Courts of York Probate Index 1731-1858 is available at britishorigins. This is a subscription site.

Printed and Published Indexes

The Family History Library has film copies of the following indexes. Films can be viewed in the Family History Library and in a family history center.

Yorkshire probate index : part one, 1800 to 1803 was compiled by Janet Ogden, Stephen D. Whitwam and Brian Jones.


The original records for this court are in the Borthwick Institute for Historical Research
University of York
Heslington York YO10 5DD

Telephone: (0)1904 321166 Email: bihr500@york.ac.uk
Opening Times: Mon-Fri 9:15am - 4:45pm

The Family History Library has the following records on film.


This court's jurisdiction applies to persons with bona notabilia (property worth 5 pounds or more) in more than one diocese within the northern Province of York, which includes all of the dioceses of York, Carlisle, Chester, Sodor and Man (Isle of Man), Durham and Lancaster. If probate records are not found in this court, be certain to search the Court of the Dean and Chapter of York.

Historical Background

The Court of the Exchequer and Prerogative Courts of the Archbishop of York held jurisdiction over the whole of the Province of York, which consisted of the counties of Cheshire, Cumberland, Durham, Lancashire, Northumberland, Nottinghamshire, Westmoreland, Yorkshire.

Unless a person held properties in more than one diocese (within the Province of York), always first search, the local diocesan court probate records of the county in which they lived and/or died. When a search of this courts’ probate records, or a search in those of the local diocesan courts fails to provide the desired probate record, be sure to search the Court of the Peculiar of the Dean and Chapter of York as well.