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<br>The following article is about probate records in the county of Hampshire. For general information about English probate records, click [[England Probate Records|here]].  
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== Getting Started  ==
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''Probate'' is the legal court process by which the estate of a deceased person is distributed to his or her heirs. Probate records include [[W genealogical glossary terms|wills]] and [[A genealogical glossary terms|administrations]]. This article is about probate records in&nbsp;Hampshire See [[England Probate Records]] for a general description of probate records in England.
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=== 1858 to the Present  ===
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Beginning in 1858, the [[Principal Probate Registry|Principal Probate Registry]] had the authority for probating estates. Click on the link to learn more.  
  
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=== Before 1858  ===
  
== Description  ==
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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 Hampshire, follow these steps:
  
''Probate'' is the legal court process by which the estate of a deceased person is distributed to his or her heirs. The term ''probate'' refers to a collection of documents, including [[W genealogical glossary terms|wills]], [[A genealogical glossary terms|administrations]] (also called admons), [[I genealogical glossary terms|inventories]], and [[A genealogical glossary terms|act books]]. The Church of England ecclesiastical courts had authority for this process until to 1858. This article explains about probates and how to get started to search for a will.  
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==== Step 1. Search Indexes  ====
  
Beginning in 1858, authority over probate matters was taken from ecclesiastical courts and put under the civil authority of the Principal Probate Registry. The '''Probates After 1857'''&nbsp;section below has a link to an article about probates after 1857.  
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Here are some online indexes to probate records that include individuals who lived in Hampshire. Search these indexes first:
  
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<br>Before looking for a will, you should search an index.
  
== Getting Started ==
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An index to the wills&nbsp;[http://www3.hants.gov.uk/archives/hals-collections/wills.htm]'''&nbsp;'''is'''&nbsp;'''available&nbsp;via&nbsp;Hampshire Archives and Local Studies' online Catalogue at the Hampshire Record Office.&nbsp;Their online searches provide access&nbsp;not only to Hampshire wills, but to all probate records as well as several other record types dating from the 15th to 20th centuries.&nbsp;Write to the Hampshire Archives for copies to be made of a will or administration.&nbsp;
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*{{FHL|175815|title-id|disp=Wills and inventories, 1491-1857}} with indexes for the Consistory Court of Winchester
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*{{FHL|173613|title-id|disp=Administrations, 1558-1858}} includes index for the Consistory Court of Winchester
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*Archdeaconry of Winchester card index of wills, 1660-1857 (A-Cabanac)
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*Archdeaconry of Winchester card index of wills, 1660-1857 (Cabanac-Z)
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*Original index to the archdeaconry wills (WI-1-5) {{FHL|175819|title-id|disp=1502-1792, 1742-1857}}&nbsp;
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*{{FHL|957373|title-id|disp=Extracts from registered and original wills}} in the Consistory Court of Winchester, 1492-1652, and the Archdeaconry Court of Winchester, 1501-1653. Lists the testator, executor and anyone else for whom some relationship was stated, witnesses names and relationship, place of residence, occupation, date of probate, etc. Extracts are not arranged in either alphabetical or chronological order. The Family History Library also has an listing at the British Reference Counter of these extracts.
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*Hampshire will index, Consistory Court of Winchester, {{FHL|656757|title-id|disp=1840-1858}}Complete extracts
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*Hampshire probate record card indexes, {{FHL|656757|title-id|disp=}}
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*An index of personal names in Isle of Wight probate records, {{FHL|655843|title-id|disp=1378-1600}}
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*All of the Peculiar courts have been combined into one record and are arranged chronologically and indexed. They are cataloged under: Church of England. Diocese of Winchester. Collection of wills from the [https://www.familysearch.org/search/search/index/catalog-search#searchType=catalog&filtered=true&fed=false&collectionId=&catSearchType=title&searchCriteria=Peculiar+Courts+of+Hampshire%2C+England%2C+1561-1845&placeName=&author_givenName=&author_surname= Peculiar Courts of Hampshire, England, 1561-1845]. Check the Author/Title Catalog under this heading or the Locality Catalog under: England, Hampshire - Probate records.
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*Collection of wills from the Peculiar Courts of Hampshire, England, {{FHL|600687|title-id|disp=1561-1845}}
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*Original index to the Hampshire Peculiar Court wills, {{FHL|600687|title-id|disp=1597-1833}} (by first letter of surname and then date)
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*"The principal material in the Diocesan Registry Collection is a batch of register copies of wills." These wills, dating from 1502-1640, are transcribed and indexed in this book, along with a few administrations, inventories, etc. {{FHL|293323|title-id|disp=This series of wills}} contains probate records from all of the courts of Hampshire.
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*{{FHL|290893|title-id|disp=Winchester guardianships}} after 1700 from Diocesan Records Contains nearly 1,050 guardianship documents from the Consistory Court mostly between the years 1700 and 1790 and also an index.
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*{{FHL|314459|title-id|disp=Unclassified wills}}, 1398, 1469, 1502-1560 Includes Index.
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<br>Did you find a reference to a probate record?
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*If ''yes'', go to '''Step 4''' below.
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*If ''no'', go to '''Step 2''' below.
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==== Step 2. Identify when and where your ancestor died ====
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Determine ''when'' your ancestor died.&nbsp;If you aren't sure, use an approximate date.&nbsp;
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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 [[P genealogical glossary terms|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:
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*[http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/descriptions/index.jsp Vision of Britain]
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The gazetteer will either tell you:
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*A place is a parish, or
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*What parish it is a part of, or
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*What place it is near.
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If the latter, look that place up in the gazetteer and see if it is a parish.
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Once you have identified the parish, go to '''Step 3'''.
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==== 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&nbsp;Hampshire 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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| &nbsp;[[Hampshire Probate Jurisdictions, Parishes beginning with A|A]]&nbsp;&nbsp;
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| &nbsp;[[Hampshire Probate Jurisdictions, Parishes beginning with B|B]]&nbsp;&nbsp;
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| &nbsp;[[Hampshire Probate Jurisdictions, Parishes beginning with C|C]]&nbsp;&nbsp;
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| &nbsp;[[Hampshire Probate Jurisdictions Parishes D through G|D-G]]&nbsp;&nbsp;
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| &nbsp;[[Hampshire Probate Jurisdictions, Parishes beginning with H|H]]&nbsp;&nbsp;
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| &nbsp;[[Hampshire Probate Jurisdictions Parishes I through N|I-N]]&nbsp;&nbsp;
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| &nbsp;[[Hampshire Probate Jurisdictions Parishes O through R|O-R]]&nbsp;&nbsp;
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| &nbsp;[[Hampshire Probate Jurisdictions, Parishes beginning with S|S]]&nbsp;&nbsp;
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| &nbsp;[[Hampshire Probate Jurisdictions Parishes T through U|T-U]]&nbsp;&nbsp;
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| &nbsp;[[Hampshire Probate Jurisdictions Parishes V through Z|V-Z]]&nbsp;&nbsp;
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==== Step 4. Obtain a copy of the probate record  ====
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Once you have found an index reference to a probate, obtain a copy of the record. Do so by one of these methods:
  
''Probate'' is the legal court process by which the estate of a deceased person is distributed to his or her heirs. The Church of England ecclesiastical courts had authority for this process until to 1858. Beginning in 1858, authority over probate matters was taken from ecclesiastical courts and put under the civil authority of the Principal Probate Registry. The Probates After 1857&nbsp;section below contains links to additional information about the records of this court.  
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*Visit or contact the record office that has the original records in its collection.
  
To look for a probate record before 1858:<br>
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*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>
  
#Discover when and where your ancestor died. If you don’t know, use the approximate date and place where they lived. <br>
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#Go to [https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Cheshire_Probate_Records#Court_Jurisdictions Court Jurisdictions] section below.<br>
 
#Click a letter or span of letters for your place name. This opens a jurisdictions table.<br>
 
#Follow the instructions on the jurisdictions table page.<br>
 
  
 
== Hampshire Probate Courts  ==
 
== Hampshire Probate Courts  ==
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Click on a court name to learn about records and indexes.  
 
Click on a court name to learn about records and indexes.  
  
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*[[Courts of the Bishop (Episcopal Consistory) and Archdeaconry of Winchester]]
 
*[[Court of the Peculiar of Old Alresford with New Alresford and Medstead]]  
 
*[[Court of the Peculiar of Old Alresford with New Alresford and Medstead]]  
 
*[[Court of the Peculiar of Alverstoke with Gosport]]  
 
*[[Court of the Peculiar of Alverstoke with Gosport]]  
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*[[Court of the Peculiar of Winnall]]  
 
*[[Court of the Peculiar of Winnall]]  
 
*[[Court of the Peculiar of Wonston with Sutton, Scotney and Cranborne]]  
 
*[[Court of the Peculiar of Wonston with Sutton, Scotney and Cranborne]]  
*[[Court of the Peculiar of East Woodhay with Ashmansworth]]
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*[[Court of the Peculiar of East Woodhay with Ashmansworth]]  
 
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*[[Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury]]
In addition, the [[Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury]] had jurisdiction over the whole of England and specifically in the following cases.<br>
 
 
 
*Wealthy individuals<br>
 
*People who owned property in more than one county<br>
 
*Military and naval personnel<br>
 
*People who lived or owned property outside England<br>
 
 
 
=== Appeals Courts  ===
 
 
 
Any probate that was disputed and could not be settled by the county courts could be sent to these higher appeals courts:
 
 
 
*[[Court of Arches]]  
 
*[[High Court of Delegates]]
 
 
 
The [[Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury]] also served as an appeals court.
 
 
 
== Court Jurisdictions By Parish  ==
 
 
 
Before 1858, most Hampshire&nbsp;townships and parishes in Hampshire were under the probate jurisdiction of a primary or a peculiar ecclesiastical court&nbsp;and one or more secondary ecclesiastical courts.&nbsp;
 
 
 
To see a list of places in Hampshire and the pre-1858 ecclesiastical courts that had probate jurisdiction over them, click on the letter that the place name begins with:
 
 
 
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| &nbsp;[[Hampshire Probate Jurisdictions, Parishes beginning with A|A]]&nbsp;&nbsp;
 
| &nbsp;[[Hampshire Probate Jurisdictions, Parishes beginning with B|B]]&nbsp;&nbsp;
 
| &nbsp;[[Hampshire Probate Jurisdictions, Parishes beginning with C|C]]&nbsp;&nbsp;
 
| &nbsp;[[Hampshire Probate Jurisdictions Parishes D through G|D-G]]&nbsp;&nbsp;
 
| &nbsp;[[Hampshire Probate Jurisdictions, Parishes beginning with H|H]]&nbsp;&nbsp;
 
| &nbsp;[[Hampshire Probate Jurisdictions Parishes I through N|I-N]]&nbsp;&nbsp;
 
| &nbsp;[[Hampshire Probate Jurisdictions Parishes O through R|O-R]]&nbsp;&nbsp;
 
| &nbsp;[[Hampshire Probate Jurisdictions, Parishes beginning with S|S]]&nbsp;&nbsp;
 
| &nbsp;[[Hampshire Probate Jurisdictions Parishes T through U|T-U]]&nbsp;&nbsp;
 
| &nbsp;[[Hampshire Probate Jurisdictions Parishes V through Z|V-Z]]&nbsp;&nbsp;
 
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== Probate Indexes Online  ==
 
 
 
Before looking for a will, you should search an index.
 
 
 
An index to the&nbsp;[http://www3.hants.gov.uk/archives/hals-collections/wills.htm ]'''&nbsp;'''are'''&nbsp;'''available&nbsp;via&nbsp;Hampshire Archives and Local Studies' online Catalogue at the Hampshire Record Office.&nbsp;Their online searches provide access&nbsp;not only to Hampshire wills, but to all probate records as well as several other record types dating from the 15th to 20th centuries.&nbsp;Write to the Hampshire Archives for copies to be made of a will or administration.&nbsp;
 
 
 
The first stage of our on-line catalogue project provides access to a detailed catalogue of wills, 1540-1858, held in the Wiltshire and Swindon Archives (also known as Wiltshire and Swindon Record Office). The catalogue also contains (for about 25% of the wills) digital images of probate records. [http://history.wiltshire.gov.uk/heritage/index.php]
 
 
 
To obtain the address or e-mail address,&nbsp;click on any court name in the list above. In addition, the Family History Library has&nbsp;microfilmed the [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=topicdetails&subject=365275&subject_disp=England%2C+Hampshire+%2D+Probate+records&columns=*,0,0 Hampshire probate records] and they are available through its Family History Centers worldwide.<br>
 
 
 
== Probate Indexes  ==
 
 
 
Wills and inventories, 1491-1857 with indexes for the Consistory Court of Winchester [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=175815&disp=Wills+and+inventories%2C+1491-1857++ ]
 
 
 
Administrations, 1558-1858 includes index for the Consistory Court of Winchester [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=173613&disp=Administrations%2C+1558%2D1858%20%20&columns=*,0,0]
 
 
 
Archdeaconry of Winchester card index of wills, 1660-1857 (A-Cabanac) <br>Archdeaconry of Winchester card index of wills, 1660-1857 (Cabanac-Z)<br>Original index to the archdeaconry wills (WI-1-5) 1502-1792, 1742-1857<br>[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=175819&disp=Probate+records+for+the+Archdeaconry+Cou++]&nbsp;
 
 
 
Extracts from registered and original wills in the Consistory Court of Winchester, 1492-1652, and the Archdeaconry Court of Winchester, 1501-1653. Lists the testator, executor and anyone else for whom some relationship was stated, witnesses names and relationship, place of residence, occupation, date of probate, etc. Extracts are not arranged in either alphabetical or chronological order. The Family History Library also has an listing at the British Reference Counter of these extracts[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=957373&disp=Hampshire+will+extracts++]
 
 
 
Hampshire will index, Consistory Court of Winchester, 1840-1858 Complete extracts<br>[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=656757&disp=Hampshire+will+index%2C+Consistory+Court++]
 
 
 
Hampshire probate record card indexes, 1540-1857 [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=656757&disp=Hampshire+will+index%2C+Consistory+Court++]
 
 
 
An index of personal names in Isle of Wight probate records, 1378-1600 [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=655843&disp=An+index+of+personal+names+in+Isle+of+Wi%20%20&columns=*,0,0]
 
 
 
All of the Peculiar courts have been combined into one record and are arranged chronologically and indexed. They are cataloged under: Church of England. Diocese of Winchester. Collection of wills from the Peculiar Courts of Hampshire, England, 1561-1845. Check the Author/Title Catalog under this heading or the Locality Catalog under: England, Hampshire - Probate records.[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=filmhitlist&columns=*%2C0%2C0&filmno=1279062] Collection of wills from the Peculiar Courts of Hampshire, England, 1561-1845 [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=600687&disp=Collection+of+wills+from+the+Peculiar+Co%20%20&columns=*,0,0]
 
 
 
Original index to the Hampshire Peculiar Court wills, 1597-1833 (by first letter of surname and then date) [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=600687&disp=Collection+of+wills+from+the+Peculiar+Co]
 
 
 
"The principal material in the Diocesan Registry Collection is a batch of register copies of wills." These wills, dating from 1502-1640, are transcribed and indexed in this book, along with a few administrations, inventories, etc. This series of wills contains probate records from all of the courts of Hampshire. [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=293323&disp=Wills%2C+administrations+and+inventories%20%20&columns=*,0,0]
 
 
 
Winchester guardianships after 1700 from Diocesan Records Contains nearly 1,050 guardianship documents from the Consistory Court mostly between the years 1700 and 1790 and also an index. [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=290893&disp=Winchester+guardianships+after+1700+from%20%20&columns=*,0,0]
 
 
 
Unclassified wills, 1398, 1469, 1502-1560 Includes Index [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=314459&disp=Unclassified+wills%2C+1398%2C+1469%2C+15%20%20&columns=*,0,0]
 
 
 
== Estate Duty Records<br> ==
 
 
 
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 locate a will. For more information, go to [[Estate Duty Records]].<br>
 
 
 
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== Probates After 1857  ==
 
 
 
Beginning in 1858, the government took over the&nbsp;settlement of estates and all&nbsp;wills are now probated through the Principal Probate Registry system. For more information, go to [[Principal Probate Registry]].<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 Hampshire See England Probate Records for a general description of probate records in England.

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 Hampshire, follow these steps:

Step 1. Search Indexes

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


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

An index to the wills [1] is available via Hampshire Archives and Local Studies' online Catalogue at the Hampshire Record Office. Their online searches provide access not only to Hampshire wills, but to all probate records as well as several other record types dating from the 15th to 20th centuries. Write to the Hampshire Archives for copies to be made of a will or administration. 


  • Wills and inventories, 1491-1857 with indexes for the Consistory Court of Winchester
  • Administrations, 1558-1858 includes index for the Consistory Court of Winchester
  • Archdeaconry of Winchester card index of wills, 1660-1857 (A-Cabanac)
  • Archdeaconry of Winchester card index of wills, 1660-1857 (Cabanac-Z)
  • Original index to the archdeaconry wills (WI-1-5) 1502-1792, 1742-1857 
  • Extracts from registered and original wills in the Consistory Court of Winchester, 1492-1652, and the Archdeaconry Court of Winchester, 1501-1653. Lists the testator, executor and anyone else for whom some relationship was stated, witnesses names and relationship, place of residence, occupation, date of probate, etc. Extracts are not arranged in either alphabetical or chronological order. The Family History Library also has an listing at the British Reference Counter of these extracts.
  • Hampshire will index, Consistory Court of Winchester, 1840-1858Complete extracts
  • Hampshire probate record card indexes, [2]
  • An index of personal names in Isle of Wight probate records, 1378-1600
  • All of the Peculiar courts have been combined into one record and are arranged chronologically and indexed. They are cataloged under: Church of England. Diocese of Winchester. Collection of wills from the Peculiar Courts of Hampshire, England, 1561-1845. Check the Author/Title Catalog under this heading or the Locality Catalog under: England, Hampshire - Probate records.
  • Collection of wills from the Peculiar Courts of Hampshire, England, 1561-1845
  • Original index to the Hampshire Peculiar Court wills, 1597-1833 (by first letter of surname and then date)
  • "The principal material in the Diocesan Registry Collection is a batch of register copies of wills." These wills, dating from 1502-1640, are transcribed and indexed in this book, along with a few administrations, inventories, etc. This series of wills contains probate records from all of the courts of Hampshire.
  • Winchester guardianships after 1700 from Diocesan Records Contains nearly 1,050 guardianship documents from the Consistory Court mostly between the years 1700 and 1790 and also an index.
  • Unclassified wills, 1398, 1469, 1502-1560 Includes Index.


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 Hampshire 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-G    H    I-N    O-R    S    T-U    V-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.


Hampshire Probate Courts

The major probate court for Hampshire was called the Courts of the Bishop (Episcopal Consistory) and Archdeaconry of Winchester which held jurisdiction over most of the county prior to 1858.

Hampshire also had numerous concurrent smaller jurisdictions called "peculiars" courts as well (see the "Hampshire Parishes and Their Probate Jurisdictions" section below to determine the correct court jurisdiction for the parish you want to search). There were close to seventy parishes lying within 43 smaller, Peculiar Court jurisdictions.

To search for an administration (when a person died intestate or, that is, without naming an executor to the estate) in one of the peculiar courts, a search must be conducted in the above Episcopal Consistory Court. 

Click on a court name to learn about records and indexes.