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Here is the list of Kent places beginning with the letter A, and the pre-1858 courts that had probate jurisdiction over each.  
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Here is the list of Kent places from A to Z  the pre-1858 courts that had probate jurisdiction over each.  
  
To go to another letter, click on a link:  [[Kent, England Probate Jurisdictions for Parishes Beginning with B|B]]   [[Kent, England Probate Jurisdictions for Parishes Beginning with C|C]]   [[Kent, England Probate Jurisdictions for Parishes Beginning with D|D]]   [[Kent Probate Jurisdictions for Parishes Beginning with E|E]]   [[Kent Probate Jurisdictions for Parishes Beginning with F and G|F-G]]   [[Kent Probate Jurisdictions for Parishes Beginning with H|H]]  [[Kent Probate Jurisdictions for Parishes Beginning with I through K|I-K]]   [[Kent Probate Jurisdictions for Parishes Beginning with L|L]]   [[Kent Probate Jurisdictions for Parishes Beginning with M and N|M-N]]   [[Kent Probate Jurisdictions for Parishes Beginning with O through R|O-R]]   [[Kent Probate Jurisdictions for Parishes Beginning with S|S]]   [[Kent Probate Jurisdictions for Parishes Beginning with T through V|T-V]]   [[Kent Probate Jurisdictions for Parishes Beginning with W through Z|W-Z]]  
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To go to another letter, click on a link:  [[Kent, England Probate Jurisdictions for Parishes Beginning with A|A]]  [[Kent, England Probate Jurisdictions for Parishes Beginning with B|B]]   [[Kent, England Probate Jurisdictions for Parishes Beginning with C|C]]   [[Kent, England Probate Jurisdictions for Parishes Beginning with D|D]]   [[Kent Probate Jurisdictions for Parishes Beginning with E|E]]   [[Kent Probate Jurisdictions for Parishes Beginning with F and G|F-G]]   [[Kent Probate Jurisdictions for Parishes Beginning with H|H]]  [[Kent Probate Jurisdictions for Parishes Beginning with I through K|I-K]]   [[Kent Probate Jurisdictions for Parishes Beginning with L|L]]   [[Kent Probate Jurisdictions for Parishes Beginning with M and N|M-N]]   [[Kent Probate Jurisdictions for Parishes Beginning with O through R|O-R]]   [[Kent Probate Jurisdictions for Parishes Beginning with S|S]]   [[Kent Probate Jurisdictions for Parishes Beginning with T through V|T-V]]   [[Kent Probate Jurisdictions for Parishes Beginning with W through Z|W-Z]]  
  
 
The courts listed for each place are those that had jurisdiction over probating wills prior to 1858. To use this table, follow these steps. <br>1. Find the place where your ancestor lived in the first column. <br>2. Click on the court name in the second column to learn where to find the records and indexes.<br>3. Click on each name of the court in the third column if the record isn't found in the first court.<br>4. Search last the [[Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury]].  
 
The courts listed for each place are those that had jurisdiction over probating wills prior to 1858. To use this table, follow these steps. <br>1. Find the place where your ancestor lived in the first column. <br>2. Click on the court name in the second column to learn where to find the records and indexes.<br>3. Click on each name of the court in the third column if the record isn't found in the first court.<br>4. Search last the [[Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury]].  

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England Gotoarrow.png Kent Gotoarrow.png Kent Probate Records.

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 Kent For a general description of England probate records, click here.

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 wills, administrations (also called admons), inventories, and act books.

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 Kent follow these steps:

Step 1. Search Indexes

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

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 Kent 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.


Here is the list of Kent places from A to Z the pre-1858 courts that had probate jurisdiction over each.

To go to another letter, click on a link:  A  B   C   D   E   F-G   H  I-K   L   M-N   O-R   S   T-V   W-Z

The courts listed for each place are those that had jurisdiction over probating wills prior to 1858. To use this table, follow these steps.
1. Find the place where your ancestor lived in the first column.
2. Click on the court name in the second column to learn where to find the records and indexes.
3. Click on each name of the court in the third column if the record isn't found in the first court.
4. Search last the Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury.

 

If no will is found, your ancestor may not have left one.


PLACE PRIMARY COURT SECONDARY COURTS - IN SEARCH ORDER
Acrise Court of the Archdeaconry of Canterbury

2 - Court of the Bishop of Canterbury (Episcopal Consistory)

Addington Pre-1845 - Courts of the Bishop (Episcopal Consistory) and Archdeaconry of Rochester;

Post-1844 - Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury

Pre-1845

2 - Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury

Post-1844

2 - Same 

Adisham Court of the Bishop of Canterbury (Episcopal Consistory)

2 - Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury

Aldington Court of the Bishop of Canterbury (Episcopal Consistory)

2 - Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury

Alkham Court of the Archdeaconry of Canterbury  2 - Court of the Bishop of Canterbury (Episcopal Consistory)
Allhallows Courts of the Bishop (Episcopal Consistory) and Archdeaconry of Rochester  2 - Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury
Allington Pre-1845 - Courts of the Bishop (Episcopal Consistory) and Archdeaconry of Rochester;

Post-1844 - Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury

Pre-1845

2 - Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury

Post-1844

2 - Same

Appledore Court of the Archdeaconry of Canterbury  2 - Court of the Bishop of Canterbury (Episcopal Consistory)
Ash (near Ridley) Courts of the Bishop (Episcopal Consistory) and Archdeaconry of Rochester  2 - Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury
Ash (near Sandwich)

Pre-1547 - Court of the Exempt Jurisdiction of Wingham;

Post-1546 - Court of the Bishop of Canterbury (Episcopal Consistory)

 2 - Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury
Ashford Court of the Archdeaconry of Canterbury  2 - Court of the Bishop of Canterbury (Episcopal Consistory)
Ashurst Pre-1845 - Courts of the Bishop (Episcopal Consistory) and Archdeaconry of Rochester;

Post-1844 - Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury

Pre-1845

2 - Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury

Post-1844

2 - Same

Aylesford Courts of the Bishop (Episcopal Consistory) and Archdeaconry of Rochester  2 - Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury