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== Getting Started  ==
 
== 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 [[W genealogical glossary terms|wills]] and [[A genealogical glossary terms|administrations]]. This article is about probate records in Kent For a general description of England probate records, click [[England Probate Records|here]].  
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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. 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]]. This article is about probate records in Kent.  See [[England Probate Records]] for a general description of probate records in England.  
  
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]].
 
 
=== 1858 to the Present  ===
 
=== 1858 to the Present  ===
  
 
Beginning in 1858, the [[Principal Probate Registry|Principal Probate Registry]] had the authority for probating estates. Click on the link to learn more.  
 
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  ===
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*Links to Kent places.  Here is the list of Kent places from A to Z  of the pre-1858 courts that had probate jurisdiction over each.
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[[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]]
  
=== Before 1858 ===
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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]].
  
 
Before 1858, Church of England ecclesiastical courts had authority for this process. To search for a pre-1858 probate record in&nbsp;Kent follow these steps:  
 
Before 1858, Church of England ecclesiastical courts had authority for this process. To search for a pre-1858 probate record in&nbsp;Kent follow these steps:  
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Here are some online indexes to probate records that include individuals who lived in Kent.&nbsp; Search these indexes first:  
 
Here are some online indexes to probate records that include individuals who lived in Kent.&nbsp; Search these indexes first:  
 
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*The [http://www.kfhs.org.uk/ Kent Record Society] has&nbsp;published four volumes of indexes to Kent wills.
*[http://www.familyhistoryonline.net/database/SussexFHGprobate.shtml http://www.familyhistoryonline.net/database/KentFHGprobate.shtml]&nbsp;-- compiled by the Kent Family History Group which has transcribed the names of 12,300 individuals found in Kent wills, including testators, executors, beneficiaries or witnesses.&nbsp;The information recorded includes name, date&nbsp;and place.
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*[http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/records/wills-and-probate.htm Prerogative Court of Canterbury wills (1384-1858)].
*The [http://sussexrecordsociety.org/home2.asp?an=&ap= Kent Record Society] has&nbsp;published four volumes of indexes to Kent wills, and these&nbsp;can be viewed on&nbsp;their [http://sussexrecordsociety.org/bwills1.asp?an=&ap= website]. They are arranged by parish then by surname.&nbsp;
 
*[http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline/wills.asp?WT.hp=Wills Prerogative Court of Canterbury wills (1384-1858)].
 
 
 
Did you find a reference to a probate record?
 
 
 
*If ''yes'', go to '''Step 4''' below.
 
*If ''no'', go to '''Step 2''' below.
 
 
 
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==== Step 2. Identify when and where your ancestor died  ====
 
==== 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;  
 
Determine ''when'' your ancestor died.&nbsp;If you aren't sure, use an approximate date.&nbsp;  
  
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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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 [http://archive.org/details/imperialgazettee02wils 1872 ''Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales''] online:  
  
 
*[http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/descriptions/index.jsp Vision of Britain]
 
*[http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/descriptions/index.jsp Vision of Britain]
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If the latter, look that place up in the gazetteer and see if it is a parish.  
 
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'''.  
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Once you have identified the parish, go to '''Step 3'''.
  
 
==== Step 3. Identify court jurisdictions by parish  ====
 
==== 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.
 
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.
 
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If no will is found, your ancestor may not have left one.
==Links to Kent places==
 
Here is the list of Kent places from A to Z  the pre-1858&nbsp;courts that had probate jurisdiction over each.
 
 
 
To go to another letter, click on a link:  &nbsp;[[Kent, England Probate Jurisdictions for Parishes Beginning with A|A]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Kent, England Probate Jurisdictions for Parishes Beginning with B|B]]&nbsp;&nbsp; [[Kent, England Probate Jurisdictions for Parishes Beginning with C|C]]&nbsp;&nbsp; [[Kent, England Probate Jurisdictions for Parishes Beginning with D|D]]&nbsp;&nbsp; [[Kent Probate Jurisdictions for Parishes Beginning with E|E]]&nbsp;&nbsp; [[Kent Probate Jurisdictions for Parishes Beginning with F and G|F-G]]&nbsp;&nbsp; [[Kent Probate Jurisdictions for Parishes Beginning with H|H]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Kent Probate Jurisdictions for Parishes Beginning with I through K|I-K]]&nbsp;&nbsp; [[Kent Probate Jurisdictions for Parishes Beginning with L|L]]&nbsp;&nbsp; [[Kent Probate Jurisdictions for Parishes Beginning with M and N|M-N]]&nbsp;&nbsp; [[Kent Probate Jurisdictions for Parishes Beginning with O through R|O-R]]&nbsp;&nbsp; [[Kent Probate Jurisdictions for Parishes Beginning with S|S]]&nbsp;&nbsp; [[Kent Probate Jurisdictions for Parishes Beginning with T through V|T-V]]&nbsp;&nbsp; [[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]].
 
 
 
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If no will is found, your ancestor may not have left one.<br>
 
  
  
 
[[Category:Kent]]
 
[[Category:Kent]]

Revision as of 15:10, 7 May 2013

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. The term probate refers to a collection of documents, including wills, administrations (also called admons), inventories, and act books. This article is about probate records in Kent. 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

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

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.

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:

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