Kent, England Probate Jurisdictions

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


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.


Here is the list of Kent places beginning with the letter A, and the pre-1858 courts that had probate jurisdiction over each.

To go to another letter, click on a link:  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