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''[[England]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Leicestershire]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] Leicestershire Probate Records''
  
The following article is about probate records in the county of Leicestershire. 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 Leicestershire. See [[England Probate Records]] for a general description of probate records in England.  
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=== 1858 to the Present  ===
  
== Getting Started ==
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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  ===
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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 Leicestershire, follow these steps:
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==== Step 1. Search Indexes ====
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Here are some online indexes to probate records that include individuals who lived in Leicestershire. Search these indexes first:
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*Calendars of wills and administrations relating to the county of Leicester, proved in the Archdeaconry Court of Leicester, 1495-1649 : and in the Peculiars of St. Margaret Leicester, Rothley, Groby, Evington, and the unproved wills, etc., previous to 1801.[http://books.google.com/books?id=Jj8EAAAAIAAJ&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_similarbooks_r&cad=2]
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*Card index to probated wills, Leicestershire, 1750-1929 Microreproduction of cards housed at the Leicestershire Record Office,[http://www.leics.gov.uk/record_office.htm] Leicester and through the Family History Library and branches. {{FHL|548482|title-id|disp=}}
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Did you find a reference to a probate record?
  
''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 Ater 1857 section below contains links to additional information about the records of this court.  
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*If ''yes'', go to '''Step 4''' below.  
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*If ''no'', go to '''Step 2''' below.
  
To look for a probate record before 1858:<br>
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==== Step 2. Identify when and where your ancestor died  ====
  
#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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Determine ''when'' your ancestor died. If you aren't sure, use an approximate date.  
#Go to [https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Cumberland_Probate_Records#Court_Jurisdictions Court Jurisdictions] section below.<br>
 
#Click a letter or span of letters for your place. This opens a jurisdictions table.<br>
 
#Follow the instructions on the jurisdictions table page.<br>
 
  
== Leicestershire Probate Courts<br> ==
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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:
  
Most of Leicestershire was under the pre-1858 probate jurisdiction of the [[Court of the Archdeacon of Leicester|Court of the Archdeaconry of Leicester]]. The majority of probate searches will be in the records of this court and its superior courts. However, the following smaller courts also had some pre-1858 jurisdiction within the county. Click on a court name to learn about records and indexes.  
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*[http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/descriptions/index.jsp Vision of Britain]
  
*[[Court of the Manor of Evington (Commissary Court)|Court of the Manor of Evington (Commissary Court)]]
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The gazetteer will either tell you:
*[[Court of the Peculiar of Groby (Commissary Court)|Court of the Peculiar of Groby (Commissary Court)]]
 
*[[Court of the Peculiar of Old Dalby|Court of the Peculiar of Old Dalby]]
 
*[[Peculiar Court of Merevale|Court of the Peculiar of Merevale]]
 
*[[Court of the Manor of Rothley (Commissary Court)|Court of the Manor of Rothley (Commissary Court)]]
 
*[[Prebendal Court of St. Margaret in Leicester|Prebendal Court of St. Margaret in Leicester]]
 
*[[Court of the Dean and Chapter of Lincoln (Cathedral)|Court of the Dean and Chapter of Lincoln (Cathedral)]]
 
*[[Court of the Bishop of Lincoln (Episcopal Consistory)|Court of the Bishop of Lincoln]]
 
*[[Court of the Bishop of Lichfield and Coventry (Episcopal Consistory)|Court of the Bishop of Lichfield and Coventry]]
 
  
== Some Explanatory Notes About the Leicestershire Probate Courts  ==
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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.
  
The Archdeaconry of Leicester is not technically a superior jurisdiction of the other courts, but as the largest court of original jurisdiction in the county it will often contain probate records of persons who resided in the other jurisdictions.  
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If the latter, look that place up in the gazetteer and see if it is a parish.  
  
Since there are no known records for the Court of the Peculiar of Old Dalby, it should be treated as though it belonged to the Court of the Archdeacon of Leicester.  
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Once you have identified the parish, go to '''Step 3'''.  
  
== Court Jurisdictions by Parish ==
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==== Step 3. Identify court jurisdictions by parish ====
  
Before 1858, every town and parish in Leicestershire came under the jurisdiction of a primary probate court and one or more secondary courts. When looking for the pre-1858 will of an ancestor in Leicestershire, you need to determine what courts had jurisdiction over the place where your ancestor died or had property. Click on a link below for the letter your parish of interest begins with and follow the instructions given on the next page.<br>
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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 Leicestershire 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.  
  
 
[[Leicestershire Probate Jurisdictions, Parishes A|A]]&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; [[Leicestershire Probate Jurisdictions Parishes B through F|B-F]]&nbsp;&nbsp; [[Leicestershire Probate Jurisdictions Parishes G through M|G-M]]&nbsp;&nbsp; [[Leicestershire Probate Jurisdictions Parishes N through Z|N-Z]]&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;  
 
[[Leicestershire Probate Jurisdictions, Parishes A|A]]&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; [[Leicestershire Probate Jurisdictions Parishes B through F|B-F]]&nbsp;&nbsp; [[Leicestershire Probate Jurisdictions Parishes G through M|G-M]]&nbsp;&nbsp; [[Leicestershire Probate Jurisdictions Parishes N through Z|N-Z]]&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;  
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If you do not know a parish, search the [[Court of the Archdeacon of Leicester|Court of the Archdeaconry of Leicester]].  
 
If you do not know a parish, search the [[Court of the Archdeacon of Leicester|Court of the Archdeaconry of Leicester]].  
  
== Online Probate Indexes ==
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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:
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*Visit or contact the record office that has the original records in its collection. step
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*Visit the[https://www.familysearch.org/#form=catalog Family History Library] or a[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers|family history center]] and obtain a copy of the record on microfilm. For more information, click on a court name below. <br>
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== Leicestershire Probate Courts ==
  
Calendars of wills and administrations relating to the county of Leicester, proved in the Archdeaconry Court of Leicester, 1495-1649&nbsp;: and in the Peculiars of St. Margaret Leicester, Rothley, Groby, Evington, and the unproved wills, etc., previous to 1801.[http://books.google.com/books?id=Jj8EAAAAIAAJ&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_similarbooks_r&cad=2]
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Most of Leicestershire was under the pre-1858 probate jurisdiction of the [[Court of the Archdeacon of Leicester|Court of the Archdeaconry of Leicester]]. The majority of probate searches will be in the records of this court and its superior courts. However, the following smaller courts also had some pre-1858 jurisdiction within the county. Click on a court name to learn about records and indexes.  
  
== Probate Indexes  ==
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*[[Court of the Peculiar of the Manor of Evington (Commissary Court)]]
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*[[Court of the Peculiar of Groby (Commissary Court)|Court of the Peculiar of Groby (Commissary Court)]]
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*[[Court of the Peculiar of Old Dalby|Court of the Peculiar of Old Dalby]]
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*[[Court of the Peculiar of the Manor of Merevale]]
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*[[Court of the Peculiar of the Manor of Rothley (Commissary Court)]]
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*[[Court of the Peculiar of the Prebendal of St. Margaret in Leicester]]
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*[[Court of the Peculiar of the Dean and Chapter of Lincoln]]
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*[[Court of the Bishop of Lincoln (Episcopal Consistory)|Court of the Bishop of Lincoln]]
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*[[Court of the Bishop of Lichfield and Coventry (Episcopal Consistory)]]
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*[[Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury]]
  
Card index to probated wills, Leicestershire, 1750-1929 Microreproduction of cards housed at the Leicestershire Record Office,[http://www.leics.gov.uk/record_office.htm] Leicester and through the Family History Library and branches. [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=548482&disp=Card+index+to+probated+wills%2C+Leiceste++]
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== Estate Duty Records ==
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=== Some Explanatory Notes About the Leicestershire Probate Courts ===
  
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.&nbsp;Estate duty indexes may help locate a will. For more information, go to [[Estate Duty Records]].  
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The Archdeaconry of Leicester is not technically a superior jurisdiction of the other courts, but as the largest court of original jurisdiction in the county it will often contain probate records of persons who resided in the other jurisdictions.  
  
== Probates After 1857  ==
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Since there are no known records for the Court of the Peculiar of Old Dalby, it should be treated as though it belonged to the Court of the Archdeacon of Leicester.
  
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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Revision as of 15:10, 7 May 2013

England Gotoarrow.png Leicestershire Gotoarrow.png Leicestershire 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 Leicestershire. 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 Leicestershire, follow these steps:

Step 1. Search Indexes

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

  • Calendars of wills and administrations relating to the county of Leicester, proved in the Archdeaconry Court of Leicester, 1495-1649 : and in the Peculiars of St. Margaret Leicester, Rothley, Groby, Evington, and the unproved wills, etc., previous to 1801.[1]
  • Card index to probated wills, Leicestershire, 1750-1929 Microreproduction of cards housed at the Leicestershire Record Office,[2] Leicester and through the Family History Library and branches. [3]

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 Leicestershire 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-F   G-M   N-Z   

If you do not know a parish, search the Court of the Archdeaconry of Leicester.

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. step
  • Visit theFamily History Library or afamily history center and obtain a copy of the record on microfilm. For more information, click on a court name below.

Leicestershire Probate Courts

Most of Leicestershire was under the pre-1858 probate jurisdiction of the Court of the Archdeaconry of Leicester. The majority of probate searches will be in the records of this court and its superior courts. However, the following smaller courts also had some pre-1858 jurisdiction within the county. Click on a court name to learn about records and indexes.


Some Explanatory Notes About the Leicestershire Probate Courts

The Archdeaconry of Leicester is not technically a superior jurisdiction of the other courts, but as the largest court of original jurisdiction in the county it will often contain probate records of persons who resided in the other jurisdictions.

Since there are no known records for the Court of the Peculiar of Old Dalby, it should be treated as though it belonged to the Court of the Archdeacon of Leicester.