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''[[England]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Lincolnshire|Lincolnshire]]''  
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''[[England]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Lincolnshire]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] Lincolnshire Probate Records''  
  
For an explanation of probate records in England, 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 Lincolnshire. For a general description of England probate records, click [[England Probate Records|here]].
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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.  
  
== Getting Started ==
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The Principal Probate Register is a National Index that covers Lincoln. Lincolnshire also has a local court for Probate. The Family History Library [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F1975072 has an index that covers 1858-1910 on CD].
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This CD can be purchased from the [http://www.lincolnshirefhs.org.uk/index.php/publications Lincolnshire Family History Society undex CD's Miscellaneous] and covers 1700-1910 for the Consistory Court of Lincoln.
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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 Lincolnshire, 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 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 Post-1857 Probate Records section below contains links to additional information about the records of this court.  
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==== Step 1. Search Indexes  ====
  
To look for a probate record before 1858:<br>
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Here are some online indexes to probate records that include individuals who lived in Lincolnshire. Search these indexes first:  
  
#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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Search the [http://www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/residents/archives/family-history/family-history-sources-at-lincolnshire-archives/lincoln-consistory-court-wills-index/75498.article?tab=downloads Lincoln Consistory Court Wills Index, 1701-1800]. The site contains lists in PDF format in alphabetical order by name. [http://books.google.com/books?id=oC8EAAAAIAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=Lincolnshire,+England+Wills&source=gbs_similarbooks_s&cad=1 Calendars of Lincoln Wills 1320-1600] is a digitized book.<br>
#Go to [https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Lincolnshire_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>
 
  
== Lincolnshire Probate Courts  ==
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The website British History Online has transcriptions of Lincoln probate records for early years:
  
The following ecclesiastical courts had some probate jurisdiction over the county of Cumberland prior to 1858. Click on a court name to learn more about its records, indexes and finding a probate for your ancestor. To determine which court, go to the [https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Cumberland_Probate_Records#Court_Jurisdictions Court Jurisdictions] section below.<br>
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*[http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=53656 1271-1489]
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*[http://www.british-history.ac.uk/source.aspx?pubid=408 1505-1530]
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*[http://www.british-history.ac.uk/source.aspx?pubid=410 1530-1532]
  
*[[Court of the Bishop of Lincoln (Episcopal Consistory)]]
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Family History Library in Salt Lake City has these indexes available:
*[[Court of the Archdeaconry of Stow]]
 
*[[Court of the Commissary of the Bishop of Lincoln and of the Archdeacon in the Archdeaconry of Huntingdon]]
 
*[[Court of the Bishop of Peterborough (Episcopal Consistory)]]
 
*[[Court of the Peculiar of the Dean and Chapter of Lincoln]]
 
*[[Court of the Peculiar of the Prebendal of Caistor]]
 
*[[Court of the Peculiar of the Prebendal of Corringham]]
 
*Court of the Prebendal of Empingham
 
*[[Court of the Peculiar of the Prebendal of Heydour]]
 
*[[Court of the Peculiar of the Prebendal of Kirton in Lindsey]]
 
*[[Court of the Peculiar of the Prebendal of Louth]]
 
*[[Court of the Peculiar of the Prebendal of Bishop Norton]]
 
*[[Court of the Peculiar of the Prebendal of Sleaford]]
 
*[[Court of the Peculiar of the Prebendal of Stow in Lindsey]]<br>
 
  
In addition, the [[Exchequer and Prerogative Courts of the Archbishop of York]] had jurisdiction over most of the Northern counties of England. The [[Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury]] had jurisdiction over the whole of England and specifically in the following cases.<br>
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*{{FHL|330052|subject-id|disp=Lincoln probate records-indexes}}
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*{{FHL|4791|title-id|disp=Index to records of Lincoln Peculiar Courts}}, including Caistor, Louth, Heydour, Corringham, Bishop Norton, Kirton in Lindsey, Gretton, Empingham, Biggleswade and Sleaford.
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*The ''Lincolnshire Wills Beneficiary Index&nbsp;''covers the period approximately from 1383 to1900. It was compiled by Pam Baker from information submitted by members of the Lincolnshire Family History Society. It's an index to the names of people who appear in a will made by someone else. The Family History Library has a copy of this index on fiche numbers {{FHL|755208|title-id|disp=6393728-6393730 and 6393718-6393720}}.
  
*Wealthy individuals<br>
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Did you find a reference to a probate record?
*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  ====
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*If ''yes'', go to '''Step 4''' below.
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*If ''no'', go to '''Step 2''' below.
  
Any probate that was disputed and could not be settled by the county courts could be sent to these higher appeals courts:
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==== Step 2. Identify when and where your ancestor died  ====
  
*[[Court of Arches]]
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Determine ''when'' your ancestor died.&nbsp;If you aren't sure, use an approximate date.&nbsp;
*[[High Court of Delegates]]
 
*[[Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury]].
 
  
== Some Explanatory Notes on the Lincolnshire Probate Courts  ==
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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:
  
Before the Reformation the diocese of Lincoln comprised:<br>
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*[http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/descriptions/index.jsp Vision of Britain]
  
*Archdeaconries of Lincoln and Stow in the county of Lincoln<br>
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The gazetteer will either tell you:
*Archdeaconry of Leicester<br>
 
*Archdeaconry of Northampton (including the counties of Northampton and Rutland)<br>
 
*Archdeaconry of Oxford<br>
 
*Archdeaconry of Bedford<br>
 
*Archdeaconry of Buckingham<br>
 
*Huntingdon (including the counties of Huntingdon and the county of Hertford except for the peculiar of St. Albans).<br>
 
  
After the Reformation, the archdeaonries of Bedford, Buckingham and Huntingdon remained until the period 1837-1845 when they were transferred to other dioceses. Since court records of the Bishop's Commissaries for the various Archdeaconries tended to be kept with the records of these archdeacons there is only a relatively small number of wills at Loncoln relating to the counties other than Lincolnshire.<br>
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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.
  
For most of the wills proved in all the courts down to 1532, printed abstracts will be found in C.W. Foster's ''Lincoln Wills'' published by the Lincoln Record Society volumes 5 (1271-1526) and 10 (1505-1530). There are further abstracts of selected items in ''Lincolnshire Wills: First Series A.D 1500-1600'' (published in 1888) and ''Lincolnshire Wills: Second Series A.D. 1600-1617 ''(published in 1891) by Canon A.R. Maddison.<ref>Camp, Anthony J. Wills and Their Whereabouts. London: published by author, 1974; page 66.</ref> The Family History Library has a copy of these volumes (FHL [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=203079&disp=Lincolnshire+wills++ 942.53 P2ma; film 990132 Items 3-4]). <br>
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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'''.
  
== Court Jurisdictions ==
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==== Step 3. Identify court jurisdictions by parish ====
  
Before 1858, every town and parish in Lincolnshire was under the probate jurisdiction of a primary court and one or more secondary courts.&nbsp;
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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;Lincolnshire 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.
  
To see a list of Lincolnshire places and the pre-1858 courts that had probate jurisdiction over them, and instructions of what to do next, click on a link:
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&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; [[Lincolnshire Probate Jurisdictions, Parishes A|A]]&nbsp; &nbsp;[[Lincolnshire Probate Jurisdictions Parishes B|B]]&nbsp; &nbsp;[[Lincolnshire Probate Jurisdictions, Parishes C and D|C-D]]&nbsp; &nbsp;[[Lincolnshire Probate Jurisdictions, Parishes E and F|E-F]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Lincolnshire Probate Jurisdictions, Parishes G|G]]&nbsp; &nbsp;[[Lincolnshire Probate Jurisdictions, Parishes H|H]]&nbsp; &nbsp;[[Lincolnshire Probate Jurisdictions, Parishes I through K|I-K]]&nbsp; &nbsp;[[Lincolnshire Probate Jurisdictions, Parishes L and M|L-M]]&nbsp; &nbsp; [[Lincolnshire Probate Jurisdictions, Parishes N through P|N-P]]&nbsp; &nbsp; [[Lincolnshire Probate Jurisdictions, Parishes Q and R|Q-R]]&nbsp; &nbsp;[[Lincolnshire Probate Jurisdictions, Parishes S|Sa-So]]&nbsp; &nbsp;[[Lincolnshire Probate Jurisdictions, Parishes beginning with Sp through Sw|Sp-Sw]]&nbsp; &nbsp;[[Lincolnshire Probate Jurisdictions Parishes T through Z|T-Z]]
  
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; [[Lincolnshire Probate Jurisdictions, Parishes A|A]]&nbsp; &nbsp;[[Lincolnshire Probate Jurisdictions Parishes B|B]]&nbsp; &nbsp;[[Lincolnshire Probate Jurisdictions, Parishes C and D|C-D]]&nbsp; &nbsp;[[Lincolnshire Probate Jurisdictions, Parishes E and F|E-F]]&nbsp;&nbsp;[[Lincolnshire Probate Jurisdictions, Parishes G|G]]&nbsp; &nbsp;[[Lincolnshire Probate Jurisdictions, Parishes H|H]]&nbsp; &nbsp;[[Lincolnshire Probate Jurisdictions, Parishes I through K|I-K]]&nbsp; &nbsp;[[Lincolnshire Probate Jurisdictions, Parishes L and M|L-M]]&nbsp; &nbsp; [[Lincolnshire Probate Jurisdictions, Parishes N through P|N-P]]&nbsp; &nbsp; [[Lincolnshire Probate Jurisdictions, Parishes Q and R|Q-R]]&nbsp; &nbsp;[[Lincolnshire Probate Jurisdictions, Parishes S|Sa-So]]&nbsp; &nbsp;[[Lincolnshire Probate Jurisdictions, Parishes beginning with Sp through Sw|Sp-Sw]]&nbsp; &nbsp;[[Lincolnshire Probate Jurisdictions Parishes T through Z|T-Z]].
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==== Step 4. Obtain a copy of the probate record ====
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== Probate Indexes Online<br> ==
 
  
Search the [http://microsites.lincolnshire.gov.uk/archives/section.asp?docId=53085&catId=13105&pageTitle=Lincoln+Consistory+Court+Wills+Index Lincoln Consistory Court Wills Index, 1701-1800]. The site contains lists in PDF format in alphabetical order by name. [http://books.google.com/books?id=oC8EAAAAIAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=Lincolnshire,+England+Wills&source=gbs_similarbooks_s&cad=1 Calendars of Lincoln Wills 1320-1600] is a digitized book.<br>
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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 Indexes  ==
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*Visit or contact the record office that has the original records in its collection.
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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>Storey, Anne M. The Rev. James Hopewell's Will.&nbsp; An interesting English Will that provides information on some Irish families.&nbsp; Names include Griffin, Holdsworth, Briggs, Kerr, Enroe, Francis, Hays, Barkwood, Robinson, Oak and Hawkland.&nbsp; Covers years 1773-1919, Lincoln, and Ireland Sligo. Will in The Irish Ancestor, vol. XVI, no.2, 1984, pages 8-9. Family History Library Ref. 941.5 B2i
  
Family History Library has these indexes available [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=topicdetails&subject=330052&subject_disp=England%2C+Lincoln+%2D+Probate+records+%2D+Indexes&columns=*,0,0] [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=topicdetails&subject=329888&subject_disp=England%2C+Lincoln+%2D+Probate+records&columns=*,0,0] [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=233030&disp=Calendars+of+Lincoln+wills%20%20&columns=*,0,0]
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== Lincolnshire Probate Courts  ==
  
== Estate Duty Records<br> ==
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The following ecclesiastical courts had some probate jurisdiction over the county of&nbsp;Lincoln prior to 1858. Click on a court name to learn more about its records, indexes and finding a probate for your ancestor. To determine which court, go to the Court Jurisdictions by&nbsp;Parish&nbsp;section above.<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. Between 1813-1858 estate duty indexes may help locate a will. For more information, go to [[Estate Duty Records]].<br>
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*[[Court of the Bishop of Lincoln (Episcopal Consistory)]]
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*[[Court of the Archdeaconry of Stow]]
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*[[Court of the Commissary of the Bishop of Lincoln and of the Archdeacon in the Archdeaconry of Huntingdon]]
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*[[Court of the Bishop of Peterborough (Episcopal Consistory)]]
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*[[Court of the Peculiar of the Dean and Chapter of Lincoln]]
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*[[Court of the Peculiar of the Prebendal of Caistor]]
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*[[Court of the Peculiar of the Prebendal of Corringham]]
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*[[Court of the Peculiar of the Prebendal of Heydour]]
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*[[Court of the Peculiar of the Prebendal of Kirton in Lindsey]]
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*[[Court of the Peculiar of the Prebendal of Louth]]
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*[[Court of the Peculiar of the Prebendal of Bishop Norton]]
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*[[Court of the Peculiar of the Prebendal of Sleaford]]
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*[[Court of the Peculiar of the Prebendal of Stow in Lindsey]]<br>
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*[[Exchequer and Prerogative Courts of the Archbishop of York]]
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*[[Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury]]
  
 
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== Post-1857 Probate Records ==
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=== Some Explanatory Notes on the Lincolnshire Probate Courts ===
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Before the Reformation the diocese of Lincoln comprised:<br>
  
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.&nbsp; The system consists of 11 district registry offices and&nbsp;18 sub-district registries, located throughout England and Wales, and&nbsp;the principal registry&nbsp;office located in London.&nbsp; The records are available through the office of Her Majesty's Courts Service.&nbsp; To learn more, go to the [http://www.hmcourts-service.gov.uk/infoabout/civil/probate/index.htm HMCS website].  
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*Archdeaconries of Lincoln and Stow in the county of Lincoln
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*Archdeaconry of Leicester
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*Archdeaconry of Northampton (including the counties of Northampton and Rutland)
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*Archdeaconry of Oxford
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*Archdeaconry of Bedford
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*Archdeaconry of Buckingham
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*Huntingdon (including the counties of Huntingdon and the county of Hertford except for the peculiar of St. Albans).<br>
  
A country-wide surname index to the records is available, so it is much easier to look for post-1857 wills.&nbsp; The [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=208102&disp=Calendar+of+the+grants+of+probate+and+le%20%20&columns=*,0,0 indexes] for 1858-1957 and the records for the [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=517092&disp=Record+copy+wills%2C+1858%2D1925%20%20&columns=*,0,0 Principal Registry] and the [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=517092&disp=Record+copy+wills%2C+1858%2D1925%20%20&columns=*,0,0 District Registries] for 1858-1925 are available on microfilm at the Family History Library. <br>
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After the Reformation, the archdeaonries of Bedford, Buckingham and Huntingdon remained until the period 1837-1845 when they were transferred to other dioceses. Since court records of the Bishop's Commissaries for the various Archdeaconries tended to be kept with the records of these archdeacons there is only a relatively small number of wills at Loncoln relating to the counties other than Lincolnshire.<br>
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For most of the wills proved in all the courts down to 1532, printed abstracts will be found in C.W. Foster's ''Lincoln Wills'' published by the Lincoln Record Society volumes 5 (1271-1526) and 10 (1505-1530). There are further abstracts of selected items in ''Lincolnshire Wills: First Series A.D 1500-1600'' (published in 1888) and ''Lincolnshire Wills: Second Series A.D. 1600-1617 ''(published in 1891) by Canon A.R. Maddison.<ref>Camp, Anthony J. Wills and Their Whereabouts. London: published by author, 1974; page 66.</ref> The Family History Library has a copy of these volumes (FHL {{FHL|203079|title-id|disp=942.53 P2ma; film 990132 Items 3-4}}). <br>
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England Gotoarrow.png Lincolnshire Gotoarrow.png Lincolnshire 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 Lincolnshire. For a general description of England probate records, click here.

1858 to the Present

Beginning in 1858, the Principal Probate Registry had the authority for probating estates. Click on the link to learn more.

The Principal Probate Register is a National Index that covers Lincoln. Lincolnshire also has a local court for Probate. The Family History Library has an index that covers 1858-1910 on CD.

This CD can be purchased from the Lincolnshire Family History Society undex CD's Miscellaneous and covers 1700-1910 for the Consistory Court of Lincoln.

Before 1858

Before 1858, Church of England ecclesiastical courts had authority for this process. To search for a pre-1858 probate record in Lincolnshire, follow these steps:

Step 1. Search Indexes

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

Search the Lincoln Consistory Court Wills Index, 1701-1800. The site contains lists in PDF format in alphabetical order by name. Calendars of Lincoln Wills 1320-1600 is a digitized book.

The website British History Online has transcriptions of Lincoln probate records for early years:

Family History Library in Salt Lake City has these indexes available:

  • Lincoln probate records-indexes
  • Index to records of Lincoln Peculiar Courts, including Caistor, Louth, Heydour, Corringham, Bishop Norton, Kirton in Lindsey, Gretton, Empingham, Biggleswade and Sleaford.
  • The Lincolnshire Wills Beneficiary Index covers the period approximately from 1383 to1900. It was compiled by Pam Baker from information submitted by members of the Lincolnshire Family History Society. It's an index to the names of people who appear in a will made by someone else. The Family History Library has a copy of this index on fiche numbers 6393728-6393730 and 6393718-6393720.

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 Lincolnshire 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   E-F  G   H   I-K   L-M    N-P    Q-R   Sa-So   Sp-Sw   T-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.
  • Visit the Family History Library or a family history center and obtain a copy of the record on microfilm. For more information, click on a court name below.
    Storey, Anne M. The Rev. James Hopewell's Will.  An interesting English Will that provides information on some Irish families.  Names include Griffin, Holdsworth, Briggs, Kerr, Enroe, Francis, Hays, Barkwood, Robinson, Oak and Hawkland.  Covers years 1773-1919, Lincoln, and Ireland Sligo. Will in The Irish Ancestor, vol. XVI, no.2, 1984, pages 8-9. Family History Library Ref. 941.5 B2i

Lincolnshire Probate Courts

The following ecclesiastical courts had some probate jurisdiction over the county of Lincoln prior to 1858. Click on a court name to learn more about its records, indexes and finding a probate for your ancestor. To determine which court, go to the Court Jurisdictions by Parish section above.


Some Explanatory Notes on the Lincolnshire Probate Courts

Before the Reformation the diocese of Lincoln comprised:

  • Archdeaconries of Lincoln and Stow in the county of Lincoln
  • Archdeaconry of Leicester
  • Archdeaconry of Northampton (including the counties of Northampton and Rutland)
  • Archdeaconry of Oxford
  • Archdeaconry of Bedford
  • Archdeaconry of Buckingham
  • Huntingdon (including the counties of Huntingdon and the county of Hertford except for the peculiar of St. Albans).

After the Reformation, the archdeaonries of Bedford, Buckingham and Huntingdon remained until the period 1837-1845 when they were transferred to other dioceses. Since court records of the Bishop's Commissaries for the various Archdeaconries tended to be kept with the records of these archdeacons there is only a relatively small number of wills at Loncoln relating to the counties other than Lincolnshire.

For most of the wills proved in all the courts down to 1532, printed abstracts will be found in C.W. Foster's Lincoln Wills published by the Lincoln Record Society volumes 5 (1271-1526) and 10 (1505-1530). There are further abstracts of selected items in Lincolnshire Wills: First Series A.D 1500-1600 (published in 1888) and Lincolnshire Wills: Second Series A.D. 1600-1617 (published in 1891) by Canon A.R. Maddison.[1] The Family History Library has a copy of these volumes (FHL 942.53 P2ma; film 990132 Items 3-4).



  1. Camp, Anthony J. Wills and Their Whereabouts. London: published by author, 1974; page 66.