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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 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.  
 
''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.  
  
To look for a probate record before 1858:<br>  
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To look for a probate record before 1858:<br>
  
#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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#Discover when and where your ancestor died. If you don’t know, use the approximate date and place where they lived. <br>
#Go to [https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Lincolnshire_Probate_Records#Court_Jurisdictions Court Jurisdictions] section below.<br>  
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#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>  
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#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>
 
#Follow the instructions on the jurisdictions table page.<br>
  
 
== Lincolnshire Probate Courts  ==
 
== Lincolnshire Probate Courts  ==
  
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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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>
  
 
*[[Court of the Bishop of Lincoln (Episcopal Consistory)]]  
 
*[[Court of the Bishop of Lincoln (Episcopal Consistory)]]  
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In addition, the [[Exchequer and Prerogative Courts of the Archbishop of York]] had jurisdiction over most of the Northern counties of England.  
 
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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The [[Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury]] had jurisdiction over the whole of England and specifically in the following cases.<br>
  
*Wealthy individuals<br>  
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*Wealthy individuals<br>
*People who owned property in more than one county<br>  
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*People who owned property in more than one county<br>
*Military and naval personnel<br>  
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*Military and naval personnel<br>
 
*People who lived or owned property outside England<br>
 
*People who lived or owned property outside England<br>
  
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== Some Explanatory Notes on the Lincolnshire Probate Courts  ==
 
== Some Explanatory Notes on the Lincolnshire Probate Courts  ==
  
Before the Reformation the diocese of Lincoln comprised:<br>  
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Before the Reformation the diocese of Lincoln comprised:<br>
  
*Archdeaconries of Lincoln and Stow in the county of Lincoln<br>  
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*Archdeaconries of Lincoln and Stow in the county of Lincoln<br>
*Archdeaconry of Leicester<br>  
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*Archdeaconry of Leicester<br>
*Archdeaconry of Northampton (including the counties of Northampton and Rutland)<br>  
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*Archdeaconry of Northampton (including the counties of Northampton and Rutland)<br>
*Archdeaconry of Oxford<br>  
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*Archdeaconry of Oxford<br>
*Archdeaconry of Bedford<br>  
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*Archdeaconry of Bedford<br>
*Archdeaconry of Buckingham<br>  
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*Archdeaconry of Buckingham<br>
 
*Huntingdon (including the counties of Huntingdon and the county of Hertford except for the peculiar of St. Albans).<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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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>
  
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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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>
  
== Court Jurisdictions by Parish<br> ==
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== Court Jurisdictions by Parish<br> ==
  
 
Before 1858, every town and parish in Lincolnshire was under the probate jurisdiction of a primary court and one or more secondary courts.&nbsp;  
 
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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&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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== Probate Indexes Online<br> ==
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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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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>
  
 
[http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=53656] [http://www.british-history.ac.uk/source.aspx?pubid=408] [http://www.british-history.ac.uk/source.aspx?pubid=410] Transcriptions of Lincoln probate records 1271-1526 with transcripts of probate to 1532.  
 
[http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=53656] [http://www.british-history.ac.uk/source.aspx?pubid=408] [http://www.british-history.ac.uk/source.aspx?pubid=410] Transcriptions of Lincoln probate records 1271-1526 with transcripts of probate to 1532.  
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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].  
 
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].  
  
*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=4791&disp=Index+to+records+of+Lincoln+Peculiar+Cou%20%20&columns=*,0,0 Index to records of Lincoln Peculiar Courts], including Caistor, Louth, Heydour, Corringham, Bishop Norton, Kirton in Lindsey, Gretton, Empingham, Biggleswade and Sleaford.<br>  
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*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=4791&disp=Index+to+records+of+Lincoln+Peculiar+Cou%20%20&columns=*,0,0 Index to records of Lincoln Peculiar Courts], including Caistor, Louth, Heydour, Corringham, Bishop Norton, Kirton in Lindsey, Gretton, Empingham, Biggleswade and Sleaford.<br>
 
*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 [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=755208&disp=Wills+beneficiary+index++ 6393728-6393730 and 6393718-6393720].
 
*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 [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=755208&disp=Wills+beneficiary+index++ 6393728-6393730 and 6393718-6393720].
  
== Estate Duty Records<br> ==
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== Estate Duty Records<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. Estate duty indexes may help locate a will. For more information, go to [[Estate Duty Records]].
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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. Estate duty indexes may help locate a will. For more information, go to [[Estate Duty Records]].  
  
== Post-1857 Probate Records ==
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== Probates After 1857  ==
  
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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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>
  
 
== References  ==
 
== References  ==
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The following article is about probate records in Lincolnshire. The following is about For an explanation of probate records in England, click here.

Getting Started

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.

To look for a probate record before 1858:

  1. Discover when and where your ancestor died. If you don’t know, use the approximate date and place where they lived.
  2. Go to Court Jurisdictions section below.
  3. Click a letter or span of letters for your place name. This opens a jurisdictions table.
  4. Follow the instructions on the jurisdictions table page.

Lincolnshire Probate Courts

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 Court Jurisdictions section below.

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.

  • Wealthy individuals
  • People who owned property in more than one county
  • Military and naval personnel
  • People who lived or owned property outside England

Appeals Courts

Any probate that was disputed and could not be settled by the county courts could be sent to these higher appeals courts:

The Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury also served as an appeals court.

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).

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. 

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:

    A   B   C-D   E-F  G   H   I-K   L-M    N-P    Q-R   Sa-So   Sp-Sw   T-Z.

Probate Indexes Online

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.

[1] [2] [3] Transcriptions of Lincoln probate records 1271-1526 with transcripts of probate to 1532.

Probate Indexes

Family History Library has these indexes available [4] [5] [6].

  • 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.

Estate Duty Records

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. Estate duty indexes may help locate a will. For more information, go to Estate Duty Records.

Probates After 1857

Beginning in 1858, the government took over the settlement of estates and all wills are now probated through the Principal Probate Registry system. For more information, go to Principal Probate Registry.

References

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