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== Getting Started  ==
 
== Getting Started  ==
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Here are some online indexes to probate records that include individuals who lived in Sussex. Search these indexes first:  
 
Here are some online indexes to probate records that include individuals who lived in Sussex. Search these indexes first:  
  
*[http://www.familyhistoryonline.net/database/SussexFHGprobate.shtml http://www.familyhistoryonline.net/database/SussexFHGprobate.shtml] -- compiled by the Sussex Family History Group which has transcribed the names of 12,300 individuals found in Sussex wills, including testators, executors, beneficiaries or witnesses. The information recorded includes name, date and place.
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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>
*The [http://sussexrecordsociety.org/home2.asp?an=&ap= Sussex Record Society] has&nbsp;published four volumes of indexes to Sussex 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;
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*[http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline/wills.asp?WT.hp=Wills Prerogative Court of Canterbury wills (1384-1858)].
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[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].
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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>
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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 [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].
  
 
Did you find a reference to a probate record?  
 
Did you find a reference to a probate record?  
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*[[Court of the Peculiar of the Prebendal of Sleaford]]  
 
*[[Court of the Peculiar of the Prebendal of Sleaford]]  
 
*[[Court of the Peculiar of the Prebendal of Stow in Lindsey]]<br>
 
*[[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]]
  
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 [[Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury]] had jurisdiction over the whole of England and specifically in the following cases.<br>
 
 
*Wealthy individuals
 
*Interregnum, 1649-1660, because the Prerogative Court was the only court.
 
*Property in more than one diocese in the Province of Canterbury.
 
*Property in both the Province of Canterbury and Province of York.
 
*People who died outside England, including British citizens and others who held property in 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:
 
 
*[[Court of Arches]]
 
*[[High Court of Delegates]]
 
 
The [[Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury]]&nbsp;also served as an appeals court.
 
 
== 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>
 
 
[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.
 
 
== Probate Indexes  ==
 
 
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>
 
*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].
 
  
 
== Some Explanatory Notes on the Lincolnshire Probate Courts  ==
 
== Some Explanatory Notes on the Lincolnshire Probate Courts  ==
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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>
 
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>
  
== 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]].
 
 
== 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>
 
  
== References  ==
 
  
 
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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 Sussex. 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.

Before 1858

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

Step 1. Search Indexes

Here are some online indexes to probate records that include individuals who lived in Sussex. 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.

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

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.

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 Sussex 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.

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.