Nottinghamshire Probate Records

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Nottinghamshire Probate Courts

Some Explanatory Notes on the Nottinghamshire Probate Courts

Court Jurisdictions

Before 1858, every town and parish in Nottinghamshire was under the probate jurisdiction of a primary court and several secondary courts.  Search the courts in the order given.  Search indexes first.  For indexes, click on a court name.

Here is a list of Nottinghamshire towns and parishes and the pre-1858 courts that had probate jurisdiction over them.  For other places, click on a link:  B-H, K-Z.

PARISH PRIMARY COURT SECONDARY COURTS - IN SEARCH ORDER
Annesley Exchequer and Prerogative Courts of the Archbishop of York 2 - Chancery Court of the Archbishop of York

3 - Court of the Peculiar of the Dean and Chapter of York

Arnold Exchequer and Prerogative Courts of the Archbishop of York 2 - Chancery Court of the Archbishop of York

3 - Court of the Peculiar of the Dean and Chapter of York

Askham Court of the Peculiar of the Dean and Chapter of York 2 - Exchequer and Prerogative Courts of the Archbishop of York
Attenborough Exchequer and Prerogative Courts of the Archbishop of York 2 - Chancery Court of the Archbishop of York

3 - Court of the Peculiar of the Dean and Chapter of York

Averham with Kelham Exchequer and Prerogative Courts of the Archbishop of York 2 - Chancery Court of the Archbishop of York

3 - Court of the Peculiar of the Dean and Chapter of York

Awsworth Exchequer and Prerogative Courts of the Archbishop of York 2 - Chancery Court of the Archbishop of York

3 - Court of the Peculiar of the Dean and Chapter of York



Post-1857 Probate Records

Beginning in 1858, the government took over the settlement of estates and all wills are now probated through the Principal Probate Registry system.  The system consists of 11 district registry offices and 18 sub-district registries, located throughout England and Wales, and the principal registry office located in London.  The records are available through the office of Her Majesty's Courts Service.  To learn more, go to the HMCS website.

A country-wide surname index to the records is available, so it is much easier to look for post-1857 wills.  The indexes for 1858-1957 and the records for the Principal Registry and the District Registries for 1858-1925 are available on microfilm at the Family History Library.