Peculiar of the Dean of Lichfield

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Location of These Probate Records

Lichfield Record Office (formerly Lichfield Joint Record Office)

The Friary

Lichfield Staffs WS13 6QG

Telephone: U.K. 01543 510720 Overseas (+44) 1543 510720

Historical Background

The Peculiar of the Dean of Lichfield held jurisdiction over the following parishes: City of Lichfield parishes including the Cathedral, Christ Church, St Chad, St Mary, St Michael; the surrounding parishes of Adbaston, Brewood, Hammerwich, Haselour, Stafford, Streethay, Wall and Whittington. When a search of this court's probate records fails to provide the desired probate record, search the Dean and Chapter of Lichfield as well as the Consistory Court of Lichfield and the Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury.

You can also visit The Family History Library, or, one of its 4,500 satellite family history centers worldwide and search the wills and their indexes (see the Family History Library's cataloged entries providing the microfilms so you can have them circulated to the center near you for searching the wills). The information obtained from the index[es] will help you more quickly search the wills and admons which can also be circulated on microfilm via any family history center.

Probate Indexes

Surviving wills and admons to the Peculiar of the Dean of Lichfield have to some considerable extent been indexed with the following ones:

Printed and Published Indexes

Online Indexes

Here is an online printed (scanned images) from 1516-1652. This is not a complete listing of all wills for this time period, but, it might be helpful to those searching during this period.

Original Handwritten Indexes

There is an index (manuscript) from 1516 to 1857 covering most if not all wills in Staffordshire including both the Consistory Court of Lichfield and also the smaller or peculiar courts.

Microfilmed Indexes at the Family History Library<br>

The indexes as listed in the above are also available in the collection of The Family History Library and they are on microfilm and may be circulated to each of its satellite Family History Centers worldwide.

In addition, the Family History Library has a more comprehensive microfilmed set of Calendars for Staffordshire probate records which partially indexes the surnames (by first letter of surname only) available for the years from 1492 to 1860.

Amazingly, the Lichfield Archives has alphabetically arranged many of the diocesan wills by each letter of each surname as well (see the next section below).

Searching for probates in this court.


Strategies, Tips, Other?

See the above Indexes or those available through the Family History Library or its many family history centers worldwide for an index to this court.

To view a list of parishes and their respective probate court jurisdiction, see the "Staffordshire Parishes and Their Probate Jurisdictions" on the main page for Staffordshire Probate Records.

[England: Staffordshire]