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== Getting Started  ==
 
== 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 [[W genealogical glossary terms|wills]] and [[A genealogical glossary terms|administrations]]. This article is about probate records in Suffolk. For a general description of England probate records, click [[England Probate Records|here]].  
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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 Suffolk. See [[England Probate Records]] for a general description of probate records in England.  
  
 
=== 1858 to the Present  ===
 
=== 1858 to the Present  ===
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Here are some online indexes to probate records that include individuals who lived in Suffolk. Search these indexes first:  
 
Here are some online indexes to probate records that include individuals who lived in Suffolk. 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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*[http://www.norfolksources.norfolk.gov.uk/ Probate Indexes 1800-1857] This index contains 12,000 plus entries for Suffolk county under the probate search. Norfolk Sources is a collection of images of archive material supplied by the Norfolk Record Office and the Norfolk Heritage Centre (part of Norfolk Libraries and Information Service
*The [http://sussexrecordsociety.org/home2.asp?an=&ap= Sussex Record Society] has published four volumes of indexes to Sussex wills, and these can be viewed on their [http://sussexrecordsociety.org/bwills1.asp?an=&ap= website]. They are arranged by parish then by surname.   
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*[http://www.findmypast.co.uk/other-records-collection-search-start.action?event=O Suffolk Probate Indexes 1847-1857].  The Testator index records 1,124 wills and the people who made them. The Beneficiary index records 10,698 people, or other entities, who will benefit from those wills.
*[http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline/wills.asp?WT.hp=Wills Prerogative Court of Canterbury wills (1384-1858)].
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The following indexes to probate records are available on [http://www.ancestry.com www.ancestry.com] under the category of "England Court, Land, Wills & Financial".
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*Ipswich Probate Inventories, 1583-1631
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*Sudbury Archdeaconry Wills, 1439-1638
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*Wills of the Archdeaconry of Sudbury, 1439-1461
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*Wills of the Archdeaconry of Suffolk, 1620-1624
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*Wills of the Archdeaconry of Suffolk, 1625-1626
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1904 National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1861-1941. ]<br>
  
 
Did you find a reference to a probate record?  
 
Did you find a reference to a probate record?  
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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 Suffolk 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.  
 
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 Suffolk 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.  
  
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==== Step 4. Obtain a copy of the probate record  ====
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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:
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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>
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== Suffolk Probate Courts  ==
 
== Suffolk 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&nbsp;Suffolk 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 [[Cumberland_Probate_Records#Court_Jurisdictions|Court Jurisdictions]] section below.<br>  
  
 
*[[Court of the Archdeaconry of Suffolk]]  
 
*[[Court of the Archdeaconry of Suffolk]]  
 
*[[Court of the Archdeaconry of Sudbury]]  
 
*[[Court of the Archdeaconry of Sudbury]]  
*[[Court of the Archdeaconry of Norfolk (Episcopal Consistory)]]  
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*[[Court of the Archdeaconry of Norfolk|Court of the Archdeaconry of Norfolk&nbsp;&nbsp;]]  
 
*[[Court of the Bishop (Episcopal Consistory) of Norwich]]  
 
*[[Court of the Bishop (Episcopal Consistory) of Norwich]]  
 
*[[Court of the Bishop of Ely (Episcopal Consistory)]]  
 
*[[Court of the Bishop of Ely (Episcopal Consistory)]]  
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*[[Court of the Commissary of the Sacrist of St Edmunds]]  
 
*[[Court of the Commissary of the Sacrist of St Edmunds]]  
 
*[[Court of the Peculiar of the Archbishop of Canterbury in the Peculiar Deanery of Bocking]]  
 
*[[Court of the Peculiar of the Archbishop of Canterbury in the Peculiar Deanery of Bocking]]  
*[[Court of the Peculiar of Isleham and Freckenham]]
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*[[Court of the Peculiar of Isleham and Freckenham]]  
 
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*[[Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury]]
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<br>
 
*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:<br>
 
 
 
*&nbsp;[[Court of Arches]]  
 
*[[High Court of Delegates]]
 
 
 
The [[Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury]] also served as an appeals court. <br>
 
 
 
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== Probate Indexes Online  ==
 
 
 
Before looking for a will, search an index. Try findmypast.co.uk for this index [http://www.findmypast.co.uk/other-records-collection-search-start.action?event=O Suffolk Probate Indexes 1847-1857].&nbsp; The same was at familyhistory online.net as follows: [http://www.familyhistoryonline.net/database/SFKProbate.shtml Suffolk Probate Indexes 1847-1857]. The Testator index records 1,124 wills and the people who made them. The Beneficiary index records 10,698 people, or other entities, who will benefit from those wills. The wills were proved during the years 1847-1857, that is the decade before the civil courts took over the probate of wills from the ecclesiastical courts in 1858. &nbsp;
 
 
 
The following indexes to probate records are available on [http://www.ancestry.com www.ancestry.com] under&nbsp;the category of "England Court, Land, Wills &amp; Financial".
 
 
 
*Ipswich Probate Inventories, 1583-1631
 
*Sudbury Archdeaconry Wills, 1439-1638
 
*Wills of the Archdeaconry of Sudbury, 1439-1461
 
*Wills of the Archdeaconry of Suffolk, 1620-1624
 
*Wills of the Archdeaconry of Suffolk, 1625-1626
 
 
 
== 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]].<br>
 
 
 
== 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]].
 
  
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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 Suffolk. See England Probate Records for a general description of probate records in England.

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 Suffolk, follow these steps:

Step 1. Search Indexes

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

  • Probate Indexes 1800-1857 This index contains 12,000 plus entries for Suffolk county under the probate search. Norfolk Sources is a collection of images of archive material supplied by the Norfolk Record Office and the Norfolk Heritage Centre (part of Norfolk Libraries and Information Service
  • Suffolk Probate Indexes 1847-1857.  The Testator index records 1,124 wills and the people who made them. The Beneficiary index records 10,698 people, or other entities, who will benefit from those wills.

The following indexes to probate records are available on www.ancestry.com under the category of "England Court, Land, Wills & Financial".

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 Suffolk 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-E   F-G  H-K  L-Q  R-S  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 theFamily History Library or afamily history center and obtain a copy of the record on microfilm. For more information, click on a court name below.


Suffolk Probate Courts

The following ecclesiastical courts had some probate jurisdiction over the county of Suffolk 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.