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''[[England]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Sussex]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] Sussex Probate Records''  
  
 
== 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. This article is about probate records in Sussex. 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 Sussex. 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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==== Step 1. Search Indexes  ====
 
==== Step 1. Search Indexes  ====
  
Here are some online indexes to probate records that include invididuals who lived in Sussex. Search these indexes first:  
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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.  
 
*[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.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline/wills.asp?WT.hp=Wills Prerogative Court of Canterbury wills (1384-1858)].
 
*[http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline/wills.asp?WT.hp=Wills Prerogative Court of Canterbury wills (1384-1858)].
  
Did you find a reference to a probate record?
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Did you find a reference to a probate record?  
  
*If ''yes'', go to '''Step 4''' below.
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*If ''yes'', go to '''Step 4''' below.  
 
*If ''no'', go to '''Step 2''' below.
 
*If ''no'', go to '''Step 2''' below.
  
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Determine ''when'' your ancestor died. If you aren't sure, use an approximate date.   
 
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 [[P genealogical glossary terms|parish]]. To learn whether it is a parish, look it up in a gazetteer. Here are links to gazetteers online.
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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 [[P genealogical glossary terms|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:
  
 
*[http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/descriptions/index.jsp Vision of Britain]
 
*[http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/descriptions/index.jsp Vision of Britain]
  
Once you have identified the parish, go to '''Step 3'''.
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The gazetteer will either tell you:
  
==== Step 3. Identify court jurisdictions by parish   ====
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*A place is a parish, or
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*What parish it is a part of, or
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*What place it is near.
  
Before 1858, every town and parish in Sussex fell under the probate jurisdiction of a primary court and several secondary or superior courts.  If you do not find reference to a probate record for your ancestor in the above indexes, you should search a court-specific index, but to do that you must identify the courts that had jurisdiction over the place where your ancestor lived. Click on the letter the name of your place begins with, then follow the steps found there.  
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If the latter, look that place up in the gazetteer and see if it is a parish.
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Once you have identified the parish, go to '''Step 3'''.
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==== Step 3. Identify court jurisdictions by parish  ====
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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 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.  
  
 
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==== Step 4.&nbsp;Obtain a copy of the probate record ====
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==== Step 4. Obtain a copy of the probate record ====
  
== Sussex Probate Courts  ==
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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. Sussex has two record offices, the [http://www.eastsussex.gov.uk/leisureandtourism/localandfamilyhistory/esro/default.htm East Sussex Record Office] and the [http://www.westsussex.gov.uk/ccm/navigation/libraries-and-archives/record-office/ West Sussex Record Office]. If you are unable to visit a record office, they both provide a research service for a fee.
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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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== Sussex Probate Courts  ==
  
=== Appeals Courts  ===
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Here is a list of all of the pre-1858 ecclesiastical courts that had probate jurisdiction over Sussex. For more information, click on a court name.
  
Any probate that was disputed and could not be settled by the county courts could be sent to these higher appeals courts:
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*[[Court of the Bishop (Episcopal Consistory) of Chichester for the Archdeaconry of Chichester]]
 
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*[[Court of the Bishop (Episcopal Consistory) of Chichester for the Archdeaconry of Lewes]]
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*[[Court of the Peculiar of the Dean of Chichester]]  
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*[[Court of the Peculiar of the Archbishop of Canterbury for the Exempt Deaneries of Pagham and Tarring]]  
 
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*[[Court of the Peculiar of the Archbishop of Canterbury for the Exempt Deanery of South Malling]]  
The [[Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury]] also served as an appeals court.
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*[[Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury]]
 
 
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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]].<br><br>
 
 
 
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Revision as of 15:10, 7 May 2013

England Gotoarrow.png Sussex Gotoarrow.png Sussex Probate Records

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. 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 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:

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-F    G    H-K    L-M    N-P    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:

Sussex Probate Courts

Here is a list of all of the pre-1858 ecclesiastical courts that had probate jurisdiction over Sussex. For more information, click on a court name.