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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 Warwickshire. 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 Warwickshire. 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  ====
  
*a brand new index for 1650-1730 for Warwickshire 14000 plus probate documents indexed at this link [http://www.staffsnameindexes.org.uk/ Will and administsrations] This covers the probate court of Lichfield and Coventry which covers much of the northern half of the County of Warwick.
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*Warwick persons are included in the [http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline/wills.asp?WT.hp=Wills Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury] which was the highest court in England, and the Bishop of Worcester Consistory Court, for which indexes are online for [http://books.google.com/books?id=7DUEAAAAIAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=related:LCCN01004246&source=gbs_similarbooks_s&cad=1%7Conline#v=onepage&q=&f=false 1451-1652].
  
<br>There are no known online indexes&nbsp;to pre-1858&nbsp;probate records specifically for persons in Warwickshire. However, Warwick persons are included in the&nbsp;[http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline/wills.asp?WT.hp=Wills Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury] which was the highest court in England, and the Bishop of Worcester Consistory Court, for which indexes are online for [http://books.google.com/books?id=7DUEAAAAIAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=related:LCCN01004246&source=gbs_similarbooks_s&cad=1|online#v=onepage&q=&f=false 1451-1652].  
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*'''1521-1850''' - [http://search.findmypast.co.uk/search-world-Records/staffordshire-dioceses-of-lichfield-and-coventry-wills-and-probate-1521-1860 Dioceses of Lichfield and Coventry Wills and Probate] at findmypast (£). Includes index by name and residence that links to images of the actual records.<br>
  
 
Did you find a reference to a probate record?  
 
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==== Step 3. Identify court jurisdictions by parish  ====
 
==== 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 Warwickshire 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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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 Warwickshire 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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*Visit or contact the record office that has the original records in its collection.  
 
*Visit or contact the record office that has the original records in its collection.  
*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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*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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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 Warwickshire. 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 Warwickshire, follow these steps:

Step 1. Search Indexes

Also check:

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 Warwickshire 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-L  M-P  Q-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 the Family History Library or a family history center and obtain a copy of the record on microfilm. For more information, click on a court name below.

Warwickshire Probate Courts

Most of Warwickshire was under the pre-1858 probate jurisdiction of either the Court of the Bishop of Worcester (Episcopal Consistory) or the Court of the Bishop of Lichfield and Coventry (Episcopal Consistory).  The majority of probate searches will be in the records of these two courts and their superior courts.  However, the following smaller courts also had some pre-1858 jurisdiction within the county. Click on a court name to learn about records and indexes.


Some Explanatory Notes on Warwickshire Probate Courts

  • From 1837, the whole of the Warwickshire's parishes came under the probate court jurisdiction of the Bishop of Worcester
  • In pre-1837 the north, east and northwestern Warwickshire parishes came under the authority and jurisdiction of the Bishop of Lichfield.
  • The rest of the of Warwickshire (south-west portion) in pre-1837 came under the Diocese of the Bishop of Worcester. 

Here's the List of Warwickshire Parishes which in pre-1837, came under the court jurisdiction of the Diocese of the Bishop of Worcester (Episcopal Consistory).