Friday, 31 October 2014

English probate indexes on FindmyPast

FindmyPast ( has uploaded releases over 444,000 new wills and probate records, previously accessible on, as well as over 570 pages of Cheltenham Probate Abstracts. The following are now available on the site:

The Lichfield Consistory Court Wills, 1650-1700, an index to wills and other testamentary documents recorded in the Lichfield Consistory Court.

The York Medieval Probate Index, 1267-1500, comprising over 28,000 records, the index contains over 10,000 wills and related documents proved in the province of York prior to the 16th century.

The Prerogative & Exchequer Courts of York Probate Index 1688-1858, with over 263,000 wills proved in the ecclesiastical courts of York. The province of York had jurisdiction in the counties of Cheshire, Cumberland, Durham, Lancashire, Northumberland, Nottinghamshire, Westmorland and Yorkshire.

The Surrey & South London Will Abstracts 1470-1856, with over 26,000 wills containing over 29,000 names taken from the will registers held at the London Metropolitan Archives.

The Sussex, Chichester Consistory Court Wills Index 1482-1800, with over 22,000 wills.

The Kent Wills & Probate Indexes 1328-1890, 63,000 records from seven different ecclesiastical Church of England courts in the county of Kent, compiled from the West Kent Probate index 1750-1890, West Kent Probate Index 1440-1857, Kent Inventories 1571-1842 and Kent Will Abstracts 1328-1691.

The Gloucestershire Wills & Administrations, with 14,000 indexed wills for the Consistory Court of Gloucester from 1801 to 1858.

Cheltenham Probate Abstracts, 1660-1740

Further details are available on the site.


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