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Prior to the establishment of a government run system for probate in 1858, there existed over 300 church courts where wills could be proved.

One of the most important of these was the Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of York, second only in importance to the Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Wills can have a singular importance when researching earlier ancestors, not only because of the detail they frequently contain about family, relationships, property and place of burial, But because of information that may not be recorded or have survived anywhere else. And of course Wills are one of only a handful of documents of a personal nature which can give some insight into the inner most feelings of an ancestor. 
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Additional Somerset Wills Abstracts 1385-1556

All probate records for the Diocese of Bath and Wells deposited at the probate registry in Exeter were destroyed by enemy action in 1942.

Fortunately there are full (printed) abstracts/extracts to some of these lost wills – collated prior to the devastation of 1942. The volumes listed below contain a complete summary of the details contained within each will, including all names (testators, executors, witnesses and beneficiaries) and places, plus incidental information such as relationships and occupations where found in the original documents.

  • o Abstracts of Wells Wills 1539-1541, wills proved in the Consistory Court of Wells
  • o Medieval Wills from Wells 1543-1546 and 1554-1556, wills proved in the Archdeaconry Court of Wells.

Full details of Somerset Wills Abstracts 1385-1556

Surrey Peculiars Probate Index 1660-1794

An index to Wills, Administrations and inventories in the Peculiar Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury in the Deanery of Croydon (Surrey) 1660-1794.

The Peculiar Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury in the Deanery of Croydon included the Surrey parishes of Barnes, Burstow, Charlwood, Cheam, Croydon, East Horsley, Merstham, Mortlake, Church Newington, Putney, Roehampton, Walworth St Peter and Wimbledon. For more detail see map of Surrey Parishes also seeHierarchy of Surrey Church Courts.

Full details of Surrey Peculiars Probate Index 1660-1794

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