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4673FW: Origins Network News: Prerogative & Exchequer Courts of York Probate Index on British Origins

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  • Gordon Lane
    Aug 19, 2006
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      To: Gordon Lane
      Subject: Origins Network News: Prerogative & Exchequer Courts of York
      Probate Index on British Origins

      Origins Network News: Prerogative & Exchequer Courts of York Probate Index
      on British Origins

      The Prerogative & Exchequer Courts of York now available on British Origins

      Prior to 1858, wills were proved in an ecclesiastical court. Which court
      dealt with a particular will depended on where property was held.

      Parishes of the Church of England were grouped into archdeaconries, and a
      group of archdeaconries formed a diocese (i.e the area of a bishop's
      jurisdiction). Each diocese belonged either to the ecclesiastical province
      of York or of Canterbury. The province of York had jurisdiction in the
      counties of Cheshire, Cumberland, Durham, Lancashire, Northumberland,
      Nottinghamshire, Westmorland and Yorkshire; Canterbury had jurisdiction over
      the rest of England and Wales.

      If a person's property lay wholly within one archdeaconry, the will was
      generally proved in that archdeacon's court. But if property worth 5 or
      more were owned elsewhere the will would be proved in a higher court, that
      of a bishop or archbishop.

      The Prerogative & Exchequer Court of York Probate Index gives:
      o testator's name
      o places associated with person; usually the place of death, but
      sometimes other places where the testator lived are mentioned
      o date of probate year & month
      o type(s) of documents (there is often more than one document)
      o court concerned
      o Borthwick Institute reference to the original document(s)
      o Reference to original index

      The Origins Network in association with the Borthwick Institute for Archives
      are completing the computerisation of the indexes to the Prerogative &
      Exchequer Court of York probate material; only the Medieval part (1267-1500)
      of these indexes had previously been computerised. This work is being done
      in reverse chronological order, starting from 1858, and the first batch of
      index records, covering over 16,000 grants of probate for the period
      September 1853 to January 1858 is now available online exclusively on
      British Origins. About two thirds of the wills were proved in the
      Prerogative Court. This index complements the indexes to the York Medieval
      and York Peculiars probate material.

      The original documents provide a great deal of valuable information to the
      family historian and copies of these can be ordered online
      (http://www.originsnetwork.com/help/ordering#ordering) via British Origins.

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