Court of the Archdeaconry of Dorset

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A general explanation of probate records in England, is given in the article England Probate Records.

Step by Step[edit | edit source]

1. First search each index (see below) to help you more quickly find the will, writing down each detail cited in the indexed entry.

2. Proceed to "Records" (below) to determine what probate records exist for this court. Also see "Family History Library Records." 

3. Contact or visit the Dorset History Centre or, hire a professional record searcher to view these records on your behalf. Officials may send upon request a list of record searchers.

4. Visit The Family History Library or, one of its 4,500 satellite family history centers worldwide and search indexes to probate records; then with the information obtained from the index[es] you can search more quickly the original wills and admons also on microfilm via any centers near you.

Indexes[edit | edit source]

Online Indexes[edit | edit source]

Printed and Published Indexes[edit | edit source]

Church of England. Archdeaconry of Dorset. Probate records indexes 1568-1857

A calendar of wills and administrations relating to the county of Dorset in the Archdeaconry court of Dorset, 1568-1792

Records[edit | edit source]

Archive Location[edit | edit source]

Dorset History Centre Bridport Road Dorchester Dorset DT1 1RP United Kingdom

General Enquiries Name: Dorset History Centre Email: Tel: 01305 250550 Fax: 01305 257184

Archive Records[edit | edit source]

Add information about the manuscript, printed and digital records in this location.

Family History Library Records[edit | edit source]

Church of England. Archdeaconry of Dorset. Probate records 1568-1857

Act book, 1733-1738, 1779-1791 Act books 1733-1738, 1779-1791 and Bonds of guardians, 1688-1802

Court papers, 1620-1650 and precedent books in the 16th-17th century 1620-1650

Seal book, 1817-1820

Jurisdiction[edit | edit source]

All the county except Peculiars