Court of the Archdeaconry of Middlesex (Middlesex Division)

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Step By Step[edit | edit source]

  1. Search the index at Ancestry. If the desired digitized will is not found, proceed to Step 2.
  2. First search each index (see below) to help you more quickly find the will, writing down each detail cited in the indexed entry.
  3. Proceed then to "Records" section (see below) to determine what probate records exist for this court.
  4. Contact or visit The London Metropolitan Archives and Library, or, hire a professional record searcher to view these records on your behalf, citing information obtained from the index[es]. Officials may send upon request a list of record searchers.
  5. You can also visit The Family History Library, or one of its 4,500 satellite family history centers worldwide and search indexes (see the Family History Library's cataloged entries providing the microfilms so you can have them circulated to the center near you for searching the wills). The information obtained from the index[es] will help you  more quickly search the wills and admons which can also be circulated on microfilm via any family history .

Indexes[edit | edit source]

The Archdeaconry Court of Middlesex probate records have to some extent been indexed with the following ones:

Online Indexes[edit | edit source]

The London Metropolitan Archives has indexes 10,000 plus of the probate records for the Archdeaconnry of Middlesex. Online Index

Printed and Published Indexes[edit | edit source]

  • A comprehensive will and admon index to most of London's (including Greater L.) probate courts for the years covering 1750-1858 and surnames A-F, is Dr David Wright's London Probate Index on CD and is on sale. He will provide a search service in his indexes for you for surnames covering from G-Z at a set fee.

Original Handwritten Indexes: Court probate inventories, 1662-1747 with surnames alpha-arranged

Probate and administration act book, 1667-1675

Calender of Probate & Administrations acts, vols. 1-16, 1660-1810

Microfilmed Indexes at the Family History Library:

The indexes as listed in the above are also available covering the years 1662-1810 at The Family History Library and they are on microfilm and may be circulated to each of its satellite Family History Centers worldwide.

Records[edit | edit source]

Archives Location[edit | edit source]

London Metropolitan Archives
40 Northampton Road
London EC1R 0HB
Tel: (020) 7332 3820
Fax: (020) 7833 9136

Archive Records [edit | edit source]

Original Wills 1608-1794, 1799-1800, 1810

Registered Copy Wills 1664-1779

Probate & Administration Act Books 1660-1794, 1799, 1810

Administration Bonds 1667-1741 (with gaps)

Inventories 1669-1737 (with gaps)

Renunciations 1664-1775 (with gaps)

Warrants 1668-1775 (with gaps)

Caveats 1705-1812

Assignation Books 1743-1788

Acts, Exhibits & Other Papers 1670-1810

Family History Library Records[edit | edit source]

Original Wills 1666-1779

Probate & Administration Act Books 1667-1675

Administration Bonds 1667-1741 (with gaps)

Inventories 1669-1747 (with gaps)

Warrants 1668-1775 (with gaps)

Renunciations 1664-1775 (with gaps)

Caveats 1705-1812

Assignation Books 1743-1788

Jurisdiction[edit | edit source]

The Archdeaconry Court of Middlesex had jurisdiction over 28 parishes in both the Middlesex and the City of London portions of the metropolis. When a search of this courts’ probate records fails to provide the desired probate record, be sure to search the Consistory Court of the Bishop of London as well.