Court of the Peculiar of the Dean and Chapter of Lichfield

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Step By Step[edit | edit source]

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

2. Proceed then to the "Records" section (see below) to determine what probate records exist for this court.

3. Contact or visit the Lichfield Record Office (see address below), to hire a professional record searcher to view these records on your behalf, citing information obtained from the indexes (see next heading). Officials may send upon request a list of record searchers.

4. You can also visit The Family History Library, or, one of its 4,500 satellite family history centers worldwide and search indexes and wills (see the Family History Library's cataloged entries providing the microfilm numbers so you can have them circulated to the center near you for searching). 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]

Online Indexes[edit | edit source]

Printed and Published Indexes[edit | edit source]

The collection on microfilm includes a Calendar of wills, administrations and inventories.  A calendar is an index arranged first alphabetically by the beginning letter of a testator's surname and second by date.  

The British Index Library has published an index to wills for 1529-1652 for the peculiars deposited at Lichfield including the Dean and Chapter of Lichfield.  The link is to the FamilySearch Catalog.

Records[edit | edit source]

Archive Location[edit | edit source]

The original records are deposited at the Lichfield Record Office

Archive Records[edit | edit source]

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

These records include:

  • Original wills, 1510-1858
  • Inventories, 1568-1680

Family History Library Records[edit | edit source]

These have been microfilmed and are available at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and through family history centers.  They include:

Jurisdiction[edit | edit source]

This court was also known as the Court of the Peculiar of the Dean and Chapter of Lichfield (Cathedral).

This court had jurisdiction in the Derbyshire parishes of:

  • Ashford
  • Bakewell
  • Baslow
  • Beeley
  • Buxton
  • Chapel-en-le-Frith
  • Chelmorton
  • Fairfield
  • Hope
  • Kniveton
  • Longston
  • Monyash
  • Sheldon
  • Taddington
  • Tideswell
  • Wormhill

It also had some early jurisdiction in the Peak Forest in Derbyshire.

This court also held concurrent jurisdiction in the Staffordshire parishes of:

  • Cannock
  • Farewell
  • Harborne
  • The Close, Lichfield
  • Rugeley
  • Smethwick

This court also had jurisdiction in the Warwickshire parishes of Arley and Edgbaston.