England Every Name Probate Indexes

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In England, it is rare to find abstracts of wills that index all names found in each will. Abstracts are very helpful for identifying relationships, particularly when beneficiaries in wills do not share surnames with testators. The following is a list of probate courts that have been abstracted or have beneficiaries indexes.

Contents

National[edit | edit source]

Bank of England[edit | edit source]

  • Bank of England Will Extracts Index 1717-1845

Prerogative Court of Canterbury[edit | edit source]

  • 1387-1439 - Furnivall, The Fifty Earliest English Wills in the Court of Probate, London, A.D. 1387-1439, with a Priest's of 1454. Online.
  • Pre-1600 - Nicholas, Testamenta Vetusta. 2 vols. Vol. 1 | Vol. 2
  • 1620 - Lea, Register Soame 1620. Online.
  • 1620-1624 - Matthews and Matthews, Abstracts of probates and sentences in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, 1620-4. FHL Book 942 P2ce.
  • 1630-1655 - Probate Act Abstracts 1630-1655, 8 vols.
  • 1630 - Morrison, Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Register 'Scroope' (1630). FHL Collection.
  • 1658 - Brigg, Register "Wootton" 1658. Vol. 1 | Vol. 2 | Vols. 3-4 | Vol. 4 | Vols. 5-7

Bedfordshire[edit | edit source]

Archdeaconry Court of Bedford[edit | edit source]

Consistory Court of Lincoln[edit | edit source]

  • 1280-1547 - Gibbons, Early Lincoln Wills: An Abstract of All the Wills & Administrations Recorded in the Episcopal Registers of the Old Diocese of Lincoln, Comprising the Counties of Lincoln, Rutland, Northampton, Huntingdon, Bedford, Buckingham, Oxford, Leicester and Hertford, 1280-1547. Online
  • 1601-1652 - Peck, Bedfordshire Wills 1601-1652 at Probate Registry Lincoln, England. FHL book 942.565 S2p

Peculiar court of Leighton Buzzard[edit | edit source]

  • 1701-1846 - The peculiar court of Leighton Buzzard : persons named in wills proved 1701-1846 transcribed and published by the EurekA Partnership. (Aylesbury, England : EurekA Partnership, c2007). FHL book 942.565 P2e

Prerogative Court of Canterbury[edit | edit source]

Berkshire[edit | edit source]

Archdeaconry of Berkshire[edit | edit source]

Court of the Dean of Windsor[edit | edit source]

Peculiar Court of Farringdon[edit | edit source]

  • 1700-1853 - The Peculiar Court of Faringdon : persons named in wills proved 1700-1853 by EurekA Partnership. (Stoke-Mandeville, England : EurekA Partnership, 2015). FHL book 942.29/F2 P2e.

Prerogative Court of Canterbury[edit | edit source]

Buckinghamshire[edit | edit source]

Archdeaconry of Buckingham[edit | edit source]

  • Elvey, The Courts of the Archdeaconry of Buckingham, 1483-1523. FHL Book 942.575 B4ba v. 19
  • Buckinghamshire Family History Society, Wills, Archdeaconry Court of Buckingham (1680-1801). Order by post.

Consistory Court of Lincoln[edit | edit source]

  • 1280-1547 - Gibbons, Early Lincoln Wills: An Abstract of All the Wills & Administrations Recorded in the Episcopal Registers of the Old Diocese of Lincoln, Comprising the Counties of Lincoln, Rutland, Northampton, Huntingdon, Bedford, Buckingham, Oxford, Leicester and Hertford, 1280-1547. Online
  • 1601-1652 - Peck, Abstracts of Buckinghamshire Wills 1601-1652 at Probate Registry, Lincoln, England

Cambridgeshire[edit | edit source]

Consistory Court of Ely[edit | edit source]

Cheshire[edit | edit source]

  • 1500s - Lancashire and Cheshire Wills and Inventories. Online.
  • 1542-1661 - Pixton, Wrenbury Wills and Inventories, 1542-1661.

Cornwall[edit | edit source]

  • 1500s-1800s - Moger, Abstracts of Cornish Wills 16th-19th centuries. Archdeaconry of Cornwall, Exeter courts, PCC; incomplete. FHL films 317547-317548.[1]

Archdeaconry of Cornwall[edit | edit source]

Peculiars of the Bishop and Dean and Chapter of Exeter[edit | edit source]

  • Moger, Extracts of Cornish Wills and Administrations. Index in Cornwall Family History Society Journal, Vol. 49 (Sep. 1988):24. FHL book 942.37 B2cf.[1]

Prerogative Court of Canterbury[edit | edit source]

  • 1383-1583 - Glencross, Cornish Wills in Prerogative Court of Canterbury 1383-1583. 3 vols. FHL Books 942.37 S2g v. 1-3 (Partially indexed)

Cumberland[edit | edit source]

Archdeaconry Court of Richmond[edit | edit source]

  • 1442-1578 - Raine, Wills and Inventories from the Registry of the Archdeaconry of Richmond. Online.

Consistory Court of Carlisle[edit | edit source]

  • 1353-1386 - Ferguson, Testamenta Karleolensia: The Series of Wills from the Pre-reformation Registers of the Bishops of Carlisle, 1353-1386. Available online.
  • 1564-1668 - Raines?, Testamenta Carliolensia. FHL film 252674 Item 1.
  • 1727-1778 - An Index of Names Mentioned in Wills Proved at Carlisle Consistory Court by Cumbria Family History Society. FHL CD-ROM no. 5492.

Prerogative Court of Canterbury[edit | edit source]

  • Richardson and Shaw. Index and Extracts of Cumbrians in Wills Proved at the PCC. FHL book 942.8 P2i.

Derbyshire[edit | edit source]

Consistory Court of Lichfield[edit | edit source]

  • Spencer, Derbyshire Wills 1525-1928. Incomplete; focuses primarily on town of Wirksworth; available online.

Prerogative Court of Canterbury[edit | edit source]

Devon[edit | edit source]

Dorset[edit | edit source]

  • 1383-1700. Fry, Abstracts of Wills of Dorset Folk from the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, 7 vols. (Partial index) FHL films 476212-476215.[1]

Durham[edit | edit source]

Consistory Court of Durham[edit | edit source]

  • 1259-1649 - Raine et al, Wills and Inventories Illustrative of the History, Manners, Language, Statistics etc. of the Northern Counties of England, from the Eleventh Century Downwards. 4 vols. FHL books 942 B4s v. 2, 38, 112, and 112. Volume 2 is online at: FamilySearch Digital Library.
  • 1500-1725 - Neasham, Wills extracted from the originals and early volumes of enrollments of Durham Co., (About 1500-1725). Indexed in Robinson. FHL films 574977-574978.
  • 1540-1800 - Robinson's Collections, 1540-1800. FHL films 574951-574958.
  • 1540-1806 - Raine, Dunelmensia, 1540-1806. Indexed in Robinson. FHL films 252668-252669.
  • 1576-1735 - Howe's Collection, 1576-1735. 6 vols. FHL film 90796.[1]
  • 1600-1625 - Atkinson et al, Darlington Wills and Inventories 1600-1625FHL 942 B4s v. 201.
  • 1601-1650 - Briggs et al, Sunderland Wills and Inventories 1601-1650. FHL 942 B4s v. 214.

Prerogative Court of Canterbury[edit | edit source]

  • Commonwealth wills, 1649-1660: for the counties of Northumberland and Durham, extracted from the index at Somerset House, London, 1909. FHL film 1564756 Item 7.

Prerogative Court of York[edit | edit source]

Essex[edit | edit source]

  • 1505-1916 - Essex Wills Beneficiaries Index, 1505-1916, online at findmypast. Includes Bishop of London's Commissary Court (Essex & Hertfordshire), Archdeaconry Court of Colchester, Archdeaconry Court of Essex, Archdeaconry Court of Middlesex (Essex & Hertfordshire), Peculiar Court of Deanery of Bocking, Peculiar Court of Good Easter, Peculiar Court of the Sokens, Peculiar Court of Writtle with Roxwell.

Local Courts[edit | edit source]

Commissary Court of London[edit | edit source]

  • 1725-1858 - Abstracts of copy wills, Commissary Court of London, Essex and Herts division, registered wills, 1725-1858, ten microfilm reels.
  • 1750-1857 -Abstracts of copy wills, Commissary Court of London [London division] registered wills, 1750-1857, nine microfilm reels.

Prerogative Court of Canterbury[edit | edit source]

  • 1500s - Emmison, Elizabethan Life: Wills of Essex Gentry and Merchants Proved in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury. FHL Book 942.67 B4e no. 71.


  • 1335-1559 - Fry, Abstracts of wills relating to Walthamstow, Co. Essex, 1335-1559. Online

Gloucestershire[edit | edit source]

Consistory Court of Bristol[edit | edit source]

Consistory Court of Gloucester[edit | edit source]

  • Mahler et al, Abstracts of Gloucestershire Probate Records, Online.

Great Orphan Books of Bristol[edit | edit source]

  • 1379-1612 - Wadley, Notes or Abstracts of the Wills Contained in the Volume Entitled the Great Orphan Book and Book of Wills, in the Council House at Bristol, online.[1]

Hampshire[edit | edit source]

  • 1492-1653 - Hampshire Will Extracts: Extracted from the Consistory Court of Winchester [1492-1652] and the Archdeaconry Court of Winchester [1501-1653]. B2 Reference Computer, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • 1378-1660 - Pedgely, An Index of Personal Names in Isle of Wight Probate Records, 1378-1600 [records from Hampshire Record Office and some from the National Archives]
  • 1700-1865 - Wills of Romsey residents. Online.
  • 1840-1857Bishops court, Winchester, original wills & inventories (Hampshire) ( data extracted from films). Several volumes available online.
  • 1502-1620 - Register and will extracts for Titchfield Parish (Hampshire), 1502-1700. Online.

Herefordshire[edit | edit source]

  • 1407-1581 - Faraday and Cole, Calendar of Probate and Administration Acts 1407-1541 and Abstracts of Wills 1541-1581 in the Court Books of the Bishop of Hereford.
  • 1407-1581 - Faraday, Calendar of Probate and Administration Acts 1407-1550 in the Consistory Court of the Bishops of Hereford: With an Appendix of Abstracts of Register Copy Wills 1552-1581.

Hertfordshire[edit | edit source]

Archdeaconry Court of Huntingdon (Hitchin Division)[edit | edit source]

  • 1580-1609 - Briggs, Abstracts of Registered Copy Wills 1580-1609, in The Herts Genealogist and Antiquary, 2 vols. Online: Volume 2; Volume 3.[1]

Archdeaconry Court of Middlesex[edit | edit source]

  • 1563-1599 - Briggs, Abstracts of Registered Copy Wills 1563-1599, in The Herts Genealogist and Antiquary, 2 vols. Online: Volume 1; Volume 2.[1]

Archdeaconry Court of St Albans[edit | edit source]

  • 1415-1451 - Briggs, Abstracts of Registered Copy Wills 1415-1451, in The Herts Genealogist and Antiquary, 3 vols. Online: Volume 1; Volume 2; Volume 3.[1]

Commissary Court of London[edit | edit source]

  • 1725-1858 - Abstracts of copy wills, Commissary Court of London, Essex and Herts division, registered wills, 1725-1858, ten microfilm reels.
  • 1750-1857 -Abstracts of copy wills, Commissary Court of London [London division] registered wills, 1750-1857, nine microfilm reels.

Consistory Court of Lincoln[edit | edit source]

  • 1280-1547 - Gibbons, Early Lincoln Wills: An Abstract of All the Wills & Administrations Recorded in the Episcopal Registers of the Old Diocese of Lincoln, Comprising the Counties of Lincoln, Rutland, Northampton, Huntingdon, Bedford, Buckingham, Oxford, Leicester and Hertford, 1280-1547. Online
  • 1601-1652 - Peck, Abstracts of Hertfordshire Wills, 1601-1652 at Probate Registry, Lincoln, England. FHL book 942 A1 no. 142.

Consistory Court of London[edit | edit source]

  • 1592-1628 - Briggs, Abstracts of Registered Copy Wills 1592-1628, in The Herts Genealogist and Antiquary, 2 vols. Online: Volume 2; Volume 3.[1]

Huntingdonshire[edit | edit source]

Consistory Court of Lincoln[edit | edit source]

  • 1280-1547 - Gibbons, Early Lincoln Wills: An Abstract of All the Wills & Administrations Recorded in the Episcopal Registers of the Old Diocese of Lincoln, Comprising the Counties of Lincoln, Rutland, Northampton, Huntingdon, Bedford, Buckingham, Oxford, Leicester and Hertford, 1280-1547. Online
  • 1601-1652 - Peck, S. Allyn. Abstracts of Huntingdonshire Wills, 1601-1652, in Lincoln Consistory Court at Lincoln, England. FHL book 942.56 P28pa.

Kent[edit | edit source]

  • de Launay, The Weald of East Kent: Will Abstracts from the Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, Kent, Volumes 21-50 (KAO: PRC 17), Index of Will Abstracts [1536-1597]
  • de Launay, Abstracts of Cranbrook Wills Proved in the Diocesan Courts of Canterbury ... 1396-1640. FHL Book 942.23/C6 P28d.
  • Kent Will Abstracts 1328-1691 in National Wills Index. Online. Covers testators from Faversham and Thanet.
  • 1461-1558 - Ashford wills, being abstracts of the wills of residents in the town of Ashford, Kent, A.D. 1461-1558. Online
  • 1560-1821 - Abstracts of wills, Maidstone, Kent, 1560-1821. Online.

Lancashire[edit | edit source]

  • 1500s - Lancashire and Cheshire Wills and Inventories. Online.
  • 1545-1600 - Bolton-le-Moors, Deane, and Middleton parishes. Surnames A-M. Online.

Archdeaconry Court of Richmond[edit | edit source]

  • 1442-1578 - Raine, Wills and Inventories from the Registry of the Archdeaconry of Richmond. Online.

Prerogative Court of Canterbury[edit | edit source]

  • Richardson and Shaw. Index and Extracts of Cumbrians in Wills Proved at the Prerogative Court of Canterbury. FHL book 942.8 P2i.[1]

Leicestershire[edit | edit source]

Archdeaconry Court of Leicester[edit | edit source]

Consistory Court of Lincoln[edit | edit source]

  • 1280-1547 - Gibbons, Early Lincoln Wills: An Abstract of All the Wills & Administrations Recorded in the Episcopal Registers of the Old Diocese of Lincoln, Comprising the Counties of Lincoln, Rutland, Northampton, Huntingdon, Bedford, Buckingham, Oxford, Leicester and Hertford, 1280-1547. Online

Lincolnshire[edit | edit source]

  • 1280-1547 - Gibbons, Early Lincoln Wills: An Abstract of All the Wills & Administrations Recorded in the Episcopal Registers of the Old Diocese of Lincoln, Comprising the Counties of Lincoln, Rutland, Northampton, Huntingdon, Bedford, Buckingham, Oxford, Leicester and Hertford, 1280-1547. Online
  • Maddison, Lincolnshire Wills [1500-1617], 2 vols.
  • Baker, Wills Beneficiary Index [Lincolnshire 1383-1900], 9 fiche

London[edit | edit source]

  • 1700-1704 - Webb, London and Middlesex Wills Abstracts 1700-1704. Online. Includes several courts.

Commissary Court[edit | edit source]

  • 1374-1521 - Will Abstracts Commissary Court of London. Covers Registered Copy Wills Volumes 1 through 8 and through folio 180 of Volume 9. FHL films 1239017-1239020.[1]
  • 1558-1603 - Emmison, The Bishop of London's Commissary Court 1558-1603, 5 vols. FHL Books 942.67 P2e v. 8-12.
  • 1621-1643, 1645-1646 - Mahler, Commissary Court of London 1621-1643, 1645-1646. Online at FamilySearch Digital Library.
  • 1750-1857 - Abstracts of copy wills, Commissary Court of London [London division] registered wills, 1750-1857, nine microfilm reels.

Consistory Court[edit | edit source]

  • 1492-1547 - London Consistory Court Wills. Online
  • 2002 - - Oxford Consistory Court. Oxfordshire Probate records. High Wycombe, Bucks, England: EurekA Partnership.Publisher
  • Every name index for Diocesan and Archdeaconry wills. As of 2019 14 volumes had been issued covering 1733-1825. Related volumes cover the Peculiars of Banbury and Dorchester. FHL 942.57 P2e v. 1- Publisher

Middlesex[edit | edit source]

Westminster[edit | edit source]

Commissary Court of London[edit | edit source]

  • 1700-1704 - London and Middlesex Wills Abstracts 1700-1704. Online.
  • 1750-1857 - Abstracts of copy wills, Commissary Court of London [London division] registered wills, 1750-1857, nine microfilm reels.
  • 1374-1810 - Hampton Court, Hampton Wick and Hampton-on-Thames wills and administrations. Commissary Court of London 1374-1603, PCC 1383-1655, Archdeaconry Court of Middlesex 1608-1810. Online

Norfolk[edit | edit source]

  • 1590-1641 - Wilson, Wymondham Inventories, 1590-1641. FHL book 942.61/W2 K29w.
  • Barton Bendish, Gooderstone, Feltwell, Hockwold, Wilton and Methwold. Online

Northamptonshire[edit | edit source]

Consistory Court of Lincoln[edit | edit source]

  • 1280-1547 - Gibbons, Early Lincoln Wills: An Abstract of All the Wills & Administrations Recorded in the Episcopal Registers of the Old Diocese of Lincoln, Comprising the Counties of Lincoln, Rutland, Northampton, Huntingdon, Bedford, Buckingham, Oxford, Leicester and Hertford, 1280-1547. Online

Northumberland[edit | edit source]

Prerogative Court of Canterbury[edit | edit source]

  • Commonwealth wills, 1649-1660: for the counties of Northumberland and Durham, extracted from the index at Somerset House, London, 1909. FHL film 1564756 Item 7.

Prerogative Court of York[edit | edit source]

Nottinghamshire[edit | edit source]

Peculiar Court of Gringley[edit | edit source]

  • 1739, 1751-1855 - Court of the manor of Gringley, Nottinghamshire : original wills, 1739, 1761-1855, administrations, 1805-1855, with index. Online.

Peculiar Court of Mansfield[edit | edit source]

  • 1640-1857 - Genealogical abstracts of wills and administrations of the manorial court of Mansfield, Nottinghamshire. Online.
  • 1640-1857 - Index to genealogical abstracts of the original wills of the manorial court of Mansfield, 1640-1857. Online.

Oxfordshire[edit | edit source]

  • Oxfordshire probate records transcribed and published by The Eureka Partnership. (Aylesbury, England : EurekA Partnership, c2002-2017). FHL 942.57 P2e v. 1-14

Consistory Court of Lincoln[edit | edit source]

  • 1280-1547 - Gibbons, Early Lincoln Wills: An Abstract of All the Wills & Administrations Recorded in the Episcopal Registers of the Old Diocese of Lincoln, Comprising the Counties of Lincoln, Rutland, Northampton, Huntingdon, Bedford, Buckingham, Oxford, Leicester and Hertford, 1280-1547. Online

Consistory Court of Oxford[edit | edit source]

The Peculiar Court of Dorchester[edit | edit source]

  • 1700-1835 - The peculiar court of Dorchester : persons named in wills proved 1700-1835 by EurekA Partnership. (Aylesbury, England : EurekA Partnership, c2013). FHL 942.57 P2ed v. 1-2.

The Peculiar Court of Thame and Great Milton[edit | edit source]

  • 1736-1857 - The Peculiar Court of Thame and Great Milton : persons named in wills proved, 1736-1857 transcribed and published by The Eureka Partnership. (Aylesbury, England : EurekA Partnership, c2004). FHL 942.57 P2p

Prerogative Court of Canterbury[edit | edit source]

  • 1393-1510 - Some Oxfordshire wills, proved in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, 1393-1510. Online.

Rutland[edit | edit source]

Consistory Court of Lincoln[edit | edit source]

  • 1280-1547 - Gibbons, Early Lincoln Wills: An Abstract of All the Wills & Administrations Recorded in the Episcopal Registers of the Old Diocese of Lincoln, Comprising the Counties of Lincoln, Rutland, Northampton, Huntingdon, Bedford, Buckingham, Oxford, Leicester and Hertford, 1280-1547. Online

Somerset[edit | edit source]

  • 1385-1558 - Somerset Will Abstracts 1385-1558. Online.
  • Brown, Abstracts of Somersetshire Wills, Etc., 6 vols.
  • Moger and Webb, Somerset Wills II
  • Rawlins, Somerset Wills from Exeter
  • Weaver, Somerset Medieval Wills [1383-1558], 3 vols.
  • Weaver, Wells Wills: Arranged in Parishes, and Annotated online

Suffolk[edit | edit source]

  • Suffolk Probate Index (Testators and Beneficiaries) 1847-1857. Online.

Archdeaconry of Sudbury[edit | edit source]

  • 1439-1474 - Northeast and Falvey, Wills of the Archdeaconry of Sudbury, 1439-1474, Part II, 1461-1474. Online bookstore

Archdeaconry of Suffolk[edit | edit source]

Surrey[edit | edit source]

Archdeaconry Court of Surrey[edit | edit source]

  • Archdeaconry Court of Surrey 1470-1856. Online.

Commissary Court of Surrey[edit | edit source]

  • Commissary Court of Surrey 1470-1856. Online.

Prerogative Court of Canterbury[edit | edit source]

  • 1600-1608 - Surrey wills in PCC by Crisp Online.
  • 1609 - Surrey wills in PCC Online.
  • 1736-1794 - Surrey PCC Wills Abstracts 1736-1794. Online.

Sussex[edit | edit source]

  • Sussex Wills (Testators, Beneficiaries, Witnesses)
  • Transcripts of Sussex wills : as far as they relate to ecclesiological and parochial subjects, up to the year 1560. Online.

Westmorland[edit | edit source]

Archdeaconry Court of Richmond[edit | edit source]

  • 1442-1578 - Raine, Wills and Inventories from the Registry of the Archdeaconry of Richmond. Online.

Consistory Court of Durham[edit | edit source]

Prerogative Court of Canterbury[edit | edit source]

  • Richardson and Shaw. Index and Extracts of Cumbrians in Wills Proved at the Prerogative Court of Canterbury. FHL book 942.8 P2i.[1]

Wiltshire[edit | edit source]

  • Wilson and Trace, Wiltshire Wills Beneficiaries Index, 1800-1858 [includes 14 peculiar courts], 2 CDs

Yorkshire[edit | edit source]

Prerogative Court of Canterbury[edit | edit source]

  • 1383-1558 - North Country PCC Abstracts 1383-1558. Online.
  • 1558-1604 - North Country PCC Abstracts 1558-1604. Online.
  • 1640s-1650s - Clay, Abstracts of Yorkshire Wills in the Time of the Commonwealth: At Somerset House, London, Chiefly Illustrative of Sir William Dugdale’s Visitation of Yorkshire in 1665-6. Online.

Prerogative Court of York[edit | edit source]

  • 1316-1550 - Raine, Raine, and Clay, Testamenta Eboracensia, or Wills Registered at York: Illustrative of the History, Manners, Language, Statistics, Etc., of the Province of York, from the Year MCCC Downwards [1316-1550], 12 vols. Online.
  • 1389-1544 - Halifax wills : being abstracts and translations of the wills registered at York from the parish of Halifax. Online.
  • to 1554 - Sheffield wills proved in PCY. Online.

Archdeaconry Court of Richmond[edit | edit source]

  • 1442-1578 - Raine, Wills and Inventories from the Registry of the Archdeaconry of Richmond. Online.


  • 1420-1748 - Barwick-in-Elmet, Yorkshire Wills. Online.
  • 1520-1600 - York Clergy Wills. Online.

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