Peculiar Court of the Manor of Merevale
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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 then to "Records" (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 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]
Surviving wills and admons to the Peculiar Court of Merevale have to some extent been indexed with the following ones:
Online Indexes[edit | edit source]
1521-1850 - Dioceses of Lichfield and Coventry Wills and Probate at findmypast (£). Includes index by name and residence that links to images of the actual records.
Printed and Published Indexes[edit | edit source]
The British Record Society's Index Library published a calendar for earlier years up to 1790 in volume 7, which may be accessed at many major archives in the United Kingdom, such as The National Archives, The British Library, etc.
Microfilmed Indexes at the Family History Library
The indexes as listed in the above are also available in the collection of 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]
The original records are deposited at:
Opening hours Accessibility features
Archive Records[edit | edit source]
Obtaining a copy of a probate record:
You may visit the Lichfield Record Office or contact their research service and request a copy of a probate record (include an index reference in your request).
Original Wills & Admons & Inventories 1770-1858
Family History Library Records[edit | edit source]
You may visit the Family History Library and search the records on microfilm, or visit a family history center where you can order the films and search them there. The records have been microfilmed and are available at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and through one of the more than 4,500 family history centers worldwide. These include:
Jurisdiction[edit | edit source]
This peculiar court held jurisdiction over the parish of Merevale.
During the Commonwealth Interregnum from 1653 to 1660, the Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury, in the form of a civil court, had sole probate or testmentary jurisdiction over all of England and Wales.
The Court of the Peculiar of Merevale held jurisdiction over the Parish of Merevale. When a search of this courts’ probate records fails to provide the desired probate record, be sure to search the Consistory Court of Lichfield as well as the Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury.