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''[[England]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Somerset]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Somerset Probate Records]]''
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== Step By Step  ==
 
== Step By Step  ==
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3. Contact or visit the Somersetshire Record Office or, hire a professional record searcher to view these records on your behalf. Officials may send upon request a list of record searchers.  
 
3. Contact or visit the Somersetshire Record Office or, hire a professional record searcher to view these records on your behalf. Officials may send upon request a list of record searchers.  
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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 [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/FHC/frameset_fhc.asp centers] near you.  
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4. Visit [[Family History Library|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 [[Introduction to Family History Centers|centers]] near you.
    
== Indexes  ==
 
== Indexes  ==
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Also try the indexes to the following probate collections at the Family History Library:  
 
Also try the indexes to the following probate collections at the Family History Library:  
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[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=701562&disp=Index+of+Somerset+Estate+Duty+Office+wil++ Estate Duty Wills 1805-1811]
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{{FHL|701562|title-id|disp=Estate Duty Wills 1805-1811}}
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[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=346690&disp=Somerset+Estate+duty+wills++ Estate Duty Wills Index 1812-1857]
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{{FHL|346690|title-id|disp=Estate Duty Wills Index 1812-1857}}
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[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=534228&disp=Death+duty+register+for+abstracts+of+adm++ Death Duty Registers of Abstracts of Administrations and Probates of Wills 1796-1811]
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{{FHL|534228|title-id|disp=Death Duty Registers of Abstracts of Administrations and Probates of Wills 1796-1811}}
    
== Records  ==
 
== Records  ==
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The surviving original records are deposited at:  
 
The surviving original records are deposited at:  
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[http://www.somerset.gov.uk/archives/ Somerset Record Office]  
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[https://swheritage.org.uk/somerset-archives/ Somerset Archives and Local Studies]  
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Obridge Road
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Somerset Heritage Centre
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Taunton TA2 7PU
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Taunton U.K. TA2 6SF
    
England  
 
England  
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Tel: (0)1823 278805  
 
Tel: (0)1823 278805  
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Email: [mailto:archives@somerset.gov.uk archives@somerset.gov.uk]  
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Email: [mailto:somersetarchives@swheritage.org.uk somersetarchives@swheritage.org.uk]  
    
==== Archive Records  ====
 
==== Archive Records  ====
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Administrations 1669-1821  
 
Administrations 1669-1821  
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==== Family History Library Records ====
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==== Family History Library Records ====
 
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*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=375562&disp=Wills+and+administrations%2C+1805-1811++ Wills 1805-1811]
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*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=375562&disp=Wills+and+administrations%2C+1805-1811++ Administrations 1805-1811]
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*{{FHL|375562|title-id|disp=Wills 1805-1811}}
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*{{FHL|375562|title-id|disp=Administrations 1805-1811}}
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The [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/FHL/frameset_library.asp Family History Library] has very few original probate records for Somerset on microfilm.&nbsp; Most of the what the library has is various&nbsp;volumes of published abstracts.&nbsp; See the information found in the article on the [[Court of the Bishop of Bath & Wells (Episcopal Consistory)]].  
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The [[Family History Library|Family History Library]] has very few original probate records for Somerset on microfilm.&nbsp; Most of the what the library has is various&nbsp;volumes of published abstracts.&nbsp; See the information found in the article on the [[Court of the Bishop of Bath & Wells (Episcopal Consistory)]].  
    
Try searching the following collections which are a copy or abstract of the original registers for many areas throughout the county:  
 
Try searching the following collections which are a copy or abstract of the original registers for many areas throughout the county:  
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[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=701562&disp=Index+of+Somerset+Estate+Duty+Office+wil++ Estate Duty Wills 1805-1811]
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{{FHL|701562|title-id|disp=Estate Duty Wills 1805-1811}}
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[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=346690&disp=Somerset+Estate+duty+wills++ Estate Duty Wills Index 1812-1857]
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{{FHL|346690|title-id|disp=Estate Duty Wills Index 1812-1857}}
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[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=534228&disp=Death+duty+register+for+abstracts+of+adm++ Death Duty Register for Abstracts of Administrations and Probates of Wills 1796-1811]
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{{FHL|534228|title-id|disp=Death Duty Register for Abstracts of Administrations and Probates of Wills 1796-1811}}
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The [http://www.sog.org.uk/index.shtml Society of Genealogists] in London has copies of published abstracts of wills and other probate documents for Somerset. To see a list of titles, search their [http://62.32.98.6/S10312UKStaff/OPAC/index.asp library catalogue] for the Subject of "Somerset - General: Wills."  
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The [http://www.sog.org.uk/index.shtml Society of Genealogists] in London has copies of published abstracts of wills and other probate documents for Somerset. To see a list of titles, search their [http://62.32.98.6/S10312UKStaff/OPAC/index.asp library catalogue] for the Subject of "Somerset - General: Wills."
    
== Jurisdiction  ==
 
== Jurisdiction  ==
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Witham Friary&nbsp;was a peculiar probate court in the Diocese of Bath and Wells.&nbsp; It had jurisdiction over the parish of&nbsp;Witham Friary&nbsp;only.  
 
Witham Friary&nbsp;was a peculiar probate court in the Diocese of Bath and Wells.&nbsp; It had jurisdiction over the parish of&nbsp;Witham Friary&nbsp;only.  
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[[Category:Somerset]]
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[[Category:Somerset Probate Records]]
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