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Cheshire Probate Records

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1. First search each index (see listed below) to help you more quickly find the will, writing down each detail cited in the index entry such as the year (or date of the will or admon), the page or folio number and town or parish listed:
*A comprehensive and county-wide [ '''Wills index''' ]compiled by the Cheshire Record Office. This index covers the years 1492-1940 and contains 130,000 entries. It covers probate documents proved at Chester mainly for the County of Cheshire.
*The following Website specifically covers the parishes of Disley, Lyme Handley; Taxal & Whaley in Cheshire: [ ''''''].
*A new and comprehensive [{{RecordSearch|1589492 '''|England, Cheshire Probate Index for Cheshire'''] Records, 1492-1940 }} is now available at [ www.familysearch.orgFamilySearch]. More information at [[England Cheshire Probate Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
*The original will indexes for the [[Court of the Bishop of Chester (Episcopal Consistory)]] for 1545-1858 are available in print by both the Lancashire & Cheshire Record Society and the Chetham Society. These two large publication series cover both Cheshire and Lancashire counties. They are available at many major archives in the United Kingdom such as at the British Library, and Guildhall Library, London, and other like institutions. The Family History Library likewise has most of these printed indexes in book form and/or on microfilm (see below).
*Original handwritten indexes and calendars to the Probate Acts of Wills and Administrations (Admons)  from 1492-1857 were created as the probate records were filed and are found with the records (see below).
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