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Return to the [[Staffordshire Probate Records|Staffordshire Probate Records]] page. 
== Step By Step  ==
1. First search each applicable index (see below) to help you more quickly find the will or administration (admon), writing down each detail cited in the indexed entry.<br>2. Proceed to the "Records" (below) to determine what original probate records exist for this court.<br>3. Contact or visit the Staffordshire County Record Office or,&nbsp;hire a professional record searcher to view these records on your behalf. Officials may send upon request a list of record searchers.<br>4. Visit The Family History Library, or, one of its 4,500 satellite family history centers worldwide and search indexes to probate records;&nbsp;then with the information obtained from the index[es] you can search more quickly the&nbsp;original wills and admons also&nbsp;on microfilm via any&nbsp;[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/FHC/frameset_fhc.asp centers]&nbsp;near you.
== Probate Indexes ==
Surviving wills and admons to the Court of the Dean and Chapter of Lichfield have to some extent been indexed with the following ones:
=== Printed and Published Indexes ===
A partial index for the years 1529-1652 was published in the Index Library, vol. 7.
==== Online Indexes ==== '''1521-1850''' - [https://search.findmypast.co.uk/search-world-Records/staffordshire-dioceses-of-lichfield-and-coventry-wills-and-probate-1521-1860 Dioceses of Lichfield and Coventry Wills and Probate] at findmypast (£). Includes index by name and residence that links to images of the actual records.
[http://books.google.com/books?id=dfkcAAAAYAAJ&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_book_other_versions_r&cad=2_1#PPA498,M1 Here] is an online printed (scanned images) from 1516-1652. This is not a complete listing of all wills for this time period, but, it might be helpful for&nbsp;searching&nbsp;this date range.
==== Original Handwritten Indexes ====
There is an index (manuscript) from 1516 to 1857 covering most if not all wills in Staffordshire that includes both the Consistory Court of Lichfield and&nbsp;this smaller&nbsp;court.
==== 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 [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/FHC/frameset_fhc.asp Centers]&nbsp;worldwide.
Amazingly, the Lichfield Archives has alphabetically arranged many of the diocesan wills by each letter of each surname as well (see the next section below).
== The Records ==
=== Archives Location ===
'''Lichfield Record Office (formerly Lichfield Joint Record Office)'''
Telephone: U.K. 01543 510720 Overseas (+44) 1543 510720
==== Archive Records ====
Add information about the manuscript, printed and digital records in this location.
Inventories ("for Lichfield and District") 1568-1680<br>
=== Probate Records of This Court In The Fmaily History Library ===
{{FHL|338212|title-id|disp=Original Wills}} 1510-1858
{{FHL|244434|title-id|disp=Inventories}} ("for Lichfield and District") 1568-1680<br>
== Jurisdiction ==
Return to the [[Staffordshire Probate Records]] page.
The Court of the Dean and Chapter of Lichfield held peculiar jurisdiction over the Staffordshire&nbsp;parishes of Cannock, Farewell, Harborne, The Close Lichfield, Regeley and Smethwick, and over&nbsp;the Warwickshire parishes of Arley and Edgbaston,&nbsp;and {{FHL|338212|title-id|disp=the Prebends}} in their absence. When a search of this courts’ probate records fails to provide the desired probate record, be sure to search the Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury as well.
== Strategies, Tips, Other? ==
See the above Indexes or those available through the Family History Library or its many family history centers worldwide for an index to this court.
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