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''{{Norfolk-sidebar}}{{breadcrumb| link1=[[EnglandGenealogy|[[Image:All Saints, Bircham Newton, Norfolk .jpg|right|600x398px]]England]] | link2=[[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Norfolk Genealogy|Norfolk]] | link3=| link4=| link5=[[Image:Gotoarrow.pngNorfolk_Probate_Records|Probate Records]] Norfolk Probate Records'' }}
{| style="float:right; margin-right:200px"|-| style="padding-right:0px" ||[[Image:All Saints, Bircham Newton, Norfolk .jpg|right|thumb|240x220px|<center>All Saints, Bircham Newton, Norfolk<center>]]|} == Getting Started ==
''Probate'' is the legal court process by which the estate of a deceased person is distributed to his or her heirs. Probate records include [[W genealogical glossary terms|wills]] and [[A genealogical glossary terms|administrations]]. This article is about probate records in Norfolk. For See [[England Probate Records]] for a general description of England probate records, click [[in England Probate Records|here]].
=== 1858 to the Present ===
Beginning in 1858, the [[Principal Probate Registry|Principal Probate Registry]] had the authority for probating estates. Click on the link to learn more.
====Online Records==== *'''1858-1957''' - {{RecordSearch|2451051|England and Wales, National Index of Wills and Administrations, 1858-1957}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index === Before 1858 ===
Before 1858, Church of England ecclesiastical courts had authority for this process. To search for a pre-1858 probate record in Norfolk, follow these steps:
==== Step 1. Search Indexes ====
Here are some online indexes to probate records that include individuals who lived in Norfolk. Search these indexes first:
*All the indexes of pre-1858 probate records are included in the Norfolk Record Office's online catalogue,&nbsp;[http://nrocat.norfolk.gov.uk/DServe/DServe.exe?NS&dsqServer=128.60.0.31NCC3CL01&dsqApp=Archive&dsqCmd=Index.tcl NROCAT]. *[http://www.norfolksourcesClick on Category searches, then Wills and other probate records.norfolkAlso, sometimes better results are achieved if only the surname is entered.govCreative search terms is the key to finding results in this marvelous data base.uk/ *http://www.norfolksources.norfolk.gov.uk/] They now have Images of Probate Records
*[[Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury]]
Probate Indexes available at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City:
*{{FHL|198646|title-id|disp=Index to Norfolk (England) wills, 1838-1858}}
*{{FHL|226098|title-id|disp=Norfolk peculiar jurisdictions, Index to probate records, 1416-1857}}
Did you find a reference to a probate record?
*If ''yes'', go to '''Step 4''' below.
*If ''no'', go to '''Step 2''' below.
==== Step 2. Identify when and where your ancestor died ====
Determine ''when'' your ancestor died.&nbsp;If you aren't sure, use an approximate date.&nbsp; The on-line will index at [http://nrocat.norfolk.gov.uk/DserveDServe/dserveDServe.exe?NS&dsqServer=128.60.0.31NCC3CL01&dsqApp=Archive&dsqDb=Catalog&dsqCmd=SearchIndex.tcl NROCAT]&nbsp;is very helpful in finding wills in Norfolk for pre-1858 wills.&nbsp; It is not always necessary to know where or when an ancestor died when using nrocat.&nbsp; Since spelling of names in early records was not consistent, entering only the surname of your ancestor will generate the most posibilities of identifying your ancestor.&nbsp;Searches using spelling&nbsp;variations of the surname&nbsp;will also be helpful in&nbsp;finding possible entries for your ancestor.&nbsp; If you cannot identify an entry for your ancestor in this on-line index, you will want to try to determine at least an approximate death date and place.
Determine ''where'' your ancestor died. It is easier to find a probate record if you know whether the place where your ancestor lived or died is a [[P genealogical glossary terms|parish]]. To learn whether it is a parish, look it up in a gazetteer. Here is a link to the 1872 ''Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales'' online:
The gazetteer will either tell you:
*A place is a parish, or *What parish it is a part of, or
*What place it is near.
Once you have identified the parish, go to '''Step 3'''.
==== Step 3. Identify court jurisdictions by parish ====
Once you have identified the parish where your ancestor lived or died, learn which courts had jurisdiction over it then search indexes for those courts. Every town and parish in&nbsp;Norfolk fell under the probate jurisdiction of a primary court and several secondary courts. Click on a link below for the letter the parish begins with.
To see a list of Norfolk places and the pre-1858 courts that had probate jurisdiction over them, click on a letter link:
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==== Step 4. Obtain a copy of the probate record ====
Once you have found an index reference to a probate, obtain a copy of the record. Do so by one of these methods:
*Visit or contact the record office that has the original records in its collection. *Visit the [https://www.familysearch.org/#form=catalog Family History Library] or a [[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers|family history center]] and obtain a copy of the record on microfilm. For more information, click on a court name below. <br>
== Norfolk Probate Courts ==
These courts had some pre-1858 jurisdiction over the county of Norfolk.&nbsp; Click on a court name for more information about the records available and how to find the probate of your ancestor in the court's records. <br> *[[Court of the Archdeaconry of Norfolk]] *[[Court of Norwich (Episcopal Consistory)|Court of the Bishop of Norwich (Episcopal Consistory)]]&nbsp; *[[Court of the Archdeaconry of Norwich]] *[[Court of the Peculiar of the Dean & Chapter of Norwich]] *[[Court of the Peculiar of Castle Rising]] *[[Court of the Peculiar of Great Cressingham]] *[[Court of the City of Norwich]] *[[Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury]]
<br>*[[Court of the Archdeaconry of Norfolk]]*[[Court of Norwich (Episcopal Consistory)|Court of the Bishop of Norwich (Episcopal Consistory)]]&nbsp;*[[Court of the Archdeaconry of Norwich]]*[[Court of the Peculiar of the Dean & Chapter of Norwich]]*[[Court of the Peculiar of Castle Rising]]*[[Court of the Peculiar of Great Cressingham]]*[[Court of the City of Norwich]]*[[Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury]]
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