Court of the Bishop of Hereford (Episcopal Consistory)

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England Genealogy Gotoarrow.png Herefordshire, England Genealogy Gotoarrow.png Herefordshire Probate Records, Worcestershire Probate Records ,Gloucestershire Probate Records

Step By Step[edit | edit source]

1. First search each index (see below) to help you more quickly find the will or administration (admon), writing down each detail cited in the indexed entry.
2. Proceed to the "Probate Records of This Court" (below) to determine what original probate records exist for this court.
3. Contact or visit the Herefordshire 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.
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 centers near you.

Indexes[edit | edit source]

Online Indexes[edit | edit source]

Here are some indexes to this courts' wills online.

Printed Indexes[edit | edit source]

Miscellanea Genealogica et Heraldica, Series 5,vol. 4 Index to Wills Proved in the Court of the Bishop of Hereford 1444-1578

Index to wills proved in the Bishop's Court of Hereford 1442-1579, by Stephen J. Kelsey

Index to wills proved in the Bishop's Court of Hereford Before the Commonwealth Period 1601-1656 by Stephen J. Kelsey

Indexes in The Family History Library[edit | edit source]

The original and microfilmed records include indexes. The Family History Library has film copies of the following indexes:

The Records[edit | edit source]

Probate Records of This Court Held in This Archive[edit | edit source]

The original records are deposited at the

Herefordshire Archive Service

Herefordshire Record Office

Harold Street

Hereford HR1 2QX

Office Tel No: 44 (0) 1432 260750


Herefordshire Archives Website 

Archive Records[edit | edit source]

They include:

  • Original wills, administrations, and inventories, 1520-1539 (with a few earlier), 1540-1858
  • Register copy wills, 1663-1858
  • Various act books, 1445-1835, 1587-1686, 1662/3-1858
  • Tuition bonds, 1673-1792 

Family History Library Records[edit | edit source]

Records have been microfilmed and are available at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and through the many family history centers world-wide. They include: 

Jurisdiction[edit | edit source]

This court had jurisdiction over Herefordshire expect the following:

Before 1541, when the Diocese of Gloucester was formed, the western portion of Gloucestershire beyond the rivers Severn and Leaden was in the Court of the Bishop of Hereford (Episcopal_Consistory), and there are consequently a few Gloucestershire wills in this court prior to 1541.

This court also had jurisdiction over these parishes in Worcestershire:

  • Abberley
  • Bayton
  • Bewdley
  • Bockleton
  • Burford
  • Clifton upon Teme
  • Dowles
  • Eastham
  • Edvin Loach
  • Great Kyre
  • Hanley Childe
  • Hanley William
  • Knighton on Teme
  • Lindridge
  • Lower Sapey
  • Mamble
  • Orelton
  • Pensax
  • Ribbesford
  • Rochford
  • Rock
  • Shelsey Walsh
  • Stanford on Teme
  • Stockton on Teme
  • Tenbury