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==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 Sussex. For a general description of England probate records, click [[England Probate Records|here]].  
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''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. See [[England Probate Records]] for a general description of probate records in England.  
  
=== 1858 to the Present ===
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===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.  
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Beginning in 1858, the [[Principal Probate Registry|Principal Probate Registry]] had the authority for probating estates. Click on the link to learn more.
  
=== Before 1858  ===
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====Online Records====
  
Before 1858, Church of England ecclesiastical courts had authority for this process. To search for a pre-1858 probate record in Sussex, follow these steps:
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*'''1858-1957''' - {{RecordSearch|2451051|England and Wales, National Index of Wills and Administrations, 1858-1957}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
  
==== Step 1. Search Indexes  ====
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===Before 1858===
  
Here are some online indexes to probate records that include individuals who lived in Sussex. Search these indexes first:  
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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:  
  
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?dsqServer=128.60.0.31&dsqApp=Archive&dsqCmd=Index.tcl NROCAT]. Some pre-1858 wills were proved by the Prerogative Court of Canterbury and these can be searched via The National Archives documents online web page. [http://nrocat.norfolk.gov.uk/DServe/public/searches/nroprobate.htm]
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====Step 1. Search Indexes====
  
An index to probate records for 1800-1857 is found at:  
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Here are some online indexes to probate records that include individuals who lived in Norfolk. Search these indexes first:  
  
*[http://www.norfolksources.norfolk.gov.uk/ http://www.norfolksources.norfolk.gov.uk/]&nbsp;&nbsp;
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*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=NCC3CL01&dsqApp=Archive&dsqCmd=Index.tcl NROCAT]. Click on Category searches, then Wills and other probate records. Also, sometimes better results are achieved if only the surname is entered. Creative search terms is the key to finding results in this marvelous data base.
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*http://www.norfolksources.norfolk.gov.uk/ They now have Images of Probate Records
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*[[Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury]]
  
Probate Indexes at the Family History Library:  
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Probate Indexes available at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City:  
  
*Index to Norfolk (England) wills, 1838-1858 [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=198646&disp=Index+to+Norfolk+%28England%29+wills%2C+%20%20&columns=*,0,0]
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*{{FHL|198646|title-id|disp=Index to Norfolk (England) wills, 1838-1858}}
*Norfolk peculiar jurisdictions, Index to probate records, 1416-1857 [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=226098&disp=Norfolk+peculiar+jurisdictions%20%20&columns=*,0,0]
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*{{FHL|226098|title-id|disp=Norfolk peculiar jurisdictions, Index to probate records, 1416-1857}}
  
 
Did you find a reference to a probate record?  
 
Did you find a reference to a probate record?  
  
*If ''yes'', go to '''Step 4''' below.  
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*If ''yes'', go to '''Step 4''' below.
 
*If ''no'', go to '''Step 2''' below.
 
*If ''no'', go to '''Step 2''' below.
  
==== Step 2. Identify when and where your ancestor died ====
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====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;  
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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/DServe/DServe.exe?NS&dsqServer=NCC3CL01&dsqApp=Archive&dsqCmd=Index.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:  
 
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:  
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The gazetteer will either tell you:  
 
The gazetteer will either tell you:  
  
*A place is a parish, or  
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*A place is a parish, or
*What parish it is a part of, or  
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*What parish it is a part of, or
 
*What place it is near.
 
*What place it is near.
  
 
If the latter, look that place up in the gazetteer and see if it is a parish.  
 
If the latter, look that place up in the gazetteer and see if it is a parish.  
  
Once you have identified the parish, go to '''Step 3'''.  
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Once you have identified the parish, go to '''Step 3'''.
  
==== Step 3. Identify court jurisdictions by parish ====
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====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 Sussex 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.  
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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:  
 
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====
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Once you have found an index reference to a probate, obtain a copy of the record. Do so by one of these methods:
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*Visit or contact the record office that has the original records in its collection.
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*Visit the [https://www.familysearch.org/#form=catalog Family History Library] or a [[Introduction to 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 ==
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==Norfolk Probate Courts==
  
These courts had some pre-1858 jurisdiction over the county of Norfolk.&nbsp; Click on a court name for more information.&nbsp; See also the Indexes section below.&nbsp;Click on a court name to learn more about the records available and how to find the probate of your ancestor in the court's records. <br>
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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]]  
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*[[Court of the Archdeaconry of Norfolk]]
*[[Court of Norwich (Episcopal Consistory)]]&nbsp;  
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*[[Court of Norwich (Episcopal Consistory)|Court of the Bishop of Norwich (Episcopal Consistory)]]&nbsp;
*[[Court of the Archdeaconry of Norwich]]  
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*[[Court of the Archdeaconry of Norwich]]
*[[Court of the Peculiar of the Dean & Chapter of Norwich]]  
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*[[Court of the Peculiar of the Dean & Chapter of Norwich]]
*[[Court of the Peculiar of Castle Rising]]  
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*[[Court of the Peculiar of Castle Rising]]
*[[Court of the Peculiar of Great Cressingham]]  
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*[[Court of the Peculiar of Great Cressingham]]
 
*[[Court of the City of Norwich]]
 
*[[Court of the City of Norwich]]
*[[Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury]]
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*[[Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury]]  
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Getting Started[edit | edit source]

Probate is the legal court process by which the estate of a deceased person is distributed to his or her heirs. Probate records include wills and administrations. This article is about probate records in Norfolk. See England Probate Records for a general description of probate records in England.

1858 to the Present[edit | edit source]

Beginning in 1858, the Principal Probate Registry had the authority for probating estates. Click on the link to learn more.

Online Records[edit | edit source]

Before 1858[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Here are some online indexes to probate records that include individuals who lived in Norfolk. Search these indexes first:

Probate Indexes available at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City:

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[edit | edit source]

Determine when your ancestor died. If you aren't sure, use an approximate date.  The on-line will index at NROCAT is very helpful in finding wills in Norfolk for pre-1858 wills.  It is not always necessary to know where or when an ancestor died when using nrocat.  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. Searches using spelling variations of the surname will also be helpful in finding possible entries for your ancestor.  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 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.

If the latter, look that place up in the gazetteer and see if it is a parish.

Once you have identified the parish, go to Step 3.

Step 3. Identify court jurisdictions by parish[edit | edit source]

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 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:

 A  B  C-F  G-H  I-N  O-S  T-Z


Step 4. Obtain a copy of the probate record[edit | edit source]

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 Family History Library or a family history center and obtain a copy of the record on microfilm. For more information, click on a court name below.

Norfolk Probate Courts[edit | edit source]

These courts had some pre-1858 jurisdiction over the county of Norfolk.  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.