Got English Ancestors and need probate records?
Since Ol' Myrt doesn't need to set up her booth until 5pm today, I decided
to surf the web for more genealogy resources. You'll want to check out:
Pre-1858 English Probate Jurisdictions in Cambridgeshire, Essex, Kent, and
Point your web browser to this URL at FamilySearch.org.
(Be sure to copy/paste the entire web address if the URL isn't clickable in
your version of this column.)
You'll probably need to look search by locality name for the probate court
and probate jurisdictions and then click to see the maps with locations of
the various Courts. Ol' Myrt used the example of an ancestor who lived in
HATFIELD, ESSEX, ENGLAND. Here is some of the info provided by this site.
Court of the Commissary of the Bishop of London (Essex and Hertfordshire
Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury
Court of Arches
High Court of Delegates
My previous research with English probate records had been confined to the
PCC (Prerogative Court, Canterbury). With this new-to-me information, I've
got additional record groups to search for evidence of my elusive ancestor.
Happy family tree climbing!