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Wills & Administrations at Canterbury 1558-1577
British Record Society volume 65
About the indexThis volume is an index to wills and administrations of the Consistory and Archdeaconry courts of the Diocese of Canterbury 1558-1577. Specifically:
Locating the original documentsWhere are the originals held?
The original probate documents are held at The Kent History & Library Centre - www.kent.gov.uk/leisure_and_culture/archives_and_local_history.aspx.
To obtain copies of an original will, admon or inventory you need to contact The Kent History & Library Centre by letter, fax or e-mail, giving full details (including source ie BRS volume number and which court etc) and references. They will then send you details on obtaining copies plus cost.
Alternatively you can visit The Kent History & Library Centre personally, details of opening hours etc can be found on their website.
Additionally FamilySearch www.familysearch.org/#form=catalog has filmed the majority of these probate documents, a microfilm copy of which can be ordered and viewed via your local FamilySearch Family History Center. www.familysearch.org/eng/Library/FHC/frameset_fhc.asp
What information from the document do I need to locate the original?
Understanding the indexWhich court or courts are included?
This volume is an index to wills and administrations of the Consistory and Archdeaconry courts of the Diocese of Canterbury 1558-1577.
Which diocese is involved?
The Consistory and Archdeaconry courts were in the jurisdiction of the Diocese of Canterbury.
What does the index include?
All names and places appearing in the will plus incidental information such as occupation where found in the original documents are included in the index.
Names are arranged alphabetically. This means some name variants may not appear clustered together. Names in the index are according to the spelling used in the documents, usually based on the signaturee of the testator.
Dates are given in 'Old Style' or Julian Calendar.
The folio number identifies the group of pages, anywhere from 2 to 16, within which the will's first page appears.
Abbreviations used in the index