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Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, Vol. VII 1653-1656
British Record Society volume 54
About the indexThis volume is an index to the Wills 1653-1656 registered in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury (PCC).
The Prerogative Court of Canterbury (PCC) was the senior and most important of the pre 1858 ecclesiastical courts claiming over-riding jurisdiction over the whole of England and Wales. Wills of those dying overseas were also usually proved in the PPC.
Locating the original documentsWhere are the originals held?
The original wills and administrations are now held at The National Archives (TNA), Kew London www.nationalarchives.gov.uk
Wills proved in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury (PCC) can be downloaded (pay per view) via the National Archives online records nationalarchives.gov.uk/records/wills.htm.
Alternatively you can visit The National Archives 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?
To locate a copy of the will you need
Understanding the indexWhich court or courts are included?
This volume is an index to the Wills 1653-1656 registered in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury (PCC).
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 of wills are unless otherwise specified are given in 'Old Style' or Julian Calendar. Whilst the dates of the P C.C. administration indexes published by the BRS are recorded by the civil year. Thus an administration dated Feb. 1582/3 is entered as 1583.
The folio number identifies the group of pages, anywhere from 2 to 16, within which the will's first page appears.
Notes and Abbreviations used in the index