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Prerogative Court of Canterbury Administrations Vol. III 1581-1595
British Record Society volume 76
About the indexThis volume is an index to the Administrations 1581-1595 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
To obtain copies of an administration you need to get a quotation for the copying work involved. Full details on this and a link to an order form can be found at www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/recordcopying/
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 administration (admon) you need
Understanding the indexWhich court or courts are included?
This volume is an index to the Administrations 1581-1595 registered in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury (PCC).
What does the index include?
These index records are essentially abstracts of the administration document. Administration bonds (the usual type of administration document) generally use standardised text (Latin in the earlier admons) and the principal pieces of information they contain, apart from the name and abode (and sometimes the occupation) of the deceased are the names of the administrators, with their relationship to the deceased. So admons - and good indexes to admons - can be very useful in establishing relationships.
All names and places appearing in the administration 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.
Dates of admons in the 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 pages, where the admon appears.
Notes and Abbreviations used in the index