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Norfolk Probate Records

Probate records include wills, administrations (or admons), inventories, and death duty registers.

They are quite widely available on fiche or film, and some are online on pay-per-view internet sites.

Probate from 1858
Probate before 1858
Death Duty Registers
Indexes to Probate Records before 1858

 

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December 2014


Probate from 1858

From 11th January 1858 probate became a civil process, and responsibility for Norfolk probate was transferred to Norwich Probate District Registry. See

You can search the probate indexes from 1858 to the present, and download a copy of a will (for a fee) from the UK Government Probate Search Service. Search the Probate Indexes

Probate before 1858

Before 1858 probate was administered by church courts. In Norfolk there were 3 main courts

  • Norwich Consistory Court (NCC)
  • Archdeaconry of Norfolk (ANF)
  • Archdeaconry of Norwich (ANW)

and 3 Peculiar courts

  • Dean and Chapter of Norwich (DCN)
  • Peculiar of Castle Rising
  • Peculiar of Great Cressingham

Remember to look in the records of all of the courts that covered Norfolk (including the Prerogative Court of Canterbury), as people did not always use the court that covered their parish.

See the Norfolk Record Office Guide to Probate Records.

Images of wills from 1800-1858 are online as part of Norfolk Sources.

Some probate was proved at the Prerogative Court of Canterbury (PCC). Please search for more information at the National Archives.

Death Duty Registers

Death duty registers exist for the years 1796-1903.

Please search for more information at the National Archives.

Indexes to Probate Records before 1858

These are published indexes. For other indexes, see the Norfolk Record Office Guide to Probate Records.

Norwich Consistory Court

Farrow, M.A.
Index of Wills proved in the Consistory Court of Norwich, 1370-1550.
[Norwich, Norfolk Record Society, volume 16 (3 parts), 1943]
Farrow, M.A.
Index of Wills proved in the Consistory Court of Norwich, 1550-1603.
[Norwich, Norfolk Record Society, volume 21]
Barton, Thomas Frederick; and Farrow, M.A.
Index of Wills proved in the Consistory Court of Norwich, 1604-1686.
[Norwich, Norfolk Record Society, volume 28]
Barton, Thomas Frederick; and Farrow, M.A.
Index of Wills proved in the Consistory Court of Norwich, 1687-1750.
[Norwich, Norfolk Record Society, volume 34]
Barton, Thomas Frederick; Bedingfeld, A.L.; and Farrow, M.A.
Index of Wills proved in the Consistory Court of Norwich, 1751-1818.
[Norwich, Norfolk Record Society, volume 38, 1969]
Frostick, Claire; and Kennedy, Jean
Index of Wills proved in the Consistory Court of Norwich, 1819-1857.
[Norwich, Norfolk Record Society, volume 47, 1980]

Norfolk Archdeaconry Court

Palgrave-Moore, Patrick
Index of Wills proved in the Norfolk Archdeaconry Court, 1453-1542.
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Genealogical Society, "Norfolk Genealogy" volume 3, 1971]
Palgrave-Moore, Patrick
Index of Wills proved in the Norfolk Archdeaconry Court, 1542-1560.
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Genealogical Society, "Norfolk Genealogy" volume 5, 1973]
Palgrave-Moore, Patrick
Index of Wills proved in the Norfolk Archdeaconry Court, 1560-1603/4.
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Genealogical Society, "Norfolk Genealogy" volume 10, 1978]

Norwich Archdeaconry Court

For indexes see the Norfolk Record Office.

Norfolk Peculiar Courts

Norfolk Record Office; and Hamlin, P.E.
Norfolk Peculiar Jurisdictions.
Index to Probate Records 1416-1857, and Index of Marriage Licence Bonds 1624-1860.
[Norwich, Norfolk and Norwich Genealogical Society, "Norfolk Genealogy" volume 16, 1984]