Images of wills proved in the 54 ‘peculiar’ courts of England’s Province (Archbishopric) of York have been made available online.
The original probate documents of the York peculiars (areas outside the control of a bishop) are available on Origins.net, which says:
‘Obtaining copies of the original probate documents for the York Peculiars Probate Collection 1383-1857 has now been made easier and cheaper.
‘Most of the York Peculiars Probate records held at the Borthwick Institute for Archives have been digitised, and National Wills Index subscribers can now purchase the original document images using Pay per View credits and view these images directly from the index records.
‘This collection makes available, exclusively on the National Wills Index, a comprehensive index to over 25,000 wills and other probate documents proved in the 54 Peculiar Courts of the Province of York between 1383 and 1857.
‘The index notes which documents are currently available online for this ongoing digitisation project. Where documents have not yet been digitised, copies can be ordered online, which will then be emailed as digitised images.
‘The York Peculiars Probate index usually provides the following information:
- Testator’s last name and first name;
- Places associated with person;
- Document type;
- Court concerned;
- Borthwick Institute reference.
Free search on all Origins.net collections
‘Our free search facility allows researchers to search any collection without the initial need to register or subscribe. You can either search the whole site or specific collections and only need to pay if you want to view the records.’