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About the abstracts

This volume contains indexed transcripts of original manuscript abstracts to wills for Surrey testators proved in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury (PCC) 1736-1794. These are taken from the note books compiled by Alfred Ridley Bax now held by the Society of Genealogists.

The 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.

Where are the originals held?

The original wills and administrations are now held at The National Archives (TNA), Kew London

Wills proved in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury (PCC) can be downloaded (pay per view) via the National Archives online records

Alternatively you can visit The National Archives personally, details of opening hours etc can be found on their website.

Additionally FamilySearch 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.

What information from the document do I need to locate the original?

  • Testator's name
  • Year / date of will
Understanding the abstracts
Which court or courts are included?
These are abstracts of wills registered in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury (PCC) between 1736-1794.

What does the abstract include?
All names and places appearing in the will plus incidental information such as occupations etc where found in the original documents are included in the transcript.

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 signature of the testator.

Pre 1752 Dates are given in 'Old Style' or Julian Calendar.

Sample abstract
1303 Joseph SMITH of Newington 21 Feb 1783 to Robert Mills, curator to Margaret Johnson S., infant until she is 17.
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