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About Archdeaconry Court of London Wills Index 1750-1800
About the indexThis dataset is an index to the surviving wills proved In the Archdeaconry Court of London 1700-1807.
By 1700 the business of the court was already declining, presumably because more and more testators were resorting to the Prerogative Court of Canterbury. In the 1750s this drop became more marked, and there are very few wills after the 1770s. Although the court's jurisdiction was not abolished until 1858 the last will was proved in 1807.
Within the Diocese of London, the Archdeacon had jurisdiction over about half of the parishes in the City of London and some populous parishes bordering it in the county of Middlesex, including St Leonard Shoreditch and Clerkenwell. St Botolph Aldgate, to which many mariners dying abroad were ascribed as resident, also fell within this court's jurisdiction. Click here for parishes covered by Archdeaconry Court of London
Locating the original documentsWhere are the originals held?
The original wills are no longer at the Guildhall Library, but are now held at The London Metropolitan Archives (LMA) www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/lma
To purchase a copy of the will you need to contact LMA for an order form. Upon completing the form you will need to provide all the information given in the index including the source of the information ie BRS and the specific church court.
You can visit London Metropolitan Archives personally, details of opening hours etc can be found on their website.
Alternatively FamilySearch www.familysearch.org/#form=catalog has filmed all 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?
Understanding the indexWhich court or courts are included?
This dataset is an index to the wills proved In the Archdeaconry Court of London 1700-1807.
Which diocese is involved?
Diocese of London
What does the index include?
The index records usually contain the last name and first name of the testator, place of residence, occupation and date of probate plus name of ship where mentioned.
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 pre 1752 wills are given in 'Old Style' or Julian Calendar.