Court of the Peculiar of the Dean of Chichester

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Step By Step[edit | edit source]

1. First search each index (see below) to help you more quickly find the will, writing down each detail cited in the indexed entry.
2. Proceed to "Records" (below) to determine what probate records exist for this court.
3. Contact or visit the Hampshire Record Office or, hire a professional record searcher to view these records on your behalf. Officials may send upon request a list of record searchers.
4. You can visit The Family History Library, or, one of its 4,500 satellite family history centers worldwide and search indexes to probate records; then with the information obtained from the index[es] you can search more quickly the original wills and admons also on microfilm via any centers near you.

Indexes[edit | edit source]

The probate collection includes a Calendars and indexes to wills, administrations and inventories. A calendar is an index arranged first alphabetically by the beginning letter of a testator's surname and second by date.

Online Indexes[edit | edit source]

This is a website for which you may request a search to be made.

Printed and Published Indexes[edit | edit source]

Manuscript Indexes

The Index Library volumes 49 and 64 are indexes to this courts' probates from 1479-1684

Calendars from 1511-1857 at The Society of Genealogists, London

Microfilmed Indexes at the Family History Library

The indexes as listed in the above are also available in the collection of The Family History Library and they are on microfilm and may be circulated to each of its satellite Family History Centers worldwide.

Here are a series of "Indexes" at The Family History Library:

Records[edit | edit source]

Archives Location[edit | edit source]

The original records are deposited at:

West Sussex County Council

County Hall
West Street
West Sussex PO19 1RQ
Tel 44-(0)1243 777100

Archive Records[edit | edit source]

Add information about the manuscript, printed and digital records in this location.

The records include:

  • Original Wills 1561-1857
  • Registered Wills 1554-1857
  • Administration Bonds 1584-1857
  • Probate and Administration Act Books and Diaries 1578-1857
  • Caveats 1748-1784
  • Inventories, Accounts, etc 1594-1739

Family History Library Records[edit | edit source]

Jurisdiction[edit | edit source]

This peculiar court held concurrent jurisdiction over the following West Sussex parishes:

  • Chichester St Andrew
  • Chichester St Bartholomew
  • Chichester St Martin
  • Chichester St Olave
  • Chichester St Peter the Great
  • Chichester St Peter the Less
  • Chichester St Pancras
  • New Fishbourne
  • Rumboldswyke

Appeals Courts[edit | edit source]

Any probate that was disputed and could not be settled by the county courts could be sent to these higher appeals courts:

The Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury also served as an appeals court.

Estate Duty Records[edit | edit source]

Starting in 1796, a tax or death duty was payable on estates over a certain value. Estate duty abstracts may add considerable information not found elsewhere. Estate duty indexes may help you locate a will. For more information, go to Estate Duty Records.