Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy


British Chancery Records, 1386-1558

The Chancery Court handled civil disputes for all of England and Wales. Its records are now held at the National Archives of the UK (TNA) (formerly the Public Records Office, or PRO, and Historic Manuscripts Commission) and begin in the late 14th century. In 1875 this court became the Chancery Division of the High Court of Justice. Therefore, records for the Chancery Court exist from the late 14th century to 1875. This database is an index to the Chancery Court proceedings, which consist of bills of complaint, answers, replications, and rejoinders, from 1386-1558. The bill of complaint was what initiated the equity suit and was given by the plaintiff. The defendant would then provide an answer. The court process then allowed for a replication by the plaintiff, followed by a rejoinder from the defendant. Occasionally, the court allowed for further pleadings, and other times the pleadings did not even get that far.for more click here

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