Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy


Prerogative Court of Canterbury wills (1384 – 1858)

You can search and download Prerogative Court of Canterbury (PCC) wills made between 1384 and 12 January 1858. Until 12 January 1858 all wills had to be proved by the church and other courts. The PCC was the most important of these courts dealing with relatively wealthy individuals living mainly in the south of England and most of Wales.

These PCC wills are all registered copy wills, meaning they are copies of original probates written into volumes, by clerks at the church courts. Over the years, styles of handwriting changed, and you will find that many of the earlier wills are written in Latin. for more click here

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