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There are 3 main series of records, dealing with a deceased person’s ‘estate’ - their money and possessions:
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Until 10 January 1858, probate was administered by church courts. After that date, probate became a state function, carried out in special civil courts.
For Sheffield and South Yorkshire, the main series are at the Borthwick Institute in York.
For parts of Sheffield and South Yorkshire formerly in Derbyshire, Lichfield Record Office.
Original wills and copies are occasionally to be found at Sheffield Archives in family and estate collections (see our personal name and subject card indexes).
For testators with estate in the Province of Canterbury: records of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury (PCC), searchable online at the National Archives' Wills 1384-1858.
Consult the probate registers (a form of index) for 1858-1943 at Sheffield Archives (microfiche), then apply for copies from the Postal Searches and Copies Dept., York Probate Sub-Registry, Castle Chambers, Clifford Street, York YO1 9RG, telephone 01904666777.
For calendars after 1943, visit your nearest Probate Office or request a search by York Probate Sub-Registry as above.
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