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Borthwick Institute for Archives


University of York
YO10 5DD


01904 321166




The Institute holds records particularly relevant to those with an interest in Yorkshire and northern England. Holdings include records of baptisms, marriages and burials including Bishops' Transcripts, pre-1858 wills and administrations, marriage bonds and allegations, church court records, tithe awards, maps, school records, hospital records, local business records and records from local societies and organisations.

The parish registers cover parishes under the jurisdiction of the Archdeaconry of York within approximately 20 miles radius of York. The Institute holds the Dade Registers, named after the Reverend William Dade who initiated a scheme of recording births and deaths between 1770 and 1812 which contained highly detailed information. The scheme was adopted widely across the diocese of York. The parish records also include poor law records such as apprenticeship indentures, bastardy bonds and settlement examinations. The probate records cover wills proved in the Exchequer and Prerogative Court of York and the 'peculiar' courts from 1389 to 1858 after which date wills were proved in a single national court known as the Principal Probate Registry covering England and Wales.

A number of research guides aimed at genealogists are available at the website. Probate material including the Prerogative and Exchequer Court indexes, 1688-1858 can be searched at The Ecclesiastical Cause Papers project contains an online catalogue to the collection of court records associated with the church courts of York.