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Determining what a genealogist in 1898 was referring to in a letter.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
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Question:  My great-grandfather corresponded with a professional genealogist in England in 1898.  In the letter it refers to a missing probate file from the 1630's for a relative.  The genealogist simply says "the P.C.Y. file for him is no longer surviving" - any idea what he was referencing?


Answer: The P.C.Y. is the abbreviation for the Prerogative Court of York.  This court handled the probate for southern England from the 14th century until 1858.

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