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Ask a Genealogist: What was a Peculiar Court?

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Question:

While searching for my relatives in Hampshire, England I started to search probates. I noticed that there were microfilm for a few "Peculiar Courts." Can you explain what these were?

Answer:

A Peculiar Court had limited jurisdiction for probate matters. It would be often limited to one parish, or small group of parishes. If the deceased owned property outside that particular parish or parishes, it would be handled by a larger court in the county.
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