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== Record Synopsis  ==
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=== Online Resources ===
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*'''1609 – 1999''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9049 Connecticut Wills and Probate Records 1609-1999] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9049 Connecticut, Wills and Probate Records, 1609-1999], ($), index and images, incomplete.
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3223 Mayflower Deeds and Probates, 1600-1850] ($)
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*Manwaring, Charles Williams, compiler. A Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records. 3 volumes. A digital version of the three volume set is available online at Internet Archive:<br>[http://archive.org/stream/digestofearlycon00manw#page/n1/mode/2up Volume 1] (1635-1700), [http://archive.org/stream/adigestearlycon01manwgoog#page/n4/mode/2up Volume 2] (1700-1729), [http://archive.org/stream/adigestearlycon01unkngoog#page/n8/mode/2up Volume 3] (1729-1750).
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*[http://www.archive.org/stream/publicrecordsofc001conn#page/n5/mode/2up Internet Archive. The Public Records of the Colony of Connecticut, Prior to the Union with New Haven Colony, May, 166]. Early Colonial "Wills and Inventories" can be found on pages 442-508.<br><br>
  
Probate is the “court procedure by which a will is proved to be valid or invalid” and encompasses “all matters and proceedings pertaining to the administration of estates, guardianships, etc.”<ref>Henry Campbell Black, ''Black's Law Dictionary,'' 5th ed. (St. Paul, Minnesota: West Publishing Co., 1979), 1081, "probate."</ref>
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=== Record Synopsis  ===
  
Various types of records are created throughout the probate process. These may include, wills, bonds, petitions, accounts, inventories, administrations, orders, decrees, and distributions. These documents are extremely valuable to genealogists and should not be neglected. In many instances, they are the only known source of relevant information such as the decedent’s date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their places of residence. They may also include information about adoption or guardianship of minor children and dependents.  
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Probate is the “court procedure by which a will is proved to be valid or invalid” and encompasses “all matters and proceedings pertaining to the administration of estates, guardianships, etc.”<ref>Henry Campbell Black, ''Black's Law Dictionary,'' 5th ed. (St. Paul, Minnesota: West Publishing Co., 1979), 1081, "probate."</ref> Genealogists often refer to 'Probate Records' as "All records which relate to the disposition of an estate," whether the person died leaving a will (testate) or not (intestate).<ref>Val. D. Greenwood, ''The Researcher's Guide to American Genealogy,'' 3rd ed. (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 2000), 309.</ref>
  
For further information about&nbsp;the probate process,&nbsp;types of probate records,&nbsp;analyzing probate records, and to access a glossary of probate terms, see [https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/United_States_Probate_Records United States Probate Records].  
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Various types of records are created throughout the probate process. These may include, wills, guardianships, bonds, petitions, accounts, inventories, administrations, orders, depositions, decrees, and distributions. These documents are extremely valuable to genealogists and should not be neglected. In many instances, they are the only known source of relevant information such as the decedent’s date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their places of residence. They may also include information about adoption or guardianship of minor children and dependents.  
  
== Probate Districts  ==
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For further information about the probate process, types of probate records, analyzing probate records, and to access a glossary of probate terms, see [[United States Probate Records]].
  
Probate records in [[Connecticut|Connecticut]] are kept by probate district courts. In many cases a probate district consisted of a larger community and several nearby smaller towns. Sometimes a probate district crosses county boundaries.  
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=== Probate Districts  ===
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Probate records in [[Connecticut Genealogy|Connecticut]] are kept by probate district courts. In many cases a probate district consisted of a larger community and several nearby smaller towns. Sometimes a probate district crosses county boundaries.  
  
 
The Connecticut State Library has a [http://www.cslib.org/probate/index.htm probate district guide] showing which probate district or court covered a certain town or city at a particular time. This is very important. It also lists what records for which years are at that district.  
 
The Connecticut State Library has a [http://www.cslib.org/probate/index.htm probate district guide] showing which probate district or court covered a certain town or city at a particular time. This is very important. It also lists what records for which years are at that district.  
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[http://www.jud.ct.gov/probate/Redistrict/2011_Probate_Dist_Map.pdf Map of current Probate Court Districts] (as of 5 January 2011) shows which townships are in each district.  
 
[http://www.jud.ct.gov/probate/Redistrict/2011_Probate_Dist_Map.pdf Map of current Probate Court Districts] (as of 5 January 2011) shows which townships are in each district.  
  
== State Statutes  ==
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=== State Statutes  ===
  
 
The Connecticut Judicial Branch Law Libraries has a page on [http://www.jud.ct.gov/lawlib/law/probatelaw.htm Connecticut Law about Probate Law] with links to guides, statutes, and other information about probate law in Connecticut.  
 
The Connecticut Judicial Branch Law Libraries has a page on [http://www.jud.ct.gov/lawlib/law/probatelaw.htm Connecticut Law about Probate Law] with links to guides, statutes, and other information about probate law in Connecticut.  
  
== Statewide Record Collections  ==
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=== Statewide Record Collections  ===
  
 
*Manwaring, Charles Williams, compiler. ''A Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records.'' 3 volumes. Hartford [Connecticut]: R.S. Peck &amp; Company, 1904-1906. Contains probate record abstracts of early Connecticut Colony and Hartford Probate District. The series, which is made up of the first fifteen&nbsp;original volumes, covers the years 1635-1750 and includes wills, inventories, distributions of estates and court records. Volume 1 identifies the changes made in the different Probate Districts of Connecticut from the beginning, and includes information concerning the district boundaries. A digital version of the three volume set is available online at Internet Archive:<br>[http://archive.org/stream/digestofearlycon00manw#page/n1/mode/2up Volume 1] (1635-1700), [http://archive.org/stream/adigestearlycon01manwgoog#page/n4/mode/2up Volume 2] (1700-1729), [http://archive.org/stream/adigestearlycon01unkngoog#page/n8/mode/2up Volume 3] (1729-1750). <br>(FHL book 974.6 P2m; CD-ROM no. 2872).
 
*Manwaring, Charles Williams, compiler. ''A Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records.'' 3 volumes. Hartford [Connecticut]: R.S. Peck &amp; Company, 1904-1906. Contains probate record abstracts of early Connecticut Colony and Hartford Probate District. The series, which is made up of the first fifteen&nbsp;original volumes, covers the years 1635-1750 and includes wills, inventories, distributions of estates and court records. Volume 1 identifies the changes made in the different Probate Districts of Connecticut from the beginning, and includes information concerning the district boundaries. A digital version of the three volume set is available online at Internet Archive:<br>[http://archive.org/stream/digestofearlycon00manw#page/n1/mode/2up Volume 1] (1635-1700), [http://archive.org/stream/adigestearlycon01manwgoog#page/n4/mode/2up Volume 2] (1700-1729), [http://archive.org/stream/adigestearlycon01unkngoog#page/n8/mode/2up Volume 3] (1729-1750). <br>(FHL book 974.6 P2m; CD-ROM no. 2872).
  
*''General Index to Probate Records: All Districts in Connecticut 1641-1948''. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1957-1958. (On 67 FHL films {{FHL|354857|title-id|disp=166000-66}}). Indexes the two collections of probate records below:
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*''General Index to Probate Records: All Districts in Connecticut 1641-1948''. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1957-1958. (On 67 FHL films {{FHL|354857|title-id|disp=166000-66}}). There is a separate index for the Hartford Probate District 1800-1920.<ref>Kip Sperry, ''Connecticut Sources for Family Historians and Genealogists'' (Logan, UT : Everton, 1980), 86. {{WorldCat|18713830|item|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|676957|item|disp=FHL Book 974.6 D27s}}</ref>  Indexes the two collections of probate records below:
  
 
*''Probate Estate Files, 1881-1915.'' Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1990-1994. (On 577 FHL films beginning with {{FHL|606675|item|disp=1685090}}). Microfilm of original records in the Connecticut State Library. These microfilms only cover the Andover through New Haven Probate Districts. The New London through Woodstock Districts have not been filmed, however most of the records are either at the Connecticut State Library or at the probate district court. The files may include wills, codicils, bonds, applications and petitions, inventories, court orders, court returns, distributions, accounts of administration, receipts, and miscellaneous probate records. <br>
 
*''Probate Estate Files, 1881-1915.'' Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1990-1994. (On 577 FHL films beginning with {{FHL|606675|item|disp=1685090}}). Microfilm of original records in the Connecticut State Library. These microfilms only cover the Andover through New Haven Probate Districts. The New London through Woodstock Districts have not been filmed, however most of the records are either at the Connecticut State Library or at the probate district court. The files may include wills, codicils, bonds, applications and petitions, inventories, court orders, court returns, distributions, accounts of administration, receipts, and miscellaneous probate records. <br>
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*The Public Records of the Colony of Connecticut (see [[Connecticut Public Records|Connecticut Public Records]]).<br>
 
*The Public Records of the Colony of Connecticut (see [[Connecticut Public Records|Connecticut Public Records]]).<br>
  
== Repositories  ==
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=== Repositories  ===
  
 
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*The [https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/New_England_Historic_Genealogical_Society New England Historic Genealogical Society], located in downtown Boston, Massachusetts, has early Connecticut probate records available on microfilm. To search their online library catalog, click [http://library.nehgs.org/ Here].
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*The [[New England Historic Genealogical Society|New England Historic Genealogical Society]], located in downtown Boston, Massachusetts, has early Connecticut probate records available on microfilm. To search their online library catalog, click [http://library.nehgs.org/ Here].
  
 
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*The [https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Family_History_Library Family History Library] located in Salt Lake City, Utah has the records listed above in the [[Connecticut Probate Records#Statewide_Record_Collections|Statewide Record Collections]]. For collection details, see the [http://fsbeta.familysearch.org/#form=catalog Family History Library Catalog].&nbsp;Use the "Place Search" option to search for a specific Connecticut county or town. Then look for the topic labeled "Probate Records."
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*The [[Family History Library|Family History Library]] located in Salt Lake City, Utah has the records listed above in the [[Connecticut Probate Records#Statewide_Record_Collections|Statewide Record Collections]]. For collection details, see the [http://fsbeta.familysearch.org/#form=catalog FamilySearch Catalog].&nbsp;Use the "Place Search" option to search for a specific Connecticut county or town. Then look for the topic labeled "Probate Records."
  
== Learn More ==
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*[http://www.jud.state.ct.us/probate/ Connecticut Probate Court System] has a [http://www.jud.state.ct.us/probate/Redistrict/Directory2012.pdf list of courts] by district, by town, and by number with contact information for each court and a map of the districts. and [http://jud.ct.gov/lawlib/Law/probatelaw.htm explanations] of various aspects of probate law.  
 
*[http://www.jud.state.ct.us/probate/ Connecticut Probate Court System] has a [http://www.jud.state.ct.us/probate/Redistrict/Directory2012.pdf list of courts] by district, by town, and by number with contact information for each court and a map of the districts. and [http://jud.ct.gov/lawlib/Law/probatelaw.htm explanations] of various aspects of probate law.  
*Judgepeidia has a [http://www.jud.state.ct.us/probate/budget/CourtNames.pdf list of courts] with the number of the court and the county served by each.<br><br>
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*Judgepeidia has a [http://www.jud.state.ct.us/probate/budget/CourtNames.pdf list of courts] with the number of the court and the county served by each.
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Record Synopsis

Probate is the “court procedure by which a will is proved to be valid or invalid” and encompasses “all matters and proceedings pertaining to the administration of estates, guardianships, etc.”[1] Genealogists often refer to 'Probate Records' as "All records which relate to the disposition of an estate," whether the person died leaving a will (testate) or not (intestate).[2]

Various types of records are created throughout the probate process. These may include, wills, guardianships, bonds, petitions, accounts, inventories, administrations, orders, depositions, decrees, and distributions. These documents are extremely valuable to genealogists and should not be neglected. In many instances, they are the only known source of relevant information such as the decedent’s date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their places of residence. They may also include information about adoption or guardianship of minor children and dependents.

For further information about the probate process, types of probate records, analyzing probate records, and to access a glossary of probate terms, see United States Probate Records.

Probate Districts

Probate records in Connecticut are kept by probate district courts. In many cases a probate district consisted of a larger community and several nearby smaller towns. Sometimes a probate district crosses county boundaries.

The Connecticut State Library has a probate district guide showing which probate district or court covered a certain town or city at a particular time. This is very important. It also lists what records for which years are at that district.

The Probate Court Directory has current court locations with addresses, phone and fax numbers, and hours.

Map of current Probate Court Districts (as of 5 January 2011) shows which townships are in each district.

State Statutes

The Connecticut Judicial Branch Law Libraries has a page on Connecticut Law about Probate Law with links to guides, statutes, and other information about probate law in Connecticut.

Statewide Record Collections

  • Manwaring, Charles Williams, compiler. A Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records. 3 volumes. Hartford [Connecticut]: R.S. Peck & Company, 1904-1906. Contains probate record abstracts of early Connecticut Colony and Hartford Probate District. The series, which is made up of the first fifteen original volumes, covers the years 1635-1750 and includes wills, inventories, distributions of estates and court records. Volume 1 identifies the changes made in the different Probate Districts of Connecticut from the beginning, and includes information concerning the district boundaries. A digital version of the three volume set is available online at Internet Archive:
    Volume 1 (1635-1700), Volume 2 (1700-1729), Volume 3 (1729-1750).
    (FHL book 974.6 P2m; CD-ROM no. 2872).
  • General Index to Probate Records: All Districts in Connecticut 1641-1948. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1957-1958. (On 67 FHL films 166000-66). There is a separate index for the Hartford Probate District 1800-1920.[3] Indexes the two collections of probate records below:
  • Probate Estate Files, 1881-1915. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1990-1994. (On 577 FHL films beginning with 1685090). Microfilm of original records in the Connecticut State Library. These microfilms only cover the Andover through New Haven Probate Districts. The New London through Woodstock Districts have not been filmed, however most of the records are either at the Connecticut State Library or at the probate district court. The files may include wills, codicils, bonds, applications and petitions, inventories, court orders, court returns, distributions, accounts of administration, receipts, and miscellaneous probate records.
  • Probate Files Collection, Early to 1880. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1977-1979. (On 1,622 FHL films beginning with 1015126) These files may include wills, codicils, bonds, applications and petitions, inventories, court orders, court returns, distributions, accounts of administration, receipts, and miscellaneous probate records.
  • Trumbull, J. Hammond. The Public Records of the Colony of Connecticut, Prior to the Union with New Haven Colony, May, 1665; Transcribed and Published (In Accordance with a Resolution of the General Assembly,) Under the Supervision of the Secretary of State, with Occasional Notes and an Appendix. Hartford [Connecticut]: Brown and Parsons, 1850. (FHL book 974.6 N2c v. 1). Early Colonial "Wills and Inventories" can be found on pages 442-508. A digital version of this book is available at Internet Archive.

Repositories

Local

  • You can obtain copies of probate records from the local probate district offices. To find the probate district for the town of interest, see the Probate Districts section above.

Regional

National

Learn More

Published Materials

  • Kemp, Thomas J. Connecticut Researcher's Handbook. Detroit, Michigan: Gale Research Company, 1981. The book describes each of Connecticut's probate districts and contains a detailed list of available sources. FHL book 974.6 D23k

Websites



References

  1. Henry Campbell Black, Black's Law Dictionary, 5th ed. (St. Paul, Minnesota: West Publishing Co., 1979), 1081, "probate."
  2. Val. D. Greenwood, The Researcher's Guide to American Genealogy, 3rd ed. (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 2000), 309.
  3. Kip Sperry, Connecticut Sources for Family Historians and Genealogists (Logan, UT : Everton, 1980), 86. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 974.6 D27s