Connecticut Probate Records

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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] 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. For further information about probate records and the probate process see United States Probate Records.


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 crossed county boundaries.

State Statutes



  • You can obtain copies of probate records from the local probate district offices.



  • The Family History Library located in Salt Lake City, Utah has most of the pre-1880  probate packets arranged by district and then by surname on 1,622 microfilms. These packets can include wills, codicils, bonds, applications and petitions, inventories, court orders, court returns, distributions, accounts of administration, receipts, and miscellaneous probate records. For collection details see the Family History Library Catalog. Use the "Place Search" option to search for a specific Connecticut county or town. Then look for the topic labeled "Probate Records."

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 covers the years 1635-1750. A digital version of the three volume set is available online through Internet Archive: Volume 1 (1635-1700), Volume 2 (1700-1729), Volume 3 (1729-1750).

The Connecticut State Library's index to these records for 1641 to 1948 is also at the Family History Library (FHL films 166000-66). This is listed in the Family History Library Catalog under CONNECTICUT - PROBATE RECORDS - INDEXES.

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Published Materials

  • The Connecticut State Library has created a helpful online research guide for determining Connecticut probate districts and available records. To access the online Research Guide to Connecticut Probate Districts click Here.
  • Kemp, Thomas J. Connecticut Researcher's Handbook. Detroit, Michigan: Gale Research Company, 1981. (FHL 974.6 D23k.); The book describes each of Connecticut's probate districts and contains a detailed list of available sources.



  1. Henry Campbell Black, Black's Law Dictionary, 5th ed. (St. Paul, Minnesota: West Publishing Co., 1979), 1081, "probate."