East Lyme Probate Court, 1843-1976 (RG 004:045)

RG 004:045, East Lyme Probate Court Inventory of Records

TABLE OF CONTENTS


Overview of the Collection

Historical Note

Scope and Content

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Other Finding Aid

Container List

Record books 1843-1976

Probate files 1843-1943

Inventory Control Book 1843-1943


RG 004:045, East Lyme Probate Court

Inventory of Records

Finding aid prepared by Connecticut State Library staff.

Copyright © 2011 by the Connecticut State Library


Overview of the Collection

Repository: Connecticut State Library
Creator: Connecticut. Probate Court (East Lyme District)
Title: East Lyme Probate Court records
Dates: 1843-1976
Quantity: 37.5 cubic feet
Abstract: Record books, 1843-1976; Probate files, 1843-1943.
Identification: RG004_045
Accession: 1912-004 and 2014-006
Language: The records are in English.

Historical Note

East Lyme, New London County, Town established in May 1839, Parent Towns: Lyme and Waterford

The East Lyme Probate District was constituted on July 9, 1841 from the Colchester and New London Probate Districts. The Salem Probate District merged with the East Lyme, Montville, and Old Lyme Probate Districts on January 5, 2011 to create the Region #32 Probate District which serves the municipalities of East Lyme, Montville, Old Lyme, and Salem.

Town of East Lyme, Probate District chronology:

May 1838 - June 1, 1843, New London District
June 2, 1843 - January 4, 2011, East Lyme District
January 5, 2011 - Present, Region #32 District

For Probate Court contact information and hours of operation see, Probate Court Directory.

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Scope and Content

Probate record books, 1843-1976. See Alternative Form Available note below.

Probate files, 1843-1943. Probate files may consist of estates, conservatorships, guardianships, commitments, and insolvencies. See Alternative Form Available note below.

Inventory control book, 1843-1943 (coverage). Also known as the Godard Digest, it is a list of probate files transferred to the Connecticut State Library. It was compiled at the Connecticut State Library under the direction of State Librarian George S. Godard.

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Arrangement

Record books are numbered from 2-44 although four of the earliest volumes are not numbered. There are two volumes numbered 11, one containing orders and decrees. There are four volumes of bonds numbered 1-4.

Probate files are arranged alphabetically in one series.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Researchers should first consult use copies when available. See Alternate Form Available Section below.

Accession 2014-006, Record books, 1843-1976, is stored at an off-site facility and therefore may not be available on a same-day basis.

Probate files from 1921-1943 are RESTRICTED as they may contain confidential documents. Tax returns (succession, transfer and estate tax returns and all attachments) from January 1, 1921 and later are confidential per Connecticut General Statutes §12-15. Contact State Archives staff for assistance.

See the Rules and Procedures for Researchers Using Archival Records and Secured Collections policy.

Restrictions on Use

See the Reproduction and Publications of State Library Collections policy.

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Index Terms

Subjects:

Probate records -- Connecticut -- East Lyme

Places:

East Lyme (Conn.)

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Administrative Information

Alternative Form Available

Record books, volumes 1-5, 7, and 9, 1843-1924; probate files, 1843-1915; and inventory control book (Godard Digest) were microfilmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah and are available for use in the History and Genealogy reading room or through the LDS Family History Centers.

Provenance

The probate files in accession 1912-004 were transferred to the Connecticut State Library on the following dates (with date span of files): August 14, 1912 (1843-1911); January 8, 1923 (1885-1922); July 22, 1936 (1924-1934); September 11, 1940 (1921-1927); March 27, 1946 (1924-1943). They were interfiled into one alphabetic sequence. The record books in accession 2014-006 were transferred to the Connecticut State Library on July 22, 2013.

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Other Finding Aid

Record Books: Index cards for the record books have been scanned. Ask History and Genealogy staff for assistance. Note: CSL does not hold any original record books. See Alternate Form Available section for volumes available on microfilm.

Probate Files: The Probate Estate Papers Index, located in the index corridor adjacent to the History and Genealogy Reading Room, has two parts, a general index covering most of the state, and a Hartford Probate District index covering Hartford and some surrounding towns, 1820-1920. The index cards are arranged alphabetically by individual's last name and first names. The cards have the individual's name, town of residence, probate district, and list of items contained in the estate packet. To request retrieval of an estate packet, copy at least the estate name, file date, and probate district name from the index card. The probate files in Accession 1912-004 are represented in this index.

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Container List

Record books, 1843-1976, Accessison: 2014-006, 27 cubic feet (52 volumes + 2 miscellaneous items)
Volume
Records, 1843-1858 unnumbered
Records, 1861-1880 unnumbered
Journal, 1863-1869 unnumbered
Records, 1878-1891 unnumbered
Journal, 1869-1890 2
Journal, 1890-1901 3
Records, 1891-1896 4
Records, 1896-1906 5
Journal, 1902-1920 6
Records, 1905-1914 7
Orders and decrees, 1915-1927 8
Records, 1914-1924 9
Records, 1924-1931 10
Orders and decrees, 1926-1933 11
Records, 1930-1935 11
On spine: "Manuscript"
Orders and decrees, 1934-1946 12
Records, 1934-1938 13
On spine: "Manuscript"
Records, 1938-1941 14
On spine: "Manuscript"
Records, 1941-1944 15
On spine: "Manuscript"
Records, 1944-1946 16
On spine: "Manuscript"
Records, 1946-1949 17
On spine: "Manuscript"
Orders and decrees, 1946-1955 18
Records, 1949-1951 19
On spine: "Manuscript"
Records, 1951-1953 20
On spine: "Manuscript"
Records, 1954-1956 21
On spine: "Manuscript"
Orders and decrees, 1955-1962 22
Records, 1956-1958 23
On spine: "Manuscript"
Records, 1958-1961 24
On spine: "Manuscript"
Records, 1960-1961 25
On spine: "Manuscript"
Records, 1962-1963 26
On spine: "Manuscript"
Orders and decrees, 1963-1968 27
Records, 1963-1965 28
On spine: "Manuscript"
Records, 1965-1966 29
On spine: "Manuscript"
Records, 1966-1968 30
On spine: "Manuscript"
Records, 1967-1969 31
On spine: "Manuscript"
Orders and decrees, 1968-1972 32
Records, 1969-1976 33
On spine: "Manuscript"
Records, 1970-1971 34
On spine: "Manuscript"
Records, 1971-1972 35
On spine: "Manuscript"
Records, 1971-1972 36
On spine: "Manuscript"
Records, 1973 37
On spine: "Manuscript"
Records, 1973 38
On spine: "Manuscript"
Records, 1973-1975 39
On spine: "Manuscript"
Records, 1972-1975 40
On spine: "Manuscript"
Records, 1969-1975 41
On spine: "Manuscript"
Records, 1974-1975 42
On spine: "Manuscript"
Records, 1973-1975 43
On spine: "Manuscript"
Records, 1975-1976 45
On spine: "Manuscript"
Bonds, 1881-1916 1
Bonds, 1916-1930 2
Bonds, 1930-1954 3
Bonds, 1954-1971 4
Index, unidentified
Scrapbook of notices from January 1885 pertaining to probate matter
Probate files, 1843-1943, Accession: 1912-004, 10.5 cubic feet
Drawer
Ackley - Bacon 1
Badger - Beckwith, J. 2
Beckwith, K. - Bond 3
Bohun - Burnage 4
Burnham - Caulkins, S. 5
Caulkins, T. - Clark, F. 6
Clark, G. - Connolly 7
Cook - Daniels, S. 8
Daniels, T. - Dyur 9
Eager - Gates, N. 10
Gates, O. - Griswold 11
Guilder - Haynes 12
Hedden - Huntley, J. 13
Huntley, K. - Latham, I. 14
Latham, J. - Loomis 15
Lord - MacNaughton 16
Magioncaldi - Mather 17
Mathison - Morgan, F. 18
Morgan, G. - Payne, J. 19
Payne, K. - Prentice 20
Pratt - Richmond 21
Rinehart - Rogers, M. 22
Rogers, N. - Schaeffler 23
Schenkewitz - Smith, B. 24
Smith, C. - Smith, S. 25
Smith, T. - Steil 26
Stockwell - Tinker, J. 27
Tinker, K. - Ware 28
Warne - Whaley 29
Wheeler - Winslow 30
Wohforth - Zaboroski; Miscellaneous 31
Inventory Control Book, 1843-1943, Accession: T003073
Index of the five accessions of probate files now merged into accession 1912-004
Date span is coverage
Also known as the Godard Digest