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RG 004:021, Canaan Probate Court
Inventory of Records
Finding aid prepared by Connecticut State Library staff.
Copyright © 2011 by the Connecticut State Library
Canaan, Litchfield County, Town established in October 1739
The Canaan Probate District was constituted June 6, 1846, from the Sharon Probate District. It served the municipalities of Canaan and North Canaan. The Canaan Probate District merged with the Cornwall, Norfolk, Salisbury, and Sharon Probate Districts on January 1, 2007 to create the Northwest Corner Probate District. The Northwest Corner Probate District merged with the Harwinton, Litchfield, and Thomaston Probate Districts on January 5, 2011, to create the Litchfield Hills Probate District. The Litchfield Hills Probate District serves the municipalities of Canaan, Cornwall, Harwinton, Kent, Litchfield, Morris, Norfolk, North Canaan, Salisbury, Sharon, Thomaston, and Warren.
Town of Canaan, Probate District chronology:
October 1739 - October 1742, Hartford District
For Probate Court contact information and hours of operation see, Probate Court Directory.
Probate record books, Volumes 1-16, 1847-1927. Contact the probate court to access record books after Volume 16.
Probate files, 1844-1912. Probate files may consist of estates, conservatorships, guardianships, commitments, and insolvencies.
Inventory control book, 1844-1912 (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.
Record books are numbered consecutively from 1 to 16.
Probate files are arranged alphabetically in one series.
Restrictions on Access
Researchers should first consult use copies when available. See Alternate Form Available Section below.
Accession 2011-036, Record books, 1838-1941, are be stored at an off-site facility and therefore may not be available on a same-day basis.
Restrictions on Use
See the Reproduction and Publications of State Library Collections policy.
Probate records -- Connecticut -- Canaan
Probate records -- Connecticut -- North Canaan
North Canaan (Conn.)
Record books, Volumes 1-2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12-13, 15, 1847-1919; probate files 1844-1912 (Accession 1914-003); 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.
The probate files in accession 1914-003 were transferred to the Connecticut State Library on the following dates (with date span of files): October 3, 1914 (1844-1912); March 5, 1928 (1868-1912). They were interfiled into one alphabetic sequence.
The record books in accession 2011-036 were transferred to the Connecticut State Library on October 28, 2010.
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 1914-003 are represented in this index.