New Haven Probate Court, 1647-1959 (RG 004:093)

RG 004:093, New Haven 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 1647-1959

Probate files 1683-1921

Inventory Control Book 1683-1921


RG 004:093, New Haven Probate Court

Inventory of Records

Finding aid prepared by Connecticut State Library staff.

Copyright © 2012 by the Connecticut State Library


Overview of the Collection

Repository: Connecticut State Library
Creator: Connecticut. Probate Court (New Haven District)
Title: New Haven Probate Court records
Dates: 1647-1959
Quantity: 679 cubic feet
Abstract: Record books, 1647-1959; Probate files, 1683-1922.
Identification: RG004_093
Accession: Multiple
Language: The records are in English.

Historical Note

New Haven, New Haven County, Town established in 1638, City incorporated January 1784

New Haven Probate District was constituted May session, 1666 as a county Court. The New Haven Probate Court serves the municipality of New Haven.

The New Haven Probate District also included the following municipalities at various times:
Bethany, May 1832 - July 3, 1854
Branford, 1685 - October 1719
Derby, May 1675 - July 3, 1858
Durham, May 1708 - October 1719
Guilford, 1639 - October 1719
East Haven, May 1785 - August 1868
Hamden, May 1786 - January 7, 1945 Milford, 1666 - May 29, 1832
North Haven, October 1786 - January 4, 1955
Orange, May 22 - January 7, 1975
Oxford, October 1798 - June 3, 1846
Seymour, May 1850 - December 31, 1898
Wallingford, May 1670 - May 1776
West Haven, June 1921 - June 3, 1941
Woodbridge, January 1784 - January 6, 1987

City of New Haven, Probate District chronology:

1638 - 1665, New Haven Colony Jurisdiction
1665 - May 1666, Hartford Colonial Jurisdiction (estates could be processed in either of the Hartford or New Haven Districts
May 1666 - Present, New Haven County Court & District

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

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Scope and Content

Probate record books, 1647-1959. Contact the probate court to access record books after Volume 621. See Alternative Form Available note below.

Probate files, 1683-1921. Probate files may consist of estates, conservatorships, guardianships, commitments, and insolvencies. See Alternative Form Available note below.

Inventory control book, 1683-1921 (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 1-621.

Probate files arranged alphabetically in two series: Processed and Unprocessed.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

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

Probate files from 1921 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.

The day book in box 47 in Accession 2017-059 is RESTRICTED due to condition. Contact State Archives staff for assistance.

Accession 1987-093, Record books, 1703-1924, Accession 2017-059, Record books, 1750-1959, and Accession 1924-002, Probate files, 1683-1921, are stored at an off-site facility and therefore may not be available on a same-day basis.

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 -- Bethany
Probate records -- Connecticut -- Branford
Probate records -- Connecticut -- Derby
Probate records -- Connecticut -- Durham
Probate records -- Connecticut -- East Haven
Probate records -- Connecticut -- Guilford
Probate records -- Connecticut -- Hamden
Probate records -- Connecticut -- Milford
Probate records -- Connecticut -- New Haven
Probate records -- Connecticut -- North Haven
Probate records -- Connecticut -- Orange
Probate records -- Connecticut -- Oxford
Probate records -- Connecticut -- Seymour
Probate records -- Connecticut -- Wallingford
Probate records -- Connecticut -- West Haven
Probate records -- Connecticut -- Woodbridge

Places:

Bethany (Conn.)
Branford (Conn.)
Derby (Conn.)
Durham (Conn.)
East Haven (Conn.)
Guilford (Conn.)
Hamden (Conn.)
Milford (Conn.)
New Haven (Conn.)
North Haven (Conn.)
Orange (Conn.)
Oxford (Conn.)
Seymour (Conn.)
Wallingford (Conn.)
West Haven (Conn.)
Woodbridge (Conn.)

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Administrative Information

Alternative Form Available

Record books, 1647-1915; probate files, 1683-1915; 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. Record books, 1922-1956 are also available on microfilm at the Connecticut State Library.

Provenance

The probate files in accession 1924-002 were transferred to the Connecticut State Library on the following dates (with date span of files): March 17, 1924 (1683-1864); March 9, 1928 (1690-1900, 1906, 1921); July 22, 1933 (1900-1912, 1918).

The record books in accession 1987-093 and T002559 were transferred to the Connecticut State Library on May 6-8, 1986. The record books in accession 2017-059 were transferred to the Connecticut State Library on March 2, 2017.

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Other Finding Aid

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 "Processed" probate files in Accession 1924-002 are represented in this index. The "Unprocessed" probate files are listed in the RG 004 binder at the History & Genealogy Reference Desk.

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Container List

Record books, 1647-1959, Accession: T002559, 1987-093, and 2017-059, 341 cubic feet (720 volumes)
Volume
Indexes
Dates given for index volumes are coverage dates.
Index volumes 2 and 6 are not present.
1647-1769 1
1843-1861 3
1861-1873 4
1873-1883 5
1887-1889 7
1898-1905 8
Record books, 1647-1924 1-621
Volumes 1 and 2 are accession T002559. Volumes 3-621 are accession 1987-093.
The following volumes are in 2 parts: 1, 2, 6, 53, 129, 261, 341.
Conservation work has been done on volumes 1 and 2. The sheets have been deacidified, encapsulated, and rebound.
Record books, 1750-1959, Accession: 2017-059, 86 volumes and .75 cubic feet
Item
Records, 1750-1757 1
Day Book, 1779-1794 2
Records, 1796 January-1801 April 3
Records, 1830-1806 4
Records, 1807 Febuary-1810 September 5
Records, 1810-1813 6
Records, 1813-1816 7
Records, 1816-1820 8
Records, 1821 9
Minute Book, 1821-1822 10
Minute Book, 1822-1823 11
Minute Book, 1823-1824 12
Records, 1824-1826 13
Records, 1826 January-1827 April 14
Records, 1827 April-1828 May 15
Records, 1828-1830 16
Records, 1833-1835 17
Records, 1835-1837 18
Records, 1838 January-1840 Febuary 19
Records, 1841-1843 20
Day Book, 1843-1846 21
Records, 1846 November-1850 Febuarary 22
Records, 1850-1854 23
Day Book, 1854--1858 24
Records, 1858 July-1863 July 25
Records, 1866 December-1870 September 26
Day Book, 1870 September-1874 March 27
Day Book, 1874 March-1877 March 28
Records, 1877-1880 29
Records, 1881 30
Day Book, 1883 September 21-1886 August 5 31
Day Book, 1886-1888 32
Records, 1888-1890 33
Day Book, 1890 April 1-1891 August 20 34
Records, 1896-1897 35
Records, 1897-1898 36
Records, 1898-1899 37
Records, 1899-1901 38
Records, 1892 July-1893 December 39
Records, 1895 January-1896 March 40
Records, 1902-1903 41
Day Book, 1905 January-1905 October 42
Records, 1906 July-1907 May 43
Records, 1907 May-1908 January 44
Day Book, 1908 October-1909 July 45
Day Book, 1910 May-1911 January 46
Box
Day Book, 1913 47
RESTRICTED due to condition
Item
Day Book, 1914 May 13-December 21 48
Day Book, 1914 December 22-1915 July 6 49
Day Book, 1918 September 23-1919 March 1 50
Day Book, 1920 March 4-August 11 51
Day Book, 1920 August-1921 February 52
Day Book, 1922 January-July 53
Day Book, 1923 July 23-1924 January 12 54
Day Book, 1925 January-June 55
Day Book, 1925 June-November 56
Account book of John M. Harris, 1839-1842 57
Account Book, 1847-1856 58
Ms. Sarah Babcock in account with Edward P. Camp
Accounting Book, 1899-1903 59
Bond Book, 1881 May 60
Bond Book #2, undated 61
Bond Book #3, undated 62
Commitment Papers #1, 1918-1921 63
Commitment Papers #2, 1922-1923 64
Commitment Papers #3, 1924-1930 65
Box Folder
Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, 1907-1911 66 1-2
Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, A-O, 1914-1915 3-12
Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, P-Z, 1914-1915 67 1-3
Papers by Subject, Bartenders Union Souvenir Program, 1911 4
Papers by Subject, New Haven Brewing Company receipts, 1890-1892 5
Item
Delinqents #1, 1898-1902 68
Delinqents #2, 1902-1904 69
Delinqents #3, 1905-1906 70
Inventory, Sidney Babcock, 1853 July 14 71
Inventory of assigned estate
Ledger of Estates, Minors and Guardians #1, 1873-1878 72
Ledger of Estates, Minors and Guardians #2, 1880-1881 73
Ledger of Estates, Minors and Guardians #3, 1898-1899 74
On front cover: "Inventories"
Ledger of Estates, Minors and Guardians #4, 1905 75
Ledger of Estates, Minors and Guardians #5, 1905 76
Ledger of Estates, Minors and Guardians #6, undated 77
On front cover: "Inventories"
Ledger of Estates, Minors and Guardians #7, undated 78
Ledger of Estates, Minors and Guardians #8, undated 79
Letters of Administration, 1929 December 10-1930 July 11 80
Letters of Administration, 1930 July 14-1931 March 6 81
Letters of Testamentary, 1929 July 22-1930 November 19 82
Mentally deficient feable-minded, 1949 July-1959 December 83
Unidentified indexes, undated 84-88
Probate files, 1683-1921, Accession: 1924-002, 337 cubic feet
Box
Processed 1-515
Unprocessed 1-181
Inventory Control Book, 1683-1921, Accession: T003073
Index of the four accessions of probate files now merged into accession 1924-002
Date span is coverage
Also known as the Godard Digest