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 1859-1976

Probate files 1859-1929

Inventory Control Book 1859-1929


RG 004:009, Bethel Probate Court

Inventory of Records

Finding aid prepared by Connecticut State Library staff.

Copyright © 2010 by the Connecticut State Library


Overview of the Collection

Repository: Connecticut State Library
Creator: Connecticut. Probate Court (Bethel District)
Title: Bethel Probate Court records
Dates: 1859-1976
Quantity: 26.75 cubic feet
Abstract: Probate record books, 1859-1976; Probate files, 1859-1929.
Identification: RG004_009
Accession: 1931-001 and 1985-046
Language: The records are in English.

Historical Note

Bethel, Fairfield County, Town established in May 1855 Parent Town: Danbury

The Bethel Probate District was constituted July 4, 1859, from the Danbury Probate District. The Bethel Probate District merged with the Newtown, Redding, and Ridgefield Probate Districts on January 5, 2011 to create the Northern Fairfield County Probate District which serves the municipalities of Bethel, Newtown, Redding and Ridgefield.

Town of Bethel, Probate District chronology:

May 1855 - July 3, 1859, Danbury District
July 4, 1859 - January 4, 2011, Bethel District
January 5, 2011 - Present, Northern Fairfield County District

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

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Scope and Content

Probate record books, 1859-1976. Contact the probate court to access record books after Volume 37. See Alternative Form Available note below.

Probate files, 1859-1929. Probate files may consist of estates, conservatorships, guardianships, commitments, and insolvencies. See Alternative Form Available note below.

Inventory control book, 1859-1929 (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 consecutively from 1 to 37. One volume of bonds is unnumbered.

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.

Probate files from 1921-1929 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.

Accession 1987-046, Record books, 1859-1976, 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 -- Bethel

Places:

Bethel (Conn.)

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Administrative Information

Alternative Form Available

Record books, volumes 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 1859-1931; probate files, 1859-1915; 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 1931-001 were transferred to the Connecticut State Library on December 4, 1931 and span the years 1859-1929.

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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.

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 1931-001 are represented in this index.

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Container List

Record books, 1859-1976, Accession: 1985-046, 19.5 cubic feet (39 volumes)
Volume
Records, 1859 July - 1975 May, 1886 May 1 1
Decrees, 1873 January - 1885 May 2
On spine: "Records"
Records, 1873 January - 1898 June 3
Decrees, 1885 August - 1897 December 4
On spine: "Records"
Records, 1885 August - 1894 January 5
Records, 1893 July - 1902 July 6
Decrees, 1896 June - 1907 February 7
On spine: "Records"
Records, 1900 July - 1907 October 8
Applications and returns, 1903 July - 1931 October 9
Decrees, 1905 October - 1913 March 10
On spine: "Records"
Records, 1907 September - 1913 June 11
Records, 1912 October - 1921 October 12
Decrees, 1913 June - 1918 January 12
On spine: "Records"
Records, 1913 June - 1918 January 13
Records, 1917 December - 1922 January 14
Bonds, 1918 May - 1942 June 15
Decrees, 1920 May - 1927 June 16
On spine: "Records"
Decrees, 1926 September - 1935 January 17
On spine: "Records"
Records, 1922 January - 1925 January 18
Records, 1924 December - 1931 April 19
Records, 1931 May - 1937 January 20
Applications, 1931 October - 1952 January 21
Decrees, 1932 August - 1935 May 22
Records, 1937 January - 1941 January 23
Records, 1943 March - 1947 February 24
Bonds, 1942 September - 1963 March 25
Records, 1947 January - 1950 June 26
Records, 1950 July - 1954 February 27
Applications, 1952 March - 1969 September 28
Records, 1954 January - 1957 December 29
Records, 1957 August - 1960 February 30
Records, 1960 February - 1962 November 31
Records, 1962 November - 1966 January 32
Applications, 1969 October - 1976 May 33
Bonds, 1963 January - 1976 July 34
Records, 1966 January - 1969 February 35
Records, 1969 February - 1972 September 36
Records, 1972 September - 1975 December 37
Contains pages 1-600
Records, 1975 December - 1976 June 37
Contains pages 601-1200
Bonds, 1881 October - 1918 May unnumbered
Probate files, 1859-1929, Accession: 1931-001, 7.25 cubic feet
Drawer
Abbott - Baird, H. 1
Baird, J. - Beckett 2
Beebe - Britovich 3
Brooke - Cole 4
Coley - Dibble 5
Dikeman - Edmonds 6
Edwards - Ferry, K. 7
Ferry, L. - Fry 8
Gage - Grumman 9
Hawes - Hoyt, F. 10
Hoyt, G. - Judd, E. 11
Judd, F. - Kinner 12
Knapp - Lyon, I. 13
Lyon, J. - Mills 14
Moffat - Osborn, L. 15
Osborn, M. - Ritzman 16
Roach - Sherwood 17
Short - Starr, C. 18
Starr, D. - Taylor, A. 19
Taylor, B. - Trowbridge 20
Turner - Whitney 21
Wiehman - Z, Miscellaneous 22
Inventory Control Book, 1859-1929, Accession: T003073
Index of the probate files in accession 1931-001
Also known as the Godard Digest