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 1857-1947

Probate files 1851-1976


RG 004:018, Brookfield Probate Court

Inventory of Records

Finding aid prepared by Mel Smith.

Copyright © 2010 by the Connecticut State Library


Overview of the Collection

Repository: Connecticut State Library
Creator: Connecticut. Probate Court (Brookfield District)
Title: Brookfield Probate Court records
Dates: 1851-1976
Quantity: 17 cubic feet
Abstract: Probate files, 1851-1976; Probate record books, 1857-1947.
Identification: RG004_018
Accession: 2010-041
Language: The records are in English.

Historical Note

Brookfield, Fairfield County, Town established in May 1788, Parent Towns: Danbury, New Milford, and Newtown

Brookfield Probate District was constituted June 19, 1850, from the Newtown Probate District. On January 5, 2011, the Brookfield Probate District merged with the New Fairfield and New Milford Probate Districts to create the Housatonic Probate District which serves the municipalities of Bridgewater, Brookfield, New Fairfield, New Milford, and Sherman.

Town of Brookfield, Probate District chronology:

May 1788-May 1820 Danbury District
May 1820-June 18, 1850 Newtown District
June 19, 1850-January 4, 2011 Brookfield District
January 5, 2011-Present Housatonic Probate District

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

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Scope and Content

Probate record books, 1857-1947. Contact the probate court to access record books after Volume 13. See Alternative Form Available note below.

Probate files, 1851-1976. Probate files may consist of estates, conservatorships, guardianships, commitments, and insolvencies. See Alternative Form Available note below.

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Arrangement

Record books are numbered consecutively from 1 to 13.

Probate files are arranged in first by date, 1851-1947 and 1948-1976. Within each of these date ranges they are arranged alphabetically.

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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 1921-1976 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. Adoptions (all documents) from January 1, 1944 and later are confidential per Connecticut General Statutes §45a-754. Removals of parent as guardian of minor (all documents) and terminations of parental rights (all documents) from October 1, 1975 and later are confidential per Connecticut General Statutes §45a-754. Contact State Archives staff for assistance.

Accession 2010-041 is 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 -- Brookfield

Places:

Brookfield (Conn.)

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Administrative Information

Alternative Form Available

Record books, volumes 1,4, 5, 7, 8, 11, 1857-1923, have been 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 record books and probate files in accession 2010-041 were transferred to the Connecticut State Library on June 24, 2010.

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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 History and Genealogy reference staff has access to an index for the probate files.

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Container List

Record books, 1857-1947, Accession: 2010-041, 7.5 cubic feet (13 volumes)
Volume
Records, 1857-1868 1
Order book, 1864-1883 2
On spine: "Records"
Order book, 1874-1888 3
On spine: "Records"
Records, 1874-1882 4
Records, 1882-1890 5
On spine: "Manuscript"
Order book, 1888-1907 6
Records, 1889-1899 7
On spine: "Manuscript"
Records, 1898-1910 8
On spine: "Manuscript"
Order book, 1907-1947 9
Bonds, 1905-1946 10
Records, 1910-1923 11
On spine: "Manuscript"
Records, 1923-1935 12
On spine: "Manuscript"
Records, 1935-1947 13
On spine: "Manuscript"
Probate files, 1851-1976, Accession: 2010-041
Box
A - Gavagen, 1851-1947 1
Geddes - Merwin, Hannah, 1851-1947 2
Merwin, Julia - Smith, Jennie, 1851-1947 3
Smith, Lucy - Worden, 1851-1947 4
A - Cimino, 1948-1976 5
Cipolla - Gede, 1948-1976 6
Geddes - Knight, 1948-1976 7
Knowles - O'Donnell, John, 1948-1976 8
O'Donnell, Laverna - Schoenfeld, 1948-1976 9
Schulze - Watson, Robert, 1948-1976 10
Watson, Winifred - Ziegler, 1948-1976 11