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RG 004:018, Brookfield Probate Court
Inventory of Records
Finding aid prepared by Mel Smith.
Copyright © 2010 by the Connecticut State Library
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
For Probate Court contact information and hours of operation see, Probate Court Directory.
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.
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.
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.
Restrictions on Use
See the Reproduction and Publications of State Library Collections policy.
Probate records -- Connecticut -- Brookfield
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.
The record books and probate files in accession 2010-041 were transferred to the Connecticut State Library on June 24, 2010.
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.