TABLE OF CONTENTS


Overview of the Collection

Historical Note

Scope and Content

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Other Finding Aid

Container List

Probate files 1833-1933

Inventory Control Book 1833-1933

Probate Files circa 1934-1976


RG 004:019, Brooklyn Probate Court

Inventory of Records

Finding aid prepared by Connecticut State Library staff.

Copyright © 2011 by the Connecticut State Library


Overview of the Collection

Repository: Connecticut State Library
Creator: Connecticut. Probate Court (Brooklyn District)
Title: Brooklyn Probate Court records
Dates: 1833-circa 1976
Quantity: 18.5 cubic feet
Abstract: Probate record books, None; Probate files, 1833-circa 1976.
Identification: RG004_019
Accession: 1911-002 and 2012-002
Language: The records are in English.

Historical Note

Brooklyn, Windham County, Town established in May 1786, Parent Towns: Canterbury and Pomfret

The Brooklyn Probate District was constituted June 4, 1833, from the Plainfield and Pomfret Probate Districts. The Brooklyn Probate District merged on January 5, 2011 with the Ashford, Eastford (part), Pomfret, Putnam, Thompson, and Woodstock Probate Districts to create the Northeast Probate District. The Northeast Probate District serves the municipalities of Ashford, Brooklyn, Eastford, Pomfret, Putnam, Thompson, and Woodstock.

Town of Brooklyn, Probate District chronology:

May 1786 - June 2, 1833, Pomfret District
May 1786 - June 2, 1833, Plainfield District (covered the part of Brooklyn which was taken from the Town of Canterbury)
June 4, 1833 - January 4, 2011, Brooklyn District
January 5, 2011 - Present, Northeast District

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

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Scope and Content

Probate record books, None. Contact the probate court to access original record books. See Alternative Form Available note below.

Probate files, 1833-circa 1975. Probate files may consist of estates, conservatorships, guardianships, commitments, and insolvencies. See Alternative Form Available note below.

Inventory control book, 1833-1933 (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

Probate files are arranged by accession. Accession 1911-002 is arranged alphabetically in one series. Accession 2012-002 is arranged alphabetically within each box as received from the probate court.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

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

Probate files dated 1921 or later 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 2012-002, Probate files, circa 1934-1876 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 -- Brooklyn

Places:

Brooklyn (Conn.)

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Administrative Information

Alternative Form Available

Record books, volumes 1-10, 1833-1917; probate files, 1833-1915 (Accession 1911-002 only); 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 1911-002 were transferred to the Connecticut State Library on the following dates (with date span of files): October 14, 1911 (1833-1901); December 8, 1925 (1870-1908); June 25, 1928 (1885-1920); September 15, 1934 (1909-1933). They were interfiled into one alphabetic sequence. The probate files in accession 2012-002 were transferred to the Connecticut State Library on July 20, 2012.

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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. 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 1911-002 are represented in this index.

Probate Files: The History and Genealogy reference staff has access to an index for the probate files in accession 2012-002.

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Container List

Probate files, 1833-1933, Accession: 1911-002, 9.5 cubic feet
Drawer
Adams - Baker, E. 1
Baker, F. - Bartow 2
Bassett - Bishop 3
Blackmar - Brown, C. 4
Brown, D. - Butts 5
Cady - Chase 6
Cheney - Colwell 7
Conant - Davison 8
Day - Eaton 9
Edwards - Fuller 10
Gallup - Hammond 11
Harreck - Hibbard 12
Higgins - James 13
Jarvis - Kimball 14
King - Lewis 15
Lillibridge - Marlor 16
Marra - Osgood 17
Paddock - Perry 18
Phillips - Preston 19
Price - Reynolds 20
Rice - Robinson 21
Ross - Searls, J. 22
Searls, L. - Spaulding, E. 23
Spaulding, F. - Talbot 24
Tanner - Tyler 25
Utley - Webb 26
Welch - Williams, M. 27
Williams, N. - Witter 28
Wood - Z, Miscellaneous 29
Inventory Control Book, 1833-1933, Accession: T003073
Index of the four accessions of probate files now merged into accession 1911-002
Also known as the Godard Digest
Probate Files, circa 1934-1976, Accession: 2012-002, 9 cubic feet
Box
Probate files, circa 1934-1976 1-9
Arranged alphabetically within each box.