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 1847-1927

Probate files 1844-1912

Inventory control book 1844-1912


RG 004:021, Canaan 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 (Canaan District)
Title: Canaan Probate Court records
Dates: 1844-1927
Quantity: 16.25 cubic feet
Abstract: Probate record books, 1847-1927; Probate files, 1844-1912.
Identification: RG004_021
Accession: 1914-003 and 2011-036
Language: The records are in English.

Historical Note

Canaan, Litchfield County, Town established in October 1739

The Canaan Probate District was constituted June 6, 1846, from the Sharon Probate District. It served the municipalities of Canaan and North Canaan. The Canaan Probate District merged with the Cornwall, Norfolk, Salisbury, and Sharon Probate Districts on January 1, 2007 to create the Northwest Corner Probate District. The Northwest Corner Probate District merged with the Harwinton, Litchfield, and Thomaston Probate Districts on January 5, 2011, to create the Litchfield Hills Probate District. The Litchfield Hills Probate District serves the municipalities of Canaan, Cornwall, Harwinton, Kent, Litchfield, Morris, Norfolk, North Canaan, Salisbury, Sharon, Thomaston, and Warren.

Town of Canaan, Probate District chronology:

October 1739 - October 1742, Hartford District
October 1742 - October 1755, Litchfield District
October 1755 - June 5, 1846, Sharon District
June 6, 1846 - December 31, 2006, Canaan District
January 1, 2007 - January 4, 2011, Northwest Corner District
January 5, 2011 - Present, Litchfield Hills District

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

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Scope and Content

Probate record books, Volumes 1-16, 1847-1927. Contact the probate court to access record books after Volume 16.

Probate files, 1844-1912. Probate files may consist of estates, conservatorships, guardianships, commitments, and insolvencies.

Inventory control book, 1844-1912 (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 16.

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.

Accession 2011-036, Record books, 1838-1941, are be 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 -- Canaan
Probate records -- Connecticut -- North Canaan

Places:

Canaan (Conn.)
North Canaan (Conn.)

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Administrative Information

Alternative Form Available

Record books, Volumes 1-2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12-13, 15, 1847-1919; probate files 1844-1912 (Accession 1914-003); 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 1914-003 were transferred to the Connecticut State Library on the following dates (with date span of files): October 3, 1914 (1844-1912); March 5, 1928 (1868-1912). They were interfiled into one alphabetic sequence.

The record books in accession 2011-036 were transferred to the Connecticut State Library on October 28, 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. 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 1914-003 are represented in this index.

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Container List

Record books, 1847-1927, Accession: 2011-036, 9 cubic feet
Volume
Records, 1847-1860 1
Records, 1858-1871 2
On spine: "Manuscript"
Order book, 1858-1880 3
On spine: "Manuscript"
Records, 1871-1884 4
On spine: "Manuscript"
Order book, 1879-1892 5
On spine: "Manuscript"
Records, 1881-1891 6
On spine: "Manuscript"
Bonds, 1881-1841 7
Records, 1891-1896 8
Order book, 1892-1902 9
Records, 1896-1902 10
On spine: "Manuscript"
Order book, 1901-1911 11
Records, 1902-1907 12
On spine: "Manuscript"
Records, 1908-1915 13
On spine: "Manuscript"
Order book, 1911-1919 14
Records, 1914-1923 15
On spine: "Manuscript"
Order book, 1919-1927 16
Probate files, 1844-1912, Accession: 1914-003, 7.25 cubic feet
Drawer
Abbott - Austell 1
Averill - Beckley 2
Bedell - Bettis 3
Bigelow - Brown 4
Bruey - Capron 5
Carroll - Cleveland 6
Cosgswell - Dean, H. 7
Dean, J. - Douglas 8
Dresser - Folker 9
Foote - Gingel 10
Girard - Hayward 11
Henry - Hurlburt, J. 12
Hurlburt, K. - Landon 13
Lane - Maxim 14
McAllister - Newton 15
Nichols - Porter 16
Post - Rood 17
Root - Smith 18
Sparks - Tierney 19
Tobey - Watson, G. 20
Watson, H. - Wooster 21
Wright - Z; Miscellaneous 22
Inventory control book, 1844-1912, Accession: T003073
Index of the two accessions of probate files now merged into accession 1914-003
Also known as the Godard Digest