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 1850-1950

Probate files 1850-1926

Inventory control book 1850-1926


RG 004:024, Chaplin Probate Court

Inventory of Records

Finding aid prepared by Connecticut State Library staff.

Copyright © 2009 by the Connecticut State Library


Overview of the Collection

Repository: Connecticut State Library
Creator: Connecticut. Probate (Chaplin District)
Title: Chaplin Probate Court records
Dates: 1850-1950
Quantity: 6.5 cubic feet
Abstract: Probate record books, 1850-1950; Probate files, 1850-1926.
Identification: RG004_024
Accession: 1911-003 and 2012-033
Language: The records are in English.

Historical Note

Chaplin, Windham County, Town established in May 1822, Parent Towns: Hampton, Mansfield, and Windham

The Chaplin Probate District was constituted June 7, 1850, from the Windham Probate District. The Chaplin Probate District merged with the Eastford Probate District on October 1, 1996 to enlarge the Eastford Probate District. The Chaplin section of the Eastford Probate District merged with the Colchester, Hampton, and Windham Probate Districts on January 5, 2011 to create the Windham - Colchester Probate District, which serves the municipalities of Chaplin, Colchester, Hampton, Lebanon, Scotland, and Windham.

Town of Chaplin, Probate District chronology:

May 1692 - June 6, 1850, Windham District
June 7, 1850 - September 30, 1996, Chaplin District
October 1, 1996 - January 4, 2011, Eastford District
January 5, 2011 - Present, Windham - Colchester District

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

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Scope and Content

Probate record books, 1850-1929; Wills and Distributions, 1857-1950; Bonds, 1881-1927. Contact the probate court to access record books after Volume E.

Probate files, 1850-1926. Probate files may consist of estates, conservatorships, guardianships, commitments, and insolvencies.

Inventory control book, 1850-1926 (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 lettered from A to E. There are 2 volumes of Wills and Distributions numbered 1 and 2. There is one Bond volume numbered 1.

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 1921-1926 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.

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 -- Chaplin

Places:

Chaplin (Conn.)

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Administrative Information

Alternative Form Available

Record books, volumes A-D, 1850-1915; probate files, 1850-1915; 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 1911-003 were transferred to the Connecticut State Library on the following dates (with date span of files): October 28, 1911 (1850-1910); April 7, 1927 (to 1926). They were interfiled into one alphabetic sequence.

The record books in accession 2012-033 were transferred to the Connecticut State Library on April 19, 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 1911-003 are represented in this index.

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Container List

Record books, 1850-1950, Accession: 2012-033, 3 cubic feet (8 volumes)
Volume
Records, 1850-1892 A
Records, 1850-1894 B
Records, 1894-1907 C
Records, 1907-1919 D
Records, 1919-1929 E
Wills and distributions, 1857-1909 1
Wills and distributions, 1907-1950 2
Bonds, 1881-1927 1
Probate files, 1850-1926, Accession: 1911-003, 3.5 cubic feet
Drawer
Allen - Chaplin 1
Chapman - Corey 2
Crosby - Day 3
Dean - Griggs, C. 4
Griggs, D. - Harvey 5
Hattin - Knight 6
Landon - Martin 7
Moran - Reynolds 8
Rhoades - Russell 9
Sanford - Utley 10
Walcott - Z; Miscellaneous 11
Inventory control book, 1850-1926, Accession: T003073
Index of the two accessions of probate files now merged into accession 1911-003
Also known as the Godard Digest