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 1834-1973

Account book 1877 - circa 1909

Probate files 1834-1902

Inventory Control Book 1834-1902

Probate files 1879-1975bulk 1910-1975


RG 004:092, New Hartford Probate Court

Inventory of Records

Finding aid prepared by Connecticut State Library staff.

Copyright © 2012 by the Connecticut State Library


Overview of the Collection

Repository: Connecticut State Library
Creator: Connecticut. Probate Court (New Hartford District)
Title: New Hartford Probate Court records
Dates: 1834-1975
Quantity: 14.50 cubic feet
Abstract: Record books, 1834-1973; Probate files, 1834-1975.
Identification: RG004_092
Accession: 1912-005, 2011-088, 2011-089, T003304
Language: The records are in English.

Historical Note

New Hartford, Litchfield County, Town established in October 1738

The New Hartford Probate District was constituted May 27, 1825, from the Simsbury Probate District. The New Hartford Probate District included Barkamsted from May 1825 - June 4, 1834 and again from January 8, 2003 - January 4, 2011. The New Hartford Probate District merged with the Torrington and Winchester Probate Districts on January 5, 2011 to create the Torrington Area Probate District which serves the municipalities of Barkhamsted, Colebrook, Goshen, Hartland, New Hartford, Torrington, and Winchester.

Town of New Hartford, Probate District chronology:

October 1738 - January 1769, Hartford District
January 1769 - October 1808, Farmington District
October 1808 - May 26, 1825, Simsbury District
May 27, 1825 - January 4, 2011, New Hartford District
January 5, 2011 - Present, Torrington Area District

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

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Scope and Content

Probate record books, 1834-1973. Contact the probate court to access record books after Volume 19. See Alternative Form Available note below.

Probate files, 1834-1975. Probate files may consist of estates, conservatorships, guardianships, commitments, and insolvencies. See Alternative Form Available note below.

Inventory control book, 1834-1902 (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 3-19. One volume is 3B and 4 together. One volume is 3C.

Probate files in accession 1912-005 are arranged alphabetically in one series.

Wills in accession 2011-089 are arranged alphabetically within each box.

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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 1921-1975 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.

Accession 2011-088, Record books, 1827-1973, and Accession 2011-089, Probate files, 1879-1975, are 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 -- Barkhamsted
Probate records -- Connecticut -- New Hartford

Places:

Barkhamsted (Conn.)
New Hartford (Conn.)

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Administrative Information

Alternative Form Available

Record books, volumes 1-5, 7, 11, 1825-1930; probate files, 1834-1902; 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 1912-005 were transferred to the Connecticut State Library on the following dates (with date span of files): August 22, 1912 (1834-1902).

The record books in accession 2011-088 and probate files in accession 2011-089 were transferred to the Connecticut State Library on December 21, 2010.

It is not known when the account book in accession T003304 was transferred to the Connecticut State Library.

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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. 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 1912-005 are represented in this index.

Probate Files: The History and Genealogy reference staff has access to an index for the probate files in accession 2011-089.

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Container List

Record books, 1834-1973, Accession: 2011-088, 9 cubic feet (19 volumes)
Volume
Records, 1834-1851 3
Records, 1837-1853 3B & 4
Records, 1852-1853 3C
Records, 1866-1877 5
Decrees, 1875-1887 6
Records, 1880-1891 7
Bonds, 1881-1936 8
Decrees, 1885-1893 9
Inventories, 1890-1924 10
Records, 1886-1930 11
On spine: "Manuscript"
Administration Accounts, 1892-1924 12
Records, 1891-1904 13
On spine: "Manuscript"
Decrees, 1893-1904 14
Orders & decrees, 1903-1913 15
Records, 1904-1916 16
On spine: "Manuscript"
Orders & decrees, 1912-1925 17
Records, 1916-1933 18
On spine: "Manuscript"
Inventories, 1916-1973 19
Miscellaneous - Account book for estate of Hiram Goodwin, 1885-1921
Account book, 1877 - circa 1909, Accession: T003304, .25 cubic feet (1 volume)
Estate of R. McD. Cleaveland, 1877 - circa 1909
Probate files, 1834-1902, Accession: 1912-005, 3.25 cubic feet
Drawer
Adams - Enright 1
Farley - MacNamera 2
MacNary - Smith 3
Spencer - Z 4
Inventory Control Book, 1834-1902, Accession: T003073
Index of the four accessions of probate files now merged into accession 1912-005
Date span is coverage
Also known as the Godard Digest
Probate files, 1879-1975bulk 1910-1975, Accession: 2011-089, 2 cubic feet
Box
Probate files 1-2