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RG 004:093, New Haven Probate Court
Inventory of Records
Finding aid prepared by Connecticut State Library staff.
Copyright © 2012 by the Connecticut State Library
New Haven, New Haven County, Town established in 1638, City incorporated January 1784
New Haven Probate District was constituted May session, 1666 as a county Court. The New Haven Probate Court serves the municipality of New Haven.
The New Haven Probate District also included the following municipalities at various times:
City of New Haven, Probate District chronology:
1638 - 1665, New Haven Colony Jurisdiction
For Probate Court contact information and hours of operation see, Probate Court Directory.
Probate record books, 1647-1924. Contact the probate court to access record books after Volume 621. See Alternative Form Available note below.
Probate files, 1683-1921. Probate files may consist of estates, conservatorships, guardianships, commitments, and insolvencies. See Alternative Form Available note below.
Inventory control book, 1683-1921 (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.
Record books are numbered 1-621.
Probate files arranged alphabetically in two series: Processed and Unprocessed.
Restrictions on Access
Researchers should first consult use copies when available. See Alternate Form Available Section below.
Probate files from 1921 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 1987-093, Record books, 1703-1924, and Accession 1924-002, Probate files, 1683-1921, are 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 -- Bethany
Probate records -- Connecticut -- Branford
Probate records -- Connecticut -- Derby
Probate records -- Connecticut -- Durham
Probate records -- Connecticut -- East Haven
Probate records -- Connecticut -- Guilford
Probate records -- Connecticut -- Hamden
Probate records -- Connecticut -- Milford
Probate records -- Connecticut -- New Haven
Probate records -- Connecticut -- North Haven
Probate records -- Connecticut -- Orange
Probate records -- Connecticut -- Oxford
Probate records -- Connecticut -- Seymour
Probate records -- Connecticut -- Wallingford
Probate records -- Connecticut -- West Haven
Probate records -- Connecticut -- Woodbridge
East Haven (Conn.)
New Haven (Conn.)
North Haven (Conn.)
West Haven (Conn.)
Record books, 1647-1915; probate files, 1683-1915; 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. Record books, 1922-1956 are also available on microfilm at the Connecticut State Library.
The probate files in accession 1924-002 were transferred to the Connecticut State Library on the following dates (with date span of files): March 17, 1924 (1683-1864); March 9, 1928 (1690-1900, 1906, 1921); July 22, 1933 (1900-1912, 1918).
The record books in accession 1987-093 and T002559 were transferred to the Connecticut State Library on May 6-8, 1986.
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 "Processed" probate files in Accession 1924-002 are represented in this index. The "Unprocessed" probate files are listed in the RG 004 binder at the History & Genealogy Reference Desk.