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 1833-1974

Probate files 1833-1926

Inventory Control Book 1833-1926

Probate files 1903-1995, bulk 1919-1976


RG 004:111, Plymouth 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 (Plymouth District)
Title: Plymouth Probate Court records
Dates: 1833-1985, bulk 1833-1976
Quantity: 63 cubic feet
Abstract: Record books, 1833-1936; Bond record books, 1879-1974; Probate files, 1833-1985, bulk 1833-1976.
Identification: RG004_111
Accession: 1921-039, 2011-130, 2012-003
Language: The records are in English.

Historical Note

Plymouth, Litchfield County, Town established in May 1795, Parent Town: Watertown

The Plymouth Probate District was constituted May 31, 1833, from the Waterbury Probate District. The Plymouth Probate District merged with the Bristol and Plainville Probate Districts on January 5, 2011 to create the Region #19 Probate District which serves the municipalities of Bristol, Plainville, and Plymouth.

Town of Plymouth, Probate District chronology:

May 1795 - May 30, 1833, Waterbury District
May 31, 1833 - January 4, 2011, Plymouth District
January 5, 2011 - Present, Region #19 District

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

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Scope and Content

Record books, volumes 1-28, 1833-1936; Bond record books, volumes 33, 40, 45, 1944-1974. Contact the probate court to access any other volumes.

Probate files, 1833-1985, bulk 1833-1976. Probate files may consist of estates, conservatorships, guardianships, commitments, and insolvencies. See Alternative Form Available note below.

Inventory control book, 1833-1926 (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 numbered from 1 to 28. There are also bond volumes numbered 33, 40, 45.

Probate files in accession 1921-039 are arranged alphabetically.

Probate files in accession 2011-130 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 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. Contact State Archives staff for assistance.

Accession 2011-130, Probate files, 1903-1985, and Accession 2012-015, Record books, 1833-1974, 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 -- Plymouth

Places:

Plymouth (Conn.)

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Administrative Information

Alternative Form Available

Record books, volumes 1-3, 4-7, 9, 11, 13-14, 16-18, 20-22, 24, 1833-1917, probate files, 1833-1880; 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 1921-003 were transferred to the Connecticut State Library on the following dates (with date span of files): August 24, 1921 (1833-1899); January 5, 1949 (1851-1926). They were interfiled into one alphabetic sequence.

The probate files in accession 2011-130 were transferred to the Connecticut State Library on June 9, 2011.

The record books in accession 2012-015 were transferred to the Connecticut State Library on June 9, 2011 and January 18, 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. 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 1921-039 are represented in this index.

Probate Files: The History and Genealogy reference staff has access to an index for the probate files in accession 1921-039.

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Container List

Record books, 1833-1974, Accession: 2012-015, 16.5 cubic feet (31 volumes)
Volume
Records, 1833-1844 1
Records, 1843-1848 2
Records, 1848-1854 3
Orders and decrees, 1853-1872 4
On spine: "Records"
Records, 1854-1864 5
Records, 1864-1873 6
Orders and decrees, 1864-1873 7
On spine: "Records"
Orders and decrees, 1872-1886 8
On spine: "Records"
Records, 1873-1881 9
Bonds, 1879-1899 10
On spine: "Records"
Records, 1881-1887 11
Orders and decrees, 1885-1895 12
On spine: "Records"
Records, 1887-1892 13
Records, 1892-1895 14
Orders and decrees, 1894-1904 15
On spine: "Records"
Records, 1895-1902 16
Records, 1900-1904 17
Bonds, 1900-1919, 1923 18
On spine: "Records"
Records, 1903-1911 19
Records, 1904-1907 20
Records, 1907-1910 21
Records, 1910-1915 22
Orders and decrees, 1911-1916 23
On spine: "Records"
Records, 1915-1925 24
Bonds, 1919-1944 25
Records, 1919-1925 26
Orders and decrees, 1918-1930 27
On spine: "Order book"
Records, 1925-1930 28
Bonds, 1944-1957 33
Bonds, 1957-1966 40
Bonds, 1966-1974 45
Probate files, 1833-1926, Accession: 1921-039, 12.5 cubic feet
Drawer
Abbott - Aspinwell 1
Atkins - Baldwin, L. 2
Baldwin, M. - Bassett 3
Bates - Benjamin 4
Benson - Blakeslee 5
Bliss - Brooks 6
Brown - Burnell 7
Burger - Churchill 8
Ciltz - Coley 9
Cone - Curtiss, L. 10
Curtiss, M. - Dunbar, G. 11
Dunbar, H. - Fenn, A. 12
Fenn, B. - Fenton 13
Fiest - Gaylord, B. 14
Gaylord, C. - Granniss, C. 15
Granniss, D. - Hakes 16
Hall - Hemingway 17
Henrick - Hopkins 18
Hopper - Husbin 19
Ives - Joyce 20
Judd - Krasicki 21
Krenicki - Lewis 22
Lindsley - Markham 23
Marsh - Mitchell, H 24
Mitchell, I. - Neuman 25
Northrop - Pardee 26
Parker - Plum 27
Plume - Renfree 28
Reynolds - Sandrin 29
Sanford - Sheldon 30
Shelton - Smith, M. 31
Smith, N. - Taylor 32
Telenan - Terry, J. 33
Terry, K. - Tolles 34
Tomlinson - Wardwell 35
Warenock - Welton 36
Wenzel - Woodruff 37
Woodward - Zulaski; Miscellaneous 38
Inventory Control Book, 1833-1926, Accession: T003073
Index of probate files in accession 1921-039
Date span is coverage
Also known as the Godard Digest
Probate files, 1903-1995, bulk 1919-1976, Accession: 2011-130, 34 cubic feet
Box
1-34
Files are arranged alphabetically in each box as received from the probate court.