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 1841-1941

Probate files 1841-1975


RG 004:118, Ridgefield 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 (Ridgefield District)
Title: Ridgefield Probate Court records
Dates: 1841-1975
Quantity: 102 cubic feet
Abstract: Record books, 1841-1941; Probate files, 1841-1975.
Identification: RG004_118
Accession: 2011-071 nad 2011-072
Language: The records are in English.

Historical Note

Ridgefield, Fairfield County, Town settled 1708, established in October 1709

The Ridgefield Probate District was constituted June 10, 1841, from the Danbury Probate District. The Ridgefield Probate District merged with the Bethel, Newtown, and Redding Probate Districts on January 5, 2011 to create the Northern Fairfield County Probate District which serves the municipalities of Bethel, Newtown, Redding and Ridgefield.

Town of Ridgefield, Probate District chronology:

October 1709 - May 1728, Fairfield District
May 1728 - October 1746, Stamford District
October 1746 - June 9, 1841, Danbury District
June 10, 1841 - January 4, 2011, Ridgefield District
January 5, 2011 - Present, Northern Fairfield County 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 1-14, 1841-1921. Contact the probate court to access original record books after Volume 14. See Alternative Form Available note below.

Probate files, 1841-1975. Probate files may consist of estates, conservatorships, guardianships, commitments, and insolvencies.

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Arrangement

Record books are numbered from 1 to 14. Some volume numbers repeat or have a letter after the number, i.e., "1A".

Probate files in accession 2011-072 are arranged by file number.

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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. Removals of parent as guardian of minor (all documents) and terminations of parental rights (all documents) from October 1, 1975 and later are confidential per Connecticut General Statutes §45a-754. Contact State Archives staff for assistance.

Accession 2011-071, Record books, 1841-1941; and Accession 2011-072, Probate files, 1841-1975, 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 -- Ridgefield

Places:

Ridgefield (Conn.)

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Administrative Information

Alternative Form Available

Record books, volumes 1-12, 1841-1916, 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 record books were transferred to the Connecticut State Library on December 20, 2010.

The probate files were transferred to the Connecticut State Library on December 20, 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. See Alternate Form Available section for volumes available on microfilm.

Probate Files: The History and Genealogy reference staff has access to an index for the probate files in accession 2011-072.

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Container List

Record books, 1841-1941, Accession: 2011-071, 15 cubic feet (28 volumes)
Volume
Index to Ridgefield probate records
Records, 1841-1856 1A
Records, 1856-1941 1B
Bonds, 1871-1911 1C
Bonds, 1909-1940 2
Guardians and trustees, 1869-1913 2
Records, 1854-1865 2A
On spine: "Manuscript"
Guardians & minors, 1865-1911 2B
Records, 1867-1880 3
On spine: "Manuscript"
Records, 1854-1884 4A
On spine: "Manuscript"
Testate estates, 1880-1888 4B
Records, 1853-1907 5A
On spine: "Manuscript"
Records, 1888-1892 5B
On spine: "Manuscript"
Records, 1892-1895 6
On spine: "Manuscript"
Orders, 1883-1886 6A
Testate & intestate estates, 1885-1906 6B
Testate & intestate estates, 1885-1906 7A
Records, 1896-1900 7B
Records, 1904-1913 8A
On spine: "Manuscript"
Testate & intestate estates, 1882-1901 8B
Records, 1902-1905 9
On spine: "Manuscript"
Orders and decrees, 1911-1920 9
Records, 1905-1908 10
Orders and decrees, 1918-1924 10A
Records, 1909-1912 11
On spine: "Manuscript"
Records, 1912-1917 12
Records, 1917-1919 13
Records, 1919-1921 14
Probate files, 1841-1975, Accession: 2011-072, 87 cubic feet
Box
1 - 75 1
76 - 180 2
181 - 244 3
245 - 324 4
325 - 405 5
407 - 476 6
477 - 564 7
565 - 627 8
628 - 693 9
694 - 770 10
771 - 851 11
852 - 930 12
931 - 996 13
997 - 1082 14
1083 - 1165 15
1166 - 1247 16
1248 - 1321 17
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1434 - 1614 19
1615 - A1662 20
A1663 - A1670 21
A1670 - 2030 22
2031 - 2103 23
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2433 - 2487 31
2488 - A2515 32
A2516 - A2539 33
A2540 - A2542 34
A2543 - A2562 35
A2562 - A2578 36
A2578 - A2591 37
A2591 - 2634B 38
2635B - 2676C 39
2676C - 2683C 40
2683C - 2706D 41
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