TABLE OF CONTENTS


Overview of the Collection

Historical Note

Scope and Content

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Other Finding Aid

Container List

Probate files 1834-1956

Inventory Control Book 1834-1956


RG 004:121, Salem 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 (Salem District)
Title: Salem Probate Court records
Dates: 1834-1956
Quantity: 4.5 cubic feet
Abstract: Record books, None; Probate files, 1834-1956.
Identification: RG004_121
Accession: 1912-008
Language: The records are in English.

Historical Note

Salem, New London County, Town established in May 1819, Parent Towns: Colchester, Lyme, and Montville

The Salem Probate District was constituted on July 9, 1841 from the Colchester and New London Probate Districts. The Salem Probate District merged with the East Lyme, Montville, and Old Lyme Probate Districts on January 5, 2011 to create the Region #32 Probate District which serves the municipalities of East Lyme, Montville, Old Lyme, and Salem.

Town of Salem, Probate District chronology:

May 1819 - June 1824, No assigned probate district covered the part of town taken from Motville
May 1819 - May 1832, East Haddam District (covered the part of Salem taken from Colchester)
May 1819 - July 8, 1841, New London District (covered the part of Salem taken from New London)
May 1819 - July 8, 1841, Colchester District (covered the part of Salem taken from Colchester)
July 9, 1841 - January 4, 2011, Salem District
January 5, 2011 - Present, Region # 32 District

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

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Scope and Content

Probate record books, None. Contact the probate court to access original record books. See Alternative Form Available note below.

Probate files, 1834-1956. Probate files may consist of estates, conservatorships, guardianships, commitments, and insolvencies. See Alternative Form Available note below.

Inventory control book, 1834-1956 (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

Probate files in accession 1912-008 are arranged alphabetically.

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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 pending review by State Archives staff 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. Adoptions (all documents) from January 1, 1944 and later are confidential per Connecticut General Statutes §45a-754. Contact State Archives staff for assistance.

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 -- Salem

Places:

Salem (Conn.)

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Administrative Information

Alternative Form Available

Record books, volumes 1-5, 1842-196, probate files, 1834-1880; 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 1912-008 were transferred to the Connecticut State Library on the following dates (with date span of files): July 23, 1912 (1834-1898); August 5, 1916 (1842-1875); October 23, 1937 (1879-1926); December 13, 1938 (1886-1938); January 4, 1946 (1922-1944); August 30, 1949 (1936-1949); December 30, 1952 (1946-1952); May 8, 1961 (1887-1956). They were interfiled into one alphabetic sequence.

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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 1912-008 are represented in this index.

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Container List

Probate files, 1834-1956, Accession: 1911-009, 5 cubic feet
Drawer
Allen - Bennett 1
Bliven - Chapman 2
Cherrick - Deroche 3
Dewolf - Fiumaro 4
Florko - Gates 5
Gifford - Hatt 6
Heilwell - Lane 7
Lang - Miner, D. 8
Miner, E. - Pattevan 9
Peltz - Rix 10
Rogers - Simpson 11
Siskind - Tew 12
Thomas - Way 13
Wetmore - Zeleznicky; Miscellaneous 14
Inventory Control Book, 1834-1956, Accession: T003073
Index of the eight accessions of probate files now merged into accession 1912-008
Also known as the Godard Digest