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RG 004:154, Westbrook Probate Court
Inventory of Records
Finding aid prepared by Connecticut State Library staff.
Copyright © 2013 by the Connecticut State Library
Westbrook, Middlesex County, Town established in May 1840, Parent Town: Saybrook
The Westbrook Probate District was constituted July 4, 1854, from the Old Saybrook (present day Essex) Probate District. The Westbrook Probate District merged with the Clinton, Deep River, Essex, Haddam, Killingworth, Lyme, Old Saybrook, and Saybrook Probate Districts on January 5, 2011 to create the Saybrook Probate District. The Saybrook Probate District serves the municipalities of Chester, Clinton, Deep River, Essex, Haddam, Killingworth, Lyme, Old Saybrook, and Westbrook.
Town of Westbrook, Probate District chronology:
May 1840 - July 1853, Saybrook District
For Probate Court contact information and hours of operation see, Probate Court Directory.
Probate record books, None. Contact the probate court to access original record books. See Alternative Form Available note below.
Probate files, 1854-1930. Probate files may consist of estates, conservatorships, guardianships, commitments, and insolvencies. See Alternative Form Available note below.
Inventory control book, 1854-1930 (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.
Probate files in accession 1914-011 are arranged alphabetically.
Wills in accession 2013-046 are arranged alphabetically.
Restrictions on Access
Researchers should first consult use copies when available. See Alternate Form Available Section below.
Probate files from 1921-1946 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.
Restrictions on Use
See the Reproduction and Publications of State Library Collections policy.
Probate records -- Connecticut -- Westbrook
Record books, volumes 1, Wills, 1858-1937, probate files, 1854-1880, and inventory control book 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.
The probate files in accession 1914-011 were transferred to the Connecticut State Library on the following dates (with date span of files): August 7, 1914 (1854-1908); August 19, 1931 (1858-1930); October 22, 1935 (1885-1927). They were interfiled into one alphabetic sequence.
The wills in accession 2013-046 were transferred to the Connecticut State Library on May 7, 2013.
Record Books: Index cards for the record books have been scanned. Ask History and Genealogy staff for assistance. Note: CSL does not hold any original record books. 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 1914-011 are represented in this index.
Probate Files: The History and Genealogy reference staff has access to an index for the wills in accession 2013-046.