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 1825-1977

Probate files 1825-1906

Inventory Control Book 1825-1906


RG 004:005, Barkhamsted Probate Court

Inventory of Records

Finding aid prepared by Connecticut State Library staff.

Copyright © 2011 by the Connecticut State Library


Overview of the Collection

Repository: Connecticut State Library
Creator: Connecticut. Probate Court (Barkhamsted District)
Title: Barkhamsted Probate Court records
Dates: 1825-1977
Quantity: 16 cubic feet
Abstract: Probate record books, 1825-1977; Probate files, 1834-1906.
Identification: RG004_005
Accession: 1913-002 and 2011-087
Language: The records are in English.

Historical Note

Barkhamsted, Litchfield County, Town established in 1779

The Barkhamsted Probate District was constituted June 5, 1825, from the New Hartford Probate District. The Barkhamsted Probate District merged January 7, 2003 with the Hartland and New Hartford Probate Districts to form a single New Hartford Probate District. The New Hartford Probate District merged on January 5, 2011 with the Torrington and Winchester Probate District to create the Torrington Area Probate District which serves the municipalities of Barkhamsted, Colebrook, Goshen, Hartland, New Hartford, Torrington, and Winchester.

Town of Barkhamsted, Probate District chronology:

May 1732 - May 1769, Hartford District
May 1769 - May 1825, Simsbury District
May 1825 - June 4, 1834, New Hartford District
June 5, 1834 - January 7, 2003, Barkhamsted District
January 8, 2003 - January 4, 2011, New Hartford District
January 5, 2011 - Present, Torrington Area 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 1-20, 1825-1977. Contact the probate court to access record books after Volume 20. See Alternative Form Available note below.

Probate files, 1825-1906. Probate files may consist of estates, conservatorships, guardianships, commitments, and insolvencies. See Alternative Form Available note below.

Inventory control book, 1825-1906 (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, including Orders & Decrees, are numbered consecutively from 1 to 20. The volume of Distribution Certificates is outside this sequence and is labeled volume 1.

Probate files are arranged alphabetically in one series.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Researchers should first consult use copies when available. See Alternate Form Available Section below.

Accession 2011-087, Record books, 1825-1977, 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 -- Barkhamsted
Probate records -- Connecticut -- New Hartford

Places:

Barkhamsted (Conn.)
New Hartford (Conn.)

Alternate Creator:

Connecticut. Probate Court (New Hartford District)

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Administrative Information

Alternative Form Available

Record books, volumes 1-3, 4-8, 10-11, 1825-1924; probate files, 1825-1906; 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 1913-002 were transferred to the Connecticut State Library on the following dates (with date span of files): November 26, 1913 (1825-1896); October 13, 1931 (1834-1906). 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.

Record Books: 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 1913-002 are represented in this index.

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Container List

Record books, 1825-1977, Accession: 2011-087, 12 cubic feet
Volume
Records, 1825-1832 1
This volume is New Hartford District
Note on title page of New Hartford District Volume 3: "Notice: 'It should be remembered the two first volumes of probate records for the District of New Hartford - from AD 1825 to AD 1833 inclusive. - Were directed by the General Assembly of 1834 to be kept in the probate office for the District of Barkhamsted'"
Records, 1832-1843 2
This volume is New Hartford District, 1832-1833, and Barkhamsted District, 1834-1843
Records, 1843-1853 3
On spine: "Letters"
Orders & decrees, 1854-1866 4
On spine: "Records"
Records, 1854-1866 5
Records, 1866-1887 6
Orders & decrees, 1881-1896 7
On spine: "Records"
Bonds, 1894-1968 9
Orders & decrees, 1896-1917 10
Records, 1894-1923 11
On spine: "Manuscript"
Orders & decrees, 1918-1955 12
Records, 1923-1941 13
On spine: "Manuscript"
Records, 1940-1954 14
On spine: "Manuscript"
Orders & decrees, 1953-1972 15
Records, 1954-1957 16
On spine: "Manuscript"
Records, 1961-1971 17
On spine: "Manuscript"
Records, 1969-1972 18
On spine: "Manuscript"
Records, 1964-1975 19
On spine: "Manuscript"
Records, 1975-1977 20
On spine: "Manuscript"
Index card books, 3 books unnumbered box
Distribution certificates, 1892-1930 1
Miscellaneous account book, 1885-1921 unnumbered item
Probate files, 1825-1906, Accession: 1913-002, 4 cubic feet
Drawer
Adams - Barnes 1
Barrett - Carey 2
Carter - Case, O. 3
Case, R. - Doolittle 4
Dowd - Greenleaf 5
Grennel - Ingle 6
Ives - Mack 7
Mallory - Newton 8
Olmsted - Roberts, P. 9
Roberts, S. - Spencer 10
Squire - Wakeman 11
Ward - Youngs; Miscellaneous 12
Inventory Control Book, 1825-1906, Accession: T003073
Index of the two accessions of probate files now merged into accession 1913-002
Also known as the Godard Digest