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 1830-1927

Record Books 1927-1970

Probate Files 1830-1937

Inventory Control Book 1830-1937

Probate Files circa 1919-1931

Probate Files 1862-1986


RG 004:017, Bristol Probate Court

Inventory of Records

Finding aid prepared by Connecticut State Library staff.

Copyright © 2009 by the Connecticut State Library


Overview of the Collection

Repository: Connecticut State Library
Creator: Connecticut. Probate Court (Bristol District)
Title: Bristol Probate Court records
Dates: 1830-1970
Quantity: 235.25 cubic feet
Abstract: Probate record books, 1830-1970; Probate files, 1830-1986.
Identification: RG004_017
Accession: 1931-002, 2011-009, 2011-030, 2011-017, T003283
Language: The records are in English.

Historical Note

Bristol, Hartford County, Town established in May 1785, Parent Town: Farmington

Bristol Probate District was constituted June 4, 1830, from the Farmington Probate District. The Bristol Probate District merged with the Plainville and Plymouth Proabte Districts to form Region #19 Probate District.

Town of Bristol, Probate District chronology:

May 1785 - June 3, 1830, Farmington District
June 4, 1830 - January 4, 2011, Bristol District
January 5, 2011 - present, Region #19 Probate District

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

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Scope and Content

Probate record books, 1830-1927. Contact the probate court to access record books after Volume 48. See Alternative Form Available note below.

Probate files, 1830-1970. Probate files may consist of estates, conservatorships, guardianships, commitments, and insolvencies. See Alternative Form Available note below.

Inventory control book, 1830-1937 (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 consecutively from 1 to 48. Thereafter, only bond volumes were transferred to the Connecticut State Library. These bond volumes are 58, 74, 91, 104, 119, 132, 141, 155.

Probate Files: Accessions 1931-002 and T003283 are arranged alphabetically; Accession 2011-030 is arranged as received from the probate court.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

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

Probate files from 1921-1976 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 2011-009, Record books, 1830-1927; Accession 2012-017, Record books, 1927-1970, and Accession 2011-030, Probate files, 1862-1986, 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 -- Bristol

Places:

Bristol (Conn.)

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Administrative Information

Alternative Form Available

Record books, volumes 1-4, 6-7, 9-10, 12-13, 15-16, 19-21, 23-25, 28, 32-33, 37-40, 42, 1830-1917; probate files 1730-1937 (Accession 1931-002 only); and inventory control book (Godard Digest) have been 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 in accession 2011-009 were transferred to the Connecticut State Library on July 28, 2010.

The probate files in accession 1931-002 were transferred to the Connecticut State Library on the following dates (with date span of files): April 2, 1931 (1876-1903); October 17, 1935 (1830-1919); November 21, 1938 (1830-1919); October 15, 1941 (1913-1937). They were interfiled into one alphabetic sequence.

It is not known when the probate files in accession T003283 were transferred to the Connecticut State Library.

The probate files in accession 2011-030 were transferred to the Connecticut State Library on July 28, 2010, October 4, 2010, and November 10, 2010, June 9, 2011, June 29, 2011, August 22, 2011, September 28, 2011, 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.

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 1931-002 are represented in this index.

Probate Files: The History and Genealogy reference staff has access to an index for the probate files in accession 2011-030.

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Container List

Record Books, 1830-1927, Accession: 2011-009, 24 cubic feet (48 volumes)
Volume
Records, 1830-1848 1
Records, 1840-1847 2
Records, 1848-1852 3
Records, 1852-1855 4
Records, 1855-1859 5
Records, 1853-1859 6
Records, 1859-1865 7
Decrees, 1865-1874 8
Records, 1865-1874 9
Records, 1874-1878 10
Decrees, 1874-1882 11
On spine: "Records"
Records, 1878-1881 12
Records, 1881-1883 13
Bonds and decrees, 1882-1887 14
On spine: "Records"
Records, 1883-1886 15
Records, 1885-1889 16
Decrees, 1887-1893 17
Bonds, 1887-1902 18
Records, 1889-1892 19
Applications, 1885-1904 20
Records, 1892-1895 21
On spine: "Manuscript"
Decrees, 1893-1898 22
Records, 1895-1899 23
On spine: "Manuscript"
Records, 1897-1901 24
On spine: "Manuscript"
Wills and distributions, 1897-1908 25
Decrees, 1898-1902 26
Inventories and accounts, 1899-1903 27
Records, 1901-1905 28
On spine: "Miscellany"
Bonds, 1902-1913 29
Decrees, 1902-1906 30
Inventories and accounts, 1903-1906 31
Applications, 1904-1912 32
Records, 1905-1908 33
On spine: "Miscellany"
Decrees, 1906-1913 34
Inventories and accounts, 1906-1908 35
Bonds, 1913-1921 36
Records, 1908-1911 37
On spine: "Miscellany"
Records, 1911-1913 38
On spine: "Miscellany"
Applications, 1912-1919 39
Records, 1913-1915 40
On spine: "Miscellany"
Decrees, 1913-1918 41
Records, 1915-1917 42
On spine: "Miscellany"
Records, 1917-1919 43
On spine: "Miscellany"
Decrees, 1918-1923 44
Applications, 1919-1925 45
Records, 1919-1920 46
On spine: "Miscellany"
Records, 1920-1921 47
On spine: "Miscellany"
Bonds, 1921-1927 48
Record Books, 1927-1970, Accession: 2012-017, 4.5 cubic feet (8 volumes)
Volume
Bonds, 1927-1937 58
Bonds, 1937-1944 74
Bonds, 1944-1950 91
Bonds, 1950-1955 104
Bonds, 1955-1959 119
Bonds, 1959-1963 132
Bonds, 1963-1966 141
Bonds, 1966-1970 155
Probate Files, 1830-1937, Accession: 1931-002, 26.25 cubic feet
Drawer
Probate files, 1830-1937 1-79
Arranged alphabetically.
Inventory Control Book, 1830-1937, Accession: T003073
Index of the two accessions of probate files now merged into accession 1931-002
Also known as the Godard Digest
Probate Files, circa 1919-1931, Accession: T003283, 16.5 cubic feet
Probate files, circa 1919-1931 1-50
Arranged alphabetically
There is no index for this accession
Probate Files, 1862-1986, Accession: 2011-030, 140 cubic feet
Box
Probate files, 1862-1986 1-140