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 1841-1940

Probate files 1841-1944

Inventory control book 1841-1944

Probate files circa 1945-1955

Probate files 1922-1976


RG 004:023, Canton 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 (Canton District)
Title: Canton Probate Court records
Dates: 1841-1976
Quantity: 47.5 cubic feet
Abstract: Probate record books, 1841-1940; Probate files, 1841-1976.
Identification: RG004_023
Accession: 1915-027, 2011-015, 2011-016, T003286
Language: The records are in English.

Historical Note

Hartford County, Town established in May 1806, Parent Town: Simsbury

The Canton Probate District was constituted June 7, 1841 from the Simsbury Probate District. It served the municipality of Canton. The Canton Probate District merged on January 5, 2011 with the Avon, Granby, and Simsbury Probate Districts to create the Simsbury Regional Probate District which serves the municipalities of Avon, Canton, Granby, and Simsbury.

Town of Canterbury, Probate District chronology:

May 1806 - June 6, 1841 Simsbury District
June 7, 1841 - January 4, 2011, Canton District
January 5, 2001 - present, Simbury Regional 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, Volumes 1-20, 1841-1940. Contact the probate court to access original record books after Volume 20. See Alternative Form Available note below.

Probate files, 1841-1976. Probate files may consist of estates, conservatorships, guardianships, commitments, and insolvencies. Accession T003285 includes conservator records that pre-date the creation of the Canterbury District.

Inventory control book, 1841-1944 (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 20. There are two Volume 2s, one is of records and the other is of bonds. There is also an unnumbered bond volume. There are two Volumes 9s, one is of records and the other is of decrees.

Probate files are arranged by accession. Each accession is 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 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 2011-016, Record books, 1841-1940; and Accession 2011-016, Probate files, 1922-1976, 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 -- Canton

Places:

Canton(Conn.)

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Administrative Information

Alternative Form Available

Record books, Volumes 1-4, 6, 8-9, 11-12, 14-16, 1841-1916; probate files, 1841-1944 (Accession 1915-027); 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 1915-027 were transferred to the Connecticut State Library on the following dates (with date span of files): December 9, 1911 (1833-1920); November 3, 1921 (1837-1920); March 15, 1930 (1902-1928); March 27, 1936 (1903-1935); April 25, 1951 (1925-1950). They were interfiled into one alphabetic sequence.

It is not known when the probate files in accession T003286 were transferred to the Connecticut State Library.

The record books in accession 2011-015 and the probate files in accession 2011-016 were transferred to the Connecticut State Library on December 9, 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. 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 1915-027 are represented in this index.

Probate Files: There is no index for the probate files in Accession T003286.

Probate Files: The History and Genealogy reference staff has access to an index for the probate files in accession 2011-016.

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Container List

Record books, 1841-1940, Accession: 2011-016, 13.5 cubic feet
Volume
Records, 1841-1848 1
Records, 1847-1855 2
Records, 1855-1866 3
Records, 1865-1873 4
Decrees, 1869-1884 5
On spine: "Records"
Records, 1873-1887 6
Decrees, 1884-1889 7
On spine: "Records"
Records, 1887-1894 8
Decrees, 1888-1898 9
On spine: "Records"
Records, 1894-1903 9
Decrees, 1902-1905 10
Records, 1903-1907 11
Records, 1907-1909 12
Decrees, 1907-1915 13
Records, 1909-1911 14
On spine: "Manuscript"
Records, 1911-1913 15
On spine: "Manuscript"
Records, 1913-1916 16
On spine: "Manuscript"
Records, 1916-1917 17
On spine: "Manuscript"
Records, 1917-1920 18
On spine: "Manuscript"
Decrees, 1915-1921 19
Records, 1920-1925 20
On spine: "Manuscript"
Bonds, 1881-1918 unnumbered
Bonds, 1918-1940 2
Probate Court letters, 1903-1910 unnumbered
Return of notice publications, 1889-1910 unnumbered
Newspaper notices, 1910-1916 unnumbered
Probate files, 1841-1944, Accession: 1915-027, 13 cubic feet
Drawer
Ackart - Atwater 1
Bachand - Barbour 2
Barker - Bidwell, J. 3
Bidwell, K. - Bradley 4
Brainard - Bruyette 5
Burgess - Carrier 6
Carter - Case, E. 7
Case, F. - Case, John 8
Case, Joseph - Case, Q. 9
Case, R. - Case, Z. 10
Castonguay - Church 11
Clark - Cowles, J. 12
Cowles, K. - Doane 13
Dubrick - Eggleston 14
Eklof - Flannery 15
Flarity - Gawialis 16
German - Gustafson 17
Hale - Hemler 18
Henney - Hoffman 19
Hohbein - Hugins, C. 20
Hugins, D. - Jenkins, B. 21
Jenkins, C. - Kelley 22
Killany - Lawrence 23
Lawton - McFarland 24
McGarriagle - Merrel 25
Merrill - Mills, G. 26
Mills, H. - Neal 27
Nearing - Ostrowski 28
Page - Phillips 29
Pierce - Reed, C. 30
Reed, D. - Ronan, J. 31
Ronan, K. - Schwartz 32
Sears - Smith, H. 33
Smith, J. - Standish 34
Stark - Thompson 35
Thorp - Wagner, K. 36
Wagner, L. - Widen 37
Wilcox - Woodford 38
Woodruff - Z; Miscellaneous 39
Inventory control book, 1841-1944, Accession: T003073
Index of the five accessions of probate files now merged into accession 1915-027
Also known as the Godard Digest
Probate files, circa 1945-1955, Accession: T003286, 5 cubic feet
Drawer
Adams - Belden 1
Benham - Bristol 2
Brown - Croteau 3
Crowley - Danne 4
Eagleson - Godin 5
Goldstein - Hart 6
Hemsley - Hult 7
Humphrey - Kloppenburg 8
Knowles - Lane 9
Langer - Moroney 10
Myers - Potts 11
Provost - Scharr 12
Schmidt - Steed 13
Stevens - Wagner 14
Wahatalo - Z 15
Probate files, 1922-1976, Accession: 2011-016, 16 cubic feet
Box
Abbott - Bellerose 1
Bergeron - Brown, A. 2
Brown, K. - Chineis 3
Clarke - Dobrick 4
Dodge - Finkle, H. 5
Finckle, M. - Graham 6
Grant - Hood 7
There are files outside of this range in this box
Higley - Johnson, E. 8
There are files outside of this range in this box
Johnson, K. - Leahy, A. 9
Leahy, T. - Matthews 10
Maturo - Myers, T. 11
Myers, T. - Pope 12
Potter - Savik 13
Schiedel - Suominen 14
Sullivan - Wheeler, M. 15
Wheeler, M. - Zils 16