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 1847-1972

Wills 1845-2007


RG 004:031, Cornwall 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 (Cornwall District)
Title: Cornwall Probate Court records
Dates: 1845-2007
Quantity: 10 cubic feet
Abstract: Record books, 1847-1972; Wills, 1845-2007; Probate files, none.
Identification: RG004_031
Accession: 2011-037 and 2013-012
Language: The records are in English.

Historical Note

Cornwall, Litchfield County, Town established in May 1740

The Cornwall Probate District was constituted June 15, 1847, from the Litchfield Probate District. The Cornwall Probate District merged with the Canaan, Norfolk, Salisbury, and Sharon Probate Districts on January 1, 2007 to create the Northwest Corner Probate District. The Northwest Corner Probate District merged with the Harwinton, Litchfield, and Thomaston Probate Districts on January 5, 2011, to create the Litchfield Hills Probate District. The Litchfield Hills Probate District serves the municipalities of Canaan, Cornwall, Harwinton, Kent, Litchfield, Morris, Norfolk, North Canaan, Salisbury, Sharon, Thomaston, and Warren.

Town of Cornwall, Probate District chronology:

May 1740 - October 1742, Hartford District
October 1742 - June 14, 1847, Litchfield District
June 15, 1847 - December 31, 2006, Cornwall District
January 1, 2007 - January 4, 2011, Northwest Corner District
January 5, 2011 - Present, Litchfield Hills 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, 1-10, 12 and unnumbered volume, 1847-1972. Contact the probate court to access original record books after Volume 12. See Alternative Form Available note below.

Wills, 1845-2007

Probate files, none.

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Arrangement

Record books are numbered consecutively from 1 to 10. There is an unnumbered volume of bonds and Volume 12 is the second volume of bonds.

Wills in accession 2013-012 are arranged in two alphabetic sequences 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.

Accession 2011-037, Record books, 1847-1972, and Accession 2013-012, Wills, 1845-2007, 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 -- Cornwall

Places:

Cornwall (Conn.)

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Administrative Information

Alternative Form Available

Record books, Volumes 1-10, 1847-1929 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 record books in accession 2011-037 were transferred to the Connecticut State Library on October 28, 2010.

The wills in accession 2013-012 were transferred to the Connecticut State Library on September 24, 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. See Alternate Form Available section for volumes available on microfilm.

Probate Files: The History and Genealogy reference staff has access to an index for the wills in accession 2013-012.

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Container List

Record books, 1847-1972, Accession: 2011-037, 6 cubic feet (12 volumes)
Volume
Records, 1847-1860 1
Records, 1859-1869 2
Records, 1869-1879 3
Records, 1879-1886 4
Records, 1886-1894 5
Records, 1894-1901 6
Records, 1901-1908 7
Records, 1908-1914 8
Orders and decrees, 1910-1929 9
On spine: "Records"
Records, 1914-1923 10
Bonds, 1881-1927 unnumbered
Bonds, 1928-1972 12
Wills, 1845-2007, Accession: 2013-012, 4 cubic feet
The dates span for Boxes 1-3 is 1960-2007. The date span for Box 1A is 1845-2007.
Box
A - F 1
G - N 2
O - Z 3
A - Y 1A