TABLE OF CONTENTS


Overview of the Collection

Historical Note

Scope and Content

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Other Finding Aid

Container List

Probate files 1849-1932

Inventory Control Book 1849-1932


RG 004:032, Coventry 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 (Coventry District)
Title: Coventry Probate Court records
Dates: 1849-1932
Quantity: 4.25 cubic feet
Abstract: Record books, none; Probate files, 1849-1932.
Identification: RG004_032
Accession: 1918-002
Language: The records are in English.

Historical Note

Coventry, Tolland County, Town established in 1712

The Coventry Probate District was constituted June 19, 1849, from the Hebron Probate District. The Coventry Probate District merged with the Mansfield Probate District on January 6, 1999 to form a single Mansfield Probate District. The Mansfield Probate District merged with the Tolland Probate District on January 5, 2011 to create the Mansfield - Tolland Probate District which serves the municipalities of Coventry, Mansfield, Tolland, and Willington.

Town of Coventry, Probate District chronology:

October 1711 - October 1719, Hartford District
October 1719 - May 1789, Windham District
May 1789 - June 18, 1849, Hebron District
June 19, 1849 - January 5, 1999, Coventry District
January 6, 1999 - January 4, 2011, Mansfield District
January 5, 2011 - Present, Mansfield - Tolland District

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

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Scope and Content

Probate files, 1849-1932. Probate files may consist of estates, conservatorships, guardianships, commitments, and insolvencies.

Inventory control book, 1849-1932 (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

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.

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 -- Coventry

Places:

Coventry (Conn.)

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Administrative Information

Alternative Form Available

Record books, Volumes 1-8, 10-11, 13-15, 1849-1917; probate files, 1849-1932 (Accession 1918-002); 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 1918-002 were transferred to the Connecticut State Library on the following dates (with date span of files): August 8, 1918 (1849-1914); November 20, 1933 (1871-1932); November 16, 1934 (1869-1926). 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.

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 1918-002 are represented in this index.

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Container List

Probate files, 1849-1932, Accession: 1918-002, 4.25 cubic feet
Drawer
Abbott - Day, 1849-1932 1
Dean - Kingsbury, M., 1849-1932 2
Kingsbury, N. - Porter, M., 1849-1932 3
Porter, O. - White, L., 1849-1932 4
White, M. - Z; Miscellaneous, 1849-1932 5
Inventory Control Book, 1849-1932, Accession: T003073
Index of the three accessions of probate files now merged into accession 1918-002
Date span is coverage
Also known as the Godard Digest