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 1834-1947

Probate files 1834-1941

Inventory Control Book 1834-1941


RG 004:129, Somers Probate Court

Inventory of Records

Finding aid prepared by Connecticut State Library staff.

Copyright © 2013 by the Connecticut State Library


Overview of the Collection

Repository: Connecticut State Library
Creator: Connecticut. Probate Court (Somers District)
Title: Somers Probate Court records
Dates: 1834-1947
Quantity: 11.25 cubic feet
Abstract: Record books, 1834-1947; Probate files, 1834-1941.
Identification: RG004_129
Accession: 1911-010 and 2011-003
Language: The records are in English.

Historical Note

Somers, Tolland County, Town established in July 1734, Parent Town: Part of Massachusetts until May, 1749

The Somers Probate District was constituted June 3, 1834 from the Ellington Probate District. The Somers Probate District merged with the Stafford Probate District on January 6, 1999. The Stafford Probate merged with the Enfield Probate District on January 5, 2011 to create the North Central Probate District which serves the municipalities of Enfield, Somers, Stafford, and Union.

Town of Somers, Probate District chronology:

July 1734 - May 1749, Hampshire County Massachusetts Jurisdiction
May 1749 - May 1759, Hartford District
May 1759 - May 1826, Stafford District
May 1826 - June 2, 1834, Ellington District
June 3, 1834 - January 5, 1999, Somers District
January 6, 1999 - January 4, 2011, Stafford District
January 5, 2011 - Present, North Central Connecticut 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 1-16, 1834-1947. Contact the probate court to access original record books numbered after 16. See Alternative Form Available note below.

Probate files, 1834-1941. Probate files may consist of estates, conservatorships, guardianships, commitments, and insolvencies. See Alternative Form Available note below.

Inventory control book, 1834-1941 (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 in accession 2011-003 are numnbered 1 to 16.

Probate files in accession 1911-010 are arranged alphabetically.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

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

Accession 2011-003, Record books, 1834-1947, is stored at an off-site facility and therefore may not be available on a same-day basis.

Probate files dated 1921 or later are RESTRICTED pending review by State Archives staff 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. Adoptions (all documents) from January 1, 1944 and later are confidential per Connecticut General Statutes §45a-754. Contact State Archives staff for assistance.

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 -- Somers

Places:

Somers (Conn.)

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Administrative Information

Alternative Form Available

Record books, volumes 1-11, 1834-1919; probate files, 1834-1880 (Accession 1911-010); 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 1911-010 were transferred to the Connecticut State Library on the following dates (with date span of files): November 14, 1911 (1834-1909); October 27, 1920 (1887-1918); October 26, 1923 (1889-1921); December 19, 1928 (1891-1928); August 15, 1933(1901-1932); January 26, 1937 (1908-1936); November 18, 1942 (1869-1941). They were interfiled into one alphabetic sequence.

The record books in accession 2011-003 were transferred to the Connecticut State Library on July 7, 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. 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 1911-010 are represented in this index.

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Container List

Record books, 1834-1947, Accession: 2011-003, 7.5 cubic feet (16 volumes)
Volume
Records, 1834-1853 1
On spine: "Ledger"
Decrees, 1835-1851 2
Records, 1851-1861 3
Records, 1861-1869 4
Records, 1869-1881 5
Records, 1881-1889 6
Decrees, 1889-1905 7
Records, 1894-1904 8
On spine: "Miscellaneous"
Records, 1904-1912 9
On spine: "Miscellaneous"
Decrees, 1908-1938 10
Records, 1912-1919 11
On spine: "Miscellaneous"
Records, 1917-1927 12
On spine: "Miscellaneous"
Records, 1927-1933 13
On spine: "Miscellaneous"
Records, 1833-1841 14
On spine: "Miscellaneous"
Decrees, 1939-1945 15
Records, 1941-1947 16
On spine: "Miscellaneous"
Probate files, 1834-1941, Accession: 1911-010, 4.25 cubic feet
Drawer
Aborn - Billings, M. 1
Billings, N. - Fradett 2
Frost - Kibbe, M. 3
Kibbe, N. - Phipps 4
Pinney - Z.; Miscellaneous 5
Inventory Control Book, 1834-1941, Accession: T003073
Index of the seven accessions of probate files now merged into accession 1911-010
Also known as the Godard Digest