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RG 004:129, Somers Probate Court
Inventory of Records
Finding aid prepared by Connecticut State Library staff.
Copyright © 2013 by the Connecticut State Library
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
For Probate Court contact information and hours of operation see, Probate Court Directory.
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.
Record books in accession 2011-003 are numnbered 1 to 16.
Probate files in accession 1911-010 are arranged alphabetically.
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.
Restrictions on Use
See the Reproduction and Publications of State Library Collections policy.
Probate records -- Connecticut -- Somers
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.
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.
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.