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 1834-1938


RG 004:153, Watertown 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 (Watertown District)
Title: Watertown Probate Court records
Dates: 1834-1938
Quantity: 15 cubic feet
Abstract: Record books, 1834-1938; Probate files, None.
Identification: RG004_153
Accession: 2011-105
Language: The records are in English.

Historical Note

Watertown, Litchfield County, Town established in May 1780, Parent Town: Waterbury

The Watertown Probate District was constituted June 3, 1834, from the Waterbury Probate District. The Watertown Probate District merged with the Woodbury Probate District on January 8, 2003 to create a single probate district. The Woodbury Probate District merged with the Oxford, Roxbury, Southbury, and Washington Probate Districts on January 5, 2011 to create the Region # 22 Probate District which serves the municipalities of Bethlehem, Oxford, Roxbury, Southbury, Washington, Watertown, and Woodbury.

Town of Watertown, Probate District chronology:

May 1780 - June 2, 1834, Waterbury District
June 3, 1834 - January 7, 2003, Watertown District
January 8, 2003 - January 4, 2011, Woodbury District
January 5, 2011 - Present, Region # 22 District

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

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Scope and Content

Probate record books, vol. 1-26, 1834-1933. Contact the probate court to access original record books after volume 34. See Alternative Form Available note below.

Probate files, None. Probate files may consist of estates, conservatorships, guardianships, commitments, and insolvencies. See Alternative Form Available note below.

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Arrangement

Record books in accession 2011-105 are numbered from 1-26.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

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

Accession 2011-105, Record books, 1834-1938, are stored at an off-site facility and therefore may not be available on a same-day basis.

Probate files from 1921-1946 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. 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 -- Watertown

Places:

Watertown (Conn.)

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Administrative Information

Alternative Form Available

Record books, volumes 1-4, 6, 9-11, 13-15, 17, 1834-1917, 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 2011-105 were transferred to the Connecticut State Library on January 20, 2011.

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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.

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Container List

Record books, 1834-1938, Accession: 2011-105, 15 cubic feet (26 volumes)
Volume
Records, 1834-1841 1
Volume 1 is in two parts: Part 1, pages 1-247, and Part 2, pages 248-514
Records, 1839-1849 2
Volume 2 is in two parts: Part 1, pages 1-252, and Part 2, pages 253-530
Records, 1849-1861 3
Records, 1859-1870 4
Orders, 1862-1886 5
On spine: "Records"
Records, 1874-1890 6
Bonds, 1881-1916 7
Orders, 1885-1902 8
On spine: "Records"
Records, 1887-1893 9
Records, 1893-1899 10
Records, 1897-1901 11
Orders, 1901-1912 12
Records, 1901-1908 13
Records, 1906-1910 14
Records, 1910-1914 15
Orders, 1912-1920 16
Records, 1914-1917 17
Records, 1916-1920 18
Bonds, 1916-1938 19
Orders, 1920-1926 20
Records, 1920-1922 21
Records, 1922-1926 22
Records, 1925-1927 23
Orders, 1927-1931 24
Records, 1928-1930 25
Records, 1930-1933 26