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 1854-1930

Inventory Control Book 1854-1930

Wills 1929-1985


RG 004:154, Westbrook 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 (Westbrook)
Title: Westbrook Probate Court records
Dates: 1854-1985
Quantity: 4 cubic feet
Abstract: Record books, None; Probate files, 1854-1930; Wills, 1929-1985.
Identification: RG004_154
Accession: 1914-011 and 2013-046
Language: The records are in English.

Historical Note

Westbrook, Middlesex County, Town established in May 1840, Parent Town: Saybrook

The Westbrook Probate District was constituted July 4, 1854, from the Old Saybrook (present day Essex) Probate District. The Westbrook Probate District merged with the Clinton, Deep River, Essex, Haddam, Killingworth, Lyme, Old Saybrook, and Saybrook Probate Districts on January 5, 2011 to create the Saybrook Probate District. The Saybrook Probate District serves the municipalities of Chester, Clinton, Deep River, Essex, Haddam, Killingworth, Lyme, Old Saybrook, and Westbrook.

Town of Westbrook, Probate District chronology:

May 1840 - July 1853, Saybrook District
July 1853 - July 3, 1854, Essex District
July 4, 1854 - January 4, 2011, Westbrook District
January 5, 2011 - Present, Saybrook District

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

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Scope and Content

Probate record books, None. Contact the probate court to access original record books. See Alternative Form Available note below.

Probate files, 1854-1930. Probate files may consist of estates, conservatorships, guardianships, commitments, and insolvencies. See Alternative Form Available note below.

Inventory control book, 1854-1930 (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.

Wills, 1929-1985.

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Arrangement

Probate files in accession 1914-011 are arranged alphabetically.

Wills in accession 2013-046 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.

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 -- Westbrook

Places:

Westbrook (Conn.)

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Administrative Information

Alternative Form Available

Record books, volumes 1, Wills, 1858-1937, probate files, 1854-1880, and inventory control book 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 1914-011 were transferred to the Connecticut State Library on the following dates (with date span of files): August 7, 1914 (1854-1908); August 19, 1931 (1858-1930); October 22, 1935 (1885-1927). They were interfiled into one alphabetic sequence.

The wills in accession 2013-046 were transferred to the Connecticut State Library on May 7, 2013.

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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.

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 1914-011 are represented in this index.

Probate Files: The History and Genealogy reference staff has access to an index for the wills in accession 2013-046.

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Container List

Probate files, 1854-1930, Accession: 1914-011, 5.25 cubic feet
Drawer
Ackley - Bushnell, E. 1
Bushnell, F. - Chapman, C. 2
Chapman, D. - Cook 3
Crawford - Doane, H. 4
Doane, I. - Fox 5
Gardner - Hrziwna 6
Hubbard - Kirtland 7
Knittel - Magna 8
Martin - Parker 9
Pease - Post, J. 10
Post, K. - Smith, L. 11
Smith, M. - Spencer 12
Stannard, A. - Stannard, L. 13
Stannard, M. - Stokes, E. 14
Stokes, F. - Vincent 15
Wagner - Zinser; Miscellaneous 16
Inventory Control Book, 1854-1930, Accession: T003073
Index of the three accessions of probate files now merged into accession 1914-011
Also known as the Godard Digest
Wills, 1929-1985, Accession: 2013-046
Box
B - Y, 1929-1985 1