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 1838-1924

Probate files 1838-1912

Inventory Control Book 1838-1912


RG 004:162, Winchester 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 (Winchester District)
Title: Winchester Probate Court records
Dates: 1838-1924
Quantity: 33.75 cubic feet
Abstract: Record books, 1838-1924; Probate files, 1838-1912.
Identification: RG004_162
Accession: 1931-004, 2011-090
Language: The records are in English.

Historical Note

Winchester, Litchfield County, Town named 1733, established in May 1771, City of Winsted incorporated January 1917

The Winchester Probate District was constituted May 31, 1838 from the Norfolk Probate District. It also included the municipality of Colebrook from May 31, 1838 to January 4, 2011. The Winchester Probate District merged with the New Hartford and Torrington Probate Districts on January 5, 2011 to create the Torrington Area Probate District which serves the municipalities of Barkhamsted, Colebrook, Goshen, Hartland, New Hartford, Torrington, and Winchester.

Town of Winchester (which includes the City of Winsted) Probate District chronology:

May 1733 - May 1769, Hartford District
May 1769 - May 1779, Simsbury District
May 1779 - May 30, 1838, Norfolk District
May 31, 1838 - January 4, 2011, Winchester District
January 5, 2011 - Present, Torrington Area 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. 1-37, 1838-1924. Contact the probate court to access original record books after volume 37. See Alternative Form Available note below.

Probate files, 1838-1912. Probate files may consist of estates, conservatorships, guardianships, commitments, and insolvencies. See Alternative Form Available note below.

Inventory control book, 1838-1912 (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 2011-090 are numbered from 1-37.

Probate files in accession 1931-004 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 2011-090, Record books, 1838-1924, 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 -- Colebrook
Probate records -- Connecticut -- Winchester

Places:

Colebrook (Conn.)
Winchester (Conn.)

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Administrative Information

Alternative Form Available

Record books, volumes A, 2-10, 12-14, 16, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29, 31, 35, 1838-1918; probate files, 1838-1880; 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 1931-004 were transferred to the Connecticut State Library on the following dates (with date span of files): October 13, 1931 (1838-1912).

The record books in accession 2011-090 were transferred to the Connecticut State Library on January 3, 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.

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 1934-001 are represented in this index.

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Container List

Record books, 1838-1924, Accessison: 2011-090, 19.5 cubic feet (37 volumes)
Volume
Records, 1838-1844 1
Records, 1843-1850 2
Records, 1849-1857 3
Records, 1858-1868 4
Records, 1856-1859 5
Orders, 1856-1866 6
On spine: "Records"
Orders, 1866-1874 7
On spine: "Records"
Records, 1868-1875 8
Orders, 1874-1880 9
On spine: Records
Records, 1875-1879 10
Orders, 1880-1885 11
On spine: "Records
Records, 1880-1883 12
Records, 1883-1885 13
Records, 1885-1889 14
Orders, 1885-1888 15
On spine: "Records"
Records, 1888-1890 16
Orders, 1888-1891 17
On spine: "Records"
Bonds, 1888-1907 18
On spine "Records"
Records, 1890-1893, 1895 19
Orders, 1892-1894 20
Records, 1893-1895 21
Orders, 1894-1897 22
On spine: "Records"
Records, 1895-1897, 1906 23
Orders, 1897-1899 24
Records, 1897-1899, 1903, 1906 25
Orders, 1899-1902 26
On spine: "Records"
Records, 1899-1904, 1906 27
Orders, 1902-1905 28
Records, 1904-1907 29
On spine: "Manuscript"
Orders, 1905-1907 30
Records, 1907-1913 31
On spine: "Manuscript"
Orders, 1907-1912 32
Bonds, 1907-1924 33
Orders, 1911-1914 34
Records, 1912-1918 35
On spine: "Manuscript"
Orders, 1914-1917 36
Orders, 1917-1921 37
Probate files, 1838-1912, Accession: 1931-004, 14.25 cubic feet
Drawer
Abbott - Babock 1
Baglin - Barry 2
Bartholomew - Bennett 3
Bidwell - Bronson, F. 4
Bronson, G. - Burke 5
Burkett - Carpenter 6
Carr - Claflin 7
Clark - Coffee 8
Coleman - Cowles 9
Coy - Davis 10
Davison - Donohey 11
Donovan - Dyson 12
Eades - Fordyce 13
Fosket - Gilbert 14
Gillett - Gunther 15
Haley - Hazzard 16
Healey - Holabird 17
Holcomb - Hull 18
Hummiston - Hurlbut, R. 19
Hurlbut, S. - Jopp 20
Jordon - Lathrop 21
Lavin - MacAlpine 22
MacArthy - Mead 23
Medick - Munson 24
Murphy - O'Brien 25
O'Conner - Pease 26
Peck - Phelps, J. 27
Phelps, K. - Pond 28
Poole - Reutter 29
Reynolds - Rockwell, M. 30
Rockwell, N. - Rugg 31
Russell - Sawyer 32
Scanlon - Skinner J. 33
Skinner, K. - Smith, O. 34
Smith, P. - Starks 35
Stebbins - Sulz 36
Swan - Thebo 37
Thomas - Turton 38
Tuttle - Watson 39
Wattles - Whealon 40
Wheeler - Whittaker 41
Wickham - Woodford 42
Woodhead - Z.; Miscellaneous 43
Inventory Control Book, 1838-1912, Accession: T003073
Index of the probate files in accession 1931-004
Also known as the Godard Digest