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 1838-1966

Probate files 1719-1917

Inventory Control Book 1719-1917

Probate files 1880-1961, bulk 1905-1942


RG 004:163, Windham 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 (Windham District)
Title: Windham Probate Court records
Dates: 1719-1966
Quantity: 89.75 cubic feet
Abstract: Record books, 1719-1921; Bond record books, 1881-1966; Probate files, 1719-1925.
Identification: RG004_163
Accession: 1921-040, 2011-013, 2012-009
Language: The records are in English.

Historical Note

Windham, Windham County, Town established in May 1692

The Windham Probate District was constituted October 1719, from the Hartford and New London Probate Districts. It also served the following municipalities at various times: Ashford, October 1719 - May 1752; Canterbury, October 1719 - May 1747; Chaplin, May 1822 - June 6, 1850; Columbia, May 1804 - May 1808; Coventry, October 1719 - May 1789; Hampton, October 1786 - June 2, 1836; Killingly, October 1719 - May 1747; Lebanon, October 1719 - June 1, 1826; Mansfield, October 1719 - May 29, 1831; Plainfield, October 1719 - May 1747; Pomfret, October 1719 - May 1752; Scotland, May 1857 - January 4, 2011; Union, October 1734 - May 1752; Voluntown, May 1726 - May 1747; Woodstock, May 1749 - May 1752. The Windham Probate District merged with the Colchester, Eastford (part), and Hampton Probate Districts on January 5, 2011 to create the Windham - Colchester Probate District, which serves the municipalities of Chaplin, Colchester, Hampton, Lebanon, Scotland, and Windham.

Town of Windham, Probate District chronology:

May 1692 - October 1719, Hartford County Court and District
May 1692 - October 1719, New London County Court and District
October 1719 - January 4, 2011, Windham District
January 5, 2011 - Present, Windham - Colchester District

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

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Scope and Content

Probate record books: Regular, vol. 1-38, 1719-1921; Special, vol. 1-12, 1734-1921; Orders & decrees, vol. 13-25, 1881-1921; Bonds, vol. 1-8, 1881-1966; Insolvent estates, vol. 1-3, 1877-1903. Contact the probate court to access original record books numbered after these volumes. See Alternative Form Available note below.

Probate files, 1719-1925. Probate files may consist of estates, conservatorships, guardianships, commitments, and insolvencies. See Alternative Form Available note below.

Inventory control book, 1729-1917 (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 2011-013 are by the following and numbered therein: regular, special, orders & decrees, bonds, insolvent estates.

Probate files in accession 1932-040 are arranged alphabetically.

Probate files in accession 2012-009 are arranged by file number.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

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

Accession 2011-013, Record books, 1719-1966, and Accession 2012-019, Probate files, 1880-1961, bulk 1905-1942, 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 -- Ashford
Probate records -- Connecticut -- Canterbury
Probate records -- Connecticut -- Chaplin
Probate records -- Connecticut -- Columbia
Probate records -- Connecticut -- Coventry
Probate records -- Connecticut -- Hampton
Probate records -- Connecticut -- Killingly
Probate records -- Connecticut -- Lebanon
Probate records -- Connecticut -- Mansfield
Probate records -- Connecticut -- Plainfield
Probate records -- Connecticut -- Pomfret
Probate records -- Connecticut -- Scotland
Probate records -- Connecticut -- Union
Probate records -- Connecticut -- Voluntown
Probate records -- Connecticut -- Windham
Probate records -- Connecticut -- Woodstock

Places:

Ashford (Conn.)
Canterbury (Conn.)
Chaplin (Conn.)
Columbia (Conn.)
Coventry (Conn.)
Hampton (Conn.)
Killingly (Conn.)
Lebanon (Conn.)
Mansfield (Conn.)
Plainfield (Conn.)
Pomfret (Conn.)
Scotland (Conn.)
Union (Conn.)
Voluntown (Conn.)
Windham (Conn.)
Woodstock (Conn.)

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Administrative Information

Alternative Form Available

Record books, vol. 1-34, 1719-1918; Special record books, vol. 1-12, 16, 19-23, 1734-1917; probate files, 1719-1880; 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 1921-040 were transferred to the Connecticut State Library on the following dates (with date span of files): July 15, 1921 (1719-1917).

The record books in accession 2011-013 were transferred to the Connecticut State Library on August 18, 2010.

The probate files in accession 2012-009 were transferred to the Connecticut State Library on October 24, 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 1921-040 are represented in this index.

Probate Files: The History and Genealogy reference staff has access to an index for the files in accession 2012-009.

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Container List

Record books, 1838-1966, Accessison: 2011-013, 43.5 cubic feet (82 volumes)
Volume
Regular, 1838-1844 1
Regular, 1734-1744 2
Regular, 1744-1750 3
Regular, 1750-1755 4
Regular, 1755-1760 5
Regular, 1759-1764 6
Regular, 1764-1769 7
Regular, 1769-1775 8
Regular, 1775-1778 9
Regular, 1778-1782 10
Regular, 1782-1785 11
Regular, 1785-1790 12
Regular, 1790-1796 13
Regular, 1796-1802 14
Regular, 1802-1810 15
Regular, 1810-1816 16
Regular, 1816-1823 17
Regular, 1823-1827 18
Regular, 1827-1830 19
Regular, 1830-1836 20
Regular, 1836-1848 21
Regular, 1843-1858 22
Regular, 1867-1877 23
Regular, 1877-1885 24
Regular, 1885-1890 25
Regular, 1890-1893 26
Regular, 1893-1896 27
Regular, 1896-1898 28
Regular, 1898-1901 29
Regular, 1901-1904 30
Regular, 1904-1908 31
Regular, 1908-1910 32
Regular, 1910-1911 33
Regular, 1911-1918 34
Regular, 1917-1918 35
Regular, 1918-1919 36
Regular, 1919-1920 37
Special, 1734-1744 1
Special, 1744-1755 2
Special, 1755-1764 3
Special, 1764-1778 4
Special, 1778-1797 5
Special, 1797-1814 6
Special, 1814-1822 7
Special, 1822-1829 8
Special, 1830-1843 9
Special, 1849-1867 10
Special, 1869-1873 11
Special, 1873-1877 12
Special, 1894-1899 16
Special, 1899-1904 19
Special, 1903-1906 20
Special, 1906-1908 21
Special, 1908-1913 22
Special, 1912-1917 23
Special, 1918-1920 24
Special, 1920-1921 25
Orders & decrees, 1881-1887 13
Orders & decrees, 1887-1893 14
Orders & decrees, 1887-1895 15
Orders & decrees, 1892-1897 16
Orders & decrees, 1900-1904 17
Orders & decrees, 1900-1904 18
Orders & decrees, 1904-1906 19
Orders & decrees, 1907-1910 20
Orders & decrees, 1910-1916 21
Orders & decrees, 1913-1916 22
Orders & decrees, 1914-1918 23
Orders & decrees, 1917-1923 24
Orders & decrees, 1920-1921 25
Bonds, 1881-1894 1
Bonds, 1894-1905 2
Bonds, 1905-1918 3
Bonds, 1918-1928 4
Bonds, 1928-1940 5
Bonds, 1940-1951 6
Bonds, 1934-1958 7
Bonds, 1958-1966 8
Insolvent estates, 1877 1
Insolvent estates, 1893 2
Insolvent estates, 1896-1903 3
Probate files, 1719-1917, Accession: 1921-040, 36.25 cubic feet
Drawer
A - Z; Miscellaneous 1-105
W.G. & A.R. Morrison Company, 1880-1917 106
Receivership bankruptcy file
Commitments to insane hospitals, A - Z, 1880-1917 107
Adoptions, A - Z, 1880-1917 108
Commitments and miscellaneous documents, 1880-1917 109
Inventory Control Book, 1719-1917, Accession: T003073
Index of the probate files in accession 1921-040
Also known as the Godard Digest
Probate files, 1880-1961, bulk 1905-1942, Accession: 2012-009, 10 cubic feet
Box
File numbers 5 - 16 1
File numbers 16 - 69 2
File numbers 79 - 160 3
File numbers 161 - 244 4
File numbers 255 - 366 5
File numbers 377 - 434 6
File numbers 435 - 512 7
File numbers 513 - 603 8
File numbers 604 - 685 9
File numbers 686 - 762 10