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The Connecticut State Library holds most extant pre-1850 probate estate papers and, for much of the state, papers dated into the 1900s. Most have been indexed in the Library's Probate Estate Papers Index, which 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 Genealogical Society of Utah has microfilmed estate papers 1880 and earlier held by the State Archives; many additional papers have been filmed through 1915. Microfilms covering probate matters through 1880 are in cabinets 7-9 in the History and Genealogy Reading Room, arranged alphabetically by probate district. Within each probate district, files were filmed alphabetically by the name of the person. Microfilms of estate papers from 1881 to 1915 are in cabinet 9. However, these later microfilms cover only the Andover though New Haven Probate Districts.
We do not make copies from or loan genealogical microfilms. If you cannot visit the State Library, you may hire an independent researcher or use films at an LDS Family History Center. Contact the History & Genealogy Unit to make arrangements to access and/or purchase photocopies of files that have not been microfilmed.
The State Library also holds microfilm copies of most probate court record books, which may contain further information, to ca. 1915. These films were also produced by the Genealogical Society of Utah and are available through LDS Family History Centers.
For additional information on Connecticut probate records, see the Research Guide to Probate Records at the Connecticut State Library and the Research Guide to Connecticut Probate Districts
Prepared by the History and Genealogy Unit, Connecticut State Library, 11-96. Revised 12-2003.