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Research Guide to Connecticut Probate Districts

Please Note: Due to recent changes in the probate court districts, we no longer have the most up-to-date information about locations and hours for Connecticut's probate courts available in this research guide. Please consult the Probate Court Directory for court locations and contact information.

Barkhamsted
Litchfield County, Town established in 1779

Barkhamsted Probate Court was constituted June 5, 1834 from the New Hartford Probate District

Town of Barkhamsted, Probate District chronology:

May 1732-May 1769 Hartford District
May 1769-May1825 Simsbury District
May 1825-June 4,1834  New Hartford District
June 5, 1834-Present Barkhamsted District

Estate Papers
Indexes: 1834-1906 in General Probate Index at CSL.
Originals: 1834-1906 at CSL.
Microfilms: 1825-1915 at CSL, and available through LDS Family History Centers.

Probate Court Record Books
Originals: None at CSL, contact probate court.
Microfilms: 1825-1923 at CSL, and available through LDS Family History Centers.

Inventory Control Book
1825-1906

Beacon Falls
New Haven County, Town established in June 1871, Parent Towns: Bethany, Naugatuck, Oxford, and Seymour

Town of Beacon Falls, Probate District chronology:

June 1871-Present Naugatuck District

Berlin
Hartford County, Town established May 1785, Parent Towns: Farmington, Wethersfield, and Middletown

Berlin Probate District was constituted June 2, 1824 from the Farmington, Hartford, and Middletown Probate Districts. Presently covers Berlin and New Britain.

Town of Berlin, Probate District chronology:

May 1785-June 1, 1824 Farmington District
May 1785-June 1, 1824 Hartford District
May 1785-June 1, 1824 Middletown District
June 2, 1824-Present Berlin District

Estate Papers
Indexes: None at CSL.
Originals: None at CSL, contact probate court.
Microfilms: None at CSL.

Probate Court Record Books
Originals: None at CSL, contact probate court.
Microfilms: 1824-1917 at CSL, and available through LDS Family History Centers.

Inventory Control Book
None

Bethany
New Haven County, Town established in May 1832, Parent Town: Woodbridge

Bethany Probate District was constituted July 4, 1854, from the New Haven Probate District. The Bethany Probate District currently covers the Town of Bethany.

Present location of the Bethany Probate Court: Town Hall, 40 Peck Rd., Bethany CT, 06524.
Hours: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, and by appointment.
Telephone: 203 393-3744.

Town of Bethany, Probate District chronology:

May 1832-July 3, 1854 New Haven District
July 4, 1854-Present Bethany District

Estate Papers
Indexes: 1854-1950 included in the General Probate Index at CSL.
Originals: 1854-1950 at CSL.
Microfilms: 1833-1915 at CSL, and available through LDS Family History Centers.

Probate Court Record Books
Originals: None at CSL, contact probate court.
Microfilms: 1855-1915 at CSL, and available through LDS Family History Centers.

Inventory Control Book
1833/34-1950

Bethel
Fairfield County, Town established in May 1855, Parent Town: Danbury

Bethel Probate District was constituted July 4, 1859, from the Danbury Probate District. The Bethel Probate District currently covers the Town of Bethel.

Town of Bethel, Probate District chronology:

May 1855-July 3, 1859 Danbury District
July 4, 1859-Present Bethel District

Estate Papers
Indexes: 1859-1929 in General Index at CSL.
Originals: 1859-1929 at CSL.
Microfilms: 1859-1915 at CSL, and available through LDS Family History Centers.

Probate Court Record Books
Originals: July 1859--June 1976, at CSL, volumes 1-37
Microfilms: 1859-1918 at CSL, and available through LDS Family History Centers.

Inventory Control Book
1859-1929

Bethlehem
Litchfield County, Town established in May 1787, Parent Town: Woodbury

Woodbury Probate District presently covers the Towns of Woodbury and Bethlehem.

Town of Bethlehem, Probate District chronology:

May 1787-Present Woodbury District

Bloomfield
Hartford County, Town established in May 1835, Parent Towns: Windsor, Farmington, and Simsbury

Bloomfield Probate District was constituted January 9, 1991 from the West Hartford Probate District

Town of Bloomfield, Probate District chronology:

May 1835-January 1983 Hartford District
January 1983-January 8, 1991 West Hartford District
January 9, 1991-Present Bloomfield District

Estate Papers
Indexes: None at CSL.
Originals: None at CSL, contact probate court.
Microfilms: None at CSL.

Probate Court Record Books
Originals: None at CSL, contact probate court.
Microfilms: None at CSL.

Inventory Control Book
None

Bolton
Tolland County, Town established in October 1720

Town of Bolton, Probate District chronology:

October 1720-May 1782 Hartford District
May 1782-May1789 East Windsor
May 1789-June 1851 Hebron District
June 1851-Present Andover District

Bozrah
New London County, Town established in May 1786, Parent Town: Norwich

Bozrah Probate district was constituted June 3, 1843 from the Norwich Probate District.

Town of Bozrah, Probate District chronology:

May 1786-June 2, 1843 Norwich District
June 3, 1843-Present Bozrah District

Estate Papers
Indexes: 1843-1930 included in the General Probate Index at CSL.
Originals: 1843-1930 at CSL.
Microfilms: 1833-1915 at CSL, and available through LDS Family History Centers.

Probate Court Record Books
Originals: None at CSL, contact probate court.
Microfilms: 1843-1929 at CSL, and available through LDS Family History Centers.

Inventory Control Book
1833-1930

Branford
New Haven County, Town established in 1685, Parent Town: New Haven

Branford Probate District was constituted June 21, 1850, from the Guilford Probate District.

Town of Branford, Probate District chronology:

1685-October 1719 New Haven District
October 1719-June 20, 1850 Guilford District
May 1776-May 1831 Wallingford District (covered Northford Society only until it was incorporated as part of the Town of North Branford)
June 21, 1850-Present Branford District

Estate Papers
Indexes: Not included in General Probate Index at CSL.
Originals: None at CSL, contact probate court.
Microfilms: None at CSL.

Probate Court Record Books
Originals: None at CSL, contact probate court.
Microfilms: 1850-1917 at CSL, and available through LDS Family History Centers.

Inventory Control Book
None

Bridgeport
Fairfield County, Town established in May 1821, Parent Towns: Fairfield and Stratford

Bridgeport Probate District was constituted June 4, 1840 from the Stratford Probate District. The Stratford Probate Record Books (volumes 1-9) from May session, 1782 to June 4, 1840 are in the custody of the Bridgeport District.

City of Bridgeport, Probate District chronology:

May 1821-June 3, 1840 Stratford District
June 4, 1840-Present Bridgeport District

Estate Papers
Indexes: 1840-1898 in General Probate Index at CSL.
Originals: 1840-1915 at CSL.
Microfilms: 1840-1915 at CSL, and available through LDS Family History Centers.

Probate Court Record Books
Originals: None at CSL, contact probate court.
Microfilms: 1840-1916, at CSL, and available through LDS Family History Centers.

Inventory Control Book
1790, 1833-1940

Bridgewater
Litchfield County, Town established in May 1856, Parent Town: New Milford

New Milford Probate District was constituted during the May 1787 session from the Danbury, Sharon, and Woodbury Probate Districts. The New Milford Probate District currently serves Bridgewater and New Milford.

Town of Bridgewater, Probate District chronology:

May 1856-Present New Milford District

Bristol
Hartford County, Town established in May 1785, Parent Town: Farmington

Bristol Probate District was constituted June 4, 1830, from the Farmington Probate District. The Bristol Probate District currently serves the City of Bristol.

Town of Bristol, Probate District chronology:

May 1785-June 3, 1830 Farmington District
June 4, 1830-Present Bristol District

Estate Papers
Indexes: 1830-1920 included in the General Probate Index at CSL.
Originals: 1830-1937 at CSL.
Microfilms: 1830-1915 at CSL, and available through LDS Family History Centers.

Probate Court Record Books
Originals: None at CSL, contact probate court.
Microfilms: 1830-1917, and available through LDS Family History Centers.

Inventory Control Book
1830-1919

Brookfield
Fairfield County, Town established in May 1788, Parent Towns: Danbury, New Milford, and Newtown.

Town of Brookfield, Probate District chronology:

May 1788-May 1820 Danbury District
May 1820-June 18, 1850 Newtown District
June 19, 1850-Present Brookfield District

Estate Papers
Indexes: Not included in the General Probate Index at CSL.
Originals: None at CSL, contact probate court.
Microfilms: None at CSL.

Probate Court Record Books
Originals: None at CSL, contact probate court.
Microfilms: 1857-1923 at CSL, and available through LDS Family History Centers.

Inventory Control Book
None

Brooklyn
Windham County, Town established in May 1786, Parent Towns: Pomfret and Canterbury

Brooklyn Probate Court was constituted June 4, 1833, from the Pomfret and Plainfield Probate Districts.

Town of Brooklyn, Probate District chronology:

May 1786-June 2, 1833 Pomfret District
May 1786-June 2, 1833 Plainfield District (covered the part of Brooklyn which was taken from Canterbury)
June 4, 1833-Present Brooklyn District

Estate Papers
Indexes: 1833-1933 in General Probate Index at CSL.
Originals: 1833-1933 at CSL.
Microfilms: 1833-1915 at CSL, and available through LDS Family History Centers.

Probate Court Record Books
Originals: None at CSL, contact probate court.
Microfilms: 1833-1917 at CSL, and available through LDS Family History Centers.

Inventory Control Book
1833-1933

Burlington
Hartford County, Town established in May 1806, Parent Town: Bristol

The Burlington Probate District was constituted June 3, 1834, from the Farmington Probate District. The Burlington Probate District presently serves the Town of Burlington.

Town of Burlington, Probate District chronology:

May 1806-June 2, 1834 Farmington District
June 3, 1834-Present Burlington District

Estate Papers
Indexes: 1834-1945 in General Probate Index at CSL.
Originals: 1834-1955 at CSL.
Microfilms: 1834-1915 at CSL, and available through LDS Family History Centers.

Probate Court Record Books
Originals: None at CSL, contact probate court.
Microfilms: 1835-1927 at CSL, and available through LDS Family History Centers.

Inventory Control Book
1834-1945

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