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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.

Canaan
Litchfield County, Town established in October 1739

The Canaan Probate District was constituted June 6, 1846, from the Sharon Probate District. The Canaan Probate currently serves the Towns of Canaan and North Canaan.

Present location of probate court: Town Hall, North Canaan, P.O. Box 905, Canaan CT, 06018.
Hours: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Monday through Friday, and by appointment.
Telephone: 860 824-7114.

Town of Canaan, Probate District chronology:

October 1739-October 1742 Hartford District
October 1742-October 1755 Litchfield District
October 1755-June 5, 1846 Sharon District
June 6, 1846-Present Canaan District

Estate Papers
Indexes: 1844[sic]-1912 in General Probate Index at CSL.
Originals: 1844-1912 at CSL.
Microfilms: 1844-1915 at CSL, and available through LDS Family History Centers.

Probate Court Record Books
Originals: None at CSL, contact probate court.
Microfilms: 1847-1923 at CSL, and available through LDS Family History Centers.

Inventory Control Book
1844-1912

Canterbury
Windham County, Town established in October 1703, Parent Town: Plainfield

The Canterbury Probate was constituted May 27, 1835, from the Plainfield Probate District. The Canterbury Probate District presently serves the Town of Canterbury.

Present location of probate court: Town Office Building, P.O. Box 26, Canterbury CT, 06331.
Hours: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Wednesdays, and by appointment.
Telephone: 860 546-9605, 6159.

Town of Canterbury Probate, District chronology:

October 1703-October 1719 New London District
October 1719-May 1747 Windham District
May 1747-May 26, 1835 Plainfield District
May 27, 1835-Present Canterbury District

Estate Papers
Indexes: 1878-1945 in General Probate Index at CSL.
Originals: 1835-1878, location unknown 1878-1945 at CSL.
Microfilms: two series for 1881-1915, processed & unprocessed packets at CSL, and available through LDS Family History Centers.

Probate Court Record Books
Originals: None at CSL, contact probate court.
Microfilms: 1835-1918 at CSL, and available through LDS Family History Centers.

Inventory Control Book
1878-1944

Canton
Hartford County, Town established in May 1806, Parent Town: Simsbury

The Canton Probate District was constituted June 7, 1841 from the Simsbury Probate District. The Canton Probate District currently serves the town of Canton.

Present location of probate court: Canton Town Hall, 4 Market St.,
Mailing address P.O. Box 175, Collinsville CT, 06022.
Hours: 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Tuesdays through Thursdays, and Friday by appointment.
Telephone: 860 693-8684.

Town of Canton, Probate District chronology:

May 1806-June 6, 1841 Simsbury District
June 7, 1841-Present Canton District

Estate Papers
Indexes: 1841-1944 in General Probate Index at CSL.
Originals: 1841-1955 at CSL.
Microfilms: 1841-1915 at CSL, and available through LDS Family History Centers.

Probate Court Record Books
Originals: None at CSL, contact probate court.
Microfilms: 1841-1916 at CSL, and available through LDS Family History Centers.

Inventory Control Book
1841-1944

Chaplin
Windham County, Town established in May 1822, Parent Towns: Windham, Hampton, and Mansfield

Eastford Probate District was constituted June 21, 1849, from the Ashford Probate District. The Probate Districts of Chaplin and Eastford where combined October 1, 1996. The Eastford Probate District presently serves the Towns of Eastford and Chaplin.

Present location of probate court: Town Office Building, Westford Rd., Eastford CT, 06242.
Hours: 10 a.m.- 12 Noon Wednesdays; and by appointment.
Telephone: 860 974-1885, 3240.

Town of Chaplin, Probate District chronology:

May 1822-June 6, 1850 Windham District
June 7, 1850-Sept. 30, 1996 Chaplin District
October 1, 1996-Present Eastford District

Estate Papers
Indexes: 1850-1926 in General Probate Index at CSL.
Originals: 1850-1926 at CSL.
Microfilms: 1850-1915 at CSL, and available through LDS Family History Centers.

Probate Court Record Books
Originals: None at CSL, contact probate court.
Microfilms: 1850-1915 at CSL, and available through LDS Family History Centers.

Inventory Control Book
1850-1926

Chatham
(See East Hampton)

Cheshire
New Haven County, Town established in May 1780, Parent Town: Wallingford

Cheshire Probate District was constituted May 27, 1829, from the Wallingford Probate District. The Cheshire Probate District currently serves the Towns of Cheshire and Prospect.

Present location of probate court: Town Hall, Cheshire CT, 06410.
Hours: 8:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m., 1:30- 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Telephone: (203) 271-6608.

Town of Cheshire, Probate District chronology:

May 1780-May 26, 1829 Wallingford District
May 27, 1829-Present Cheshire District

Estate Papers
Indexes: 1829-1912 in General Probate Index at CSL.
Originals: 1829-1912 at CSL.
Microfilms: 1829-1915 at CSL, and available through LDS Family History Centers.

Probate Court Record Books
Originals: None at CSL, contact probate court.
Microfilms: 1829-1920 at CSL, and available through LDS Family History Centers.

Inventory Control Book
1829-1912

Chester
Middlesex County, Town established in May 1836, Parent Town: Saybrook

The Saybrook Probate District was constituted during the May 1780 session, from the Guilford Probate District. The Saybrook Probate District presently serves only the Town of Chester.

Present location of probate court: 65 Main St., Chester CT, 06412.
Hours: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, and by appointment.
Telephone: 860 526-0007.

Town of Chester, Probate District chronology:

May 1836-Present Saybrook District

Estate Papers
Indexes: 1780-1940 in General Probate Index at CSL.
Originals: 1780-1940 at CSL.
Microfilms: 1780-1880 at CSL, and available through LDS Family History Centers.

Probate Court Record Books
Originals: None at CSL, contact probate court.
Microfilms: 1780-1919 at CSL, and available through LDS Family History Centers.

Inventory Control Book
1780-1940

Clinton
Middlesex County, Town established in May 1838, Parent Town: Killingworth

Clinton Probate District was constituted July 5, 1862, from the Killingworth Probate District. Clinton Probate District presently serves the town of Clinton.

Present location of probate court: Town Hall, P.O. Box 130, Clinton CT, 06413.
Hours: 9 a.m.- 12 Noon, 1-4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Telephone: 860 669-6447.

Town of Clinton, Probate District chronology:

May 1838-July 4, 1862 Killingworth District
July 5, 1862-Present Clinton 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: 1862-1915 at CSL, and available through LDS Family History Centers.

Inventory Control Book
None

Colchester
New London County, Town established in 1698

Colchester Probate District was constituted May 29, 1832, from the East Haddam Probate District and contains the records of East Haddam from the October session, 1741 to May 29, 1832. Colchester Probate District presently serves the Town of Colchester.

Present location of probate court: 127 Norwich Ave., Colchester CT, 06415.
Hours: 12:30-4:30 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday; 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Wednesday, and by appointment.
Telephone: 860 537-7290.

Town of Colchester, Probate District chronology:

1698-October 1708 New London County Court & District
October 1708-October 1741 Hartford District
October 1741-May 28, 1832 East Haddam District
May 29, 1832-Present Colchester District

Estate Papers
Indexes: 1741-1920 in the General Probate Index at CSL.
Originals: 1741-1920 at CSL.
Microfilms: 1741-1915 at CSL, and available through LDS Family History Centers.

Probate Court Record Books
Originals: None at CSL, contact probate court.
Microfilms: 1741-1922 at CSL, and available through LDS Family History Centers.

Inventory Control Book
1721-1920

Colebrook
Litchfield County, Town established in October 1779

Winchester Probate District was constituted May 31, 1838, from the Norfolk Probate District. The Winchester Probate District currently serves the Towns of Winchester and Colebrook.

Present location of probate court: Town Hall, 338 Main St., Winsted CT, 06098.
Hours: 9 a.m.-12 Noon, 1- 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Telephone: 860 379-5576.

Town of Colebrook, Probate District chronology:

May 1732-May 1769 Hartford District
May 1769-May 1779 Simsbury District
May 1779-April 30, 1838 Norfolk District
May 31, 1838-Present Winchester District

Columbia
Tolland County, Town established in May 1804, Parent Town: Lebanon

Andover Probate District was constituted June 27, 1851 from Hebron Probate District. Contains the records of Hebron Probate District from May session, 1789 to June 27, 1851. Presently covers the towns of Andover, Bolton and Columbia.

Present location of probate court: Andover Probate District, 222 Bolton Ctr. Rd., Bolton CT, 06043.
Hours: 9a.m.-4p.m. Monday & Wednesday; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday; Tuesday evenings and Thursdays by appointment only.
Telephone: 860 649-8066.

Town of Columbia, Probate District chronology:

May 1804-May 1808 Windham District
May 1808-June 26, 1851 Hebron District
June 27, 1851-Present Andover District

Cornwall
Litchfield County, Town established in May 1740

Cornwall Probate District was constituted June 15, 1847, from the Litchfield Probate District. Cornwall Probate District presently serves the town of Cornwall.

Present location of probate court: Town Office, Pine St. Cornwall CT, 06753.
Hours: 9 a.m.-12 Noon, Tuesdays & Thursdays, and by appointment.
Telephone: 860 672-2677.

Town of Cornwall, Probate District chronology:

May 1740-October 1742 Hartford District
October 1742-June 14, 1847 Litchfield District
June 15, 1847-Present Cornwall 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: 1847-1923 at CSL, and available through LDS Family History Centers.

Inventory Control Book
None

Coventry
Tolland County, Town established in 1712

Coventry Probate District was constituted June 19, 1849 from the Hebron Probate District. Merged with the Mansfield Probate District on January 6, 1999.

Present location of probate court: Mansfield Probate District: Audrey P. Beck Building, 4 South Eagleville Rd., Storrs CT, 06268.
Hours: 3-5 p.m., Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays, and by appointment.
Telephone: Business 860 429-3313; Residence 860 429-5177

Town of Coventry, Probate District chronology:

October 1711-October 1719 Hartford District
October 1719-May 1789 Windham District
May 1789-June 18, 1849 Hebron District
June 19, 1849-January 5, 1999 Coventry District (see below)
January 6, 1999-Present Mansfield District

Estate Papers
Indexes: 1849-1932 in General Probate Index at CSL.
Originals: 1849-1932 at CSL.
Microfilms: 1849-1915 at CSL, and available through LDS Family History Centers.

Probate Court Record Books
Originals: None at CSL, contact probate court.
Microfilms: 1849-1917 at CSL, and available through LDS Family History Centers.

Inventory Control Book
1849-1932

Cromwell
Middlesex County, Town established in May 1851, Parent Town: Middletown

Middletown Probate District was constituted May 1752 session, from the Hartford, Guilford and East Haddam Probate Districts. The Middletown Probate District presently serves the Towns of Middletown, Cromwell, Durham, and Middlefield.

Present location of probate court: 94 Court St., Middletown CT, 06457.
Hours: 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Telephone: 860 347-7424; FAX 860 346-1520.

Town of Cromwell, Probate District chronology:

May 1851-Present Middletown District

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