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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.

Old Lyme
(Name of Town was South Lyme until 1857), New London County, Town established in 1855, Parent Town: Lyme

Old Lyme Probate District was constituted May 1855, from the Lyme Probate District. Name of probate district changed from Lyme to Old Lyme, July 24, 1868. Probate records concerning Old Lyme, from May 1, 1666 to June 4, 1830, are in New London; records from June 4, 1830 to date, are in Old Lyme. The Old Lyme Probate District currently serves the Town of Old Lyme.

Present location of probate court: Memorial Town Hall, 52 Lyme St., Old Lyme CT, 06371.
Hours: 9 a.m.- 12 Noon, 1-4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Telephone: 860 434-1406.

Town of Old Lyme, Probate District chronology:

May 1855-Present Old Lyme District (Name of District was Lyme until July 1868)

Estate Papers
Indexes: 1855-1945 included in General Probate Index at CSL.
Originals: 1855-1945 at CSL.
Microfilms: 1830-1880 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
1830-1945

Old Saybrook
Middlesex County, Town established July 8, 1854, Parent Town: Old Saybrook (which is today the Town of Essex)

Old Saybrook Probate District was constituted July 4, 1859, from the Essex Probate District. Old Saybrook probate records between 1666-1719, are in New London and New Haven; records between 1719-1780, are in Guilford; records between 1780-1853, are in Chester; records between 1853-1859, are in Essex; records from 1859 to the present are in Old Saybrook. The Old Saybrook Probate District currently serves the Town of Old Saybrook.

Present location of probate court: Town Hall, 302 Main St., Old Saybrook CT, 06475.
Hours: 9 a.m.- 1 p.m., Monday through Friday, and by appointment.
Telephone: 860 395-3128; FAX 860 395-3125.

Town of Old Saybrook, Probate District chronology:

July 1854-July 3, 1859 Essex District (Name of district was Old Saybrook until July
1859 when a new district of Old Saybrook was established)
July 4, 1859-Present Old Saybrook District

Estate Papers
Indexes: 1859-1927 included in General Probate Index at CSL.
Originals: 1859-1927 at CSL.
Microfilms: 1853-1880 at CSL ?? (check with Essex)

Probate Court Record Books
Originals: None at CSL, contact probate court.
Microfilms: 1859-1917, and available through LDS Family History Centers.

Inventory Control Book
1859-1927

Orange
New Haven County, Town established May 1822, Parent Towns: Milford and New Haven

Orange Probate District was constituted January 8, 1975, from the New Haven Probate District. The Orange Probate District currently serves the Town of Orange.

Present location of probate court: High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Rd., Orange CT, 06477.
Hours: 9 a.m.- 12 Noon, Monday through Friday.
Telephone: 203 891-2160; FAX 891-2161.

Town of Orange, Probate District chronology:

May 1822-January 7, 1975 New Haven District
January 8, 1975-Present Orange 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: None at CSL.

Inventory Control Book
None

Oxford
New Haven County, Town established in October 1798, Parent Towns: Derby and Southbury

Oxford Probate District was constituted June 4, 1846, from the New Haven Probate District. The Oxford Probate District currently serves Oxford.

Present location of probate court: Town Hall, Oxford CT, 06478.
Hours: 7-9 p.m., Monday; 1-5 p.m., Tuesday & Wednesday; 9 a.m.- 5 p.m., 7-9 p.m., Thursday,
and by appointment.
Telephone: 203 888-0363.

Town of Oxford, Probate District chronology:

October 1798-June 3, 1846 New Haven District
June 4, 1846-Present Oxford District

Estate Papers
Indexes: 1846-1908 included in General Probate Index at CSL.
Originals: 1846-1908 at CSL.
Microfilms: 1846-1880 at CSL, and available through LDS Family History Centers.

Probate Court Record Books
Originals: None at CSL, contact probate court.
Microfilms: 1846-1917 at CSL, and available through LDS Family History Centers., Index for probate records 1846-1984 on microfilm

Inventory Control Book
1846-1908

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