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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.

Plainfield
Windham County, Town established in May 1699 as Quinabaug, named Oct. 1700

Plainfield Probate Court was constituted May 1747 session, from the Windam Probate District. Plainfield Probate District presently serves the Town of Plainfield.

Present location of probate court: Town Hall, 8 Community Ave. Plainfield CT, 06374.
Hours: 8:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; Friday 8:30 a.m. - 12 Noon.
Telephone: (860) 230-3031.

Town of Plainfield, Probate District chronology:

May 1699-October 1719 New London District
October 1719-May 1747 Windham District
May 1747-Present Plainfield District

Estate Papers
Indexes: 1747-1854 included in General Probate Index at CSL.
Originals: 1747-1854 at CSL.
Microfilms: 1747-1880 at CSL, and available through LDS Family History Centers.

Probate Court Record Books
Originals: None at CSL, contact probate court.
Microfilms: 1747-1918 at CSL, and available through LDS Family History Centers.

Inventory Control Book
1747-1854

Plainville
Hartford County, Town established in July 1869, Parent Town: Farmington

Plainville Probate District was constituted May 1909, from the Farmington Probate District. The Plainville Probate District currently serves the Town of Plainville.

Present location of probate court: Plainville Municipal Center, 1 Central Sq., Plainville CT, 06062.
Hours: 9 a.m.- 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m.- 1 p.m., Friday.
Telephone: 860 793-0221, Ext. 250.

Town of Plainville, Probate District chronology:

May 1869-May 1909 Farmington District
May 1909-Present Plainville 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: 1910-1928 at CSL, and available through LDS Family History Centers.

Inventory Control Book
None

Plymouth
Litchfield County, Town established in May 1795, Parent Town: Watertown

Plymouth Probate District was constituted May 31, 1833, from the Waterbury Probate District. The Plymouth Probate District currently serves the Town of Plymouth.

Present location of probate court: Town Hall, 80 Main St, Terryville CT, 06786.
Hours: 9 a.m.- 1 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and by appointment.
Telephone: 860 585-4014.

Town of Plymouth, Probate District chronology:

May 1795-May 30, 1833 Waterbury District
May 31, 1833-Present Plymouth District

Estate Papers
Indexes: 1833-1926 included in General Probate Index at CSL.
Originals: 1833-1926 at CSL.
Microfilms: 1833-1880 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
1833-1926

Pomfret
Windham County, Town established in 1713

Pomfret Probate District was constituted May session, 1752, from the Windham and Plainfield Probate Districts. The records of Pomfret were burned January 5, 1754. The Pomfret Probate District currently serves the Town of Pomfret.

Present location of probate court: 5 Haven Rd., Pomfret CT, 06259.
Hours: 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday; Saturday and evenings by appointment.
Telephone: 860 974-0186.

Town of Pomfret, Probate District chronology:

1713-October 1719 New London District
October 1719-May 1752 Windham District
May 1747-May 1752 Plainfield District
May 1752-Present Pomfret District

Estate Papers
Indexes: 1752-1935 included in General Probate Index at CSL.
Originals: 1752-1935 at CSL.
Microfilms: 1752-1880 at CSL, and available through LDS Family History Centers.

Probate Court Record Books
Originals: None at CSL, contact probate court.
Microfilms: 1753-1919 at CSL, and available through LDS Family History Centers.

Inventory Control Book
1752-1935

Portland
Middlesex County, Town established in May 1841, Parent Town: Chatham (East Hampton)

Portland Probate District was constituted April 22, 1913, from the Chatham Probate District. The Portland Probate District presently serves the Town of Portland, and contains the records of the District of Chatham previous to January 6, 1915.

Present location of probate court: Town Hall, 265 Main St., Portland CT, 06480.
Hours: 9 a.m.-12 Noon, Monday through Friday, and by appointment; 7-8:30 p.m., Thursdays by appointment only.
Telephone: 860 342-6739.

Town of Portland, Probate District chronology:

May 1841-April 21, 1913 Chatham District (i.e. East Hampton) (these records are included with those of the Portland Probate District)
April 22, 1913-Present Portland District

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

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

Inventory Control Book
None

Preston
New London County, Town established in October 1687

Norwich Probate District was constituted October 1748, from the New London Probate District; the Norwich Probate District contains the records of Griswold to January 3, 1979. Norwich Probate District presently serves Norwich, Franklin, Lisbon, Preston, Sprague, and Voluntown.

Location of probate court: City Hall, 100 Broadway, Norwich CT, 06360.
Hours: 9 a.m. -4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Telephone: 860 887-2160.

Town of Preston, Probate District chronology:

October 1687-October 1748 New London District
October 1748-Present Norwich District

Prospect
New Haven County, Town established in May 1827, Parent Towns: Cheshire and Waterbury

Cheshire Probate District was constituted May 27, 1829, from the Wallingford Probate District. Cheshire Probate District presently serves the town 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 Prospect, Probate District chronology:

May 1827-May 26, 1829 Wallingford District
May 27,1829-Present Cheshire District

Putnam
Windham County, Town established in May 1855, Parent Towns: Thompson, Pomfret, and Killingly

Putnam Probate District was constituted July 5, 1856, from the Thompson Probate District. The Putnam Probate District presently serves the Town of Putnam.

Present location of probate court: Town Hall, 126 Church St., Putnam CT, 06260.
Hours: 9 a.m.- 12 Noon, Monday through Friday.
Telephone: 860 963-6868.

Town of Putnam, Probate District chronology:

May 1855-July 4, 1856 Thompson District
July 5, 1856-Present Putnam 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: 1856-1920 at CSL, and available through LDS Family History Centers.

Inventory Control Book
None

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