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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.

Wallingford
New Haven County, Town established in May 1670, Parent Town: New Haven

Wallingford Probate District was constituted during the May 1776 session, from the New Haven and Guilford Probate Districts. The Wallingford Probate District currently serves Wallingford.

Town of Wallingford, Probate District chronology:

May 1670-May 1776 New Haven County Court & District
May 1776-Present Wallingford District

Estate Papers
Indexes: 1776-1909 included in General Probate Index at CSL.
Originals: 1776-1909 at CSL.
Microfilms: 1776-1880 at CSL, and available through LDS Family History Centers.

Probate Court Record Books
Originals: None at CSL, contact probate court.
Microfilms: 1776-1893 at CSL, and available through LDS Family History Centers.

Inventory Control Book
1776-1909

Warren
Litchfield County, Town established in May 1786, Parent Town: Kent

Litchfield Probate District was constituted during the October session, 1742, from the Hartford, New Haven, and Woodbury Probate Districts. The Litchfield Probate District presently serves Litchfield, Morris, and Warren.

Present location of probate court: Town Office Building, Litchfield CT, 06759.
Hours: 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. Monday through Friday, and by appointment.
Telephone: 860 567-8065.

Town of Warren, Probate District chronology:

May 1786-Present Litchfield District

Washington
Litchfield County, Town established in January 1779, Parent Towns: Kent, Litchfield, New Milford, and Woodbury

Washington Probate District was constituted May 22, 1832 from the Litchfield and Woodbury Probate Districts. The Washington Probate District currently serves the Town of Washington.

Town of Washington, Probate District chronology:

January 1779-May 1832 Litchfield District
January 1779-May 21, 1832 Woodbury District (Covered Judea Society, i.e. the parts of town taken from Woodbury and New Milford)
May 22, 1832-Present Washington 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: 1832-1917 at CSL, and available through LDS Family History Centers.

Inventory Control Book
None

Waterbury
New Haven County, Town established in May 1686

Waterbury Probate District was constituted during the May 1779 session, from the Woodbury Probate District. Waterbury Probate District presently covers Middlebury, Waterbury, and Wolcott.

City of Waterbury, Probate District chronology:

May 1686-October 1719 Hartford County Court & District
October-May 1779 Woodbury District
May 1779-Present Waterbury District

Estate Papers
Indexes: 1779-1945 included in General Probate Index at CSL.
Originals: 1779-1945 at CSL.
Microfilms: 1779-1880 at CSL, and available through LDS Family History Centers.

Probate Court Record Books
Originals: None at CSL, contact probate court.
Microfilms: 1779-1916 at CSL, and available through LDS Family History Centers.

Inventory Control Book
1779-1945

Waterford
New London County, Town established in October 1801, Parent Town: New London

New London Probate District was constituted May session, 1666, as a County Court. The New London Probate District currently serves New London and Waterford.

Town of Waterford, Probate District chronology:

October 1801-Present New London District

Watertown
Litchfield County, Town established in May 1780, Parent Town: Waterbury

Watertown Probate District was constituted June 3, 1834, from the Waterbury Probate District. The Watertown Probate District currently serves Watertown.

Town of Watertown, Probate District chronology:

May 1780-June 2, 1834 Waterbury District
June 3, 1834-Present Watertown 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: 1834-1917 at CSL, and available through LDS Family History Centers.

Inventory Control Book
None

West Hartford
Hartford County, Town established in May 1854, Parent Town: Hartford

West Hartford Probate District was constituted January 5, 1983, from the Hartford Probate District. The West Hartford Probate District currently serves West Hartford.

Town of West Hartford, Probate District chronology:

May 1854-January 4, 1983 Hartford District
January 5, 1983-Present West Hartford 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

West Haven
New Haven County, Town established in June 24,1921, Parent Town: Orange

West Haven Probate District was constituted January 4, 1943, from the New Haven Probate District. West Haven Probate District currently serves West Haven.

City of West Haven, Probate District chronology:

June 1921-June 3, 1941 New Haven District
June 4, 1941-Present West Haven 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

Westbrook
Middlesex County, Town established in May 1840, Parent Town: Saybrook

Westbrook Probate District was constituted July 4, 1854 from the Old Saybrook (present day Essex) Probate District. The Westbrook Probate District presently serves the Town of Westbrook.

Present location of probate court: Town Hall, Westbrook CT, 06498.
Hours: 2-5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and by appointment.
Telephone: 860 399-5661.

Town of Westbrook, Probate District chronology:

May 1840-July 1853 Saybrook District
July 1853-July 3, 1854 Essex District
July 4, 1854-Present Westbrook District

Estate Papers
Indexes: 1854-1930 included in General Probate Index at CSL.
Originals: 1854-1930 at CSL.
Microfilms: 1854-1880 at CSL, and available through LDS Family History Centers.

Probate Court Record Books
Originals: None at CSL, contact probate court.
Microfilms: 1858-1937 at CSL, and available through LDS Family History Centers.

Inventory Control Book
1854-1930

Weston
Fairfield County, Town established in 1787, Parent Town: Fairfield

Westport Probate District was constituted May session, 1835, at the time of the incorporation of the Town of Westport. Territory was taken from Fairfield, Norwalk and Weston. Westport Probate District currently serves Westport and Weston.

Town of Weston, Probate District chronology:

October 1787-May 21, 1832 Fairfield District
May 22, 1832-July 22, 1875 Weston District (see below)
July 23, 1875-Present Westport District

Estate Papers
Indexes: 1832-1875 included in General Probate Index at CSL.
Originals: 1832-1875 at CSL
Microfilms: 1832-1875 at CSL, estate papers are found in the Easton District, and available through LDS Family History Centers.

Probate Court Record Books
Originals: None at CSL, contact Bridgeport Probate Court as they are found with the Easton Records.
Microfilms: 1832-1856 at CSL, and available through LDS Family History Centers.

Inventory Control Book
None

Westport
Fairfield County, Town established in May 28, 1835, Parent Towns: Fairfield, Norwalk, and Weston

Westport Probate District was constituted May session, 1835, at the time of the incorporation of the Town of Westport. Territory was taken from Fairfield, Norwalk and Weston. Westport Probate District currently serves Westport and Weston.

Town of Westport, Probate District chronology:

May 1835-Present Westport 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: 1835-1916 at CSL, and available through LDS Family History Centers.

Inventory Control Book
None

Wethersfield
Hartford County, Town established in 1634

Newington Probate District was constituted January 8, 1975, from the Hartford Probate District. The Newington Probate District currently serves the Towns of Newington, Rocky Hill, and Wethersfield.

Town of Wethersfield, Probate District chronology:

1633- January 7, 1975 Hartford County Court and District
1649-1677 Particular Court Records
January 8, 1975-Present Newington District

Willington
Tolland County, Town established in May 1727

Tolland Probate District was constituted June 4, 1830 from the Stafford Probate District. Tolland Probate District presently covers Tolland and Willington.

Town of Willington, Probate District chronology:

May 1727-May 1759 Hartford District
May 1759-June 3, 1830 Stafford District
June 4, 1830-Present Tolland District

Wilton
Fairfield County, Town established in May 1802, Parent Town: Norwalk

Norwalk Probate District was constituted May session, 1802, from the Fairfield and Stamford Probate Districts. The Norwalk Probate District currently serves the Towns of Norwalk and Wilton.

Town of Wilton, Probate District chronology:

May 1802-Present Norwalk District

Winchester
Litchfield County, Town named 1733; established in May 1771

Winchester Probate District was constituted May 31, 1838, from the Norfolk Probate District. Presently covers Winchester and Colebrook.

Town of Winchester, Probate District chronology:

May 1733-May 1769 Hartford District
May 1769-May 1779 Simsbury District
May 1779-May 30, 1838 Norfolk District
May 31, 1838-Present Winchester District

Estate Papers
Indexes: 1838-1912 included in General Probate Index at CSL.
Originals: 1838-1912 at CSL.
Microfilms: 1838-1880 at CSL, and available through LDS Family History Centers.

Probate Court Record Books
Originals: None at CSL, contact probate court.
Microfilms: 1838-1912 at CSL, and available through LDS Family History Centers.

Inventory Control Book
1838-1912

Windham
Windham County, Town established in May 1692

Windham Probate District was constituted during 1719 October Session, from the Hartford and New London Probate Districts. Windham Probate District currently serves Scotland and Windham.

Town of Windham, Probate District chronology:

May 1692-Ocober 1719 New London County Court & District
May 1692-October 1719 Hartford County Court & District
October 1719-Present Windham District

Estate Papers
Indexes: 1719-1917 included in General Probate Index at CSL.
Originals: 1719-1917 at CSL.
Microfilms: 1719-1880 at CSL, and available through LDS Family History Centers.

Probate Court Record Books
Originals: None at CSL, contact probate court.
Microfilms: 1719-1918 at CSL, and available through LDS Family History Centers.

Note: A microfilm of special probate records from 1734-1867 is also available from LDS.

Inventory Control Book
1719-1880

Windsor
Hartford County, Town settled in 1633; named 1637

Windsor Probate District was constituted July 4, 1855, from the Hartford Probate District. The Windsor Probate District currently serves Windsor.

Town of Windsor, Probate District chronology:

1633-July 3, 1855 Hartford County Court and District
1649-1677 Particular Court Records
May 1759-May 1768 Stafford District (Covered Ellington Parish until it was set off with the town of East Windsor in 1768)
July 4, 1855-Present Windsor 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: 1857-1916 at CSL, and available through LDS Family History Centers.

Inventory Control Book
None

Windsor Locks
Hartford County, Town established in May 1854, Parent Town: Windsor

Windsor Locks Probate District was constituted January 4, 1961, from the Hartford Probate District. The Windsor Locks Probate District currently serves Windsor Locks.

Town of Windsor Locks, Probate District chronology:

May 1854-January 3, 1961 Hartford District
January 4, 1961-Present Windsor Locks 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

Wolcott
New Haven County, Town established in May 1796, Parent Towns: Southington and Waterbury

Waterbury Probate District presently covers the Towns of Middlebury, Waterbury, and Wolcott.

Town of Wolcott, Probate District chronology:

May 1796-Present Waterbury District

Woodbridge
New Haven County, Town established in January 1784, Parent Town: Milford and New Haven

Woodbride Probate District was constituted January 7, 1987 from the New Haven Probate District. Woodbridge Probate District presently serves Woodbridge.

Town of Woodbridge, Probate District chronology:

January 1784-January 6, 1987 New Haven District
January 7, 1987 - Present Woodbridge 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

Woodbury
Litchfield County, Town named May 1673

Woodbury Probate District was constituted during October session 1719 from the Fairfield, Hartford, and New Haven Probate Districts. The Woodbury Probate District presently serves the Towns of Woodbury and Bethlehem.

Town of Woodbury, Probate District chronology:

Before 1698 Colonial Jurisdiction
1698-October 1719 Fairfield District
October 1719-Present Woodbury District

Estate Papers
Indexes: 1720-1943 included in General Probate Index at CSL.
Originals: 1720-49 at CSL.
Microfilms: 1720-1880 at CSL, and available through LDS Family History Centers.

Probate Court Record Books
Originals: None at CSL, contact probate court.
Microfilms: 1719-1916 at CSL, and available through LDS Family History Centers.

Inventory Control Book
1720-1943

Woodstock
Windham County, Town established in 1690 by Massachusetts, Parent Town: Part of Massachusetts until 1749

Woodstock Probate District was constituted May 30, 1831 from the Pomfret Probate District. Presently serves Woodstock.

Town of Woodstock, Probate District chronology:

March 1690-1731 Suffolk County, Massachusetts Jurisdiction
1731-May 1749 Worcester County, Massachusetts Jurisdiction
May 1749-May 1752 Windham District
May 1752-May 29, 1831 Pomfret District
May 30, 1831-Present Woodstock District

Estate Papers
Indexes: 1831-1929 included in General Probate Index at CSL.
Originals: 1831-1929 at CSL.
Microfilms: 1831-1880 at CSL, and available through LDS Family History Centers.

Probate Court Record Books
Originals: None at CSL, contact probate court.
Microfilms: 1831-1916 at CSL, and available through LDS Family History Centers.

Inventory Control Book
1831-1902

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