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Ellington Probate Court records

Identifier: RG004_048

Scope and Content

Probate record books, None. Contact the probate court to access original record books. See Alternative Form Available note below.

Probate files, 1826-1924. Probate files may consist of estates, conservatorships, guardianships, commitments, and insolvencies.

Inventory control book, 1826-1924 (coverage). Also known as the Godard Digest, it is a list of probate files transferred to the Connecticut State Library. It was compiled at the Connecticut State Library under the direction of State Librarian George S. Godard.


  • Creation: 1826-1924

Language of Materials

The records are in English.

Restrictions on Access

Researchers should first consult use copies when available. See Alternate Form Available Section below.

Probate files from 1921-1924 are RESTRICTED as they may contain confidential documents. Tax returns (succession, transfer and estate tax returns and all attachments) from January 1, 1921 and later are confidential per Connecticut General Statutes §12-15.

See the Rules and Procedures for Researchers Using Archival Records and Secured Collections policy.

Historical Note

Ellington, Tolland County, Town established in May 1786, Parent Town: East Windsor

The Ellington Probate District was constituted May 31, 1826 from the East Windsor and Stafford Probate Districts. The Ellington Probate District serves the municipalities of Ellington and Vernon. At one time it served the town of Somers, May 1826 - June 2, 1834.

Town of Ellington, Probate District chronology:

May 1786 - May 30, 1826, East Windsor District

May 1786 - May 30, 1826, Stafford District (covered "part of town lying east of a median line drawn from the northwest corner of Tolland")

May 31, 1826 - Present, Ellington District

For Probate Court contact information and hours of operation see, Probate Court Directory.


16 cubic feet


Record books, None; Probate files, 1826-1924.


Probate Files are arranged by accession. Each accession is arranged alphabetically.

Other Finding Aid

Probate Files: The Probate Estate Papers Index, located in the index corridor adjacent to the History and Genealogy Reading Room, has two parts, a general index covering most of the state, and a Hartford Probate District index covering Hartford and some surrounding towns, 1820-1920. The index cards are arranged alphabetically by individual's last name and first names. The cards have the individual's name, town of residence, probate district, and list of items contained in the estate packet. To request retrieval of an estate packet, copy at least the estate name, file date, and probate district name from the index card. The probate files in Accession 1928-027 are represented in this index.

Probate Files: There is no index for the probate files in Accession T003287.


The probate files in accession 1928-027 were transferred to the Connecticut State Library on the following dates (with date span of files): March 5, 1928 (1826-1924); September 13, 1940 (1890-1913); May 24, 1945 (1886-1914). They were interfiled into one alphabetic sequence.

It is not known when the probate files in accession T003287 were transferred to the Connecticut State Library.

Alternative Form Available

Record books, Volumes 1-22, 26, 28, 30-31, 33-35, 1826-1916; probate files 1826-1915 (Accession 1928-027); and inventory control book (Godard Digest) were microfilmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah and are available for use in the History and Genealogy reading room or through the LDS Family History Centers.

RG 004:048, Ellington Probate Court
Inventory of Records
Finding aid prepared by Connecticut State Library staff.
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Repository Details

Part of the Connecticut State Library Repository