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Groton Probate Court records

Identifier: RG004_059

Scope and Content

Probate record books, 1839-1941. Contact the probate court to access record books after Volume 24 for Records, Volume 17 for Journals, and Volume 3 for Bonds. See Alternative Form Available note below.

Probate files, 1865-2004, bulk 1865-1976. Probate files may consist of estates, conservatorships, guardianships, commitments, and insolvencies.


  • 1839-2004, bulk 1839-1976

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 1921-1976 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. Adoptions (all documents) from January 1, 1944 and later are confidential per Connecticut General Statutes §45a-754. Removals of parent as guardian of minor (all documents) and terminations of parental rights (all documents) from October 1, 1975 and later are confidential per Connecticut General Statutes §45a-754. Contact State Archives staff for assistance.

Accession 2011-106, Record books, 1839-1941; and Accession 2011-047, Probate files, 1867-2004, bulk 1867-1976; and Accession 2013-054, Probate files, 1865-1975, are stored at an off-site facility and therefore may not be available on a same-day basis.

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

Historical Note

Groton, New London County, Town established in May 1705, City was incorporated May 4, 1964, Parent Town: New London

The Groton Probate District was constituted May 25, 1839 from the Stonington Probate District. The Groton Probate District merged with Ledyard, North Stonington, and Stonington Probate Districts on January 5, 2011 to create the Southeastern Corner Regional Probate District which serves the municipalities of Groton, Ledyard, North Stonington, and Stonington.

City of Groton, Probate District chronology:

May 1705 - October 1766, New London District

October 1766 - May 24, 1839, Stonington District

May 25, 1839 - January 4, 2011, Groton District

January 5, 2011 - Present, Southeastern Corner Regional District

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


74 cubic feet


Record books, 1832-1941; Probate files, 1865-2004, bulk 1865-1976.


Record Books:

Journals are numbered consecutively from 1 to 17. There are 2 volumes each of numbers 16 and 17. Each one of these numbers is "manuscript" and the other is pre-printed "order and decree" forms.

Records are numbered consecutively from 1 to 24.

Bonds are numbered consecutively from 1 to 3.

Probate Files:

Probate files are arranged as received from the probate court.

Other Finding Aid

Record Books: Index cards for the record books have been scanned. Ask History and Genealogy staff for assistance.

Probate Files: The History and Genealogy reference staff has access to an index for the probate files in accessions 2011-047 and 2013-054.


The record books in accession 2011-106 were transferred to the Connecticut State Library on January 31, 2011.

The probate files in accession 2011-047 were transferred to the Connecticut State Library on November 22, 2010 (boxes 1-34) and January 31, 2011 (boxes 35-47).

The probate files in accession 2013-054 were transferred to the Connecticut State Library on June 11, 2013.

Alternative Form Available

Record books, volumes 1-20, 1839-1917, and journal, volume 1, 1839-1950, have been 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 004:059, Groton Probate Court
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Finding aid prepared by Connecticut State Library staff.
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Repository Details

Part of the Connecticut State Library Repository