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Guilford Probate Court records

Identifier: RG004_060

Scope and Content

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

Probate files, 1719-1900. Probate files may consist of estates, conservatorships, guardianships, commitments, and insolvencies.


  • Creation: 1719-1900

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.

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

Historical Note

Guilford, New Haven County, Town settled 1639; named July 1643

Guilford Probate District was constituted October 1719 from the New Haven Probate District. It also served the following municipalities at various times: Branford, October 1719 - June 20, 1850; Durham, October 1719 - May 1752; Killingworth, October 1719 - May 1780; Madison, May 1826 - May 21, 1834; North Branford, May 1831 - April 1937. The Guilford Probate District merged with the Madison Probate District on January 5, 2011 to create the Madison - Guilford Probate District which serves the municipalities of Guilford and Madison.

Town of Guilford, Probate District chronology:

1639 - October 1719, New Haven Colony, County Court & District

October 1719 - January 4, 2011, Guilford District

January 5, 2011 - Present, Madison - Guilford District

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


29.25 cubic feet


Record books, None; Probate files, 1719-1900.


Probate files in Accession T003291 are arranged alphebetically.

Other Finding Aid

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

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 T003291 are represented in this index. The cards for the Guilford district indicate only individuals name, and year of probate.


It is not known when the probate files in accession T003291 were transferred to the Connecticut State Library. It was likely circa 1950-1974.

Alternative Form Available

Record books, volumes 1-31, 36, 38-39, 42, 45, 48, 52, 55, 1720-1920; and probate files, 1719-1880, 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 004:060, Guilford 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