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Mansfield Probate Court records

Identifier: RG004_078

Scope and Content

Probate record books, None. See Alternative Form Available note below.

Probate files, 1831-1954. Probate files may consist of estates, conservatorships, guardianships, commitments, and insolvencies. See Alternative Form Available note below.

Inventory control book, 1831-1953 (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.


  • 1831-1953

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 1921-1953 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. Contact State Archives staff for assistance.

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

Historical Note

Mansfield, Tolland County, Town established in October 1702, Parent Town: Windham

The Mansfield Probate District was constituted May 30, 1831, from the Windham Probate District. The Mansfield Probate District Probate District merged with the Tolland Probate District on January 5, 2011 to create the Mansfield - Tolland Probate District which serves the municipalities of Coventry, Mansfield, Tolland, and Willington.

Town of Mansfield, Probate District chronology:

May 1702 - October 1719, Hartford District

October 1719 - May 29, 1831, Windham District

May 30, 1831 - January 4, 2011, Mansfield District

January 5, 2011 - Present, Mansfield - Tolland District

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


5 cubic feet


Record books, None; Probate files, 1831-1953.


Probate files in accession 1913-006 are arranged alphabetically in one series.

Other Finding Aid

Record Books: Index cards for the record books have been scanned. Ask History and Genealogy staff for assistance. Note: CSL does not hold any original record books. See Alternate Form Available section for volumes available on microfilm.

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 1913-006 are represented in this index.


The record books were transferred to the Connecticut State Library on November 29, 2010.

The probate files in accession 1913-006 were transferred to the Connecticut State Library on the following dates (with date span of files): November 7, 1913 (1831-1902); February 23, 1924 ( -1924); December 11, 1933 (1910-1933); and December 11, 1941 (1927-1941); July 27, 1944 (1940-1944); February 18, 1948 (1935-1947); January 20, 1954 (1934, 1941, 1943-1953). They were interfiled into one alphabetic sequence.

Alternative Form Available

Record books, volumes 1-11, 1831-1918; probate files, 1831-1915; 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 004:078, Mansfield 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