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Suffield Probate Court records

 Collection
Identifier: RG004_139

Scope and Content

Probate record books, volumes 1-21, 1821-1924. Contact the probate court to access original record books after volume 21. See Alternative Form Available note below.

Probate files, 1821-1975. Probate files may consist of estates, conservatorships, guardianships, commitments, and insolvencies. See Alternative Form Available note below.

Inventory control book, 1821-1947 (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.

Dates

  • 1821-1975

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.

Accession 2011-091, Record books, 1821-1942, and Accession 2011-092, Probate files, 1897-1975, are stored at an off-site facility and therefore may not be available on a same-day basis.

Probate files dated 1921 or later are RESTRICTED pending review by State Archives staff 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. 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

Suffield, Hartford County, Town established in May 1674 as part of Massachusetts; annexed to Connecticut, May 1749; Parent Town: Part of Hampshire County, Massachusetts until 1749

The Suffield Probate District was constituted May 1821, from the Granby Probate District. The Suffield Probate District merged with the East Granby Probate District on January 3, 2007, and later with the Bloomfield and Windsor Locks Probate Districts on January 5, 2011 to create the Region #3 Probate District which serves the municipalities of Bloomfield, East Granby, Suffield, and Windsor Locks.

Town of Suffield, Probate District chronology:

1674 - May 1749, Hampshire County Probate Jurisdiction

May 1749 - May 1821, Hartford District

May 1807 - May 1821, Granby District (Suffield section lying west of the mountain)

May 1821 - January 2, 2007, Suffield District

January 3, 2007 - January 4, 2011, Suffield - East Granby District

January 5, 2011 - Present, Region #3 District

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

Extent

45.5 cubic feet

Abstract

Record books, 1821-1924; Probate files, 1821-1975.

Arrangement

Record books in accessions 2011-091 are numnbered 1 to 21. There are two volumes numbered 19.

Probate files in accession 1911-011 are arranged alphabetically.

Probate files in accession T003294 are arranged alphabetically.

Probate files in accession 2011-092 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. 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 1911-011 are represented in this index.

Probate Files: The History and Genealogy reference staff has access to an index for the probate files in accession 2011-092.

Provenance

The probate files in accession 1911-011 were transferred to the Connecticut State Library on the following dates (with date span of files): November 28, 1911 (1821-1894); January 10, 1930 (1843-1928); February 26, 1937 (1843-1935); September 12, 1947 (1878-1938); December 10, 1953 (1902-1947). There were interfiled into one alphbetic sequence.

The record books in accession 2011-091 and the probate files in accession 2011-092 were transferred to the Connecticut State Library on January 10, 2011.

It is not known when the probate files in accession T003294 were transferred to the Connecticut State Library.

Alternative Form Available

Record books, volumes 1-7, 10, 12, 14, 16, 17, 19, 1821-1920; probate files, 1821-1880 (Accession 1911-011); 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.

Title
RG 004:139, Suffield Probate Court
Subtitle
Inventory of Records
Author
Finding aid prepared by Connecticut State Library staff.
Date
2013
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

Repository Details

Part of the Connecticut State Library Repository

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