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Wallingford Probate Court records

Identifier: RG004_148

Scope and Content

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

Probate files, 1776-1909. Probate files may consist of estates, conservatorships, guardianships, commitments, and insolvencies. See Alternative Form Available note below.

Inventory control book, 1776-1909 (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.


  • 1776-1909

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 1921-1946 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

Wallingford, New Haven County, Town established in 1670, Parent Town: New Haven

The Wallingford Probate District was constituted May 1776 from the Guilford and New Haven Probate Districts. It also served the following municipalities at various times: Cheshire, May 1780 - May 26, 1829; Meriden, May 1806 - June 2, 1836; North Branford, May 1831 - April 13, 1937 (covering Northford Society); Prospect, May 1827 - May 26, 1829. The Wallingford Probate District serves the municipality of Wallingford.

Town of Wallingford, Probate District chronology:

May 1670 - May 1776, New haven County Court & District

May 1776 - Present, Wallingford District

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


24.25 cubic feet


Record books, None; Probate files, 1776-1909.


Probate files in accession 1922-003 are arranged alphabetically.

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 1922-003 are represented in this index.


The probate files in accession 1922-003 were transferred to the Connecticut State Library on the following dates (with date span of files): October 31, 1922 (1776-1854); March 1, 1930 (1796-1873); August 6, 1937 (1862-1892); July 8, 1949 (1880-1909). They were interfiled into one alphabetic sequence.

Alternative Form Available

Record books, volumes 1-18, 20, 22-23, 25-31, 1776-1893; probate files, 1776-1880; 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 004:148, Wallingford 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