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Haddam Probate Court records

Identifier: RG004_061

Scope and Content

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

Probate files, 1830-1962. Probate files may consist of estates, conservatorships, guardianships, commitments, and insolvencies. See Alternative Form Available note below.

Inventory control book, 1830-1934 (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.


  • 1830-1962

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 1921-1934 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. Contact State Archives staff for assistance.

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

Historical Note

Haddam, Middlesex County, Town established in October 1668

Haddam Probate District was constituted June 3, 1830, from the Middletown and Chatham Probate Districts. The Haddam Probate District served the Town of Haddam (which includes Higganum and Haddam Neck). On January 5, 2011 the Haddam District merged with the Clinton, Deep River, Essex, Haddam, Killingworth, Lyme, Old Saybrook, Saybrook (Chester), and Westbrook districts to create the Saybrook Probate District.

Town of Haddam, Probate District chronology:

October 1668 - October 1741, Hartford County Court & District

October 1741 - May 1752, East Haddam District

May 1752 - June 2, 1830, Middletown District

June 3, 1824 - June 1830, Chatham (East Hampton) District, covered the part of Haddam on the east side of the Connecticut River

June 3, 1830 - January 4, 2011, Haddam District

January 5, 2011 - Present, Saybrook District

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


16 cubic feet


Record books, None; Probate files, 1830-1962.


Probate files in accession 1916-003 are arranged alphabetically.

Probate files in accession 2014-020 are arranged as received from Probate Court.

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 1916-003 are represented in this index.

Probate Files: The History and Genealogy reference staff has access to an index for the probate files in accession 2014-020.


The probate files in accession 1916-003 were transferred to the Connecticut State Library on the following dates (with date span of files): August 24, 1916 (1830-1911); April 29, 1938 (1906-1934). They were interfiled into one alphabetic sequence.

The probate files in accession 2014-020 were transferred to the COnnecticut State LIbrary on November 14, 2013.

Alternative Form Available

Record books, volumes 1-3, 5-9, 12-15, 1830-1919; probate files, 1830-1915; 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 004:061, Haddam 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