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Danbury Probate Court records

Identifier: RG004_034

Scope and Content

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

Probate files, 1756-1891. Probate files may consist of estates, conservatorships, guardianships, commitments, and insolvencies. See Alternative Form Available note below.

Inventory control book, 1756-1891 (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.


  • Creation: 1756-1891

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

Danbury, Fairfield County, Town settled in 1685, named October 1687, City incorporated January 1889

The Danbury Probate District was constituted May 1744, from the Fairfield Probate District. The Danbury Probate District serves the municipality of Danbury. At one time it also served the towns of Bethel, May 1855 - July 3, 1859; Brookfield, May 1788 - May 1820; New Fairfield, May 1744 - January 6, 1975; Newtown, May 1744 - May 1820; Redding, January 1782 - May 23, 1839; Ridgefield, October 1746 - June 9, 1841.

City of Danbury, Probate District chronology:

October 1687 - May 1744, Fairfield District

May 1744 - Present, Danbury District

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


21 cubic feet


Record books, none; Probate files, 1756-1891.


Probate files are arranged alphabetically in one series.

Other Finding Aid

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 1933-003 are represented in this index.


The probate files in accession 1933-003 were transferred to the Connecticut State Library on the following dates (with date span of files): November 29, 1933 (1756-1891); January 18, 1934 (1756-1891). They were interfiled into one alphabetic sequence.

Alternative Form Available

Record books, volumes 1-76, 1739-1916, except for volumes 27, 29, 31, 35, 37, 40, 43, 46, 48, 51, 55-56, 58, 60, 62, 64, 67, 70, 72, 75; probate files, 1756-1891, 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 004:034, Danbury 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