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East Haddam Probate Court records

Identifier: RG004_041

Scope and Content

Probate record books, Volumes 1-14, 1832-1945. Contact the probate court to access record books after Volume 14. See Alternative Form Available note below.

Probate files, 1905-1981. East Haddam District probate files dated 1721 to May 28, 1832 are filed with the Colchester District probate files. Prior to the creation of the Colchester District in 1832, the East Haddam District held its probate court in Colchester. The files remained in that town and were kept with the files of the new Colchester District. Probate files may consist of estates, conservatorships, guardianships, commitments, and insolvencies.

Wills, 1826-2009, bulk 1920-2009.


  • Creation: 1826-2009

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 1921-1981 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.

Accession 2011-112, Record books, 1832-1945; Accession 2012-019, Probate files, 1905-1981; and Accession 2012-036, Wills, 1826-2009, bulk 1920-2009, are stored at an off-site facility and therefore may not be available on a same-day basis.

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

Historical Note

East Haddam, Middlesex County, Town established in May 1734, Parent Town: Haddam

The East Haddam Probate District was constituted October 1741, from the Hartford Probate District. The East Haddam Probate District merged with the East Hampton, Marlborough, and Portland Probate Districts on January 5, 2011 to create the Region #14 Probate District which serves the municipalities of East Haddam, East Hampton, Marlborough and Portland.

Town of East Haddam, Probate District chronology:

May 1734 - October 1741, Hartford District

May 1830 - June 1831, Chatham (i.e. East Hampton) District (covered small section of town)

October 1741 - January 4, 2011, East Haddam District

January 5, 2011 - Present, Region #14 District

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


36.5 cubic feet


Record books, 1832-1945; Probate files, 1905-1981; Wills, 1826-2009, bulk 1920-2009.


Record books are numbered consecutively from 1 to 14.

Probate files are arranged alphabetically.

Each box of wills is arranged alphabetically within the box.

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 History and Genealogy reference staff has access to an index for the probate files in accession 2012-019 and wills in accession 2012-036.


The record books in Accession 2011-112 were transferred to the Connecticut State Library on February 25, 2011.

The probate files in Accession 2012-019 were transferred to the Connecticut State Library on January 31, 2012.

The wills in Accession 2012-036 were transferred to the Connecticut State Library on May 8, 2012.

Alternative Form Available

Record books, Volumes 1-5, 8, 10-12, 1832-1922, 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 004:041, East Haddam Probate Court
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Finding aid prepared by Connecticut State Library staff.
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Repository Details

Part of the Connecticut State Library Repository