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Barkhamsted Probate Court records

Identifier: RG004_005

Scope and Content

Probate record books, volumes 1-20, 1825-1977. Contact the probate court to access record books after Volume 20. See Alternative Form Available note below.

Probate files, 1825-1906. Probate files may consist of estates, conservatorships, guardianships, commitments, and insolvencies. See Alternative Form Available note below.

Inventory control book, 1825-1906 (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: 1825-1977

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 2011-087, Record books, 1825-1977, 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

Barkhamsted, Litchfield County, Town established in 1779

The Barkhamsted Probate District was constituted June 5, 1825, from the New Hartford Probate District. The Barkhamsted Probate District merged January 7, 2003 with the Hartland and New Hartford Probate Districts to form a single New Hartford Probate District. The New Hartford Probate District merged on January 5, 2011 with the Torrington and Winchester Probate District to create the Torrington Area Probate District which serves the municipalities of Barkhamsted, Colebrook, Goshen, Hartland, New Hartford, Torrington, and Winchester.

Town of Barkhamsted, Probate District chronology:

May 1732 - May 1769, Hartford District

May 1769 - May 1825, Simsbury District

May 1825 - June 4, 1834, New Hartford District

June 5, 1834 - January 7, 2003, Barkhamsted District

January 8, 2003 - January 4, 2011, New Hartford District

January 5, 2011 - Present, Torrington Area District

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


16 cubic feet


Probate record books, 1825-1977; Probate files, 1834-1906.


Record books, including Orders & Decrees, are numbered consecutively from 1 to 20. The volume of Distribution Certificates is outside this sequence and is labeled volume 1.

Probate files are arranged alphabetically in one series.

Other Finding Aid

Record Books: Index cards for the record books have been scanned. Ask History and Genealogy staff for assistance.

Record Books: 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 1913-002 are represented in this index.


The probate files in accession 1913-002 were transferred to the Connecticut State Library on the following dates (with date span of files): November 26, 1913 (1825-1896); October 13, 1931 (1834-1906). They were interfiled into one alphabetic sequence.

Alternative Form Available

Record books, volumes 1-3, 4-8, 10-11, 1825-1924; probate files, 1825-1906; 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 004:005, Barkhamsted 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