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Bristol Probate Court records

 Collection
Identifier: RG004_017

Scope and Content

Probate record books, 1830-1927. Contact the probate court to access record books after Volume 48. See Alternative Form Available note below.

Probate files, 1830-1970. Probate files may consist of estates, conservatorships, guardianships, commitments, and insolvencies. See Alternative Form Available note below.

Inventory control book, 1830-1937 (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.

Dates

  • 1830-1970

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 1921-1976 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. Removals of parent as guardian of minor (all documents) and terminations of parental rights (all documents) from October 1, 1975 and later are confidential per Connecticut General Statutes §45a-754. Contact State Archives staff for assistance.

Accession 2011-009, Record books, 1830-1927; Accession 2012-017, Record books, 1927-1970, and Accession 2011-030, Probate files, 1862-1986, 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

Bristol, Hartford County, Town established in May 1785, Parent Town: Farmington

Bristol Probate District was constituted June 4, 1830, from the Farmington Probate District. The Bristol Probate District merged with the Plainville and Plymouth Proabte Districts to form Region #19 Probate District.

Town of Bristol, Probate District chronology:

May 1785 - June 3, 1830, Farmington District

June 4, 1830 - January 4, 2011, Bristol District

January 5, 2011 - present, Region #19 Probate District

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

Extent

235.25 cubic feet

Abstract

Probate record books, 1830-1970; Probate files, 1830-1986.

Arrangement

Record books are numbered consecutively from 1 to 48. Thereafter, only bond volumes were transferred to the Connecticut State Library. These bond volumes are 58, 74, 91, 104, 119, 132, 141, 155.

Probate Files: Accessions 1931-002 and T003283 are arranged alphabetically; Accession 2011-030 is arranged as received from the probate court.

Other Finding Aid

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

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 1931-002 are represented in this index.

Probate Files: The History and Genealogy reference staff has access to an index for the probate files in accession 2011-030.

Provenance

The record books in accession 2011-009 were transferred to the Connecticut State Library on July 28, 2010.

The probate files in accession 1931-002 were transferred to the Connecticut State Library on the following dates (with date span of files): April 2, 1931 (1876-1903); October 17, 1935 (1830-1919); November 21, 1938 (1830-1919); October 15, 1941 (1913-1937). They were interfiled into one alphabetic sequence.

It is not known when the probate files in accession T003283 were transferred to the Connecticut State Library.

The probate files in accession 2011-030 were transferred to the Connecticut State Library on July 28, 2010, October 4, 2010, and November 10, 2010, June 9, 2011, June 29, 2011, August 22, 2011, September 28, 2011, January 18, 2012.

Alternative Form Available

Record books, volumes 1-4, 6-7, 9-10, 12-13, 15-16, 19-21, 23-25, 28, 32-33, 37-40, 42, 1830-1917; probate files 1730-1937 (Accession 1931-002 only); and inventory control book (Godard Digest) have been 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.

Title
RG 004:017, Bristol Probate Court
Subtitle
Inventory of Records
Author
Finding aid prepared by Connecticut State Library staff.
Date
2009
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

Repository Details

Part of the Connecticut State Library Repository

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