Oregon Historical County Records Guide
Baker County Records Inventory
Probate Case Files
Series documents actions taken on probate cases brought before the county, district, or circuit court for settlement. Records include wills, receipts, claims, vouchers, petitions to sell, notices of annual accounting, final estate accounting reports, appraiser's affidavits, bills of sale, inventories, fee bills, appraisals, administrator and appointment certificates, and appraiser oaths. Over the years probate jurisdiction has been transferred from the county court to the circuit court in most counties. However, the county courts in Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Malheur, Sherman, and Wheeler Counties continue to hear probate cases. Portions of these records may be restricted.
Probate case files included in the Oregon eCourt Case Information Network (OECI) electronic records system since June 2016 may not maintained in paper or microfilm.
Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Lower Vault, Back Room:
[Miscellaneous Court Records-includes exhibits, indictments, estates, pension papers, and wills], box 40, 1870-1908 (1 cu.ft.);
[Probate Case Files], drawer no. 64-253, 1862-1946 (64 cu.ft.);
Probate [Case Files], drawer no. 630A-1738A, 1954-1970 (36 cu.ft.).
Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Lower Vault, Front Room:
Affidavit of Small Estates, 1987-1992 (.15 cu.ft.);
[Probate-Case Files], drawer no. 1A-629, 1946-1954 (25 cu.ft.);
[Probate Case Files], drawer no. 1-63.5, 1862-1946 (22 cu.ft.).
Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Upper Vault:
Probate [Case Files], no. 1A-487A, 1946-ca.1951 (30 reels of microfilm).
Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Circuit Court Records Department File Room:
[Probate Case Files-includes a small number of circuit court civil case files], 1990-2008 (32 cu.ft.);
[Probate Case Files-interfiled with circuit court case files], 2009-2016 (ca.190 cu.ft.);
Probate [Case Files], no. 1739A-2902A, 1971-1989 (26 cu.ft.);
Probate Index [Case File], 1862-1971 (1 volume);
Small Estates [Case Files], no. 1-204, 1974-1990 (1 cu.ft.).
Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Circuit Court Conference Room, Vault:
[Probate Index-Case File], 1862-1971 (14 sheets of microfiche).