Oregon Historical County Records Guide
Baker County Records Inventory
Series records the actions taken by the county's probate court. Information includes case numbers, estate or deceased's name, administrator's or executor's name, dates and types of papers filed, and memoranda and court orders listed by dates of appointment of administrator or executor. Series may also be referred to as probate journals, dockets, or records of actions. 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. In 1986 circuit courts with probate jurisdiction began recording basic case information in the Oregon Judicial Information Network (OJIN). This network functionally replaced probate dockets and journals previously maintained by the courts. The transition to full use of OJIN by all circuit courts in Oregon took approximately two years. Portions of these records may be restricted.
Probate case information included in the Oregon eCourt Case Information Network (OECI) electronic records system since June 2016 is not maintained in paper or microfilm.
Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Lower Vault, Back Room:
Probate Docket [includes only two entries], 1904-1914 (1 volume);
Probate Journal [with index], vol. 17-55, 1918-1964 (39 volumes);
Probate Order Book [volumes 12 to 14 are in two parts-with index], vol. 2, 1890-1896 (1 volume); vol. 8-16, 1896-1918 (12 volumes).
Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Lower Vault, Front Room:
Accounts & Distribution Record [Probate], vol. 2, 1890-1892 (1 volume);
Probate Records Order Book, vol. 5, 1863-1875 (1 volume);
Probate Register [title varies-with index], vol. 2-3, 1890-1917 (2 volumes);
Records Accounts [Probate-with index], vol. 5, 1875-1890 (1 volume);
Record of Accounts [Probate-title varies-with index], vol. 4-6, 1890-1901 (3 volumes);
Records Orders [Probate], vol. 6, 1875-1890 (1 volume);
Records Register [Probate-with index], vol. 1, 1872-1889 (1 volume).
Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Upper Vault:
Index to Commissioners Records [indexes county court administrative, judicial, probate, and insane commitment actions], vol. A, 1862-1941 (1 volume).
Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Circuit Court Records Department Office:
Probate Register, 1917-1936 (1 volume).
Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Circuit Court Records Department File Room:
Probate Register, vol. 5-7, 1936-1984 (3 volumes).
Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Circuit Court Conference Room, Vault:
[Probate Register], vol. 4-7, 1917-1984 (45 sheets of microfiche).