Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Baker County Records Inventory

Probate Registers


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 on 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. Contact the trial court administrator for access to OJIN. Portions of these records may be restricted.

Baker County joined the Oregon Judicial Information Network (OJIN) in 1987.

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 [with index], vol. 2, 1890-1896 (1 volume); vol. 8-16, 1896-1918 (9 volumes);
Records Orders [Probate], vol. 6, 1875-1890 (1 volume).

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);
Record 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 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, Trial Court Records Department Office:
Probate Register, vol. 4-7, 1917-1984 (4 volumes);
[Probate Register], vol. 4-7, 1917-1984 (45 sheets of microfiche).


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