Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Clackamas 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.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Index to Probate Cases [also indexes probate journals], 1845-1930 (1 volume);
Index to Probate Cases, vol. 1-2, 1845-1979 (2 volumes);
Probate Case Files [alphabetical], 1844-1928 (23.50 cu.ft.);
Probate Case Index, 1845-1979 (3 volumes);
Search for 1844-1928 Clackamas County probate case files in Oregon Historical Records Index.

Records at the Clackamas County Courthouse, Circuit Court Records Center Room 12:
Indexes [Combined Index-indexes circuit, district, and probate court case files], 1983-1986 (7 sheets of microfiche);
Indexes [Probate Index-Case Files], ca.1850-1982 (70 sheets of microfilm jackets);
Probate [Case Files], no. 1100-18960, 1907-1975 (205 reels of microfilm); no.76.7.1-90.12.48, 1976-1990 (12 feet of microfilm jackets);
Probate [Case Files-with gaps], no. 2524-19670, 1920-1976 (10 inches of microfilm jackets);
Probate [Records-Case Files], no. P78.1-P84.4420, 1978-1984 (14 reels of microfilm);
[Small Estate Case Files-Open], no. SE7000-SE7358, 2012-present (3 cu.ft.);
[Small Estates Affidavits-Probate], no. SE1-SE1105, 1973-1986 (5 reels of microfilm);
[Small Estates Index-Probate-alphabetical and numerical], 1973-1986 (1 reel of microfilm).

Records at the Clackamas County Courthouse, Circuit Court Civil Case Unit Office Room 104:
[Open Probate Case Files], 1970-present (113 cu.ft.).

Records at the Clackamas County Clerk's Recording Office Suite 110, Public Research Area:
[Clackamas County Recorder Misc. Court Records-includes probate, adoption, mental commitment, and marriage records], 1976-1978 (1 reel of microfilm).

Records at the Clackamas County Circuit Court Off-Site Storage Facility:
Name Changes [Closed Case Files], 1991-2012 (30 cu.ft.);
Probate [Closed Case Files], 1991-2009 (693 cu.ft.);
Probate [Closed Case Files-with gaps], no. 11970-19559, 1959-1976 (2 cu.ft.);
Small Estate [Probate Case Files-Closed], no. SE968-SE6999, 1987-2012 (46 cu.ft.).

Records at the Clackamas County Circuit Court Off-Site Storage Facility, Office:
Name Changes [Closed Case Files], 2012-present (3 cu.ft.);
[Probate Closed Case Files], 2010-present (40 cu.ft.).

Records at the Museum of the Oregon Territory, Library:
Clackamas County Probate Case Files Index [compiled by Daraleen Wade], 1844-1928 (1 volume);
Index to Clackamas County Probate Records [compiled by Brown], 1845-1910 (1 volume).


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