Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Clackamas 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.

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

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Clackamas County Probate Court Record, 1845-1849 (1 reel of microfilm);
Index to Probate Cases [also indexes probate journals], 1845-1930 (1 volume);
Probate Court Record, 1844-1849 (1 volume);
Probate Docket Index, n.d. (1 volume);
Probate Journal [Accounting and Distribution], 1863-1908 (4 volumes);
Probate Journal [Administrators], 1863-1896 (1 volume);
Probate Journal, vol. 4-71, 1908-1958 (68 volumes);
Probate Orders, vol. 7-8, 1896-1910 (2 volumes);
Probate Record [Journal], vol. 72-74, 1958-1959 (3 volumes);
Probate Record of Actions, vol. 1, 1868-1878 (1 volume);
[Probate Record-with index], vol. 7, 1878-1896 (1 volume);
Probate Register & Fee Book [with index], vol. 2, 1888-1929 (1 volume);
Probate Register [with index], vol. 1, 1863-1894 (1 volume);
Rec'd County Court [Probate Record], 1859-1968 (1 volume).

Records at the Clackamas County Courthouse, Circuit Court Records Center Room 12:
[Probate Register of Actions], no. 80.1.1-86.6.7, 1980-1986 (3 reels of microfilm);
Probate [Register of Actions], vol. 1-23, 1868-1976 (10 reels of microfilm); no. 76.731-79.1247 (2 reels of microfilm).


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