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Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Clatsop County Records Inventory

Circuit Court Case Files

1849-1987

Series documents cases heard before the circuit courts and the U.S. district courts. U.S. district courts were administered by the federal government during the territorial period and subsequently replaced by the circuit courts upon statehood in 1859. Case files include exhibits, transcripts, indexes, and legal documents such as indictments, subpoenas, fee bills, articles of agreement, bonds, summons, executions, petitions, and injunctions. The case files document civil and criminal actions such as debt, theft, divorce, land claims, arson, murder, rape, assault and battery, and boundary conflicts. Circuit court records continue after 1983 under authority of the state and are maintained by the trial court administrator. Circuit court records have been inventoried through 1983. For information on more recent court records, contact the trial court administrator. Portions of these records may be restricted.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Circuit Court Case Files, no. JR1-JR3686, 1855-1899 (27.25 cu.ft.);
Circuit Court Exhibits, 1900-1917 (36 volumes); 1910-1917 (.10 cu.ft.);
Circuit Court Process Records, 1860-1935 (1 cu.ft.);
JR [Judgment Rolls-Circuit Court Case Files], no. JR3687-JR3949, 1899-1901 (2 cu.ft.); no. JR8401-JR9294, 1918-1920 (8 cu.ft.); no. JR 9380-JR9654, 1920 (2 cu.ft.); no. JR11219-JR11971, 1924-1926 (8 cu.ft.); no. JR13090-JR13355, 1927-1928 (3 cu.ft.); no. JR13767-JR14027, 1928-1929 (3 cu.ft.); no. JR14438-JR15034, 1931-1933 (4 cu.ft.);
Misc. Court Records [Miscellaneous Circuit Court Records-includes civil, criminal, divorce, and juvenile cases], 1920-1923 (.35 cu.ft.);
U.S. District Court Process Records, 1849-1858 (.10 cu.ft.).

Records at the Clatsop County Courthouse, Basement Room B04:
Circuit Court Index Defendant, vol. 1, 1889-ca.1923 (1 volume);
Index to Journals, Judgment Rolls, and Register of Actions Defendant, vol. 2-3, 1913-1944 (2 volumes);
Index to Journals, Judgment Rolls, and Register of Actions Plaintiff, vol. 2-3, 1913-1944 (2 volumes); vol. 5, 1959-1967 (1 volume);
JR [Judgment Rolls-Circuit Court Case Files], no. JR9655-JR11218, 1920-1923 (15 cu.ft.); no. JR11972-JR13089, 1926-1927 (10 cu.ft.); no. JR13356-JR13766, 1928 (3 cu.ft.); no. JR14029-JR14863, 1929-1932 (6 cu.ft.).

Records at the Clatsop County Courthouse, Basement Room B08:
Index to Journals, Judgment Rolls, and Register of Actions Defendant, vol. 4-7, 1944-1975 (4 volumes);
Index to Journals, Judgment Rolls, and Register of Actions Plaintiff, vol. 4, 1944-1959 (1 volume); vol. 6-7, 1959-1975 (2 volumes);
JR [Circuit Court Case Files], no. JR14692-JR14783, 1932 (1 cu.ft.).

Records at the Clatsop County Courthouse, Upper Main Vault:
[Circuit Court Case Files-microfilm], no. JR15035-JR16384, 1933-1939 (20 reels of microfilm); no. JR18676-JR19176, ca.1945-1947 (5 reels of microfilm); no. JR20106-JR22709, 1950-1955 (28 reels of microfilm); no. JR22710-JR24728, 1959 (25 reels of microfilm);
[Circuit Court Case Files], no. JR25153-JR25375, 1962 (2 cu.ft.); no. JR29278-JR30973, CC74.1-CC81.889, 1971-1981 (116 cu.ft.);
Index to Journals, Judgment Rolls, and Register of Actions Defendant, vol. 7, 1975-1987 (1 volume);
TR [Circuit Court Transcripts of Judgment], 1959-1983 (3.50 cu.ft.).

Records at the Clatsop County Courthouse, Lower Main Vault:
[Circuit Court Case Files-title varies], no. JR24595-JR29277, 1960-1971 (70 cu.ft.); 1982-1983 (ca.10 cu.ft.);
JR [Judgment Rolls-Circuit Court Case Files], no. JR15035-JR25418, 1933-1960 (127 reels of microfilm).

Records at the Clatsop County Old Jail, Second Floor Records Storage Room:
Circuit [Court Case Files], no. JR3950-JR8400, 1901-1918 (54 cu.ft.);
Hodler v. Hodler [Circuit Court Case Transcript of Testimony-case number JR9912], 1918 (1 volume).

Records at a Related Web Site:
Alphabetical Divorce List [Clatsop County], ca.1855-1913 (Clatsop County Genealogical Society).

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