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Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Clatsop County Records Inventory

Probate Registers

1850-1986

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.

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

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Fee Book of Probate Court [with index], vol. 2, 1892-1894 (1 volume);
Probate Court Fee Book & Register, vol. 3-9, 1875-1930 (7 volumes);
[Probate Court Journal-Record of Guardians], 1865-1879 (1 volume);
Probate Journal [County Court Journal Probate], vol. 6-7, 9-21, 1872-1892, 1895-1926 (15 volumes);
Probate [Journal], vol. 1, 1850-1851 (1 volume);
Probate Journal, vol. 2, 1850-1872 (1 volume).

Records at the Clatsop County Courthouse, Basement Room B04:
Probate Journal, vol. 22-23, 1926-1930 (2 volumes);
Probate Register [alphabetical], 1886-1896 (1 volume);
Records Order Book [Probate-with index], 1866-1873 (1 volume).

Records at the Clatsop County Courthouse, Basement Room B08:
Probate Court Fee Book & Register, vol. 19-25, 1962-1986 (7 volumes).

Records at the Clatsop County Courthouse, Upper Main Vault:
Commissioners Law & Probate Index [indexes commissioners journal, county court law journal, probate journal, and probate case files], ca.1850-1933 (1 volume);
County Court Journal Probate, vol. 8, 1892-1895 (1 volume);
Index Co. Court Journals [County Court Law-also indexes commissioners journals and probate journals], ca.1850-ca.1900 (1 volume).

Records at the Clatsop County Courthouse, Lower Main Vault:
Probate Court Fee Book & Register, vol. 10-14, 1930-1949 (5 volumes).

Records at the Clatsop County Public Services Bldg. 820, Clerk, Records & Elections Division Office, Public Microfilm Cabinet:
[Commissioners Law & Probate-Index], vol. 1, 1886-1933 (1 reel of microfilm).

Records at the Clatsop County Judge Guy Boyington Building, Vault #1:
Probate Court Fee Book and Register, vol. 15-18, 1949-1962 (4 volumes).

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