Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Columbia 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.

The Columbia County circuit court joined the Oregon Judicial Information Network (OJIN) in 1987 and the Oregon eCourt Case Information Network (OECI) electronic records system in 2013. Probate case files created since 2013 are maintained electronically.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Probate Case Files, no. 1-1019, 1850-1930 (21 cu.ft.);
Probate Index, 1880-1930 (.25 cu.ft.);
Search for 1850-1930 Columbia County probate case files in Oregon Historical Records Index.

Records at the Columbia County Courthouse Annex, Vault:
General Index [to mining, judgments, complaints, divorce, insane, and guardianships], 1941-1945 (1 volume);
Index to Probate Cases [indexes case files and record], ca.1874-1987 (1 volume);
[Probate Case Files], 2007-2013 (25 cu.ft.);
Probate [Case Files-in locked circuit court black cabinet], no. 2001-4083, 1950-1970 (56 reels of microfilm);
Probate [Case Files-most cases begin after 1930-title varies], no. 1020-2000, 1914-1950, (33 cu.ft.);
Probate Files [Case-title varies], no. 93.6325-98.6764, 1993-1998 (17.50 cu.ft.); no. 03.7000-06.7029, 2003-2006 (19 cu.ft.);
SE [Small Estate Case Files], ca.1997-2013 (12 cu.ft.);
Small Estates Index, 1974-1987 (1 volume).

Records at the Columbia County Courthouse Annex, Circuit Court Old Jail Storage Room 1:
[Probate Case Files], no. 4137-5750, 1970-1988 (45 cu.ft.); 1988-1992 (22 cu.ft.); 2001-2002 (8 cu.ft.); 2006 (4 cu.ft.);
SE [Small Estate Case Files], 1974-1996 (3 cu.ft.).

Records at the Columbia County Courthouse Annex, Circuit Court Old Jail Storage Room 3:
[Probate Case Files], 1999-2000 (8 cu.ft.).


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