Oregon Historical County Records Guide
Columbia County Records Inventory
Probate Estate Records
Series documents information recorded about estates probated in the county or circuit courts. Information includes deceased party's name; recording and death dates; residence; name and address of executors, administrators, or trustees; estimated values of real and personal property; inventory and appraisal dates; the estate's value according to the appraisals and to the county court; and the names and relationship of heirs. 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.
Records at the Columbia County Courthouse, Basement Vault:
Index to Closed Probate Estates, no. 1-1051, n.d. (1 volume);
Record of Estates, 1903-1923 (1 volume).