Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Columbia 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. 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 information created since 2013 is maintained electronically.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Fee Book Probate and County Court [includes court actions and dates], 1859-1885 ( 1 volume).

Records at the Columbia County Courthouse Annex, Vault:
Daily Work [Probate Journal-filmed daily with other county and court records], ca.1967-ca.1983 (ca.170 reels of microfilm);
Index to Probate Cases [indexes case files and record], ca.1874-1987 (1 volume);
Probate [Journal-in locked circuit court black cabinet], vol. 15-25, 1967-1982 (12 inches of aperture cards);
[Probate Journal-in locked circuit court black cabinet-title varies], vol. 8-15, 1958-1967 (8 reels of microfilm);
[Probate Journal-no spine-with index], 1885-1889 (1 volume);
[Probate Journal-partial volume-loose pages], vol. 8, 1958 (.20 cu.ft.);
Probate Journal, vol. B, 1880-1884 (1 volume); vol. 1-7, 1948-1958 (7 volumes);
[Probate Journal-with index], 1884-1889 (1 volume);
Probate Record Index [Index to Actions], vol. I, 1890-1910 (1 volume);
Probate Record [with index], vol. 1-4, 5A-5M, 1889-1948 (17 volumes); vol. 1A-1M, 1903-1987 (13 volumes);
Probate [Register and Docket], 1986-1987 (1 volume);
[Probate Register-with index], 1884-1889 (1 volume);
Record Probate Business, 1859-1880 (1 volume).

Records at the Columbia County Courthouse, Basement Vault:
Account of Orders Probate, 1884-1890 (1 volume);
Order Book [Probate-with index], vol. 7, 1884-1889 (1 volume);
Probate Book, vol. A, 1854-1857 (1 volume);
Record [Probate-with index], vol. 5, 1890-1895 (1 volume); vol. 6, 1905-1941 (1 volume).


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