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. Contact the trial court administrator for access to OJIN. Portions of these records may be restricted.

Columbia County joined OJIN in 1987.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Fee Book Probate and County Court [includes court actions and dates], 1859-1880 ( 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 black cabinet], vol. 15-25, 1967-1982 (12 inches of aperture cards);
[Probate Journal-in locked black cabinet-title varies], vol. 8-15, 1958-1967 (8 reels of microfilm);
[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 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);
Record Probate Business, 1859-1880 (1 volume).

Records at the Columbia County Courthouse, Basement Vault:
Order Book [Probate-with index], 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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