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Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Coos County Records Inventory

Probate Case Files

1852-[ongoing]

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.

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

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Probate Estate & Guardianships [Case Files], no. 1-469, 1854-1901 (10.50 cu.ft.); no. 2492-2771, 1927-1929 (4 cu.ft.).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Room 311:
[Civil Probate-Circuit Court Case Files], 1987-1994 (64 reels of microfilm);
PB [Probate Case Files], no. 3917-9377, 1942-1979 (74 reels of microfilm);
[Probate-Small Estate Case Files], no. SE1-SE149, 1973-1979 (1 reel of microfilm).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Old Jail Storage:
Probate [Case Files] no. 1-3375, 1852-1936 (57 reels of microfilm); no. 2273-3632, 1930-1939 (15 cu.ft.);
[Probate Case Files], no. 7901-9377, 1970-1979 (18 reels of microfilm);
Probate Index [indexes probate case files], 1852-1979 (1 volume);
Probate Index [Rolodex Card Index], 1979-1987 (.75 cu.ft.);
Probate Out of Order [Case Files-includes large files with no sequence], ca.1914-ca.1937 (8 cu.ft.).

Records at the Coos County North Bend Annex, Small Claims/Civil/Probate Court Office:
[Closed Probate Case Files-includes guardianships and conservatorships], 2000-present (60 cu.ft.);
[Open Probate Case Files], 1970-present (10 cu.ft.).

Records at the Coos County North Bend Annex, Trial Court Storage:
PB [Probate Case Files], no. 3633-4289, 1940-1946 (8 cu.ft.);
[Probate Case Files], 1995-1999 (.30 cu.ft.).

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