Oregon Historical County Records Guide
Coos 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.
Probate case files included in the Oregon eCourt Case Information Network (OECI) electronic records system since 2015 are maintained in paper or microfilm.
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, Circuit Court Criminal Office, Microfilm Room:
[Civil Probate-Circuit Court Case Files], 1987-1994 (64 reels of microfilm);
CV/DM/PB [Circuit Court Civil, Domestic, Criminal, and Probate Case Files], 1972-1987 (ca.200 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 Circuit Court Storage:
Coos County JV [Circuit Court Case Files-includes guardianship, adoption, and murder cases], ca.1964-2013 (35 cu.ft.);
Probate [Case Files] no. 2973-3632, 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, Circuit Court Small Claims/Civil/Probate Office:
[Closed Probate Case Files-includes guardianships, conservatorships, and small estates], 2009-2015 (66 cu.ft.);
[Open Probate Case Files-includes mostly guardianships], 1999-2013 (1.25 cu.ft.).
Records at the Coos County North Bend Annex, Circuit Court Storage:
PB [Probate Case Files], no. 3633-4289, 1940-1946 (8 cu.ft.); 1995-2008 (126 cu.ft.).