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Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Coos County Records Inventory

Probate Registers

1854-1965

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.

Probate court register of action pages for some years are interfiled with corresponding probate case files. Coos County joined the Oregon Judicial Information Network (OJIN) in 1987.

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Old Jail Storage:
Circuit Court Docket Register and Fee Book [documents circuit, county, and probate courts], 1933-1950 (1 volume);
Estates Probate Docket Register and Fee Book, vol. 5, [with index], 1916-1965 (1 volume);
Index for Small Estates Affidavits [Probate Court Register], 1971-1978 (1 volume);
Probate Court Docket [Indexes], vol. 14, 1944-1961 (1 volume);
Probate Court Docket Register and Fee Book, vol. 7-11, 1922-1965 (5 volumes);
Probate Court Journal [with index], vol. B, 3-28, 1859-1955 (26 volumes);
Probate Fee Book [and Docket-with index], vol. 3-4, 1902-1915 (2 volumes);
Probate Ledger Administrator Journal, 1859-1886 (1 volume);
Probate Ledger [with index], vol. 1, 1891-1898 (1 volume);
Register of the Probate Court, vol. 6, no. 1551-1827, 1919-1965 (.25 cu.ft.).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Probate Book Minutes [Original], vol. A, 1854-1858 (1 volume);
Probate Minute Book [Work Copy], vol. A, 1854-1859 (1 volume).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Downstairs Archives:
Probate Court Journals, vol. 29-52, 1955-1965 (23 reels of microfilm).

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