Oregon Historical County Records Guide
Curry 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.
Curry County joined the Oregon Judicial Information Network (OJIN) in 1987.
Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Probate Case Files [includes insane commitments], no. 1-1753, ca.1856-1960 (29 cu.ft.);
Search for 1856-1922 Curry County probate case files in Oregon Historical Records Index.
Records at the Curry County Courthouse, Trial Court Civil-Domestic-Probate
[Circuit Court Case Files-includes civil, probate, guardianship, and name change actions], 1965-1978 (6 reels of microfilm);
Index to Cases [Circuit Court-includes probate and small estate cases], 1992-1994 (1 volume);
Probate [Case File Index], ca.1870-1989 (1 volume);
[Probate Case Files], 1961-1963 (2 reels of microfilm); 1978-1996 (27 reels of microfilm);
[Probate Case Files-Open Conservatorship and Guardianship Records], ca.1988-present (22 cu.ft.);
[SE-Small Estate Case Files], 1973-1994 (2 reels of microfilm);
Small Estates [Case File Index], 1975-1987 (1 volume);
[Small Estate Case Files-interfiled with probate case files], 1999-present (1.50 cu.ft.).
Records at the Curry County Courthouse, Trial Court Basement Judge's Chambers Records Storage:
PR [Probate Case Files-boxed], 2002-2003 (6 cu.ft.);
PR [Probate Case Files-shelved], 2004-2005 (6 cu.ft.).
Records at the Coos/Curry Counties Trial Court Storage (North Bend):
Curry Probate [Probate Case Files], 1961-1996 (35 reels of microfilm);
PR [Probate Case Files], 1997-2001 (12 cu.ft.);
SE [Small Estate Case Files], 1973-1994 (1 cu.ft.).