Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Deschutes 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.

Deschutes County joined the Oregon Judicial Information Network (OJIN) in 1986.

Records at the Deschutes County Justice Building Basement, Court Archives:
[Probate Case Files-Conservatorships and Guardianships], no. 85PC0025-12PC0063, 1985-2012 (108 cu.ft.);
[Probate Case Files-Conservatorships, Guardianships, and Small Estates], no. 1-5334, 1916-1985 (104 cu.ft.);
[Probate Case Files-Estates], no. 85PB0042-12PB0127, 1985-2012 (130 cu.ft.);
[Probate Case Files-Name Changes], no. 84NC0486-13NC0147, 1984-2006 (21 cu.ft.);
[Probate Case Files-Small Estates], no. 85PS0027-13PS0161, 1985-2013 (35 cu.ft.).

Records at the Deschutes County Justice Building Basement, Court Archives Room 19:
Mental Health [Mental Commitment Case Files-includes some name changes], no. 64.1-84.485, 1964-1984 (5 cu.ft.).

Records at the Deschutes County Courthouse, Second Floor State Court Record Department Office:
NC [Probate Name Change Case Files], 12NC0018-14NC0090, 2012-present (1 cu.ft.);
PB [Probate Estate Case Files], 13PB0001-14PB0076, 2013-present (5 cu.ft.);
PC [Probate Conservatorship and Guardianship Case Files], 13PC0002-14PC0059, 2013-present (4 cu.ft.);
PS [Probate Small Estate Case Files], 13PS0162-14PS0082, 2013-present (1.50 cu.ft.).

Records at the Des Chutes Historical Museum, Library Room 104:
Probate Records [Index-typescript], vol. 1-2, 1917-1962 (1 binder).

Records at the Bend Public Library:
Index to Probate Records [Abstracts to vol. I and II-Call no. 929.3795], 1917-1962 (1 volume).


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