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Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Douglas County Records Inventory

Circuit Court Case Files

1849-1984

Series documents cases heard before the circuit courts and the U.S. district courts. U.S. district courts were administered by the federal government during the territorial period and subsequently replaced by the circuit courts upon statehood in 1859. Case files include exhibits, transcripts, indexes, and legal documents such as indictments, subpoenas, fee bills, articles of agreement, bonds, summons, executions, petitions, and injunctions. The case files document civil and criminal actions such as debt, theft, divorce, land claims, arson, murder, rape, assault and battery, and boundary conflicts. Circuit court records continue after 1983 under authority of the state and are maintained by the trial court administrator. Circuit court records have been inventoried through 1983. For information on more recent court records, contact the trial court administrator. Portions of these records may be restricted.

Circuit Court Case Files from 1976 to 1983 are imaged on a LaserFiche document management system maintained by the trial court office.

Records at the Douglas County Courthouse, Clerk's Archives:
Circuit Court [Case Files], no. 5747-ca.41200, 1929-1973 (533 reels of microfilm); no. 74.1-75.1900, 1974-1975 (37 reels of microfilm);
Circuit Court Cases [Card Index], ca.1852-n.d. (2 cu.ft.);
Circuit Court Index Direct, vol. 1-5, 1852-1978 (5 reels of microfilm);
Circuit Court Index Indirect, vol. 1-5, 1852-1978 (5 reels of microfilm);
Circuit Court Judgments [Transcribed Judgments], 1969-1984 (13 reels of microfilm);
Circuit Court Transfer Docket [Index], n.d.-ca.1950 (1 volume);
Divorce Index [to circuit court case files], ca.1853-1909 (1 binder);
Douglas County Circuit Court Records [Abstracts from 1853 to 1888-by Genealogical Society of Douglas County], 2006 (2 binders);
[Index of Circuit Court Cases], 1876-1881 (1 volume);
Index to Circuit Court Direct, vol. 1, 1853-1934 (1 volume);
[Transcripts of Judgments], 1907-1917 (1 reel of microfilm); 1943-1968 (8 reels of microfilm);
Vault [Circuit Court Case Files], ca.1856-1928 (259 cu.ft.);
Vault Index to Cases [Direct and Indirect], volume 1-2, n.d. (2 volumes).

Records at the Douglas County Justice Building, 3rd Floor Trial Court Records Room:
Circuit Court [Case Files], no. 5747-ca.41200, 1929-1973 (533 reels of microfilm); no. 74.1-75.1900, 1974-1975 (37 reels of microfilm);
Circuit Court Direct Index, vol. 1-5, 1852-1978 (5 volumes);
[Circuit Court Index Indirect], vol. 1-5, 1852-1978 (5 reels of microfilm);
Circuit Court Indirect Index, vol. 1-5, 1852-1978 (5 volumes);
Circuit Court Judgments [Transcribed Judgments], 1969-1984 (13 reels of microfilm);
Circuit Court Judgments [Transcripts of Judgment], 1943-1968 (8 reels of microfilm);
Circuit Court Microfiche [Case Files], no. 34958-36249, 1969-1971 (37 inches of microfilm jackets);
Circuit Court Microfilm [Case Files], no. 30500-34957, 1966-1969 (10 feet of microfilm jackets);
Civil [Direct Index Circuit Court], vol. 1, 1852-1933 (1 reel of microfilm); vol. 5, 1970-1978 (1 reel of microfilm).

Records at a Related Web Site:
Douglas County Divorce Abstracts, ca.1849-ca.1884 (US GenWeb Project).

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