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Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Douglas County Records Inventory

Probate Case Files

1850-[ongoing]

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.

Douglas County joined the Oregon Judicial Information Network (OJIN) in 1987.

Records at the Douglas County Courthouse, Clerk's Archives:
Affidavit for Small Estates [Register Abstract], 1973-1988 (.05 cu.ft.);
Marks and Wallenberg Estate [Case Files], 1893-1906 (2.50 cu.ft.);
Probate [Case Files], 1852-1928 (96 cu.ft.); no. 2490-10428, 1929-1974 (260 reels of microfilm); no. 6890-10362, 74.1-82.286, 1958-1982 (79 reels of microfilm);
[Probate Case Files Index], no. ca.500-ca.8200, 1904-1964 (1 volume);
Probate[ Index-Circuit Court Probate Index], vol. 1-2, 1859-1980 (2 reels of microfilm);
Probate [Index-Probate Court Index], 1961-1988 (1 reel of microfilm);
Probate Information [Probate Case File Abstracts-by Genealogical Society of Douglas County], 1850-1916 (2 binders);
Probate Records [Abstracts from 1883 to 1924-by Genealogical Society of Douglas County], 2006 (1 binder);
[Small Estates-Case Files], 1982-1989 (4 reels of microfilm);
[Small Estates Index], 1973-1981 (1 reel of microfilm);
Vault Index Probate, vol. 2, n.d. (1 volume).

Records at the Douglas County Justice Building, 3rd Floor Trial Court Records Room:
[Probate Case Files-interfiled with other circuit court case files], 2001-2002 (ca.80 cu.ft.);
Probate [Case Files], no. 5228-10039, 1929-1973 (250 reels of microfilm);
Probate Cases [Files], no. 8060-10382, 1966-1973 (6 feet of microfilm jackets); no. 74.2-79.253, 1974-1979 (22 inches of microfilm jackets);
Probate Cases Misc [Miscellaneous Files-with gaps], no. 3686-10362, ca.1940-ca.1973 (3 inches of microfilm jackets);
Probate Court Index [to case files and journal], vol. 1-2, 1859-1988 (2 volumes);
Probate Index [Case Files], ca.1904-ca.1967 (1 volume);
Probate Misc [Case Files], no. 8408-10428, 1967-1973 (6 reels of microfilm); no. 74.1-82.266, 1974-1982 (26 reels of microfilm);
Small Estates [Affidavits for Small Estates], 1973-1982 (2 reels of microfilm);
[Small Estates-Case Files], 1982-1989 (4 reels of microfilm);
[Small Estates Index], 1973-1981 (1 reel of microfilm).

Records at the Douglas Court Justice Building, 4th Floor Trial Court Archives:
Probate [Case Files-includes some open case files dating to ca.1964], 1983-1989 (55 cu.ft.);
[Probate Case Files-interfiled with other circuit court civil case files], 1990-2000 (ca.300 cu.ft.).

Records at the Douglas County Justice Building, 2nd Floor Trial Court Office:
[Probate Case Files-interfiled with other circuit court case files], 2003-present (ca.300 cu.ft.).

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