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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.

Probate case files included in the Oregon eCourt Case Information Network (OECI) electronic records system since 2014 are maintained in paper or microfilm.

Records at the Douglas County Courthouse, Clerk's Archives Storage Room:
Affidavit for Small Estates-Probate Record], 1973-1982 (2 reels of microfilm);
[Probate Case File Card Index], 1852-1855 (1 cu.ft.);
Probate [Cases-Files-title varies], vol. 1-199, 1852-1963 (ca.300 reels of microfilm);
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);
[Small Estates-Case Files], 1982-1989 (4 reels of microfilm);
[Small Estates Index], 1973-1981 (1 reel of microfilm).

Records at the Douglas County Courthouse, Clerk's Records Vault 115:
Probate [Case Files], 1852-1963 (96 cu.ft.);
[Probate Case Files-boxed], no. 2490-10428, 1929-1974 (260 reels of microfilm);
Vault Index Probate, vol. 2, n.d. (1 volume).

Records at the Douglas County Courthouse, Clerk's Library/Microfilm Room:
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).

Records at the Douglas County Justice Building, 2nd Floor Circuit Court Records Room:
[Circuit Court Case Files-includes probate case files], 1975-1995 (Electronic on Laserfiche system);
[Circuit Court Civil Case Files-includes probate case files], 2007-2013 (300 cu.ft.);
[Probate Case Files-Active], ca.1979-present (20 cu.ft.);
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).

Records at the Douglas County Justice Building, 3rd Floor Circuit Court Records Room:
[Affidavits for Small Estates], 1973-1982 (2 reels of microfilm);
Probate [Case Files], no. 2490-8059, 1929-1966 (229 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 [Miscellaneous Case Files], no. 74.1-82.286, 1974-1982 (26 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 County Justice Building, 4th Floor Circuit Court Records Storage Room:
[Circuit Court Civil Case Files-includes probate case files], 1994-2007 (175 cu.ft.);
[Probate Case Files], 1990-1991 (7 cu.ft.).

Records at a Related Web Site:
Probate Case Files [includes document images], vol. 1-199, 1852-1963 (familysearch.org);
Probate Index [Case File Card Index-includes document images], 1852-1955 (familysearch.org).

 

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