Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Douglas County Records Inventory

Probate Registers


Series records the actions taken by the county's probate court. Information includes case numbers, estate or deceased's name, administrator's or executor's name, dates and types of papers filed, and memoranda and court orders listed by dates of appointment of administrator or executor. Series may also be referred to as probate journals, dockets, or records of actions. 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. In 1986 circuit courts with probate jurisdiction began recording basic case information on the Oregon Judicial Information Network (OJIN). This network functionally replaced probate dockets and journals previously maintained by the courts. The transition to full use of OJIN by all circuit courts in Oregon took approximately two years. Contact the trial court administrator for access to OJIN. Portions of these records may be restricted.

Douglas County joined the Oregon Judicial Information Network (OJIN) in 1987. Probate case information included in the Oregon eCourt Case Information Network (OECI) electronic records system since 2014 is not maintained in paper or microfilm.

Records at the Douglas County Courthouse, Clerk's Archives Storage Room:
Probate [Journal-title varies], 1853-1966 (51 reels of microfilm);
Probate [Journal], vol. 40-82, 1954-1973 (46 reels of microfilm);
Probate [Ledger-Register and Docket], no. 497-10428, 1904-1973 (8 reels of microfilm).

Records at the Douglas County Courthouse, Clerk's Records Vault 115:
Cases in Probate [Register and Fee Book], vol. 1, 1888-1898 (1 volume);
[Circuit Court Judgment Book-includes County Court Docket and Probate Docket-Umpqua and Douglas Counties], 1856-1874 (1 volume);
Index to Record Probate Court, 1883-1890 (1 volume);
[Journal of Probate Court-Umpqua County-with index], 1859-1863 (1 volume);
Probate Book [Journal-includes insane commitments-with index], vol. 1.5, 1859-1873 (1 volume);
Probate Index [indexes vol. 1-16 of probate journal], vol. 1, 1853-ca.1916 (1 volume);
Probate Journal, vol. 15-39, 1912-1954 (25 volumes);
Probate Journal [with index], vol. 1, 1853-1859 (1 volume);
Probate Order Book, vol. 2, 2.5, 3-7, 1873-1893 (7 volumes);
Probate Records [title varies], vol. 8-14, 1893-1912 (7 volumes).

Records at the Douglas County Justice Building, 3rd Floor Circuit Court Records Room:
Probate [Circuit Court Probate Index], vol. 1-2, 1859-1961 (2 reels of microfilm);
Probate [Journal-with index], vol. 1, 1853-1873 (1 reel of microfilm);
Probate [Ledger-Register and Docket], no. 497-10428, 1904-1973 (8 reels of microfilm);
Probate [Order Book-Journal], vol. 2-12, 1873-1905 (5 reels of microfilm);
Probate [Record Book-Journal-title varies], vol. 13-79, 1905-1972 (60 reels of microfilm).

Records at a Related Web Site:
Probate Court Journal [Umpqua County-includes document images], 1850-1863 (familysearch.org);
Probate Estate Docket [Cases in Probate-Register and Fee Book-includes document images], 1888-1898 (familysearch.org);
Probate Journal [Order Book-Records-title varies-includes document images], vol. 1, 1.5, 2, 2.5, 3-19, 1859-1930 (familysearch.org).


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