Oregon Historical County Records Guide
Gilliam 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.
Miscellaneous probate documents are interspersed in the wooden cabinet holding trifolded records in the courthouse lower vault to the left of the door upon entry.
Records at the Gilliam County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Clerk's Receipt for Papers [Administrative and Judicial Register-registers county court, probate, and circuit court actions], vol. 1, 1903-1969 (1 volume);
Probate [Case Files-includes small estate case files since 1973], no. 1059-1665, 1959-present (20 cu.ft.);
Probate Register [also indexes case files], vol. 1-2, 1885-present (2 volumes).
Records at the Gilliam County Courthouse, Lower Vault:
Probate Cases [Case Files-trifolded], no. 1-606, 1886-1935 (13 cu.ft.);
Probate [Case Files], no. 607-1058, 1935-1959 (10 cu.ft.).
Records at the Gilliam County Courthouse, Lower Vault, Lower Wooden Cabinet:
[Miscellaneous Circuit Court and Probate Records-includes exhibits, transcripts, and related records], ca.1902-ca.1939 (1.20 cu.ft.);
Transcript of Testimony in the Matter of the Estate of Jesse O. Lewis, 1919 (1 volume).