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Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Harney County Records Inventory

Probate Case Files

1889-[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.

Since 1984 computer indexes have been accessible in the clerk's office.

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement Records Room:
Probate [Case Files-includes small estate case files beginning in 1973], no. 511-2174, 1929-1986 (50 cu.ft.);
Probate Files [Case], no. 1-510, 1889-1929 (18 cu.ft.).

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Probate [Case Files-includes small estate case files], no. 2175-3073, 1986-present (27 cu.ft.);
Probate Index Cards, 1943-present (1 cu.ft.).

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