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Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Harney County Records Inventory

Probate Registers

1889-[ongoing]

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.

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

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
County Court Journal [includes probate, naturalization, and mental commitment information], vol. A, 1889-1919 (1 volume);
Index to County Court Journal [includes probate, naturalization, widow's pension, and mental commitment information], no. 1-500, vol. A, 1889-n.d. (1 volume);
Probate Bk. [Journal], vol. Q-R, 1979-1984 (.30 inch of microfiche);
Probate Register and Fee Book, vol. A-C, 1889-present (3 volumes).

Records at the Harney County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement Records Room:
[Probate Journals], vol. A-J, 1889-1960 (5 reels of microfilm);
Probate Journal, vol. J-R, 1959-1984 (9 volumes);
[Probate-Journal], vol. Q-R, 1979-1984 (.20 inch of microfilm jackets);
Probate Journal [with index], vol. A-I, 1889-1959 (9 volumes).

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