Oregon Historical County Records Guide
Hood River County Records Inventory
Circuit Court Case Files
Series documents cases heard before the circuit courts and the U.S. district courts. U.S. district courts were administered by the federal government during the territorial period and subsequently replaced by the circuit courts upon statehood in 1859. Case files include exhibits, transcripts, indexes, and legal documents such as indictments, subpoenas, fee bills, articles of agreement, bonds, summons, executions, petitions, and injunctions. The case files document civil and criminal actions such as debt, theft, divorce, land claims, arson, murder, rape, assault and battery, and boundary conflicts. Circuit court records continue after 1983 under authority of the state and are maintained by the trial court administrator. Circuit court records have been inventoried through 1983. For information on more recent court records, contact the trial court administrator. Portions of these records may be restricted.
Records are included from Wasco County documenting the governance of the Hood River County area prior to the creation of the county in 1908. Beginning in 1983 case files were numbered using a year based system in which civil case files are designated by "CC" and criminal case files are designated by "CR." Recordings dating from 1965 to circa 1977 include some circuit court, district court, probate, juvenile, and mental commitment records (Clerk and Recorder Official Filings).
Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Circuit Court Register [also indexes case files], vol. 1-3, 1908-1933 (3 volumes);
Criminal [Circuit Court Case Files], no. 1-215, 1909-1930 (.50 cu.ft.);
Divorce Returns, 1929-1936 (.05 cu.ft.);
Hood River County Circuit Court Trial Transcripts [N.C. Evans vs. The Hood River Electric Light, Power and Water Company], 1908 (2 volumes);
Judgement Roll [Circuit Court Case Files], no. 1-1844, 1908-1913, 1916-1926 (18.50 cu.ft.);
Misc. [Miscellaneous-includes Circuit Court Case Files], 1899-1921 (.50 cu.ft.);
Wasco Co. [Circuit Court Case Files-Wasco County], no. 1-78, 1890-1908 (1.50 cu.ft.);
Search for 1890-1908 Hood River [Wasco] County divorces in Oregon Historical Records Index.
Records at the Hood River County Courthouse, Small Jury Room:
Circuit Court [Case Files], an. 1-7978, 1908-1978 (6 feet of microfilm jackets);
Circuit Court Register [also indexes case files-with index], vol. 4-10, 1933-1984 (7 volumes);
Index to Microfilm Court Records [includes circuit court, probate, and mental commitment cases], vol. 1-2, 1966-1983 (2 volumes);
Probate [District & Circuit Court-Case Files-includes circuit court criminal, probate, and mental commitment case files], 1982 (1 reel of microfilm);
Probate [includes circuit court civil case files], no. 6531-7978, ca.1971-1978 (8 reels of microfilm);
Wasco County [Circuit Court Case Files], no. 1-78, 1891-1908 (1 inch of microfilm jackets).
Records at the Hood River County Courthouse, Trial Court Office:
Civil Cases [Circuit Court Case Files], no. 6371-9277, 1970-1982 (3 CD-ROM discs);
Civil Records [Circuit Court Case Files], no. CC83.001-CC85.133, 1983-1985 (1 CD-ROM disc);
Criminal Cases [Circuit Court Case Files], no. CR83.001-CR84.132, 1983-1984 (1 CD-ROM disc);
Criminal Records [Circuit Court Case Files], no. 1171-2414, 1974-1982 (2 CD-ROM discs).
Records at the Hood River County Courthouse, Trial Court First Floor Records Storage Room:
Transcript of Judgment [Circuit Court], 1908-1974 (1 cu.ft.).
Records at the Hood River County Business Admin. (Dean) Bldg., County Archives:
Circuit Court Case Files Criminal, no. 216-1172, 1930-1977 (10 cu.ft.).