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Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Hood River County Records Inventory

Probate Case Files

1868-[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.

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 probate case files were numbered using a year based system in which case files are designated by the letter "P." Hood River County joined the Oregon Judicial Information Network (OJIN) in 1989. 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:
Probate [Case Files], no. 1-557, 1902-1930 (8 cu.ft.);
Probate Register [indexes case files-with index], vol. 1, 1908-1944 (1 volume);
Probate Wasco County [Case Files], no. 1-123, 1868-1908 (1.65 cu.ft.);
Search for 1902-1929 Hood River County probate case files in Oregon Historical Records Index.

Records at the Hood River County Courthouse, Small Jury Room:
Probate [District & Circuit Court-Case Files-includes circuit court criminal, probate, and mental commitment case files], 1982 (1 reel of microfilm);
Index to Microfilm Court Records [includes circuit court, probate, and mental commitment cases], vol. 1-2, 1966-1983 (2 volumes);
Probate [Hood River County Case Files], no. 1-2352, 1908-1976 (2.50 feet of microfilm jackets);
Probate Register [indexes case files-with index], vol. 2-4, 1937-1989 (3 volumes);
Probate [Wasco County Case Files], no. 1-123, 1868-1908 (1.50 inches of microfilm jackets).

Records at the Hood River County Courthouse, Trial Court Office:
Circuit Court Case Files [includes interfiled probate and mental commitment case files], 2008-present (36 cu.ft.);
Probate Case Files, no. P83.006-P85.033, 1983-1985 (1 CD-ROM disc);
Probate Records [Case Files], no. 548-2685, P83.001-P83.005, 1930-1983 (14 CD-ROM discs).

Records at the Hood River County Courthouse, Trial Court Office, File Room:
Circuit Court Case Files [includes interfiled probate and mental commitment case files], 1994-2007 (420 cu.ft.).

Records at the Hood River County Courthouse, Trial Court First Floor Records Storage Room:
[Circuit Court Case Files-includes probate, mental commitment, and other records], 1986-1991 (ca.69 cu.ft.).

Records at the Hood River County Courthouse, Trial Court Second Floor Conference Room, Closet:
Circuit Court Case Files [includes interfiled probate and mental commitment case files], 1992-1993 (53 cu.ft.).

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