Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Hood River County Records Inventory

Probate Registers


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. In 1986 circuit courts with probate jurisdiction began recording basic case information on the Oregon Judicial Information Network (OJIN). This network functionally replaced probate dockets and journals previously maintained by the courts. The transition to full use of OJIN by all circuit courts in Oregon took approximately two years. Contact the trial court administrator for access to OJIN. 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. Hood River County joined the Oregon Judicial Information Network (OJIN) in 1989.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Probate Journal [with index], vol. A, 1-3, 1868-1930 (4 volumes);
Probate Register [with index], vol. 1, 1908-1910 (1 volume); vol. 1, 1908-1944 (1 volume).

Records at the Hood River County Courthouse, Circuit Court Small Jury Room 309A:
Probate Journal [with index], vol. 4, 1930-1937 (1 volume);
Probate Register [indexes case files-with index], vol. 2-4, 1937-1989 (3 volumes).

Records at the Hood River County Business Admin. (Dean) Bldg., County Archives:
Probate Journal [with index], vol. 5-16, 1937-1965 (12 volumes).


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