Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Jackson 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. Circuit Court Case Files created since 1983 have been indexed on the Oregon Judicial Information Network (OJIN).

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
[Circuit Court Case Files-Civil], 1856-1914 (50 cu.ft.);
[Circuit Court Case Files-Criminal], 1860-1912 (3.25 cu.ft.);
[De Autremont Brothers Circuit Court Case Files], no. 628-632, ca.1923-ca.1957 (.80 cu.ft.);
Divorce [Vital Records Return Receipt], 1927-1929 (2 volumes);
[Fehl and Good Government Congress Circuit Court Case Records], ca.1930-ca.1935 (2 cu.ft.);
[Russell Obrenski Circuit Court Case File], no. 69.187C, 1969 (.40 cu.ft.);
U.S. District Court Case Files [Isaac Tubbs case file], 1857 (.15 cu.ft.);
Search for 1856-1914 Jackson County circuit court divorce case files in Oregon Historical Records Index.

Records at the Jackson County Justice Building Basement, Court Archives:
[Circuit Court Case Files], no. 80.0001-83.4693, 1980-1983 (304 cu.ft.);
[Circuit Court Index Defendant], 1862-1911 (1 reel of microfilm);
[Circuit Court Judgement Roll], no. 46.0001-47.0376, 47.0418-79.0289, 1946-1979 (418 reels of microfilm);
[Circuit Court Judgement Rolls-Dismissed], no. 1D-4992D, 1910-1956 (36 reels of microfilm);
[Circuit Court Judgement Rolls], no. 1-11300, 1914-1954 (112 reels of microfilm);
[Divorce Index-Circuit Court Case Files], vol. 1-2, n.d.-1978 (1 reel of microfilm);
Index to Judgment Rolls, ca.1856-n.d. (1 volume);
[Index to Law, Equity, and Criminal Cases-Circuit Court], 1926-1946 (1 reel of microfilm);
[Index to State vs. Criminal-Cases], 1862-1912 (1 reel of microfilm);
Microfiche Index [Circuit Court Case File Index], 1980-1983 (22 sheets of microfiche);
Microfiche Index [Index to Divorce-Circuit Court Case Files], vol. 1-2, ca.1856-1978 (.50 inch of microfiche);
Microfiche Index [Old Circuit Court Indices-Case Files-arranged by plaintiff and defendant], 1862-1980 (4 inches of microfiche);
[Old Criminal Records-Circuit Court Case File Index], 1909-1946 (1 reel of microfilm);
Vault Index Circuit Court, vol. 1, ca.1860-ca.1914 (1 volume).

Records at the Jackson County Genealogy Library Building, Library:
Circuit Court Cases Indices Direct and Indirect [Abstract], 1856-1914 (1 binder);
Index to Cases as to Judgement Roll # [Circuit Court Case File], 1914-1954 (1 volume);
Index to Circuit Court Cases Direct, 1886-1946 (1 volume); 1946-1965 (1 volume);
Index to Circuit Court Cases Indirect, 1862-1911 (1 volume); 1946-1965 (1 volume);
Jackson Co., Or Divorce Index [County-Circuit Court Case File Abstracts], 1856-1949 (3 volumes);
Old Equity Index [Circuit Court Case File], n.d.-ca.1949 (1 volume);
Old Law Index [Circuit Court Case File], n.d.-1949 (1 volume).

Records at the Jackson County Library, Medford Branch:
Jackson County Divorce Index [Abstract-by Lida Childers and Ruby Lacy], 1856-1949 (3 volumes).

Records at the University of Oregon, Knight Library, Special Collections:
District and Circuit Court Papers, 1858-1918 (5.50 cu.ft.).

Records at a Related Web Site:
Jackson County Divorce Record Index, 1856-1949 (Jackson County Genealogy Library Web site).


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