Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Jackson County Records Inventory

Probate Case Files


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.

Probate case files created since 2002 are maintained electronically by the circuit court.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
[Probate Case File Index-Index to Estates], 1853-1977 (1 reel of microfilm);
Probate Case Files [case file numbers 2100 to 2999 and 3100 to 3999 were not created], no. 1-4775, 1853-1925 (51 cu.ft.);
Search for 1853-1925 Jackson County probate case files in Oregon Historical Records Index.

Records at the Jackson County Justice Building Basement, Court Archives:
Index to Estate [Records], 1853-ca.1983 (2 reels of microfilm);
Index to Estates [serves as index to probate case files], vol. 1-2, ca.1853-1988 (2 volumes);
Microfiche Index [Index to Estates], ca.1853-1977 (.50 cu.ft.);
[Probate Case Files-includes small estate case files beginning in 1995], no. P.0001.76-01.746P, 1976-2001 (241 cu.ft.);
Probate [Case Files], no. 4776-11556, 1926-1962 (155 reels of microfilm);
[Probate Case Files], no. P.0001.63-P.0206.75, 1963-1975 (50 reels of microfilm);
Small Estate Affidavits [Index], 1973-1988 (1 volume);
Small Estates [Case Files], 1973-1994 (13 cu.ft.).

Records at the Jackson County Genealogy Library Building, Library:
Wills Probates Estate Files Guardianships [Probate Case File Abstracts], vol. 1-4, 1855-1920 (4 volumes).

Records at a Related Web Site:
Jackson County Court Records [Index-to Wills, Probates, Estate Files, and Guardianships], vol. 1-4, 1855-1920 (Jackson County Genealogy Library Web site).


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