Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Jackson 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.

Jackson County joined the Oregon Judicial Information Network (OJIN) in 1988.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
[Index to Probate Journal, Direct and Reverse], vol. 1-44, 1856-1932 (1 reel of microfilm);
Index to Probate Record, vol. 1, 1853-1936 (1 volume);
Probate Court [Journal], vol. A, 1853-1854 (1 volume);
Probate Journal, 1873-1878 (.10 cu.ft.); 1878-1941 (23 volumes);
Probate Journal Index, 1854-1891 (.20 cu.ft.);
[Probate Journal], vol. C, 1854-1857 (1 volume);
Probate Records [Journal], vol. B, 1853-1855 (1 volume);
Probate Record, vol. D, 1857-1859 (1 volume);
Probate Register and Fee Book, 1859-1899 (.30 cu.ft.); 1889-1899 (1 volume).

Records at the Jackson County Justice Building Basement, Court Archives:
[Direct and Reverse Index to Probate Records], vol. 1-44, 1856-1932 (1 reel of microfilm);
[Index to Probate Record-to vol. 1 to 44], vol. 1, 1853-1936 (1 reel of microfilm);
Judge's Docket Probate Court, 1871-1890 (1 volume);
Probate Docket and Index, 1987-1988 (1 volume);
[Probate Docket], vol. 7, 1905-1915 (1 reel of microfilm);
Probate Docket [with index], vol. 2, 1890-1905 (1 volume);
Probate Journal Docket, vol. 2-4, 1890-1916 (3 reels of microfilm);
[Probate Journal-with index], vol. A-D, 1-262, 1853-1980 (263 reels of microfilm);
Probate Record [with index], vol. 2, 1866-1872 (1 volume);
[Probate Register Docket Book], no. 1-11384, P.1.63-P.220.86, 1913-1986 (8 reels of microfilm);
Record [Probate Journal-with index], vol. 1, 1859-1866 (1 volume).

Records at the Jackson County Genealogy Library Building, Library:
Probate Docket [with index], vol. 3, 1905-1913 (1 volume).


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