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Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Jefferson County Records Inventory

Probate Case Files

1893-[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.

Jefferson County joined the Oregon Judicial Information Network (OJIN) in 1985.

Records at the Jefferson County Courthouse, Trial Court Office:
[Probate Case Files-includes conservatorships], 2007-present (3 cu.ft.);
[Small Estate Case Files], 2007-present (1 cu.ft.).

Records at the Jefferson County Courthouse, Trial Court Basement Archives:
Case Index PB/SE [Probate and Small Estate Case File Index-also indexes other cases], 1986-1995 (1 binder);
Closed Probate [Case Files-title varies], 1915-1985 (36 cu.ft.);
Crook Co. Transcripts Probate Court [Case Files], 1893-ca.1915 (2 cu.ft.);
[Probate Case Files-includes conservatorships], 1985-2007 (26 cu.ft.);
Probate Court Cases Transcribed from Crook County Records [Index-in election poll register booklet], 1893-1915 (1 volume);
[Small Estate Case Files], 1989-2006 (4 cu.ft.);
Small Estates [Probate Case Files], 1974-1988 (1.50 cu.ft.).

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