Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Jefferson 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.

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

Records at the Jefferson County Courthouse, Trial Court Basement Archives:
[Circuit Court Probate Register], vol. 1, 1915-1972 (1 volume);
Probate Court Register, vol. 2, 1972-1986 (1 volume).

Records at the Jefferson County Courthouse, Basement Archives:
Circuit Court Probate Register, vol. 1-2, 1915-1986 (1 reel of microfilm); vol. 1-2, 1915-1986 (16 sheet of microfilm jackets);
Probate Journal [title varies], vol. 1-5, 1884-1972 (5 volumes);
Transcribed Circuit Court Register, County Court Register, Probate Court Register, Execution Docket [from Crook County-with index], 1883-1915 (1 volume).

Records at the Jefferson County Administration Building, Clerk's Record Room:
[Probate-Journal], vol. 6, 1972-1982 (7 inches of aperture cards).

Records at the Jefferson County Public Works Department Office, Vault:
[Circuit Court Probate Register], vol. 1-2, 1915-1986 (16 sheets of microfiche);
Probate [Journal], vol. 6, 1972-1982 (7 inches of aperture cards);
William Boegli Probate Docket [includes probate, county court civil, and insanity cases], 1916-1937 (1 volume).


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