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Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Josephine County Records Inventory

Probate Case Files

1848-[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.

Josephine County never created Probate Case Files no. 2100-2999. The county joined the Oregon Judicial Information Network (OJIN) in 1987. Newer closed probate case files are maintained electronically using the Laserfiche system.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Probate Case Files, A-Z, no. 100-2099, 1848-1944 (35 cu.ft.);
Probate Case Index, 1848-1944 (.10 cu.ft.);
Search for 1848-1944 Josephine County probate case files in Oregon Historical Records Index.

Records at the Josephine County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Estates and Guardianships [Numerical Card File-includes mental commitments], 1939-1970 (.40 cu.ft.);
Probate Files Completed [Closed Case Files], no. 3000-5221, 1944-1964 (58 reels of microfilm).

Records at the Josephine County Courthouse, Trial Court Civil Unit Office:
[Probate Case Files-Open], 1967-present (40 cu.ft.).

Records at the Josephine County Justice Building, Room 218:
Probate [Case Files], no. 3000-7155, 77.1.P-85.109.P, 1944-1985 (98 reels of microfilm);

Records at the Josephine County Justice Building, Trial Court 3rd Floor Records Storage Room:
Probate [Card Index], 1985-1987 (.25 cu.ft.);
[Probate Case Files-Closed], 1967-2009 (224 cu.ft.).

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