Oregon Historical County Records Guide
Josephine County Records Inventory
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.
Josephine County joined the Oregon Judicial Information Network (OJIN) in 1987.
Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Index to Probate Register, vol. 1, 1892-1981 (1 volume);
Journal of Probate Court, 1856-1870 (1 volume);
Probate Journal, vol. 3-9, 1888-1946 (7 volumes);
[Probate Register], 1892-1981 (1 volume).
Records at the Josephine County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
County Court Docket [Probate], 1862-1877 (1 volume);
County Court Journal [Probate-with index], vol. 2, 1870-1888 (1 volume);
Probate Journal, vol. 10-14, 1946-1953 (5 volumes);
Probate [Journal], vol. 15-35, 1953-1969 (21 reels of microfilm);
Probate Register and Fee Book [with index], vol. 1, 1893-1898 (1 volume);
Record of Accounting and Distribution [Probate Journal-with index], vol. 1-11, 1909-1949 (11 volumes).
Records at the Josephine County Justice Building, Trial Court 3rd Floor Records Storage Room:
Completed Docket Sheets Probate [Register of Actions], 1985-1987 (3 binders);
Completed Probate [Register], 1981-1984 (2 volumes);
Probate [Card Index], 1985-1987 (.25 cu.ft.);
Probate Docket, 1961-1987 (3 volumes);
Probate Index, 1856-1984 (1 volume);
Probate Register, vol. 2-3, 1945-1988 (2 volumes).
Records at the Josephine County Justice Building, Room 218:
Probate Journals, vol. 15-45, 1953-ca.1982 (30 reels of microfilm).