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Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Klamath County Records Inventory

Probate Registers

1882-1988

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.

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

Records at the Klamath County Courthouse, Room 17, Circuit Court Basement Storage Cage:
Probate Journal [title varies], vol. 1-68, 1882-1965 (68 volumes);
Probate Register and Index Closed Estates, 1920-1932 (1 volume);
Probate Register and Index [title varies], vol. 1-8, 1882-1943 (8 volumes); vol. 12, 1953-1955 (1 volume); vol. 14, 1959-1961 (1 volume); vol. 16-26, 1963-1983 (11 volumes);
Probate Register and Index, vol. 9-11, 1943-1953 (.75 inch of microfiche); vol. 13, 1955-1959 (.35 inch of microfiche); vol. 15, 1961-1963 (.35 inch of microfiche);
Small Estate [Register of Actions], 1984-1988 (2 binders);
Small Estates Register [title varies], 1973-1983 (2 volumes).

Records at the Klamath County Courthouse, Room 305:
[Circuit Court Journal-includes Probate Journal], 1965-1982 (100 reels of microfilm);
Old Files [Probate Journal], vol. 4-38, 1915-1956 (13 reels of microfilm).

Records at the Klamath County Government Center, Clerk's Basement Storage Room:
[Probate Ct.-Court Journal], vol. 1-4, 1882-ca.1920 (1 reel of microfilm); vol. 38-39, 1956-1957 (1 reel of microfilm).

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