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Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Lake County Records Inventory

Probate Case Files

1875-[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.

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

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement South Storage Room:
Probate [Case Files], 1875-1927 (29.65 cu.ft.).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
[Probate Case File Index-also indexes insane commitment cases], 1875-ca.1930 (1 volume).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Circuit Court Basement West Storage Room:
Probate [Case Files], no. 1-2027, 1925-1972 (40 cu.ft.).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Circuit Court Basement East Storage Room:
CV [Circuit Court Civil Case Files-includes interfiled probate case files], 1989-1964 (60 cu.ft.);
[Probate Case Files-includes small estate cases], no. 2028-2585, PR84.1-SE88.45, 1972-1988 (17 cu.ft.).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Circuit Court Office Storage Room:
CV [Circuit Court Civil Case Files-includes interfiled probate case files], 1997-2006 (66 cu.ft.);
Probate [Card Index], 1983-1988 (.10 cu.ft.);
Probate Index [indexes probate, insane commitment, delayed birth, and other cases], n.d.-1983 (1 binder).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Circuit Court Office:
CV [Circuit Court Civil Case Files-includes interfiled probate case files], 2007-present (17 cu.ft.).

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