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Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Lake County Records Inventory

Probate Registers

1875-1988

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.

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

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement North Storage Room:
Probate Court Order Book [with index], vol. 2, 1901-1908 (1 volume);
Probate Journal, vol. 4-15, 1954-1981, (12 volumes);
Probate Register [with index], vol. 2, 1917-1947 (1 volume).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, District Attorney's Basement Storage Room:
Probate Journal, vol. 16, 1981-1982 (1 volume).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Circuit Court Basement West Storage Room:
Calendar Probate Court, 1884-1894 (1 volume);
Probate Court Order Book, vol. 1, 1887-1901 (1 volume); vol. 3-5, 1908-1949 (3 volumes);
Probate Journal, vol. 1-3, 1949-1954 (3 volumes);
Record Probate Court [with index], vol. 2, 1887-1903 (1 volume).

Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Circuit Court Basement East Storage Room:
Probate Docket [with index], vol. 4-6, 1932-1983 (3 volumes);
Probate Register [with index], 1900-1917 (1 volume); vol. 3, 1925-1932 (1 volume);
Record Prob. Court [Probate-with index], 1875-1887 (1 volume);
Register of Actions Probate, 1983-1988 (.15 cu.ft.).

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