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Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Lane County Records Inventory

Probate Case Files

1852-[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.

Lane County joined the Oregon Judicial Information Network (OJIN) in 1989.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Probate Case Files, no. 1-6946, 1852-1937 (95 cu.ft.);
Probate Index [indexes case files and journals-incomplete duplicate], 1853-1861 (1 volume); 1868-1874 (1 volume);
Probate Index [indexes case files and journals-photocopy], 1853-1929 (1 volume); 1930-1948 (1 volume);
Search for 1852-1937 Lane County probate case files in Oregon Historical Records Index.

Records at the Lane County Courthouse, Court Archives:
[Circuit Court Case Files-includes closed probate cases-in boxes], 1987-1989 (ca.270 cu.ft.); 1993 (ca.100 cu.ft.); 1995-1998 (ca.450 cu.ft.); 2003 (ca.100 cu.ft.);
[Circuit Court Case Files-includes closed probate cases-in LaserFiche electronic storage only], 1986, 1990-1992 (LaserFiche);
[Circuit Court Case Files-includes closed probate cases], no. 79.00001-85.10961, 1979-1985 (584 reels of microfilm);
[Circuit Court Case Files-includes closed probate cases-on shelves], 1999-present (ca.2200 cu.ft.);
[Circuit Court Name Index-includes probate], 1978-1982 (11 sheets of microfiche);
[Open Probate Case Files], ca.1984-2006 (75 cu.ft.);
Probate [Case Files and Journals Reference Copy Index], 1930-1978 (4 volumes);
Probate Case Files [Closed], no. 6947-24321, 1938-1978 (263 reels of microfilm);
Probate Index [indexes case files and journals-photocopy], 1853-1929 (1 binder).

Records at the Lane County Courthouse, Court Exhibit Room:
Probate Index [indexes case files and journals], 1853-1968 (4 volumes);
Record Probate Index [indexes case files and journals], 1853-1901 (1 volume).

Records at the Lane County Courthouse, Probate Center:
[Open Probate Case Files], 2007-present (40 cu.ft.).

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