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Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Lane County Records Inventory

Probate Registers

1852-1982

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.

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

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Probate Administrators and Guardians Account, 1853-1871 (2 volumes);
Probate Court Record, 1853-1867 (1 volume);
Probate Docket, 1867-1871 (1 volume);
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);
Probate Journal [with index], vol. 1-2, 1852-1865 (2 volumes).

Records at the Lane County Courthouse, Court Archives:
Probate [Case Files and Journals Reference Copy Index], 1930-1978 (4 volumes);
Probate Index [indexes case files and journals-photocopy], 1853-1929 (1 volume);
Probate Journals [Daily Orders], 1952-1980 (138 reels of microfilm).

Records at the Lane County Courthouse, Court Exhibit Room:
Probate Court Docket, vol. 1-7, 1892-1920 (7 volumes); vol. 10-11, 1924-1927 (2 volumes);
Probate Court Record, vol. 12-20, 1927-1945 (9 volumes);
Probate Index [indexes case files and journals], 1853-1968 (4 volumes);
Probate Journal [actually Register of Probate Court-with index], vol. 26, 1962-1981 (1 volume);
Probate Journal [includes delayed birth registrations in volumes 28 to 30-title varies], vol. 3-68, 1865-1952 (66 volumes);
Probate Register Fee Book [with index], vol. 1-2, 1888-1913 (2 volumes);
Probate Register [with index], vol. 3-64, 1913-1982 (62 volumes);
Record Probate Index [indexes case files and journals], 1853-1901 (1 volume).

Records at the Lane County Public Service Building, Deeds and Records Supervisor's Office:
Probate Journal [combined in one volume with commissioners journal and district court journal-typescript copy], 1852-1859 (1 volume).

Records at the Lane County Archive and Records Center, Microfilm Storage Room:
[Probate Journal], 1852-1859 (1 reel of microfilm).

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