Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Lincoln County Records Inventory

Probate Case Files


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.

Probate case files included in the Oregon eCourt Case Information Network (OECI) electronic records system since March 2015 are not maintained in paper or microfilm.

Records at the Lincoln County Courthouse, Circuit Court Office:
Index to Probate Cases, 1893-1983 (1 volume).

Records at the Lincoln County Law Library Building, Circuit Court Warehouse:
Microfilm Security Rolls [Security Book of Probate-Case Files], reel 1-7, 1968-1982 (7 reels of microfilm);
[Probate Case Files-interfiled with circuit court case files], 1983-2015 (ca.2500 cu.ft.).

Records at the Lincoln County Public Service Building, Probate Records Storage Cage A:
Probate [Case Files-title varies], no. 1-5943, 1893-1982 (158 cu.ft.);
SE [Small Estate Case Files], no. 1-106, 1974-1982 (.75 cu.ft.).

Records at the Lincoln County Public Service Building, Circuit Court Main Storage Cage B:
Index Probate Journal [also indexes case files], n.d. (1 volume);
Small Estates Index, 1974-1982 (1 volume).

Records at the Lincoln County Community Justice Building, County Archives:
[Book of Probate Records-Case Files], reel 1-3, 1968-n.d (3 reels of microfilm);
Circuit Court Records [includes probate and juvenile records], n.d.-ca.1975 (16 reels of microfilm).


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