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Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Lincoln County Records Inventory

Probate Registers

1867-1988

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.

Beginning in 1983, the registers have been maintained on the Oregon Judicial Information System (OJIS), 1983-1987, and Oregon Judicial Information Network (OJIN), 1987-present.

Records at the Lincoln County Courthouse, Trial Court Office:
Index Probate Journal [also indexes case files], n.d. (1 volume);
[Microfiche Records Circuit Court-Final Register of Actions-includes probate case entries beginning in 1983], 1978-1988 (2 inches of microfiche);
Probate Register and Fee Book, vol. 2-6, 1929-1983 (5 volumes).

Records at the Lincoln County Public Service Building, Trial Court Main Storage Cage:
Docket Probate Court, vol. 1, 1910-1933 (1 volume);
Docket Probate Court [with index], vol. 1, 1893-1910 (1 volume);
Probate Fee Book [and Register-with index], vol. 1, 1893-1929 (1 volume);
Probate Journal, vol. 1-40, 1893-1968 (40 volumes);
Probate Records [Journal Transcripts from Benton County-with index], 1867-1893 (1 volume).

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