Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Linn County Records Inventory

Circuit Court Journals


Series records chronological narratives of the proceedings of the court including actions taken such as decrees, judgments, arrangements, sentences, dismissals, and grand jury reports. Information includes plaintiff, defendant, and attorney names; term of court; character and date of case; case number; and date of issue. The term "judgment" refers to judicial decisions regarding the verdict, decision, or judgment rendered by the court and is distinct from those judgments relating to the recovery of court costs and awards (see Judgment and Execution Dockets). Circuit court records continue after 1983 under authority of the state and are maintained by the trial court administrator. Circuit court records have been inventoried through 1983. For information on more recent court records, contact the trial court administrator. Portions of these records may be restricted.

The microfilm/microfiche records listed at the Hurd Building have been or will be scanned and available electronically. Contact the trial court administrator for more information. 

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
[Circuit Court Journal-includes 1874 Delinquent Tax List], 1891 (1 volume);
Circuit Court Journal, vol. 2, 1861-1869 (1 volume); vol. 4, 1873-1876 (1 volume); vol. 6-9, 1879-1887 (4 volumes);
Circuit Court Journal [with index], vol. 1, 1854-1861 (1 volume); vol. 3, 1869-1873 (1 volume); vol. 5, 1876-1879 (1 volume);
Final Record Circuit Court [most of the volume is a county court docket], vol. I, 1879 (1 volume);
Index to Circuit Court Journal Direct [indexes vol. 1-52], 1854-ca 1935 (1 volume);
Index to Circuit Court Journal [indexes vol. 16-34], vol. 2, 1894-1915 (1 volume);
Index to Circuit Court Journal Indirect [indexes vol. 1-52], 1854-ca 1935 (1 volume).

Records at the Hurd Building, Circuit Court Storage Room 13:
Circuit Court Journals, vol. 38-286, 1917-1981 (98 reels of microfilm);
[Direct Index-Circuit Court Case File and Journal Index], 1875-1985 (10 inches of microfiche);
[Indirect Index-Circuit Court Case File and Journal Index], 1875-1985 (10 inches of microfiche).

Records at the Albany Regional Museum, Reference Room:
Circuit Court Journal [Departments 1 and 2], vol. 16-28, 1894-1910 (13 volumes); vol. 30, 1910-1912 (1 volume); vol. 32, 1912-1914 (1 volume); vol. 34, 1914-1915 (1 volume);
Circuit Court Journal, vol. 10-15, 1886-1895 (6 volumes).


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