Oregon Historical County Records Guide
Linn 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 created since 1997 are stored electronically. Contact the trial court administrator for access. The Linn County circuit court joined the Oregon eCourt Case Information Network (OECI) electronic records system in 2012. 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 Hurd Building, Circuit Court Storage Room 13:
Probate-Case File and Journal Index-also indexes mental commitment cases], 1863-1985 (2 inches of microfiche);
[Probate-Conservatorship, Estates, and Guardianship Cases-Files], no. 19-10124, ca.1861-1963 (313 reels of microfilm); no. 10126-19208, 1963-1997 (4.50 feet of microfiche);
[Probate Ct. Court-Old Probate Cases-Files], no. 1-18, 1868-1877 (1 reel of microfilm);
[Small Estates-Case Files], no. 1-1088, 1973-1993 (8 inches of microfiche and microfilm jackets).
Records at the Albany Regional Museum, Reference Room:
Index Probate Records [indexes case files and journals], ca.1850-ca.1910 (1 volume); vol. A, ca.1850-ca.1935 (1 volume).