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Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Malheur County Records Inventory

Probate Registers

1886-[ongoing]

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.

Records at the Malheur County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement Storage Room:
Accounts Probate [Record], 1886-1892 (1 volume);
Administrator's Probate [Journal], vol. 1, 1886-1911 (1 volume);
Index Probate Files [indexes case files and registers], vol. 1, 1887-n.d. (1 volume);
Probate Account Book [with index], vol. 2-10, 1887-1950 (9 volumes);
Probate Journal, vol. 15-36, 1950-1969 (22 volumes);
Probate Order Book [title varies-with index], vol. 2-14, 1886-1950 (13 volumes).

Records at the Malheur County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Probate Court Register [with index], vol. 1-7, 1887-present (7 volumes);
Small Estates Register [with index], vol. 1, 1973-present (1 volume).

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