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Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Morrow County Records Inventory

Probate Registers

1885-1987

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.

Morrow County joined the Oregon Judicial Information Network (OJIN) in 1987.

Records at the Morrow County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Probate Docket County Court [with index-also indexes probate case files], vol. 2-3, 1926-1979 (2 volumes);
Probate Docket County Judge [with index-also indexes probate case files], vol. 1, 1911-1967 (1 volume).

Records at the Morrow County Courthouse, Basement Vault:
Microfilm Cards [Circuit Court and Probate Journal Pages], ca.1960-ca.1980 (2.50 feet of aperture cards);
Probate Journal, vol. L, 1955-1961 (1 volume).

Records at the Morrow County Courthouse, Basement Records Storage Room:
County Court Probate Register Fee Book [also indexes probate case files], 1885-1904 (1 volume);
County Court [Probate-with index], vol. 1, 1885-1901 (1 volume);
Journal County Court [includes mostly probate and some insane commitments], vol. A, 1885-1891 (1 volume);
Law and Probate Docket, vol. 1, 1892 (1 volume);
Probate County Court [Record-with index], vol. 2, 1901-1911 (1 volume);
Probate Journal [with index], vol. B-K, 1890-1955 (10 volumes); vol. M-N, 1961-1967 (2 volumes);
Probate Record, vol. A, 1885 (1 volume);
Probate Register [with index], vol. 2, 1898-1920 (1 volume).

Records at the Morrow County Courthouse, Circuit Court Office:
Probate Docket County Court [also indexes case files], vol. 4, 1964-1987 (1 volume).

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