Oregon Historical County Records Guide
Multnomah 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. Records may also document actions related to guardianships. 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.
Multnomah County joined the Oregon Judicial Information Network (OJIN) in 1988.
Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Probate Case Files, no. 1-4000, 1855-1900 (96 cu.ft.);
Probate Index, ca.1855-1939 (1 reel of microfilm);
Search for 1855-1900 Multnomah County probate case files in Oregon Historical Records Index.
Records at the Multnomah County Courthouse, Room 131, Circuit Court File Room:
Index to Probate Cases, 1855-1983 (10 volumes);
[Index to Probate Cases], 1856-1977 (4 reels of microfilm);
[Probate Case Files], no. 1-25781, 1855-1925 (297 reels of microfilm); no. 33000-107988, 1930-1968 (1099 reels of microfilm).
Records at the Multnomah County Courthouse, Room 131, Circuit Court File Viewing Room:
Circuit Court Indexes [also indexes probate cases beginning in 1984], 1976-1997 (2 binders of microfiche).
Records at the Multnomah County Courthouse, Room 224, Probate Records Office:
[Closed Probate Case Files], n.d.-present (75 cu.ft.);
[Open Probate Case Files-with gaps], no. 58634-12.10.91390, 1947-present (300 cu.ft.);
Small Estate Affidavits [Case Files], 2011-present (14 cu.ft.).
Records at the Multnomah County Courthouse, Basement Probate Records Room:
[Closed Probate Case Files-includes small estates cases], no. 85.04.90940-11.04.90605, 1985-2011 (2430 cu.ft.);
Small Aff. [Affidavit- Small Case Files], no. 1-3207, 1973-1983 (12 cu.ft.).
Records at the Towne Storage Building, Multnomah County Circuit Court Records Area:
Index to Probate Cases [also indexes probate journals and fee books], 1859-1934 (2 volumes);
[Index to Probate Court Cases-also indexes probate journal], 1855-1911 (1 volume);
[Probate Case File Index], ca.1943-ca.1959 (2 volumes);
Probate Index [also indexes probate journal], vol. 1, ca.1855-1904 (1 volume).
Records at the Walnut Park Building, Multnomah County Circuit Court Basement Records Area:
Probate [Case Files], no. 107989-140.676, 84.01.90011-84.12.92497, 1968-1984 (802 cu.ft.);
Probate Files [Case], 25782-32999, 1925-1930 (126 cu.ft.).
Records at the Oregon Historical Society:
Mss. 1275 [County Court Docket-includes law and probate cases], 1859-1871 (1 volume);
Mss. 1275 [Probate Estate Case Papers], 1850-1873, 1896 (1 cu.ft.).