Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Multnomah County Records Inventory

Probate Estate Records


Series documents information recorded about estates probated in the county or circuit courts. Information includes deceased party's name; recording and death dates; residence; name and address of executors, administrators, or trustees; estimated values of real and personal property; inventory and appraisal dates; the estate's value according to the appraisals and to the county court; and the names and relationship of heirs. 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.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Probate Estate Record [William Beck Inventory], 1889 (1 volume).

Records at the John B. Yeon Building, Multnomah County Archives:
Estates Trust Ledger [with index], 1918-1970 (1 volume).

Records at the Genealogical Forum of Oregon, Rare Book Area:
Index Probated Intestate Estates Multnomah Co. Oregon [Abstracts-Daughters of the American Revolution], 1856-1901 (1 volume);
Oregon Estates Index Multnomah County [Abstracts-Daughters of the American Revolution], 1854-1884 (1 volume);
Oregon Estates Multnomah County Supplement [Abstracts-Daughters of the American Revolution], 1852-1874 (1 volume);
Probated Intestate Estates Multnomah Co. Oregon [Abstracts-Daughters of the American Revolution], vol. 1-10, 1856-1901 (10 volumes).


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