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Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Multnomah County Records Inventory

Probate Registers

1852-1986

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. Records may also document actions related to guardianships. 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.

Multnomah County joined the Oregon Judicial Information Network (OJIN) in 1988.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
County Court Journal Probate, 1859-1866 (1 volume).

Records at the Multnomah County Courthouse, Room 131, Circuit Court File Room:
Citizenship Docket [serves as Probate Docket], 1901 (1 volume);
Probate Fee Register, vol. 163-180, 1957-1978 (18 volumes); vol. 184, 1962-1969 (1 volume); vol. 187, 1962-1976 (1 volume); vol. 193, 1964-1975 (1 volume);
Probate Journal, vol. 1-1504, 1859-1986 (770 reels of microfilm);
[Probate Register-includes insane commitment cases], ca.1917-1944 (1 volume).

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 Fee Register [title varies], vol. 1-162, 1859-1957 (162 volumes); vol. 181-183, 1961-1969 (3 volumes); vol. 185-186, 1962-1984 (2 volumes); vol. 188-192, 1963-1985 (5 volumes); vol. 194-283, 1964-1983 (90 volumes);
Probate Index [also indexes probate journal], vol. 1, ca.1855-1904 (1 volume);
Probate [Journal], vol. 2, 1866-1872 (1 volume).

Records at the Genealogical Forum of Oregon, Rare Book Area:
Oregon Guardianships Multnomah County [Abstracts], vol. 1-5, 1852-1901 (5 volumes).

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