Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Polk County Records Inventory

County Court Judicial Journals


Series records the proceedings of the county court for civil and some criminal cases. Information includes judge, plaintiff, defendant, and attorney names; trial date; memorandum of subsequent proceedings; and fees charged. Cases include citizenship petitions, legal changes to name, commitments, and writs of habeas corpus. Portions of these records may be restricted.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
County Court Civil Case Docket [includes primarily adoption cases], 1913-1939 (1 volume);
County Court Civil Case Journal, 1883-1903 (1 volume);
[County Court Civil Journal], 1859-1866 (1 reel of microfilm);
County Court Civil Journal Index, n.d. (1 volume);
[County Court Minutes-Judicial Journal], 1846-1848, 1852-1856 (1 reel of microfilm).

Records at the Polk County Courthouse, County Clerk's Office:
Journal County Court [includes mostly judicial actions and some administrative actions-includes widow's pensions-with index], vol. 6, 1932-1954 (1 volume).

Records at the Polk County Public Works Department Building, Surveyor's Office:
County Court Civil Journal [Judicial-includes some probate matters], vol. 2, 1860-1866 (1 volume).

Records at the Polk County Historical Society Museum, Archives:
Civil Court Case Records [County Court Journal Civil Action], vol. 3, 1866-1883 (1 volume);
County Court Journal [includes adoption, widow's pension, judicial, and administrative actions-with index], vol. 5, 1904-1932 (1 volume);
County Court Journal [includes primarily delinquent child cases-jurisdiction changes to circuit court in ca.1965], vol. 7-12, 1954-1968 (6 volumes);
Early Probate Journals [County Court Journal-includes probate and judicial matters], vol. 1, 1848-1859 (1 volume).


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