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Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Polk County Records Inventory

Probate Estate Records

1851-1955

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. 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 Account Ledger, 1851-1897 (1 volume);
Probate Estate Record, 1903-1925 (1 volume).

Records at the Polk County Courthouse, County Clerk's Office:
Record of Estates, vol. 2, 1925-1955 (1 volume).

 

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