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Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Sherman County Records Inventory

Probate Registers

1888-[ongoing]

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. 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.

Records at the Sherman County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Probate Fee Book [Register-with index], vol. A, 1889-1957 (1 volume);
[Probate Fee Book-Register-with index], vol. A, 1889-1957 (1 reel of microfilm);
Probate Order Book [with index], vol. A, 1888-1904 (1 volume);
Probate Record [with index-consists of index only after 1960], vol. 2-7, 1904-2002 (6 volumes);
[Probate Record-with index-consists of index only after 1960], vol. A, 2-9, 1888-1979 (14 reels of microfilm); 1987-ca.2004 (.50 inch of microfilm jackets);
Probate Register and Fee Book [also indexes case files], vol. B, 1953-present (1 volume).

Records at the Sherman County Courthouse, Basement Vault:
County Court Probate Jourual [sic-Journal-includes insane and naturalization cases], vol. A, 1889-1919 (1 volume);
Probate Docket, vol. A, 1889-1908 (1 volume);
Probate Record, vol. A, 2-9, 1888-1979 (14 reels of microfilm).

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