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Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Umatilla County Records Inventory

Probate Registers

1864-1987

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.

Umatilla County joined the Oregon Judicial Information Network (OJIN) in 1987.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Probate Court Docket, vol. 1, 1901-1903 (1 volume);
Probate Court Docket [with index], vol. 3-5, 1906-1917 (3 volumes);
Probate Journal [with index], vol. N-O, 1905-1907 (2 volumes);
Probate Record, 1864-1875 (1 volume);
Probate Record [with index], vol. A-M, 1875-1905 (13 volumes);
Register in Probate [with index], 1879-1881 (1 volume).

Records at the Umatilla County Records Storage Building, Trial Court Back Room:
Probate Journal, vol. I-Z, 27-37, 1875-1957 (16 reels of microfilm);
Probate Order Book, vol. 28-39, 1948-1961 (8 reels of microfilm);
Small Estates Docket [with index], vol. 1, 1973-1985 (1 volume).

Records at the Umatilla County Records Storage Building, Trial Court Front Room:
[Probate Court Docket-with index], 1901-1906 (1 volume);
Probate Court Docket [with index], vol. 2, 1903-1906 (1 volume); vol. 6-29, 1917-1985 (24 volumes);
Probate Docket, vol. 1, ca.1979-ca.1987 (1 volume);
Probate Fee Book [includes case information-with index], vol. A-Z, 27-45, 1875-1957 (45 volumes);
Probate Journal [with index], vol. P-Z, 27-37, 1907-1957 (22 volumes);
Probate Order Book [title varies-with index], vol. A-Z, 27-39, 1905-1961 (39 volumes).

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