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Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Union 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.

Union County joined the Oregon Judicial Information Network (OJIN) in 1986.

Records at the Joseph Building, Trial Court Attic Archives Room:
Judges Docket Probate Court [with index], vol. 2, 1897-1904 (1 volume);
Probate Docket, vol. 1-5, 1895-1918 (5 volumes);
Probate Journal [title varies], vol. A-Z, 27-40, 1864-1969 (40 volumes);
Register and Fee Book of Probate Cases [also indexes probate case files-with index], vol. C-I, 1904-1970 (7 volumes);
Register of Probate Cases [with index], vol. A-B, 1864-1904 (2 volumes).

Records at the Joseph Building, Trial Court Attic Archives Room, Microfilm Box:
Judge's Docket Probate Ct. [Court-with index], vol. 2, 1897-1904 (1 reel of microfilm);
Probate Court Journals [Probate Docket], vol. 1-5, 1895-1918 (2 reels of microfilm);
Probate Court Journals, vol. A-Z, 27, 1864-ca.1948 (9 reels of microfilm);
[Probate Journal], vol. 28, ca.1948-1950 (1 reel of microfilm);
[Register and Fee Book of Probate Cases [also indexes probate case files-with index], vol. C-I, 1904-1970 (3 reels of microfilm);
[Register of Probate Cases] , vol. A, 1864-ca.1885 (1 reel of microfilm).

Records at the Joseph Building, Map Room #6 Archives:
Index B Probate Court Journal, 1883-1889 (1 volume).

Records at the Joseph Building, Trial Court Civil Records Office, Resource Room:
Index to Probate Journal, vol. 1, 1864-1969 (1 volume);
Index to Probate Records [indexes probate case files and registers], vol. 1, 1865-1986 (1 volume);
Register and Fee Book of Probate Cases [with index-also indexes probate case files], vol. J-K, 1970-1987 (2 volumes).

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