Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Wallowa County Records Inventory

Probate Registers


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 in 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. Portions of these records may be restricted.

Probate case information included in the Oregon eCourt Case Information Network (OECI) electronic records system since June 2016 is not maintained in paper or microfilm.

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Wallowa Lake County Service District Office, Bookcase:
Probate Docket, 1896-1905 (1 volume);
Probate Journal, vol. A, 1887-1906 (1 volume); vol. E-G, 1922-1941 (3 volumes); vol. I-J, 1948-1965 (2 volumes).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Circuit Courtroom, Bookcase:
Probate Journal, vol. N, 1976-1982 (1 volume);
Probate Register [with index], vol. 2-4, 1938-1987 (3 volumes).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Governing Body (Commissioners') Office Vault:
Probate Index, 1887-1987 (1 volume);
Probate Journal, B-D, 1906-1923 (3 volumes); vol. H, 1941-1948 (1 volume).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Thornton Conference Room Vault:
Probate Register [with index], vol. 1, 1887-1946 (1 volume).

Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Attic, Main Records Storage Room:
Probate Journal, vol. K-M, 1965-1975 (3 volumes).


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