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Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Wasco County Records Inventory

Probate Registers

1855-1989

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.

Wasco County joined the Oregon Judicial Information Network (OJIN) in 1989.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
County Court Journal [Probate], vol. A, 1855-1863 (1 volume);
County Court Probate Docket, 1872-1879 (1 volume);
Estates and Guardianships [County Court Probate Order Book-with index], vol. A, 1864-1877 (1 volume);
General Index Probate Court [indexes case files, journals, letters, and fee books], vol. 1, 1903-1960 (1 volume);
Probate [Docket-County Court], 1884-1889 (2 volumes);
Probate Docket [County Court], 1880-1883 (2 volumes);
Probate Docket [County Court-unbound], 1919-1920 (.10 cu.ft.);
Probate Journal, 1855-1863 (1 reel of microfilm); vol. D, 1892-1897 (1 volume); vol. K-T, 1916-1945 (10 volumes); vol. 1-17, 1944-1962 (17 volumes);
Probate Journal [with index], vol. E, 1897-1901 (1 volume); vol. E, 1901-1905 (1 volume);
Probate Record [with index], 1866-1875 (1 volume); vol. B-C, 1878-1892 (2 volumes);
Probate Register [with index], vol. B, 1863-1895 (1 volume).

Records at the Wasco County Courthouse, Basement County Archives:
Circuit Court Probate Journals, vol. A-J, 1864-1916 (6 reels of microfilm);
Circuit Court Probate Registers, no. 3824-4440, ca.1960-ca.1967 (1 reel of microfilm);
County Court Probate Docket, 1865-1871 (1 volume).

Records at the Wasco County Courthouse, Trial Court Jury Room:
Index to Estate and Guardianships [indexes case files and registers], ca.1860-ca.1960 (1 volume);
Miscellaneous Record Probate [Register-with index], vol. 2, 1915-1931 (1 volume);
Probate Register [with index], vol. 1, 1896-1915 (1 volume); vol. 3-7, 1931-1989 (5 volumes).

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