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Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Washington County Records Inventory

Probate Estate Records

1844-1935

Series documents information recorded about estates probated in the county or circuit courts. Information includes deceased party's name; recording and death dates; residence; name and address of executors, administrators, or trustees; estimated values of real and personal property; inventory and appraisal dates; the estate's value according to the appraisals and to the county court; and the names and relationship of heirs. 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. Probate functions in Washington County, at various times, have been the responsibility of the probate, county, district, and circuit courts.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Circuit Court Estate Records, 1866-1891 (.20 cu.ft.);
County Court Estate Records, 1866-1891 (.10 cu.ft.);
County Court Records [Estate Records-reel no. 6], 1844, 1860, 1874-1891 (1 reel of microfilm);
Probate Court Records, 1847-1859 (3 volumes);
Probate Estate Records, 1844-1861 (.10 cu.ft.);
Record of Estates, 1904-1935 (2 volumes).

Records at the Washington County Museum, Research Library and Archives:
[Washington County Court Records #6-Estate Records], 1844, 1860, 1874-1891 (1 reel of microfilm);
Washington County Estates [Probate-reel 2], 1887-1891 (1 reel of microfilm).

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