Oregon Historical County Records Guide
Washington County Records Inventory
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.
Washington County joined the Oregon Judicial Information Network (OJIN) in 1987. A predecessor database began in 1983.
Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Bench Docket County Court [includes judicial, probate, and administrative actions], 1863-1882 (1 volume);
Probate Court Orders, 1852-1855 (.05 cu.ft.);
Probate Court Record, 1847-1852, 1856-1876 (1 reel of microfilm);
Probate [Journal-includes orders], 1849-1852 (1 volume);
Probate [Journal Index], 1859-1876 (2 volumes);
Probate Journal [title varies], vol. 4-21, 1859-1921 (18 volumes);
Probate [Record-with index], 1848-1857 (1 volume);
Probate Record [with index], 1847-1852, 1856-1858 (1 volume); 1858-1859 (1 volume); vol. 8, 1888-1892 (1 volume).
Records at the Washington County Justice Services Building, Circuit Court Civil Office, Microfilm Cabinet:
[Circuit Court Probate Fee Register], 1983-1987 (1 reel of microfilm);
Probate and Circuit Court Cases [Probate and Circuit Court Journals-Orders-title varies], vol. 122-536, 82.42-84.17, 1964-1984 (228 reels of microfilm);
Probate and Circuit Court Cases [Probate Court Journals], vol. 94-105, ca.1950-1964 (6 reels of microfilm);
[Probate Fee Book], vol. 22-35, 1963-1983 (4 reels of microfilm).
Records at the Walnut Street Center Building, Second Floor Circuit Court Archives:
Assessors Field Book [actually Probate Numbers-Case Number List-with gaps], no. 2491-7899, n.d. (3 volumes);
Fee Book County Court Probate [title varies-with index], vol. 2-21, 1891-1963 (20 volumes);
Index to Probate Journals [also indexes case files], 1939-1964 (2 volumes);
[Probate Fee Book and Docket], 1859-1882 (1 volume);
Probate Fee Book [with index], vol. 22-35, 1963-1983 (14 volumes);
Probate Journal [title varies], vol. 22-105, 1921-1964 (84 volumes).
Records at the Walnut Street Center Complex, Building E, County Historical Records Vault:
Fee Book County Court Probate [with index], vol. 2, 1894-1901 (1 volume);
Records [Fee Book-County, Circuit, and Probate Courts], 1865-1871 (1 volume);
Records [Fee Book-County, Circuit, and Probate Courts-with index], 1868-1877 (1 volume).
Records at the Washington County Museum, Research Library and Archives:
Bench Docket County Court [includes judicial, probate, and administrative actions], vol. 2, 1887-1894 (1 volume).