Oregon Historical County Records Guide
Wheeler County Records Inventory
Probate Case Files
Series documents actions taken on probate cases brought before the county, district, or circuit court for settlement. Records include wills, receipts, claims, vouchers, petitions to sell, notices of annual accounting, final estate accounting reports, appraiser's affidavits, bills of sale, inventories, fee bills, appraisals, administrator and appointment certificates, and appraiser oaths. 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. Portions of these records may be restricted.
Since 1993 most probate actions have been indexed on computer in the county clerk's office.
Records at the Wheeler County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Misc. [Miscellaneous Court Documents-includes indictments, undertakings, complaints, bonds, and related records from circuit, county, justice, and probate courts], ca.1904-ca.1948 (.15 cu.ft.);
Name Change [Case Files], no. 93.01-2007.01, 1993-present (.15 cu.ft.);
Probate [Case Files-includes small estate case files], no. 1-1080, 1893-present (20.50 cu.ft.);
[Probate Estate Records-includes petitions, decrees, orders, inventories, appraisements, and related records-trifolded], ca.1924-ca.1938 (.40 cu.ft.);
Probate Register [with index-also indexes probate case files], vol. 1, 1887-1993 (1 volume).