Oregon Historical County Records Guide
Yamhill County Records Inventory
Circuit Court Case Files
Series documents cases heard before the circuit courts and the U.S. district courts. U.S. district courts were administered by the federal government during the territorial period and subsequently replaced by the circuit courts upon statehood in 1859. Case files include exhibits, transcripts, indexes, and legal documents such as indictments, subpoenas, fee bills, articles of agreement, bonds, summons, executions, petitions, and injunctions. The case files document civil and criminal actions such as debt, theft, divorce, land claims, arson, murder, rape, assault and battery, and boundary conflicts. Circuit court records continue after 1983 under authority of the state and are maintained by the trial court administrator. Circuit court records have been inventoried through 1983. For information on more recent court records, contact the trial court administrator. Portions of these records may be restricted.
Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Circuit Court Case Files [includes no divorce case files], no. 1-9834, 1854-1930 (92 cu.ft.);
Circuit Court Case Index, 1857-1861 (1 volume);
Circuit Court Exhibits, 1867-1936 (8 volumes); 1880-1937 (.75 cu.ft.);
Circuit Court Trial Transcripts, 1880-1943 (5.50 cu.ft.);
Divorce Case Files [Circuit Court], 1857-1930 (12 cu.ft.);
Index Circuit Court [indexes case files and bench docket], vol. 1, 1857-1894 (1 volume);
Journal and Docket Index [indexes circuit court case files, journal, bench docket, judgment docket, and execution docket], 1857-1888 (1 volume);
Search for 1857-1930 Yamhill County divorces in Oregon Historical Records Index.
Records at the Yamhill County 4th Street (Stanard) Building, Trial Court Records Room:
Direct Index Circuit Court [indexes case files and journals], vol. 2-3, 1894-1979 (2 volumes);
Indirect Index Circuit Court [indexes case files and journals], vol. 2-3, 1894-1979 (2 volumes);
State of Or. Circuit [Court Case Files-title varies], no. 9835-12069, 1931-1938 (22 cu.ft.).
Records at the Yamhill County Courthouse, Trial Court Office File Room 139:
Circuit Court [Case Files], no. 12070-17649, 1938-ca.1948 (34 reels of microfilm); no. 17650-38899, 810001-831660, ca.1948-1983 (100 inches of microfilm jackets);
Direct Index Circuit Court [indexes case files and journals], vol. 2-3, 1894-1979 (19 sheets of microfilm jackets);
Indirect Index Circuit Court [indexes case files and journals], vol. 2-3, 1894-1979 (19 sheets of microfilm jackets).