Oregon Historical County Records Guide
Yamhill 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.
The Yamhill County circuit court joined the Oregon eCourt Case Information Network (OECI) electronic records system in 2012. Probate Case Files from 1986 to 2001 are imaged on an Odyssey document management system maintained by the circuit court office.
Records at the Oregon State Archives:
County Court Case Files [includes juvenile and guardianship cases], no. 1-944, 1859-1937 (6 cu.ft.);
Estates Index [indexes probate case files and journals], 1854-1946 (1 volume);
Index to Estates [acts as docket and indexes case files], vol. 2-6, 1893-1935 (5 volumes);
Probate Case Files, no. 1-3542, 1854-1917 (83.50 cu.ft.); no. A1-A1459, 1929-1942 (29 cu.ft.);
Probate Case Index, 1852-1934 (.20 cu.ft.);
Search for 1852-1946 Yamhill County probate case files in Oregon Historical Records Index.
Records at the Yamhill County Courthouse, Trial Court Office File Room 139:
PR [Open Probate Case Files], ca.1979-present (4 cu.ft.).
Records at the Yamhill County Courthouse, Trial Court Basement Records Room 50:
PR [Probate Case Files], no. PR02.001-PR11.0292, 2002-2011 (43 cu.ft.).
Records at the Yamhill County 4th Street (Stanard) Building, Circuit Court Records Room:
Index to Estates [acts as docket and indexes case files], vol. 7-18, 1935-1982 (12 volumes);
[Probate Case Files], no. A1-A7568, 1929-ca.1988 (184 reels of microfilm);
Scanned Probate Case Files [includes some earlier records], no. A7601-A9998, 1987-1995 (35 cu.ft.);
Scanned Probate Case Files [Miscellaneous-with gaps], no. A2256-A7600, 1949-1987 (2 cu.ft.);
Scanned Probate Case Files, no. PR96.001-PR01.1120, 1996-2001 (27 cu.ft.).
Records at the Yamhill County Stern Building, Clerk's Office Basement Plat Room:
Index County Court [indexes civil case files and journal-including some naturalization, adoption, and guardianship cases], 1859-1965 (1 volume);
Journal of the County Court [Civil-includes some naturalization, adoption, and guardianship cases], vol. 3-4, 1873-1954 (2 volumes).