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.
Probate Case Files from 1986 to 1997 are imaged on a LaserFiche document management system maintained by the trial court office.
Records at the Oregon State Archives:
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 (32.50 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], no. A6152-PR10.209, ca.1980-present (30 cu.ft.);
Probate [Case Files], no. A1-A7568, 1929-ca.1988 (184 reels of microfilm).
Records at the Yamhill County Courthouse, Trial Court Basement Records Room 50:
PR [Probate Case Files], no. PR98.002-PR100210, 1998-present (72 cu.ft.).
Records at the Yamhill County 4th Street (Stanard) Building, Trial Court Records Room:
Index to Estates [acts as docket and indexes case files], vol. 7-18, 1935-1982 (12 volumes);
Scanned Probate Case Files [includes some earlier records], no. A7601-A9998, 1987-1995 (35 cu.ft.);
Scanned Probate Case Files [Miscellaneous], no. A2256-A9985, 1949-1977 (3 cu.ft.);
Scanned Probate Case Files, no. PR96.001-PR97.241, 1996-1997 (11 cu.ft.).