Oregon Historical County Records Guide
Yamhill 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.
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 Court Fee Book [and Docket], 1853-1876 (3 volumes);
Probate Deposition Record, 1890-1906 (1 volume);
Probate Docket [with index], vol. 2-3, 1884-ca.1902 (2 volumes); vol. 6-11, 1900-1921 (6 volumes);
Probate Journal, 1849-1929 (29 volumes).
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);
Probate Journal, vol. 16, 1895-1899 (1 volume); vol. 32-58, 1929-1958 (27 volumes).
Records at the Yamhill County Courthouse, Trial Court Office File Room 139:
Master Index to Estates [indexes probate journal-includes insane commitments], 1852-1982 (1 volume); 1852-1982 (8 sheets of microfilm jackets).