Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Benton County Records Inventory

Probate Registers


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.

Benton County joined the Oregon Judicial Information Network (OJIN) in 1987.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Probate Journals, 1850-1972 (62 volumes);
Probate Record of Actions, 1852-1857 (1 volume);
Probate Registers, 1852-1922 (4 volumes).

Records at the Benton County Courthouse, Room 106:
Indexes [Probate Case Files and Journals], ca.1880-1984 (.50 inch of microfiche);
[Journal-Probates], vol. 60-70, 1972-1979 (1 inch of microfiche).

Records at the Benton County Courthouse, Clerk's Archive Vault:
Probate Journal, vol. 60-70, 1972-1979 (2.50 inches of microfilm jackets).

Records at the Benton County Records Center:
Index to Probate Court Records and Files [Probate Case Files and Journals], vol. 1, ca.1893-ca.1978 (1 volume);
Probate Register [with index], vol. 2-6, 1920-1983 (5 volumes).


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