Oregon Historical County Records Guide
Klamath 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.
Klamath County joined the Oregon Judicial Information Network (OJIN) in 1988.
Records at the Klamath County Courthouse, Room
CV [Purged Probate Case Files-with gaps], 1966-1983 (10 reels of microfilm);
PR [Circuit Court Small Estate Probate Files], 1973-1983 (1 reel of microfilm);
[Probate Index], ca.1899-1983 (1 inch of microfiche);
Probate Index [includes small estates], 1984-1987 (.25 cu.ft.);
Probate Tapes [Case Files], ca.1882-ca.1982 (83 reels of microfilm).
Records at the Klamath County Courthouse, Room 17, Circuit Court Basement Storage
GC [Probate Guardianship and Conservatorship Case Files], 1957-1988 (15 cu.ft.);
[Probate Case Files], 1984-1987 (6 cu.ft.);
[Probate Case Files-interfiled with other circuit court civil case files], 1988-2002 (ca.355 cu.ft.);
Probate Index, vol. 1, ca.1899-n.d. (.50 inch of microfilm jackets).
Records at the Klamath County Courthouse, Circuit Court Clerk's Office, Civil
[Probate Case Files-interfiled with other circuit court civil case files], 2002-present (ca.800 cu.ft.).
Records at the Klamath County Museum:
[Probate Case Files], ca.1882-1982 (107 cu.ft.).
Records at the Klamath County Web Site:
Probate, Guardianship, and Name Change Records [Abstract], 1887-1882 (Klamath County Museum).