Oregon Historical County Records Guide
Marion 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.
Marion County joined the Oregon Judicial Information Network (OJIN) in 1987. Probate case files were integrated with other circuit court case files beginning in 1985.
Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Index to Probate Court Files [Case], 1952-1973 (.40 cu.ft.);
Probate Case Files, no. A-T, 1-1634, 1843-1907 (31 cu.ft.);
Probate Journal Index [also indexes Probate Case Files], vol. 1, ca.1843-ca.1907 (1 volume);
Search for 1843-1908 Marion County probate case files in Oregon Historical Records Index.
Records at the Marion County Courthouse Probate Records Room B-280:
[Circuit Court Case Files-includes probate case files], 1985-1990 (ca.1020 cu.ft.);
Probate [Case Files], no. 11216-35583, 1942-1985 (276 cu.ft.);
Small Estate Affidavits [Case Files], no. 1A-880A, 1973-1984 (3 cu.ft.).
Records at the Marion County Courthouse, Circuit Court Vault:
[Circuit Court Case Files-includes probate case files], 2003-present (ca.2500 cu.ft.);
Probate [Case Files], no. 1-11220, 1843-1942 (268 reels of microfilm);
[Probate-Index to Probate Court Records and Files-indexes case files, registers, and journals], vol. 1-2, 1843-1986 (1 reel of microfilm).
Records at the Marion County Courthouse Parking Structure, Circuit Court
[Circuit Court Case Files-includes probate case files], 2000-2002 (ca.1400 cu.ft.);
Closed Probate [Card Index-to case files, registers and journals], ca.1911-ca.1986 (10 cu.ft.).
Records at the Marion County Courthouse Parking Structure, Circuit Court North Archives:
[Circuit Court Case Files-includes probate case files], 1991-1999 (ca.2500 cu.ft.).