Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Marion 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.

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

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
County Commissioners Court Journal [Probate and Records Commissioners Court], vol. 1, 1849-1853 (1 volume);
Fee Journal [Probate County Court Register], vol. 6, 1920-1930 (1 volume);
Probate Docket [title varies-with index], vol. 2-4, 1896-1908 (3 volumes);
Probate Journal Index [also indexes Probate Case Files], vol. 1, ca.1843-ca.1907 (1 volume);
Probate Journal, vol. 2-41, 1853-1930 (40 volumes);
Probate Register & Fee Book [with index], vol. 1, 1888-1898 (1 volume);

Records at the Marion County Courthouse Parking Structure, Circuit Court North Archives:
Register of Probate and Juvenile Court, vol. 7-8, 1930-1965 (2 volumes);
Register of Probate Court, vol. 9, 1965-1988 (1 volume).

Records at the Marion County Courthouse, Circuit Court Vault:
[Probate-Index to Probate Court Records and Files-indexes case files, registers, and journals], vol. 1-2, ca.1843-1986 (1 reel of microfilm).

Records at the Marion County Archives:
Index to Probate Record, vol. 1, ca.1888-ca.1925 (1 volume).

Records at a Related Web Site:
Probate Court Register Index [scroll down], 1860-1881 (Familysearch.org).


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