Vital Records

Multnomah County Probates and Guardianships

Multnomah County Probates & Guardianships

This is an index of all the probate cases for 1852-1939 in Multnomah County. It includes 34,700+ Estates (E), 193 Will Contests, 11,700+ Guardianships (G), and 125+ Postponed Estates. The GFO does NOT have the originals of these probate files. We do have the early Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) abstracts of the probate files extending to 1900. Come to the library to check the abstracts prior to determining whether you'll want the complete file from the county offices.

Note: In this index file, if there is no date listed, the probate was very early (usually prior to 1915). The smaller the probate number, the earlier the probate. Some have dates available on the Oregon State archives website.

The links below point to the first name on each of 90 index pages.

Digital images of the DAR abstract for cases prior to 1900 may be ordered for $5 each; hard copies are $7 per order. Please place orders by completing this form.

We will check the DAR abstracts if you cannot come in; the fee is $5 per probate number and will include the first 5 pages copied if there is an abstract in the DAR books. Again, please note: The DAR abstracts stop at 1900. We don't have any after that year.

You can also order a paper copy of a probate abstract (up to 1900) by sending your return address, index information, and $5 per record to:

GFO - Probate Lookup
2505 S.E. 11th Ave., Suite B-18
Portland, OR 97202-1061

For a full probate file, contact the Multnomah County Circuit Court through this website or by writing to:

Multnomah County Circuit Court 
Records Department, Room 131 
1021 SW 4th Avenue 
Portland, OR 97204