Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Baker County Records Inventory

Coroner and Inquest Records


Series records the results of the examination of a corpse by the county coroner at the request of the county sheriff. It also documents the proceedings and results of inquests ordered by the district attorney. Reports include date filed; name, age, sex, race, parentage, and birthplace of deceased; date, place, and time of death; names of undertaker and coroner; testimony; and costs. Early reports were narrative accounts detailing the cause of death. After 1900, a standardized form was used for reporting results. Inquest transcripts include coroner and juror names, signatures, and actions; witness names; testimony; and verdict. Coroner and inquest records have been inventoried through 1965.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Coroner's Record [with index], 1950-1960 (1 volume);
Coroner's Register [with index], 1941-1950 (1 volume);
Coroners Register [with index], 1907-1940 (1 volume);
Coroner's Reports [includes inquests], ca.1895-ca.1912 (.35 cu.ft.);
Inquests [Coroner's Records], ca.1893-ca.1937 (2 cu.ft.);
Inquests [Coroner's Records Index], n.d. (1 volume).


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