Oregon Historical County Records Guide
Baker County Records Inventory
Mining Claim Records
Series documents actions filed with the county related to mineral interest claims. Types of actions include mineral rights and royalty assignments, mineral interest claims, lease releases, interest stipulations, corrections, bills of sale and conveyance assignments, and location notices. Information includes names of involved parties; action types and dates; and volume and page numbers. The series may also include copies of claim location notices giving descriptions and details of individual claims.
Since in 1965 mining claims have been recorded as part of the Baker County Records (Clerk and Recorder Official Filings). However, a separate mining index has been maintained.
Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Upper Vault:
[Actions of a Meeting Held by the Miners of Blue Cañon District-also includes some entries for French Gulch], 1863-1865 (1 volume);
Book of Record Mining Claims Book A Quartz, 1863-1895 (1 volume);
Book of Record of Mining Claims Humboldt District and Others [includes Union, Shasta Creek Diggings, and Easton District], 1865-1868 (1 volume);
[Book of Records Pioneer District-with index], 1871-1882 (1 volume);
Conveyances of Mining Claims, vol. D, 1881-1889 (1 volume);
Deed Record Mining Deeds, vol. 29, 1896-1900 (1 volume); vol. 40, 1900-1906 (1 volume);
Direct Index Mining Conveyances, n.d. (1 volume);
Direct Index to Books A and B Mining Conveyances Shasta n.d. (1 volume);
Index to Book A Placer Locations, n.d. (1 volume);
Index to Book A Quartz Locations, n.d. (1 volume);
Index to Book B Placer Locations, n.d. (1 volume);
Indirect Index Mining Conveyances, n.d. (1 volume);
Indirect Index to Books A and B Mining Conveyances Shasta, n.d. (1 volume);
Journal [Shasta Locations-used for locations in mineral], vol. B, 1865-1883 (1 volume);
Mine Owners Notices [with index], vol. 1-2, 1907-1976 (2 volumes);
Miner's Lien [Docket-title varies-with index], vol. 1-7, 1900-1946 (7 volumes);
Mines Direct Index [title varies], 1983-present (22 binders of computer printouts);
Mines Indirect Index, [title varies], 1983-present (22 binders of computer printouts);
Mining Claims [Record], vol. A, 1865-1876 (1 volume);
[Mining Laws of Pioneer District-includes mining claims and water rights information], 1862-1871 (1 volume);
Mining [Record Index], 1965-1982 (3 volumes);
Present Owner Patented Mining Lands [Record], ca.1862-ca.1950 (1 volume);
Record of Conveyances of Mining Claims Except Shasta Dist. [District], vol. C, 1867-1872 (1 volume);
Record of Conveyances of Mining Claims, vol. B, 1865-1868 (1 volume);
Record of Placer Locations [title varies-with index], vol. D-S, 1908-1964 (16 volumes);
Record of Quartz Locations [title varies-with index], vol. C-Z, 27-52, 1885-1964 (50 volumes);
Shasta Mining Conveyances [with index], vol. A-B, 1867-1882 (2 volumes);
Water Claims, Quartz and Placer Locations [Index to Claims] vol. 1, ca.1863-ca.1892 (1 volume).
Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Lower Vault, Front Room:
Dormant Mineral Interest Record, vol. 1, 1985-1989 (1 volume);
Miscellaneous [Maps-includes bridge, mining, park, railway, and other subjects-rolled-Bin # 12], ca.1879-1988 (26 maps).
Records at the Baker County Surveyor's Office:
[Federal Mineral Surveys], ca.1872-ca.1998 (4 inches of microfiche).
Records at the Baker County Web Site:
Search Clerk's Index [includes index information related to deeds, mortgages, mining claims, and other transactions], 1965-present (Internet).
Records at a Related Web Site:
Online Land Records [includes various federal land survey records related to Oregon such as survey plats and field notes, mineral surveys, and historical indices], ca.1850-present (Bureau of Land Management).