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Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Baker County Records Inventory - Scrollable Version

The following information is based on a June/July 2010 inventory:


Addresses and links to offices and repositories listed in the inventory:
Main Baker County Web site: http://www.bakercounty.org

Administrative Services Office: Courthouse, 1995 Third St, Baker City, OR 97814;
Assessor's Map Room: Courthouse, 1995 Third St, Baker City, OR 97814;
Baker City Hall: 1655 First St, Baker City, OR 97814;
Baker Heritage Museum: 2480 Grove St, Baker City, OR 97814;
Baker School District Office, Basement Vault: 2090 4th St, Baker City, OR 97814;
Clerk's Office and Vaults: Courthouse, 1995 Third St, Baker City, OR 97814;
Commission on Children and Families Office: Courthouse, 1995 Third St, Baker City, OR 97814;
Community Connection of Northeast Oregon Inc. Baker County Office: Contact the county commissioners office for information about accessing mental health and developmental disabilities advisory committee minutes;
County Fair Office: 2600 East St, Baker City, OR 97814;
InterMountain Education Service District Administration Office: Joseph Building, 1100 K Ave, La Grande, OR 97850;
InterMountain Education Service District Building Basement, 2001 SW Nye Ave, Pendleton, OR 97801;
Oregon State Archives: 800 Summer St NE, Salem, OR 97310;
Planning Department Office: Courthouse, 1995 Third St, Baker City, OR 97814;
Road Department: 3050 E St, Baker City, OR 97814;
Road Department Grounds, Planning Records Storage Unit 10: No public access. Contact the planning department office;
Surveyor's Office and Vault: 2043 Main St, Baker City, OR 97814;
Tax Collector/Treasurer's Office: Courthouse, 1995 Third St, Baker City, OR 97814;
Trial Court Offices and Storage Rooms: Courthouse, 1995 Third St, Baker City, OR 97814-3313.



Note: Titles listed in this inventory are exactly as they appear on the outside of a volume, box, drawer, or other container. If the title is only in brackets [ ], the record has no external identifying information. Text inside the brackets includes either exact title information from the inside of the volume, box, etc. or a functional title.

 

Aerial Photographs

1960-1977

Series provides visual documentation of changes made to county lands through development and by natural and man-made disasters. The photographs are taken at intervals along a series of flight paths to attain coverage of all or part of a county. They generally include flight path or township, range, and section numbers; show natural and man-made features; and are produced in black and white or color prints to varying scales. An index by quadrant may also be included.

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Assessor's Office Map Room:
[Aerial Photographs-large scale copies], 1960 (ca.10 cu.ft.);
[Aerial Photographs-with index], 1960 (6 cu.ft.).

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Lower Vault, Front Room:
[Aerial Photographic Negatives], 1960 (5 film canisters).

Records at the Baker County Road Department Grounds, Planning Department Records Storage Unit 10:
[Aerial Photographs], 1977 (ca.400 photographs).

 

Animal Bounty Records

1913-1923

Series documents the payment of county and state bounty money to individuals who presented the scalps and other prescribed body parts of targeted predatory animals. The program was intended to control the threat to livestock. Examples of targeted animals include coyote, cougar, mountain lion, panther, wildcat, bobcat, lynx, and wolf. Records include registers, affidavits, certificates, and statements. Information includes claimant and affiant names; kind of animal; number of scalps; date killed or presented; and number, amount, and date of warrant. The records are also referred to as scalp bounty records.

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Upper Vault:
[Bounty Record-Animal Scalp], vol. 2, 1913-1923 (1 volume).

 

Assessment and Tax Rolls

1863-[ongoing]

Series documents the assessment of real and personal property, the determination of tax liability, and the collection of county taxes. Assessment, tax, and delinquent tax records are variously labeled as rolls, lists, or summaries. Records show property owner; description and value of urban and agricultural land, personal property, and livestock; assessments, equalizations, and taxes due; and notations on payment and delinquency in payment of taxes. Beginning with 1900, counties have only been required to retain permanently those assessment and tax rolls for years ending in "0" and "5."

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Assessment Rolls, 1892-1897 (6 volumes).

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Lower Vault, Back Room:
Assessment and Tax Roll, 1908-1914 (20 volumes);
Assessment Roll, 1873 (1 volume); 1879 (1 volume); 1893 (1 volume); 1895 (1 volume); 1897-1907 (37 volumes); 1915-1932 (58 volumes);
[Assessment Roll], 1863 (1 volume); 1864 (1 volume);
[Assessment Roll-actually tax roll], 1903 (1 volume);
Assessment Roll Panhandle Delinquent Tax Roll, 1897 (1 volume);
Assessment Roll Tax Roll, 1942-1963 (61 volumes);
Clerk's Delinquent Tax Roll, 1897 (1 volume);
[Continuing Tax Roll of Baker County Oregon-in cabinet], 1963-1973 (6 cu.ft.);
Delinquent Tax Roll, 1893-1894 (3 volumes); 1898-1900 (3 volumes); 1929-1932 (4 volumes); vol. 2, 1947-1948 (1 volume);
Index to Assessment Roll, 1903-1904 (2 volumes);
Personal Property Tax Roll, 1934-1935 (2 volumes); 1938 (2 volumes); 1940 (1 volume);
Real Property Tax Roll, 1933-1942 (17 volumes);
Record of Taxes Collected Sheriff's Office, 1890-1892 (1 volume);
Register of Collections [Tax], 1893 (1 volume);
Sheriff's Assessment Roll, 1892 (1 volume);
Sheriff's Tax Collection Register Panhandle Tax, 1897-1901 (1 volume);
Tax Collection Register, 1895-1897 (4 volumes); 1901 (3 volumes); 1953-1954 (1 volume);
Tax Roll, 1889-1892, 1894-1895, 1897-1899, 1900-1901 (12 volumes);
Tax Roll City Property, 1902 (1 volume);
Tax Roll Lands and Personal Property, 1902 (1 volume);
Transfer Tax Record [Inheritance Property Tax-with index], vol. 1, 1939-1976 (1 volume).

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Upper Vault:
Baker County Tax Rolls, 1982-2005 (31 reels of microfilm);
Baker County Tax Rolls [Tax Ledger Cards-includes tax roll and tax lot card information], 1973-1982 (26 reels of microfilm).

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Tax Collector/Treasurer's Office:
[Tax Roll], 2008-present (8 volumes of computer printouts).

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Old Jail, Tax Collector/Treasurer's Office Records Storage Area:
Tax Roll, 2005-2008 (12 volumes of computer printouts).

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Assessor/Planning Office:
Alpha Assessment Roll [Alphabetical], 2003-present (3.50 cu.ft.).

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Assessor/Planning Office Map Room:
[Work Sheet and Assessment Roll-includes tax lot information], ca.1945-ca.1964 (ca.80 binders).

Records at the Baker County Web Site:
Search Property Information [includes assessment and taxation information], n.d.-present (Internet).

 

Assumed Business Names Registers

1964

Series documents the registration of business names with the county clerk or recorder. Information includes assumed business name; description of business; filing date; and business owner, notary public, witness, clerk or recorder, and deputy's name. Series may also include an index arranged alphabetically by business name. Businesses which were registered were typically automotive sales, motorcycle repair, merchandise shops, butchers, and feed stores. Since 1964, assumed business names have been filed with the Secretary of State. Assumed business names have been inventoried through 1964. For more recent records, contact the Secretary of State, Business Registry Section.

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Upper Vault:
Assumed Business Names [Card File], 1964 (.05 cu.ft.).

 

Attachment Records

1864-1925

Series documents liens placed on real property by the county to satisfy debts. Attachments are ordered by the circuit court and authorize the sheriff to seize or transfer property to satisfy debts such as loans, mortgages, or tax liens. The sheriff will hold the property in trust until the debt is paid or the property is sold. Information includes defendant name, statement of attachment, property description, statement of return when attachment is satisfied, return of execution, dates attachment is issued and returned, court order, and sheriff's signature. Attachment records have been inventoried through 1920.

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Lower Vault, Back Room:
Attachment Record [with index], vol. 2, 1899-1906 (1 volume);
Attachment Register, 1893-1899 (1 volume);
Case Record [Attachments-with index], 1903-1925 (2 volumes);
Certificate of Attachments [trifolded], 1912-1920 (.10 cu.ft.);
Real Estate Attachment Record, vol. C, 1894-1899 (1 volume);
Records Sheriff's Certificate of Attachment, vol. B, 1886-1896 (1 volume).

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Lower Vault, Front Room:
Attachment Record [with index], vol. 2-3, 1904-1925 (2 volumes);
Sheriff's Certificates of Attachment, 1864-1884 (1 volume).

 

Birth Records

1871-1940

Series documents the recording of births by the county. Records include certificates, affidavits for correction, registers, delayed entry for births and corrected entries. Information includes registration number; child's name, sex, legitimacy, birth date, and birthplace; name, residence, color, age, birthplace, and occupation of father and mother; number of other children born to mother; signature of physician or midwife; filing date; and registrar's signature. Birth records were not required by the state of Oregon until 1903 when the state began to officially register births. Currently these records are filed with the State Registrar, Vital Statistics Section of the Health Division. Birth records have been inventoried through 1920. For information concerning more recent records, contact the State Registrar. Also see Delayed Birth Records series for related records. Access to birth records is restricted for 100 years following the date of birth by Oregon Administrative Rule 333-011-0096.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Journal [Corrections to Birth Records-includes only nine births from before 1903], 1871-1940 (1 volume);
Record of Births, 1905-1910, vol. 1, (1 volume);
Record of Births [Alphabetical], 1910-1915, vol. 1, (1 volume);
Record of Births and Deaths, 1916-1929 (1 volume);
Record of Births and Deaths [includes births from 1920 to 1924 and deaths from 1921 to 1925], 1920-1925 (1 volume);
Record of Births and Deaths [Oregon Health Division], 1915-1920 (1 volume);
Record of Births and Deaths [Oregon Health Division-includes deaths from 1916 to 1926], 1913-1929 (1 volume);
Record of Births [Oregon Health Division], 1910-1915 (1 volume).

 

Census Records

1870-1979

Series documents the population, property, and agricultural production of the county. Records may include census rolls and abstracts, farm schedules, abstract of assessment and census, enumeration of inhabitants and industrial products, and enumeration of inhabitants and military enrollment. Information includes number of males and females per age category; head of household; name, age, and gender of household members; occupation and relationship of household members to head of household; and description and value of real and personal property. Information may also include nationality, physical description, birthplace, health, and religion of household members and agricultural production statistics.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Census and Military Enrollment [Enumeration of Inhabitants and Military Enrollment of Baker County], 1905 (1 reel of microfilm).

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Upper Vault:
1905 Census [Enumeration of Inhabitants and Military Enrollment of Baker County], 1905 (.50 cu.ft.);
1905 Census Record [Enumeration of Inhabitants and Military Enrollment of Baker County], 1905 (1 reel of microfilm).

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Lower Vault, Front Room:
Baker County [Maps-includes census, Metsker's, and vicinity-rolled-Bin # 7], ca.1955-ca.1979 (5 maps).

Records at Related Web Sites:
Census Transcriptions [Baker County], 1870 (US GenWeb Project);
Census Transcriptions [Baker County], 1880 (US GenWeb Project);
Military Census Transcriptions [Baker County], 1891-1892 (US GenWeb Project).

 

Circuit Court Case Files

1862-1988

Series documents cases heard before the circuit courts and the U.S. district courts. U.S. district courts were administered by the federal government during the territorial period and subsequently replaced by the circuit courts upon statehood in 1859. Case files include exhibits, transcripts, indexes, and legal documents such as indictments, subpoenas, fee bills, articles of agreement, bonds, summons, executions, petitions, and injunctions. The case files document civil and criminal actions such as debt, theft, divorce, land claims, arson, murder, rape, assault and battery, and boundary conflicts. Circuit court records continue after 1983 under authority of the state and are maintained by the trial court administrator. Circuit court records have been inventoried through 1983. For information on more recent court records, contact the trial court administrator. Portions of these records may be restricted.

Through the years, the circuit court case files have been arranged in several ways. Case files listed under the titles of "Law" and "Equity" are commonly referred to as civil case files. Some circuit court information from 1965-1983 has also been recorded in the Baker County Records (Clerk and Recorder Official Filings).

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Lower Vault, Back Room:
Circuit Court [Case Files], drawer no. 1-234, 1862-1944 (58.50 cu.ft.);
Civil [Case Files], no. 80.001-83.449, 1980-1983 (22.50 cu.ft.);
Criminal [Case Files], no. 500-2399, 1960-1983 (36 cu.ft.);
Equity [Case Files-Civil], no. E3266-E4951, 1953-1970 (28.50 cu.ft.);
Law [Case Files-Civil], no. L2320-L2824, 1957-1963 (9 cu.ft.);
[Miscellaneous Circuit Court Records-includes exhibits, indictments, estates, pension papers, and wills], box 40, 1870-1908 (1 cu.ft.);
Trial Transcripts [Circuit Court Transcript of Testimony-includes some exhibits-title varies], ca.1890-ca.1941 (10 cu.ft).

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Lower Vault, Front Room:
[Circuit Court Case Files-Equity], drawer no. 235-734, 1862-1944 (168 cu.ft.);
Criminal [Case Files], drawer no. 1-71, 1865-1948 (24 cu.ft.); no. 1-499, 1948-1960 (5 cu.ft.);
Criminal Cases [Circuit Court Case Files], 1931-1946 (.35 cu.ft.);
Equity [Case Files-Civil], no. E1390-E3265, 1944-1953 (10 cu.ft.);
Index to Judgment Roll, vol. A, 1864-1913 (1 volume);
Judgment Roll [Case File Index], 1863-1948 (1 volume);
Law [Case Files-Civil], no. L1534-L2319, 1946-1958 (10 cu.ft.).

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Upper Vault:
Divorce Records [Oregon Health Division], 1959-1972 (.30 cu.ft.);
Equity [Circuit Court Case Files], no. 1-156, n.d. (4 reels of microfilm); no E2304-E3248, ca.1950-ca.1953 (34 reels of microfilm).

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Trial Court Records Department Office:
Criminal Index [Convictions-Circuit Court Case Files Index], 1928-1988 (1 volume);
Criminal Judgment Roll Index, vol. 1, 1865-1971 (1 volume);
Divorce Index Decrees [indexes circuit court case files and journals], 1872-1988 (1 volume);
[Divorce Index Decrees-indexes circuit court case files and journals], 1872-1988 (5 sheets of microfiche);
[Equity Files-Circuit Court Case Files], 1970-1983 (1 inch of microfiche);
[Judgment Roll Book-Circuit Court Case Files Index], vol. 1-2, ca.1862-1971 (67 sheets of microfiche);
Judgment Roll [Vault Index to Circuit Court Papers], vol. 1-2, ca.1862-1971 (2 volumes).

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Trial Court Conference Room:
Law [Circuit Court Case Files], no. L2825-L4406, 1963-1979 (14 cu.ft.).

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Second Floor Break Room:
Equity [Case Files-Civil], no. E5154-E7714, 1971-1980 (21 cu.ft.).

 

Circuit Court Dockets

1863-1991

Series records brief entries about the proceedings of court cases. Information includes date; plaintiff and defendant names; cause of action such as larceny, assault, divorce, or receivership; attorney names; and final disposition of the case. Circuit court records continue after 1983 under authority of the state and are maintained by the state court administrator. Circuit court records have been inventoried through 1983. For information on more recent court records, contact the trial court administrator. Portions of these records may be restricted.

Some circuit court information from 1965-1983 has also been recorded in the Baker County Records (Clerk and Recorder Official Filings).

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Lower Vault, Back Room:
Circuit Court Cases Referred [Record], ca.1906-1912 (1 volume);
Circuit Court Docket, 1875-1877 (1 volume);
Circuit Court Docket For Use of Attorneys, 1877-1883 (2 volumes);
Circuit Court Docket Hon. S.S. McArthur Judge, 1877-1882 (1 volume);
Circuit Court Docket [Law and Equity], 1922-1927 (1 volume);
[Circuit Court Register], 1863-1871 (1 volume);
Court Docket [Circuit], 1868-1874 (1 volume);
Criminal Docket Circuit Court, 1924-1931 (1 volume);
Record Circuit Court Register, 1871-1884 (1 volume);
Trial Docket Circuit Court, 1864-1877 (1 volume).

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Lower Vault, Front Room:
Bar Docket [Circuit Court], vol. 1, 1886-1894 (1 volume); vol. 3, 1895 (1 volume);
Circuit Court Trial Record [with index], vol. 1-5, 1891-1962 (5 volumes);
Court Docket [Circuit], 1863-1868 (1 volume);
Court Docket State Cases, 1864-1874 (1 volume);
Criminal Docket [Circuit Court], vol. 1-2, 1886-1916 (2 volumes);
Equity Docket [Circuit Court Civil], vol. 1, 3-6, 1886-1913 (5 volumes);
Law Docket [Circuit Court Civil], vol. 1, 3-6, 1886-1913 (5 volumes);
Register of Actions [Circuit Court-with index], vol. 2-15, 1885-1962 (14 volumes).

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Trial Court Records Department Office:
Circuit Court Trial Docket, vol. 8, 1981-1991 (1 volume);
[Civil Register-Circuit Court Register of Actions], vol. 17A-17B, 18-20, 1969-1983 (63 sheets of microfiche);
Criminal Register [Circuit Court], vol. 1-2, 1932-1984 (2 volumes); vol. 1-2, 1932-1984 (28 sheets of microfilm jackets);
Judgment Docket Circuit Court [includes general case information], vol. I-J, 1960-1984 (2 volumes);
[Judgment Docket-includes general circuit court case information], vol. I-J, 1960-1984 (25 sheets of microfiche);
Register of Actions [Circuit Court], vol. 17A-17B, 18-20, 1969-1983 (5 volumes).

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Trial Court Conference Room, Vault:
Circuit Court Trial Docket [with index], vol. 6-7, 1962-1981 (2 volumes);
Judgment Docket Circuit Court [includes general case information], vol. H, ca.1950-1960 (1 volume).

 

Circuit Court Journals

1862-1988

Series records chronological narratives of the proceedings of the court including actions taken such as decrees, judgments, arrangements, sentences, dismissals, and grand jury reports. Information includes plaintiff, defendant, and attorney names; term of court; character and date of case; case number; and date of issue. The term "judgment" refers to judicial decisions regarding the verdict, decision, or judgment rendered by the court and is distinct from those judgments relating to the recovery of court costs and awards (see Judgment and Execution Dockets). Circuit court records continue after 1983 under authority of the state and are maintained by the trial court administrator. Circuit court records have been inventoried through 1983. For information on more recent court records, contact the trial court administrator. Portions of these records may be restricted.

Some circuit court information from 1965-1983 has also been recorded in the Baker County Records (Clerk and Recorder Official Filings).

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Lower Vault, Back Room:
Circuit Court Journal, vol. A-D, 1863-1884 (4 volumes); vol. G-Z, 27-38, 40-72, 1885-1964 (62 volumes);
Index to Circuit Court Journal, 1862-1885 (1 volume);
Index to Circuit Court Journals, vol. B-E, 1885-1960 (4 volumes).

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Trial Court Records Department Office:
Divorce Index Decrees [indexes circuit court case files and journals], 1872-1988 (1 volume);
[Divorce Index Decrees-indexes circuit court case files and journals], 1872-1988 (5 sheets of microfiche).

 

Clerk and Recorder Miscellaneous Recordings

1862-1964

Series documents the recording of a variety of legal documents filed in the clerk's or recorder's office. These documents were not required to be filed with the clerk and often included filings such as birth and marriage certificates of individuals who were born or married outside of the county but wanted the document to be filed in their county of residence. Other documents include wills, obligation bonds, quit claims, deeds, conveyances, mortgage satisfactions, agreements, charters, partnership dissolutions, contracts, powers of attorney, liens, leases, marriage licenses, military discharges, ministerial certificates, medical personnel licenses, birth and death certificates, and affidavits of publication. Information includes dates filed, name of individual filing, types of action, and volume and page number where recorded. Series may also include alphabetical indexes of individuals filing a recording. Clerk and Recorder Miscellaneous Recordings have been inventoried through 1965.

The Auburn Papers are a group of records that appear to cover some of the filings received by the clerk when the county seat of Baker County was located in Auburn. An index listing each document is available at the Baker Heritage Museum.

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Upper Vault:
Miscellaneous Book [with index], vol. 1-5, 1907-1964 (2 reels of microfilm).

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Lower Vault, Front Room:
Miscellaneous Record [with index-volume 6 is a direct and indirect index], vol. 1-6, 1907-1964 (6 volumes).

Records at the Baker Heritage Museum:
Auburn Papers [with index], 1862-1878 (1 cu.ft.).

 

Clerk and Recorder Official Filings

1965-[ongoing]

Series documents the filing of transactions, authorized by statute, with the clerk or recorder of the county for the purpose of making the transaction a matter of public record. Information includes dates filed, type and description of transactions, filing numbers, names of parties involved, amounts charged or assessed, and clerk or recorder's signatures. Series may also include alphabetical indexes that contain volume and page numbers where recorded and names of individual filing transactions. Transactions include records that were previously maintained separately, such as mortgages; deeds; military service records; federal, mechanic's, and road improvement liens; mining claims; satisfactions; judgment assignments; notarial commissions; medical and ministerial licenses; oaths; and affidavits of publication. This series is commonly referred to as the Book of Records.

Since 1965, the clerk has recorded budgets, mining claims, deeds, mortgages, liens, marriages, military discharges, commissioners' minutes and related records as the Baker County Records. Some circuit court records were also included from 1965 to 1983. Imaged documents from 2000 to the present are available on a public access computer in the clerk's office.

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Upper Vault:
Deeds Misc Court [Baker County Records] 1991-1999 (20 inches of microfilm jackets);
Direct [Baker County Records Index-title varies], 1965-present (24 binders of computer printouts);
Document Copies [Baker County Records-to be microfilmed], 2009-present (7.50 cu.ft.);
Indirect [Baker County Records Index-title varies], 1965-present (24 binders of computer printouts);
Microfilm [Baker County Records], 1965-1990 (ca.363 reels of microfilm); 1999-2008 (96 reels of microfilm).

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).

 

Corner Survey Records

1941-[ongoing]

Series documents the establishment and/or restoration of survey corners or monuments by the county surveyor or registered land surveyors. Records include maps, field survey restoration notes, historical notes, and indexes. Information includes description of corners; existing markers; descriptions of new markers and any changes made to the locations; property owners; township, range, and section numbers; donation land claim information; date the new markers were set; and surveyor's signatures.

Records at the Baker County Surveyor's Office, Vault:
Baker County Survey Files [Filed Plats-includes corner remonumentation records-by township and range-with index], ca.1941-present (5 cu.ft.);
[Oversized County Survey Plats-includes corner remonumentation records-includes mylars], ca.1941-present (ca.720 plats);
[Record of Land Corner Monumentation-with index], 1994-present (.10 cu.ft.).

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Assessor's Office Map Room:
[Surveyor's Field Notes and Corner Remonumentation Records], ca.1941-present (3.50 cu.ft).

 

Coroner and Inquest Records

1893-1960

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 Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Lower Vault, Front Room:
Coroner's Reports [includes inquests], ca.1895-ca.1912 (.35 cu.ft.);
Inquests [Coroner's Records], ca.1893-ca.1937 (2 cu.ft.).

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Upper Vault:
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).

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Lower Vault, Back Room:
Inquests [Coroner's Index], n.d. (1 volume).

 

County Budgets

1903-[ongoing]

Series documents the annual allotment of funds for county government operations as agreed to by the board of commissioners. Information includes total amount of funds budgeted for each office. Later budgets may include organizational charts and a narrative of each county office function.

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Lower Vault, Front Room:
Baker County Budgets and Audits [includes county officials reports], 1903-present (5 cu.ft.);
Budget and Tax Rates [includes county budgets], 1919-1939 (.30 cu.ft.).

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Administrative Services Office:
[Baker County Budget], 1980-present (ca.4 cu.ft.).

Records at the Baker County Web Site:
Baker County Budget Archive, 2001-present (Internet).

 

County Commissioners Administrative Journals

1862-[ongoing]

Series documents all administrative actions of the board of county commissioners and the county court. In most counties, the board of county commissioners has assumed the administrative duties and responsibilities of the county court. Administrative actions include levying taxes; budgeting; approving appropriations; appointing county officials; approving officials bonds and annual reports; receiving petitions and remonstrances concerning county roads; defining and establishing county roads; calling bond elections for the construction of county buildings; compiling jury lists and conducting hearings; approving salaries and expenses of county officials; confirming elections; and issuing licenses for such things as liquor, ferries, warehouses, and groceries. The series may be referred to as the County Court Administrative Journal, Commissioner's Minutes, County Court Docket, or Board of Commissioners Meeting Records.

From 1965 to the present commissioners' minutes and related documents are part of the Baker County Records (Clerk and Recorder Official Filings). "County Court Work," including commissioners' minutes, orders, and signed documents are indexed on a public access computer in the clerk's office from 1968 to the present and imaged from 2000 to the present.

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Upper Vault:
Baker County Court Minutes [title varies], 1975-1999 (26 volumes);
Commissioners Court Docket [with index], vol. 1, 1904-1909 (1 volume);
Commissioners Journal [vol. F with index], vol. F-G, 1902-1913 (2 volumes); vol. I-N, 1922-1964 (6 volumes);
County Court Index Direct [Journal-indexes administrative and judicial actions], 1873-1891 (1 volume);
County Court Journal, 1885-1889 (1 volume); vol. C-E, 1889-1902 (3 volumes);
County Court Record, 1862-1866 (1 volume); vol. B, 1872-1881 (1 volume);
County Court Record Commissioners, 1864-1866 (1 volume);
County Court Records [Commissioners Journal Transcription from 1862 to 1864], 1940 (1 volume);
Court [Commissioners Records-includes minutes, orders, and signed documents], 1991-2000 (3 inches of microfilm jackets);
Court Work [Commissioners Records-includes minutes, orders, and signed documents], 1996-present (10.50 cu.ft.);
Index to Commissioners Records [indexes county court administrative, judicial, probate, and insane commitment actions], vol. A, 1862-1941 (1 volume);
Misc Historical Documents [County Court Record-Administrative], 1862-1864 (1 volume);
Record of Commissioners Minutes [documents the creation of Malheur County], 1887 (1 volume).

Records at the Baker County Web Site:
Baker County Commissioners Minutes, 2009-present (Internet).

 

County Commissioners Orders, Ordinances, and Resolutions

1909-[ongoing]

Series documents orders, ordinances, and resolutions passed by the board of county commissioners and the county court regulating and establishing guidelines for specific activities within the county. Information includes activity covered by order, ordinance, or resolution; administrative action number; who introduced; findings of fact; conclusions; recommendations; date heard; and hearings officer name and signature. Activities include noise abatement, nuisances, zoning, animal control, solid waste management, land division regulations, elections, comprehensive plan, and road and bridge use limits.

From 1965 to the present commissioners' minutes and related documents are part of the Baker County Records (Clerk and Recorder Official Filings). "County Court Work," including commissioners' minutes, orders, and signed documents are indexed on a public access computer in the clerk's office from 1968 to the present and imaged from 2000 to the present.

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Lower Vault, Front Room:
Baker County Vacation Orders [Road], 1964-1990 (.25 cu.ft.);
County Court Orders [includes road applications and vacations], 1909-1977 (5 cu.ft.).

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Upper Vault:
County Court Orders, 1978-1995 (4.35 cu.ft.);
Court [Commissioners Records-includes minutes, orders, and signed documents], 1991-2000 (3 inches of microfilm jackets);
Court Work [Commissioners Records-includes minutes, orders, and signed documents], 1996-present (10.50 cu.ft.);
Orders [Register-Commissioners], 1979-present (1 binder);
Ordinances [Register-County], 1970-present (1 binder);
Resolutions [Register-Commissioners], 1970-present (1 binder).

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Planning Department Office:
Co. Plan Comm. [County Planning Commission Documents-includes comprehensive plan, zoning ordinance, and subdivision ordinance], 1981 (1 binder);
Planning Commission and Board of Commissioners Orders [includes findings of fact and related documents], 1996-2003 (7 binders);
Plans & Zoning Amendments [includes ordinance amendments related to the comprehensive plan, zoning ordinance, and subdivision ordinance], 1970-present (2.50 cu.ft.).

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Planning Department Office, Counter:
Baker County Zoning and Subdivision Ordinance, 1983-1999 (.10 cu.ft.);
Baker County Zoning Ordinance [includes subdivision and partition information], 1983-present (1 binder).

Records at the Baker County Road Department Grounds, Planning Records Storage Unit 10:
[Baker County Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Ordinance Development Records], ca.1980-ca.1999 (ca.10 cu.ft.).

Records at the Baker County Web Site:
Baker County Zoning and Subdivision Ordinance, 1983-present (Internet);
Proposed Zoning Ordinance [includes subdivision and partition information], 2010-present (Internet).

 

County Comprehensive Plans

1970-[ongoing]

Series documents the development and revision of a plan for the use of lands within the county. Series includes plans for transportation, energy, housing, population and economics, public facilities and services, urbanization, natural resources, greenways, recreation, agricultural and forest lands, land capability, resource quality, floodplains, landmarks, historic property, rural community center designation, and natural areas. Each plan includes background information about the subject; supporting documentation such as maps, charts, and diagrams; and a narrative description of each aspect of the plan and how it is to be implemented. Series may also include an overall "comprehensive plan" which contains both historical and current looks at county land practices and defines goals and policies adhered to during the creation and implementation of the plan.

The first significant efforts at producing a comprehensive plan began in 1970. Voters repealed a plan in the early 1980s after which the 1984 comprehensive plan was approved. It has been amended since that time.

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Planning Department Office:
Baker County Comprehensive Plan, 1986 (1 volume); 1998 (1 volume);
Co. Plan Comm. [County Planning Commission Documents-includes comprehensive plan, zoning ordinance, and subdivision ordinance], 1981 (1 binder);
Periodic Review [Records-includes comprehensive plan information], ca.1992-ca.1996 (5 binders);
Plans & Zoning Amendments [includes ordinance amendments related to the comprehensive plan, zoning ordinance, and subdivision ordinance], 1970-present (2.50 cu.ft.);
[Wetlands Maps-National Wetlands Inventory-rolled], 1994 (ca.200 maps).

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Planning Department Office, Counter:
Baker County Habitat Maps Big Game Overlay [includes comprehensive plan information], n.d.-present (1 volume).

Records at the Baker County Road Department Grounds, Planning Department Records Storage Unit 10:
[Baker County Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Ordinance Development Records], ca.1980-ca.1999 (ca.10 cu.ft.).

 

County Court Judicial Journals

1862-1964

Series records the proceedings of the county court for civil and some criminal cases. Information includes judge, plaintiff, defendant, and attorney names; trial date; memorandum of subsequent proceedings; and fees charged. Cases include citizenship petitions, legal changes to name, commitments, and writs of habeas corpus. Portions of these records may be restricted.

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Upper Vault:
County Court Index [Civil Actions], 1887-1890 (1 volume);
County Court Index Direct [Journal-indexes administrative and judicial actions], 1873-1891 (1 volume);
Index to Commissioners Records [indexes county court administrative, judicial, probate, and insane commitment actions], vol. A, 1862-1941 (1 volume).

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Lower Vault, Front Room:
[Civil Proceedings-County Court], 1862-1871 (1 volume);
County Court Docket [Judicial], 1884-1889 (1 volume);
[County Court Docket-Judicial], 1862-1881 (1 volume);
County Court Journal Civil Proceedings [includes insane commitments], vol. A-B, 1885-1912 (2 volumes);
Docket County Court [Judicial], 1869-1884 (1 volume);
Record of Civil Proceedings [includes insane commitments-title varies-with index], vol. B-E, 1913-1964 (4 volumes);
[Record of Proceedings of County Commissioners's-Judicial], 1863-1871 (1 volume).

 

County Fair Records

1919-[ongoing]

Series documents the preparation and organization of the county fair by the county fair board (including any predecessor group) and other county officials. Records include fair board minutes, reports, and annual premium lists and publications. Minutes and reports include information pertaining to county fair employment, budgets, sponsorship, capital improvements to fairgrounds, and event scheduling throughout the year. Annual premium lists and/or publications may include county fair history, names of fair officers, general fair rules and regulations, event schedules, exhibit lists, and photographs.

Until the 1990s, the county fair was held in Halfway, Oregon, and the 4-H Fair was held in Baker City. Both fairs have been referred to as the "county fair."

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Lower Vault, Front Room:
Baker County Fair Annual Reports, 1934-1964 (.20 cu.ft.).

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Lower Vault, Back Room:
Miscellaneous Filing [Report of Baker County Fair Association], 1919 (.05 cu.ft.).

Records at the Baker County Fair Office:
Baker County Fair Board Minutes, 1988-present (1.50 cu.ft.);
Fair Archives [Baker County Fair Premium Books], 1960-1963 (4 volumes); 1970 (1 volume); 1972 (1 volume); 1974-1975 (2 volumes); 1979 (1 volume); 1981 (1 volume); 1983-1986 (4 volumes); 1991-1995 (5 volumes); 1997-2004 (8 volumes); 2006-present (4 volumes).

Records at the Baker Heritage Museum:
Baker County Fair Premium List, 1948 (1 volume).

 

County Officials Reports

1898-[ongoing]

Series reports the activities of county officials to the county court or board of county commissioners. Series may include reports by the treasurer, surveyor, clerk, roadmaster, assessor, sheriff, school superintendent, and county nurse or doctor. Reports summarize the activities of county officials and their staff as they perform their official duties.

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Lower Vault, Back Room:
Certificate of Transmittal Annual Report of Baker County [School Superintendent], 1931-1940 (.20 cu.ft.);
[County Clerk's Semi-Annual Report-Miscellaneous-trifolded], 1917-1928 (.25 cu.ft.);
Miscellaneous Filing [Report of Baker County Fair Association], 1919 (.05 cu.ft.);
Report of Stock Inspector, 1898 (.05 cu.ft.).

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Lower Vault, Front Room:
Baker County Budgets and Audits [includes county officials reports], 1903-present (5 cu.ft.).

 

Death Records

1905-1944

Series documents the recording of deaths in the county. Records include registers and certificates. Information includes registration number; place and date of death; name, sex, color, birth date and place, age, and marital status of the deceased; names and birthplaces of parents; primary and contributory cause of death; physician, registrar, and informant signatures; filing date; and date and place of burial. Death records were not required by the state of Oregon until 1903 when the state began to officially register deaths. County death records have been inventoried through 1920. Access to death records is restricted for 50 years following the date of death by Oregon Administrative Rule 333-011-0096. Contact the Oregon State Archives for access to state death certificates that are more than 50 years old. Contact the Oregon Center for Health Statistics for access to more recent death certificates.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Record of Births and Deaths, 1916-1929 (1 volume);
Record of Deaths, vol. 1, 1905-1911 (1 volume);
Record of Deaths [Oregon Health Division-alphabetical], 1911-1915 (1 volume);
Record of Deaths [Oregon Health Division-chronological], 1910-1915 (1 volume);
Search for 1905-1944 Baker County deaths in Oregon Historical Records Index.

 

Deeds and Indexes

1862-[ongoing]

Series documents the ownership of land. Series includes deeds, land sales contracts, quit claim deeds, homestead exemption claims, corporate certificates, agreements, correction deeds, special assessments of unzoned farmland, easements, and indirect and direct deed indexes. Information includes grantor and grantee name; recording and filing dates; property descriptions; title warranties; consideration amounts; witness and recorder names; and volume and page numbers of where recorded.

Beginning in 1965 deeds have been recorded as part of the Baker County Records (Clerk and Recorder Official Filings).

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Upper Vault:
Archives [Deed Book], vol. A-Z, 27-175, 1862-1964 (76 reels of microfilm);
Deed Index A to L, 1968-1971 (2 volumes);
Deed Index Direct, 1906-1918 (1 volume);
Deed Index Indirect, 1906-1918 (1 volume);
Deed Index M to Z, 1968-1971 (2 volumes);
Deed Record [title varies], vol. A-G, 1862-1883 (7 volumes); vol. J-Z, 27-175, 1885-1964 (166 volumes);
Direct Index Panhandle Records [Deed and Mortgage], vol. 6, 1865-1901 (1 volume);
General Index to Deeds Direct, vol. 1-2, 1862-1892 (2 volumes);
General Index to Deeds Reverse, vol. 1-2, 1862-1892 (2 volumes);
Index to Deeds Direct, 1918-1967 (4 volumes);
Index to Deeds Direct and Indirect, 1862-1900 (4 volumes);
Index to Deeds Direct, vol. 3, 1888-1899 (1 volume);
Index to Deeds Grantee, vol. 4, 1900-1905 (1 volume);
Index to Deeds Grantor, vol. 4, 1900-1905 (1 volume);
Index to Deeds Indirect, 1918-1967 (4 volumes);
Index to Deeds Indirect, vol. 3, 1888-1899 (1 volume);
Indirect Index Panhandle Records [Deed and Mortgage], vol. 6, 1865-1901 (1 volume).

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Lower Vault, Front Room:
Original County Deeds, ca.1927-present (1.50 cu.ft.).

 

Delayed Birth Records

1860-1979

Series documents birth records generated by a court in response to a petition. Records may include petitions, decrees or orders, affidavits of correction, registers, and certificates. If the information provided with the petition met the requirements of the court, a decree was issued that served as a legal birth document. Most petitions were filed decades after the actual birth. They were filed in the county of residence at the time of petition, not necessarily in the county of birth. Dates listed in brackets document the range of actual birth dates. Date ranges for court actions such as petitions and decrees are also included. Also see Birth Records series for related records. Access to birth records is restricted for 100 years following the date of birth by Oregon Administrative Rule 333-011-0096.

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Lower Vault, Back Room:
Birth Certificates [Delayed Birth Registration Applications and Decrees-documents births from ca.1860 to ca.1950-title varies], 1943-1979 (17.35 cu.ft.);
Circuit Court Journal [includes birth registration decrees], vol. 52-72, 1943-1972 (21 volumes).

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Upper Vault:
Birth Registrations [Delayed Birth Registration Application and Decree Index], ca.1864-ca.1972 (1 binder);
Register of Birth Certificates [refers to circuit court journal volumes 52 to 72-with index], vol. 1-2, 1943-1979 (2 volumes).

 

Election Poll Books

1900-1914

Series documents the registration of voters and the compilation of election results. Records may include the election poll books and/or the election voter register. Information includes elector's name and party affiliation, and in some cases, physical description, occupation, naturalization information, and names of parents and spouse. Election poll books and voter registration records have been inventoried through 1930. For information on more recent records, contact the Secretary of State, Elections Division, the county clerk, or the local elections official.

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Lower Vault, Back Room:
General Register [Election], 1912 (1 volume);
Official Register of Electors, 1900 (1 volume); 1902 (1 volume); 1904 (1 volume); 1906 (1 volume); 1908 (1 volume); 1910 (1 volume); 1914 (1 volume).

 

Election Voting Abstracts

1908-1966

Series documents the tabulation and reporting of election results for the county. Records include voting abstracts and the record of election. Information includes election date; precinct name and number; office; precinct and total votes; victory margin; winning candidate; county clerk, board of canvasser, and justice of the peace signatures; ballot number; summation of votes; and election board's decision. Election voting abstracts have been inventoried through 1960. For information on more recent records, contact the Secretary of State, Elections Division, the county clerk, or the local elections official.

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Lower Vault, Back Room:
Record of Election, vol. 1-3, 1908-1966 (3 volumes).

 

Federal Land Grant Records

1864-1957

Series records ownership of county lands obtained from the federal government. Series includes records of land grants administered under a variety of federal programs such as donation land claims and homesteads. Donation land claims are the most common type of federal land grant in Oregon that is documented in this inventory project. Donation land claims resulted from an act of the 1850 Congress under which citizens of the United States, or those who filed a declaration of intention prior to December 1, 1850 and had resided upon or cultivated the land for four consecutive years, were granted a specified amount of acreage in the Oregon Territory. Donation land claims were unique in that acreage granted to married couples was divided evenly. Half of the acreage was placed in the husband's name while the other half was placed in the wife's name. Records include plats, indexes, and survey notes. Information includes township, range, and section numbers, names of donation land claim holders and claim numbers, claim dates, acreage, and descriptions of surveys.

Under the Homestead Act of 1862, settlers were given 160 acres of land in the public domain if they built a home on the land, resided there for five years, and cultivated the land. A complete homestead entry file includes such documents as the homestead application, homestead proof, and final certificate authorizing the claimant to obtain a land patent.

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Lower Vault, Front Room:
[Homestead Act Notices of Publication], 1891-1904 (1 volume);
Liquor License Received, Register of Dentist Certificate, Petition to Keep Stallion and Ferry License [first 16 pages are land claims, 1866-1874], 1866-1890 (1 volume).

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Upper Vault:
Deed Record Homestead [with index], vol. P, 1889-1913 (1 volume);
Deed Record Pre-Emption, vol. Q, 1889-1907 (1 volume).

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Assessor's Office Map Room:
Baker County G.L.O. [General Land Office Survey Field Notes and Plats-copies], ca.1864-ca.1955 (2 volumes).

Records at a Related Web Site:
Search Land Patents [includes patent and legal land descriptions and some document images], ca.1864-ca.1957 (BLM GLO Web site).

 

Foreclosure Records

1886-1920

Series documents the activities of the sheriff and other county officials relating to the foreclosure of property in order to satisfy creditors in cases involving delinquent taxes, mortgage payments, or court judgments. Records include correspondence, sheriff's deeds and foreclosure sale records, circuit court case transcripts of foreclosure hearings, writs of execution, certificates of sale of real property, judgment orders, receipts, tax redemption records, delinquent tax sales, and tax sale certificates. Foreclosure records have been inventoried through 1920.

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Lower Vault, Back Room:
Clerk's Delinquent Tax Record [actually tax sale record], vol. 1, 1892-1896 (1 volume);
Clerk's Delinquent Tax Sale Record, 1892-1903 (1 volume);
Invoices [Sheriff's Certificates of Sale], vol. 2, 1912-1920 (1 volume);
Record of Sales [Sheriff's-with index], vol. 1, 1886-1891 (1 volume);
Sheriff's Certificate of Sale on Execution [Foreclosure], vol. 2, 1903-1916 (1 volume);
Sheriff's Delinquent Tax Sales Record, vol. 2, 1895-1904 (1 volume).

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Upper Vault:
Deed Record Sheriff's Deeds, vol. 32, 1897-1907 (1 volume).

 

Health and Human Services Records

1994-[ongoing]

Series documents the activities of the county health and human services programs operated by the county. Series includes narrative or statistical monthly, quarterly, and annual reports or minutes discussing program goals, objectives, and accomplishments. Program areas include public and mental health; juvenile services; adult and family services; women, infant, and child (WIC) services; alcohol and drug abuse; and developmental disabilities. In 1994 the name of the Children and Youth Services Commission was changed to the Commission on Children and Families.

The board of commissioners acts as the county's health board and oversees the actions of the county health department. Mental health, developmental disabilities, and alcohol and drug treatment programs are provided through contracts with private, non-profit agencies. At the time of this inventory (2010), a local alcohol and drug planning committee was being formed.

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Commission on Children and Families Office:
Local CCF Minutes [Commission on Children and Families-includes related records], 1994-present (3 binders).

Records at the Community Connection of Northeast Oregon Inc. Baker County Office, Advisory Committee Chair's Desk:
Mental Health and DD Committee Minutes [Advisory-Developmental Disabilities], 2008-present (1 binder).

 

Insane Commitment Records

1862-[ongoing]

Series documents the examination, commitment, and release of mentally ill persons to and from the state's mental institutions. Series contains statements of complaint and commitment recorded by the county clerk or recorder and includes petitions to have an individual committed; physicians certification that an individual is insane; delivery warrants authorizing a county official (usually the sheriff) to take the individual to the state hospital; patient discharges; paroles or transfers; indexes; and correspondence. Information includes patient and family names, date committed, reason, physical description, and a brief family history. This series may also be known as the Insane Record, Mental Illness Record, and Mentally Ill and Feeble Minded Record. By 1968, in most counties, the commitment of the mentally ill or deficient had become the responsibility of the circuit court. Access to these records may be restricted for 75 years by Oregon Revised Statute 192.496.

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Lower Vault, Back Room:
Insane Commitments [Case Files-title varies], ca.1878-1962 (6.50 cu.ft.).

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Lower Vault, Front Room:
County Court Journal Civil Proceedings [includes insane commitments], vol. A-B, 1885-1912 (2 volumes);
Insanity Record [title varies-with index], vol. 1-2, 1894-1903 (2 volumes);
Record of Civil Proceedings [includes insane commitments-title varies-with index], vol. B-E, 1913-1964 (4 volumes).

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Upper Vault:
Adoption and Mental Health Records [Case Files], 1968-1979 (9 reels of microfilm);
Index to Commissioners Records [indexes county court administrative, judicial, probate, and insane commitment actions], vol. A, 1862-1941 (1 volume);

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Trial Court Conference Room, Vault:
Mental Files [Commitment], no. M1-M380, 1962-1990 (3 cu.ft.);
Record of Civil Proceedings [Mental Miscellaneous-with index], vol. F, 1965-1968 (1 volume);
Register of Actions Civil Proceedings Mental Proceedings, vol. 1, 1968-1987 (1 volume).

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Trial Court Records Department Office:
Mental Book F [Record of Civil Proceedings], vol. F, 1965-1968 (17 sheets of microfilm jackets);
Mental Index Register, vol. 1, [no. M134-M369], 1968-1987 (4 sheets of microfilm jackets).

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Trial Court Administrator's Office:
[CF-Confidential Mental Commitment and Adoption Case Files], 1991-present (9 cu.ft.).

 

Judgment and Execution Records

1865-1928

Series records official decisions by the court and subsequent instructions to the sheriff to recover costs and awards related to debt, divorce, and other civil cases. The record serves as the official notice of the existence of a lien. Information includes title and case number; names of plaintiff, creditor, defendant, debtor, and attorney; amount of judgments; description of property levied on; writ of execution; disposition of case; decisions on appeals; dates docketed and satisfied; and volume and page numbers where recorded. Records may include judgment dockets, execution dockets, and fee books. County Court judgment and execution records have been inventoried through 1920.

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Lower Vault, Back Room:
Execution Docket [with index], vol. C, 1885-1903 (1 volume);
Judgment Lien Docket, 1865-1869 (1 volume);
Sheriff's Case Record and Execution Docket, vol. 3, 1918-1924 (1 volume);
Sheriff's Execution Docket [with index], vol. 1-3, 1908-1919 (3 volumes).

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Lower Vault, Front Room:
Execution Docket [with index], vol. D-F, 1903-1928 (3 volumes);
Index to Judgment Lien Docket, n.d. (1 volume);
Judgment and Lien Docket [title varies-with index], vol. C-F, 1886-1925 (5 volumes);
Judgment Docket County Court [with index], vol. A, 1902-1917 (1 volume).

 

Justice Court Case Files

1890-1925

Series documents criminal and civil cases brought before the courts of the justices of the peace. Records include grand jury indictments, complaints, judgments by confession, transcripts of judgment entries and dockets, statements of witnesses, arrest warrants, subpoenas, bills for court costs and fees, petitions for appointment of justices of the peace and constables, petitions establishing justice districts, and marriage records. Cases heard include disturbing the peace, illegal liquor sales, assault, larceny, trespassing, fraud, vagrancy, and burglary. Justice court records have been inventoried through 1940. For information on more recent records, contact the local justice court.

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Lower Vault, Back Room:
Civil Transcripts from J.P. Court [Justice of the Peace to Circuit Court], 1890-1910 (.15 cu.ft.);
Criminal Trans. from J.P. Court [Transcripts from Justice of the Peace to Circuit Court], 1911-1925 (.30 cu.ft.).

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Lower Vault, Front Room:
Civil Trans. from J. P. Courts [Transcripts from Justice of the Peace to Circuit Court], 1912-1921 (.25 cu.ft.).

 

Justice Court Dockets

1868-1941

Series documents criminal and civil cases brought before justice of the peace courts. Dockets include defendant, plaintiff, attorney, witness, and juror names; action dates and nature of cases; judgments; and statements of costs. Actions include complaints, summonses, appearances, testimonies, bonds, judgments, pleas, fines, jail terms, marriages, and writs of attachment. Civil and criminal cases include larceny, burglary, recovering money or personal property, trespassing, hunting out of season, and illegal voting. Justice court records have been inventoried through 1940. For information on more recent records, contact the local justice court.

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Lower Vault, Back Room:
[Justice Docket-Baker Precinct no.1], 1933-1937 (2 volumes);
Justice Docket [Baker Precinct no.1-Criminal Cases-with index], 1939-1941 (2 volumes);
Justice Docket [Baker Precinct no.1-Traffic Cases-with index], 1940-1941 (1 volume);
Justice Docket [Baker Precinct no.1-with index], 1925-1941 (27 volumes).

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Lower Vault, Front Room:
Criminal Docket [Justice Court-Baker Precinct no.1-with index], 1904-1920 (2 volumes);
Journal [Justice Court Docket-Haines Precinct], 1898-1926 (1 volume);
[Justice Court Docket-Baker Precinct no.1], 1868-1873 (1 volume);
[Justice Court Docket-Pocahontas Precinct], 1888-1894 (1 volume);
[Justice Court Docket-Shasta Precinct], 1872-1876 (1 volume);
Justice Docket [Baker Precinct no.1-title varies-with index], 1885-1931 (30 volumes);
Justice Docket [Wingville Precinct-with index], 1929-1931 (1 volume);
Record [Justice Court Record-Baker Precinct no.1], 1886-1890 (1 volume).

Records at the Baker Heritage Museum:
Justice Court Docket [Shasta Precinct-on display], 1868-1876 (1 volume).

 

Land Subdivision Records

1865-[ongoing]

Series documents the subdividing and partitioning of land within the county. Records include survey notes, correspondence, photographs, satisfaction of agreements, maps of subdivided and partitioned land, and contracts and permits. Information includes subdivision names; lot, street, and alley dimensions; and township, range, and section numbers of land to be subdivided or partitioned.

Baker County first adopted a subdivision ordinance in 1974. The Planning Files-Land Use Action Case Files are indexed on a public access computer in the Planning Department Office.

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Upper Vault:
Clerk's Subdivision List [Alphabetical], n.d.-present (.05 cu.ft.);
Index to Plat Book County Recorder [Subdivision], n.d. (1 volume);
Index to Plat Book No. 1 [Subdivision, ca.1886-ca.1907 (1 volume);
Partition and Subdivision Plat Indexes, 1990-present (1 binder);
Plat Cabinet A [Partition Plats-with index], 1990-2001 (200 plats);
Plat Cabinet B [Subdivision Plats-with index], 1995-present (53 plats);
Plat Cabinet C [Partition Plats-with index], 2001-present (151 plats);
Plats of Towns and Additions, vol. 2, 1900-1908 (1 volume);
Record of Town Plats Baker County [with index], vol. O, 1909-1935 (1 volume);
Record of Town Plats, vol. 4, 1938-1994 (1 volume);
[Subdivision Plats and Documents-rolled], 1909-1924 (22 plats);
Town Plats, vol. 1, 1865-1903 (1 volume); vol. 3, 1886-1907 (1 volume).

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Lower Vault, Back Room:
City and Town Lots and Additions [Register-large], 1891 (1 volume);
Index to Plat Book, n.d. (2 volumes).

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Lower Vault, Front Room:
Plats [Subdivision-rolled-Bin # 6], 1887-1916 (7 plats).

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Planning Department Office:
Co. Plan Comm. [County Planning Commission Documents-includes comprehensive plan, zoning ordinance, and subdivision ordinance], 1981 (1 binder);
[Planning Files-Land Use Action Case Files-includes zoning, subdivision, and partition information], ca.1970-present (110 cu.ft.);
[Planning Files Rolodex Index-indexes land use action case files], ca.1970-1982 (.75 cu.ft.);
Plans & Zoning Amendments [includes ordinance amendments related to the comprehensive plan, zoning ordinance, and subdivision ordinance], 1970-present (2.50 cu.ft.).

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Planning Department Office, Counter:
Baker County Zoning and Subdivision Ordinance, 1983-1999 (.10 cu.ft.);
Baker County Zoning Ordinance [includes subdivision and partition information], 1983-present (1 binder).

Records at the Baker County Surveyor's Office, Vault:
[Subdivision Survey Records], ca.1941-present (1 cu.ft.).

Records at the Baker County Web Site:
Baker County Zoning and Subdivision Ordinance, 1983-present (Internet);
Proposed Zoning Ordinance [includes subdivision and partition information], 2010-present (Internet).

 

Land Title Registers

1862-1960

Series records the ownership of land within the county. Records may include title registers, land indexes, land registration registers, torrens registry of titles, indexes to registered land, certificates of title, town lot indexes, ownership registers, and plat books. Information includes parties involved, land descriptions, dates, number and nature of titles, subdivisions, title holders, terms, discharge dates, and registrar's signatures. The torrens system of land registration was abolished in 1972 by Oregon law. Additional land ownership records may be found in the Deeds and Indexes series.

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Upper Vault:
Land Registration Index to Registered Owners Torrens Act, vol. 1, n.d. (1 volume);
Present Owner Lands [Record], vol. 1-2, ca.1862-ca.1950 (2 volumes); vol. D-E, ca.1862-ca.1950 (2 volumes);
Present Owner Patented Mining Lands [Record], ca.1862-ca.1950 (1 volume);
Present Ownership Lands [Record-title varies], vol. 2-3, ca.1862-ca.1950 (2 volumes);
Present Ownership Miscellaneous Tracts [Record], vol. 1, ca.1862-ca.1950 (1 volume);
Present Ownership Town Lots [Record-title varies], vol. 2-3, ca.1862-ca.1950 (2 volumes);
Present Owner Town Lots [Record], vol. 1-2, ca.1862-ca.1950 (2 volumes); vol. A-C, ca.1862-ca.1950 (3 volumes);
Register of Titles Torrens Law, vol. 1, 1905-1942 (1 volume).

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Lower Vault, Front Room:
Plat Book Baker County [Land Ownership-large], n.d. (1 volume).

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Lower Vault, Back Room:
Lands [Ownership Record-includes property value information], 1911-1916, 1918-1955, 1959-1960 (26 volumes);
Record [Land Title Decrees], 1905 (1 volume);
[Town Lot Book-Ownership Record], 1914-1918 (1 volume);
Town Lots [Ownership Record-includes property value information], 1911-1955, 1957-1960 (26 volumes).

 

Maps, Plans, and Drawings

1879-[ongoing]

Series provides a visual representation of the county and of physical structures constructed on county lands. Series includes maps, plans, and drawings that vary in size, scale, and date. Included are maps, plans, and drawings of counties and cities, election precincts, courthouses and other county buildings, cemeteries, rivers, Indian reservations, school districts, construction projects, and soil classifications. General road maps may be found in the series titled Road and Bridge Records. Technical road survey maps may be found in the series titled Road Maps and Survey Notes.

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Lower Vault, Front Room:
Baker City [Maps-includes industrial area, vicinity, and zone-rolled-Bin # 3], 1953-1987 (4 maps);
Baker County Courthouse [Plans-includes addition and remodel information-rolled-Bin # 1], ca.1961-1980 (ca.10 drawings);
Baker County [Maps-includes census, Metsker's, and vicinity-rolled-Bin # 7], ca.1955-ca.1979 (5 maps);
Federal Maps [U.S. Forest Service-rolled-Bin # 10], ca.1942-1972 (9 maps);
Miscellaneous [Maps-includes bridge, mining, park, railway, and other subjects-Bin # 12], ca.1879-1988 (26 maps);
Other County Buildings [Plans-includes fair building, jail, library, Halfway Community Building, and detention center-rolled-Bin # 2], ca.1969-1993 (ca.9 drawings);
Rural Addressing [Maps-rolled-Bin # 9], n.d.-present (6 maps);
Special Districts [Maps-includes school, utility, translator, mining, rural fire, vector control, and soil and water conservation-rolled-Bin # 4], ca.1946-1990 (ca.13 maps);
Tax Code Maps [rolled-Bin # 11], ca.1965-2004 (6 maps);
Voting Precincts [Maps-rolled-Bin # 5], ca.1955-n.d. (4 maps).

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Upper Vault:
Baker Ore. Sanborn Map Co. [Atlas], 1944 (1 volume).

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Assessor's Office Map Room:
1962 Map Tracings [Assessor's Plats-mylar], 1962 (ca.400 plats);
Metsker's Atlas of Baker County Oregon [modified], ca.1933-n.d. (1 volume); 1952 (2 volumes);
[Metsker's Atlas of Baker County Oregon-modified], ca.1952-n.d. (1 volume);
[Miscellaneous Maps and Plans-includes vicinity, railroad, district, rural addressing, powerline, topographic, etc.], ca.1937-present (ca.150 maps);
[Quadrangle Maps-United States Geological Survey], 1952-1988 (ca.75 maps).

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Planning Department Office, Counter:
Baker County Map Book, 2004 (1 binder);
Flood Insurance Rate Map [Federal Emergency Management Agency], 1988 (.25 cu.ft.).

Records at the Baker County Road Department Office, Upstairs Records Room:
Metsker's Atlas of Baker County Oregon, 1952 (1 volume).

Records at the Baker Heritage Museum:
Baker Ore. Sanborn Map Co. [Atlas], 1923 (1 volume).

Records at a Related Web Site:
Tax Assessment GIS Maps [select county], n.d.-present (Internet).

 

Marks and Brands Records

1893-1948

Series documents the registration of marks and brands by livestock owners and logging interests in order to clearly establish ownership. Records include registers and certificates. Information includes owner's name and address; diagram of animal showing location and style of mark and brand; written description of mark and brand; and filing date. Types of livestock registered include horses, cattle, sheep, pigs, and poultry. Log brands are also documented.

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Upper Vault:
Brands [Index-to volumes 1-3], n.d.-ca.1915 (1 volume);
Index to Marks and Brands [includes symbols-indexes volumes 1-3], n.d.-ca.1915 (1 volume);
Record of Marks and Brands [with index], vol. 2-3, 1893-1915 (2 volumes).

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Lower Vault, Front Room:
Certificates of Registrations of Marks and Brands [includes livestock diagrams-alphabetical], 1927-1941 (1 volume);
[Certificates of Registrations of Marks and Brands-includes livestock diagrams-alphabetical], 1940-1948 (1 volume).

 

Marriage Records

1862-1966

Series documents the recording of marriages by the county and includes applications, marriage certificates and licenses, and indexes to marriage records. Information includes the names and residences of bride and groom; justice of the peace, minister, or name of individual officiating; fees charged; date filed; volume and page numbers where recorded; certificate number; date and place of marriage; and signatures of witnesses and county officials. Beginning in 1906, marriages have been officially registered with the state of Oregon. Currently these records are filed with the State Registrar, Vital Statistics Section of the Health Division. Marriage records have been inventoried through 1960.

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Lower Vault, Front Room:
[Marriage Records-includes licenses, certificates, returns, medical certificates, applications, and related records], 1879-1960 (7.50 cu.ft.).

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Upper Vault:
Index to Marriage Record, 1885-1896 (1 volume);
Marriage Books [Marriage Certificates-with index-original], vol. A, 1862-1882 (1 volume);
Marriage Books [Marriage Register-original], vol. A, 1863-1877 (1 volume);
Marriage Books [Register of Marriage Licenses-original], vol. B, 1877-1885 (1 volume);
Marriage Certificate [photocopy-with index], vol. A, 1862-1882 (1 binder);
Marriage Index, 1877-1980 (1 volume);
Marriage License [Register-photocopy], vol. A, 1863-1877 (1 binder); vol. B, 1877-1885 (1 binder);
Marriage Record [with index], vol. 1-17, 1885-1966 (17 volumes);
Marriage Returns, 1906-1919, 1935-1945, 1947-1953 (46 volumes).

 

Married Women's Property Registers

1872-1900

Series documents property held by women independently and separately from their husbands. Registration of property usually is in relation to a marriage or divorce settlement. Information includes a description of property (land, livestock, and farm and household goods) to be considered separate and declarations stating that the woman in question is not responsible for her husband's debts.

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Upper Vault:
Records [Record of Married Woman's Separate Property], 1872-1900 (1 volume).

 

Medical Profession Registration Records

1889-1963

Series documents the registration of individuals in compliance with the requirements of relevant Oregon boards of examiners to practice a medical profession in the state. Professions registered include physicians, surgeons, osteopaths, naturopaths, dentists, nurses, druggists, chiropractors, chiropodists, optometrists, and veterinarians. Records include registers, certificates, and licenses. Information includes name of registrant; name of school; graduation date; names of members of the examining board; licensing and recording dates; and licensing or registration numbers.

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Upper Vault:
Optometry Record [with index], vol. 1, 1905-1964 (1 volume);
Physicians' Licenses [Register-with index], vol. 2, 1895-1939 (1 volume);
Physicians Veterinary Licenses [includes chiropractors and nurses-with index], vol. 3, 1895-1963 (1 volume);
Record of Dentists' Certificates [with index], vol. 1, 1900-1963 (1 volume);
Register of Affidavits Pharmacists, 1915-1917 (1 volume);
Register of Physicians & Surgeons [Alphabetical], vol. 1, 1889-ca.1903 (1 volume).

 

Military Records

1891-2000

Series lists those eligible for military service and records the discharge dates of those who served in the military. Series includes eligibility, enlistment, discharge registers, or muster rolls, and may include alphabetical indexes. Information includes name of individual serving or eligible for service; enlistment and discharge dates and codes; residences at birth and enlistment; occupations and ages at time of enlistment; branches of service; precinct numbers; service records including commendations; physical condition, education and types of jobs performed while in service; and rank at discharge. Access to military discharge records may be restricted for 75 years by 2009 Oregon Legislative Assembly SB 618.

Since in 1965 Military Discharges have been recorded as part of the Baker County Records (Clerk and Recorder Official Filings).

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Census and Military Enrollment [Enumeration of Inhabitants and Military Enrollment of Baker County], 1905 (1 reel of microfilm).

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Lower Vault, Front Room:
Bonus Mortgage Record [World War Veteran State Aid Commission Mortgages], vol. 53, 1922-1937 (1 volume).

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Upper Vault:
1905 Census [Enumeration of Inhabitants and Military Enrollment of Baker County], 1905 (.50 cu.ft.);
1905 Census Record [Enumeration of Inhabitants and Military Enrollment of Baker County], 1905 (1 reel of microfilm);
Military Discharge Record Index, 1945-2000 (1 volume);
[Military Discharge Record-with index], vol. 1-6, 1945-1964 (3 reels of microfilm);
Military Discharge Record [with index-volume 7 is index], vol. 4-6, 1951-1964 (3 volumes);
Military Naturalization [Record], 1954 (.05 cu.ft.);
Military Record [Roll-includes people eligible for service], 1897 (1 volume);
Militia Roll, 1891-1892 (2 volumes);
Record of Military Discharges [with index], vol. 1-3, 1945-1953 (3 volumes).

 

Mining Claim Records

1850-[ongoing]

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).

 

Mortgage Records

1862-1971

Series documents the written interest in land providing security for the performance of a duty or payment of a debt. Records include mortgages; trustee's deeds of reconveyance; indexes, both by mortgagor and mortgagee name; and satisfactions. Information includes mortgagor and mortgagee names, property descriptions, mortgage terms, witness names, certifications, recording and satisfaction dates, volume and page numbers where recorded, and recorder's signature. Series also includes executor/executrix information when mortgages were transferred through wills and mortgages of land to individuals under the provisions of the Donation Land Act of 1850.

Since in 1965 mortgages have been recorded as part of the Baker County Records (Clerk and Recorder Official Filings).

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Lower Vault, Front Room:
General Index to Mortgages Direct, vol. 1, 1862-ca.1899 (1 volume);
General Index to Mortgages Reverse, vol. 1, 1862-ca.1899 (1 volume);
Index to Mortgages Direct, 1945-1962 (1 volume);
Index to Mortgages Direct and Indirect, 1862-ca.1950 (2 volumes);
Index to Mortgages Indirect, 1945-1962 (1 volume);
[Index to Records of Conveyances], 1894-1896 (1 volume); 1896-1898 (1 volume);
Mortgage Index Direct, 1906-ca.1952 (2 volumes);
Mortgage Index Indirect, 1906-ca.1952 (2 volumes);
Mortgage Record [title varies], vol. A-C, 1862-1882 (3 volumes); vol. E-Z, 27-109, 1885-1964 (105 volumes);
Record for State Land Mortgages, vol. B, 1871-1878 (1 volume);
Record of State Land Mortgages, vol. B, 1871-1879 (1 volume).

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Lower Vault, Back Room:
Index to Mortgages Direct, 1963-1971 (1 volume);
Index to Mortgages Direct, 1963-1971 (1 volume).

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Upper Vault:
Direct Index Panhandle Records [Deed and Mortgage], vol. 6, ca.1862-ca.1905 (1 volume);
Indirect Index Panhandle Records [Deed and Mortgage], vol. 6, ca.1862-ca.1905 (1 volume).

 

Naturalization Certificates

1867-1965

Series documents the granting of United States citizenship to petitioners. Records include applications, witness affidavits, court findings granting or denying citizenship, certificates, and indexes. Declarations of intention may also be included. Information includes name, age, and residence of applicant; applicant's dependents; date of filing of declarations of intention and petitions; and volume and page numbers where papers are recorded.

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Upper Vault:
Certificate of Naturalization [Stubs], 1907-1928 (10 volumes);
[Index of Naturalization Records-indexes declarations, petitions, and certificates], 1867-1941 (1 volume);
[Naturalization Index Cards and Certificate Stubs-includes petition information], ca.1873-ca.1965 (.20 cu.ft.);
Naturalization Record-Citizenship [with index], vol. 1, 1897-1903 (1 volume).

 

Naturalization Declarations of Intention

1885-1952

Series documents the process taken by applicants for United States citizenship in declaring their intention to become United States citizens. Information may include applicant's name, age, physical description, place and date of birth, method of immigration, date and port of entry, names and ages of wife and children, and renunciation of allegiance to foreign governments. Declarations of intention may also be attached to naturalization petitions or naturalization certificates.

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Upper Vault:
Declaration of Intentions [Circuit and County Court-with index], vol. A, 1885-1906 (1 volume);
Declaration of Intention [with index], vol. B-G, 1906-1929 (6 volumes);
[Index of Naturalization Records-indexes declarations, petitions, and certificates], 1867-1941 (1 volume);
Record of Declaration of Intention [with index], vol. H, 1930-1952 (1 volume).

 

Naturalization Petitions and Orders

1867-1971

Series documents the application for United States citizenship by aliens. Information includes name, residence, and occupation of applicants; place and date of birth; emigration place, date, and vessel; declaration of intention dates; name, birthplace, and birth date of dependents; and renunciation of allegiance to foreign governments. Accompanying the petitions are witness and petitioner affidavits, oaths of allegiance, court orders admitting or denying citizenship, declarations of intention, depositions, and certificates of arrival.

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Upper Vault:
Court Orders [includes recommendations to grant naturalization petitions], 1937-1971 (1 volume);
Depositions [Naturalization-in locked cabinet], 1909-1918 (.05 cu.ft.);
[Index of Naturalization Records-indexes declarations, petitions, and certificates], 1867-1941 (1 volume);
[Index to Naturalization], 1904-1906. (1 volume);
Journal of Naturalization, vol. 1, 1894-1896 (1 volume);
Military Naturalization [Record], 1954 (.05 cu.ft.);
[Naturalization Index Cards and Certificate Stubs-includes petition information], ca.1873-ca.1965 (.20 cu.ft.);
Petition and Record [with index], vol. 3-7, 1907-1931 (5 volumes);
Petitions [with index], no. 302-494, 1935-1971 (4 volumes);
Record of Naturalization [Circuit and County Courts], 1904-1906 (1 volume);
Repatriation [Application to Take Oath of Allegiance], 1952, 1962 (1 volume).

Records at a Related Web Site:
Naturalization Petition List [Baker County], ca.1907-n.d. (sampubco.com).

 

Pension and Relief Records

1912-1936

Series documents financial assistance approved by the county court for widows, mothers, dependent children, orphans, the elderly, and indigents. Information includes applicant name and address, children's names and birth dates, amount of pension or monthly support payment, and county court order. Because the provision of relief became primarily a state and federal function in the 1930s, records are inventoried through 1939.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Widow's Pension Applications, 1917-1936 (.25 cu.ft.);
Widow's Pension Record, vol. 1-2, 1913-1936 (2 volumes);
Search for 1917-1936 Baker County widow's pensions in Oregon Historical Records Index.

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Lower Vault, Front Room:
For Assistance and Support [Applications-includes widow's pensions], 1912-1926 (.35 cu.ft.).

 

Planning Commission Minutes

1971-[ongoing]

Series documents the discussions and activities of the county planning commission as recorded in the minutes and agendas. Topics discussed include the creation, amendment, and appeal of zoning ordinances and county land use laws; county comprehensive plans; and election or appointment of planning commission members.

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Planning Department Office:
Planning Commission Meetings [Minutes], 1997-2002 (1 cu.ft.);
[Planning Commission Minutes], 1971-1989 (1.50 cu.ft.);
Planning Commission Minutes [title varies], 2003-present (6 binders).

Records at the Baker County Road Department Grounds, Planning Records Storage Unit 10:
[Planning Commission Minutes], 1990-1996 (1.50 cu.ft.).

Records at the Baker County Web Site:
Planning Commission Agendas [searchable], 2009-present (Internet);
Planning Commission Minutes
[searchable], 2009-present (Internet).

 

Prisoner Registers

1890-1931

Series tracks individuals incarcerated in the county jail. Information includes prisoner identification number; date entered; name, address, age, birth date, height and weight, eye and hair color, and nationality of prisoner; arrest date; arresting officer; crime committed; sentence; bail; court; release date; and remarks. Prisoner registers, which may also be referred to as jail lists, have been inventoried through 1965. Access to portions of these records may be restricted for 25 years after termination of custody by Oregon Revised Statute 192.496(3).

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Lower Vault, Back Room:
Jail Register, 1892-1904 (1 volume);
[Jail Register-with index], 1902-1931 (1 volume);
Register of Prisoners [with index], vol. 1, 1890-1902 (1 volume).

 

Probate Case Files

1862-[ongoing]

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.

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

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Lower Vault, Back Room:
[Miscellaneous Court Records-includes exhibits, indictments, estates, pension papers, and wills], box 40, 1870-1908 (1 cu.ft.);
[Probate Case Files], drawer no. 64-253, 1862-1946 (64 cu.ft.);
Probate [Case Files], drawer no. 630A-1738A, 1954-1970 (36 cu.ft.).

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Lower Vault, Front Room:
Affidavit of Small Estates, 1987-1992 (.15 cu.ft.);
[Probate-Case Files], drawer no. 1A-629, 1946-1954 (25 cu.ft.);
[Probate Case Files], drawer no. 1-63.5, 1862-1946 (22 cu.ft.).

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Upper Vault:
Probate [Case Files], no. 1A-487A, 1946-ca.1951 (30 reels of microfilm).

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Trial Court Conference Room:
Probate [Case Files], no. 1739A-2902A, 1971-1989 (26 cu.ft.).

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Second Floor Break Room:
[Probate Case Files], 1990-1994 (10 cu.ft.);
Small Estates [Case Files], no. 1-204, 1974-1990 (1 cu.ft.).

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Trial Court Records Department Office:
[Probate Case Files-interfiled with circuit court case files], 1995-present (ca.300 cu.ft.);
Probate Index [Case File], 1862-1971 (1 volume);
[Probate Index-Case File], 1862-1971 (14 sheets of microfiche).

 

Probate Estate Records

1880-1930

Series documents information recorded about estates probated in the county or circuit courts. Information includes deceased party's name; recording and death dates; residence; name and address of executors, administrators, or trustees; estimated values of real and personal property; inventory and appraisal dates; the estate's value according to the appraisals and to the county court; and the names and relationship of heirs. 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.

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

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Lower Vault, Front Room:
Estates [Index], n.d. (1 volume);
Index of Estates & Guardianships, n.d. (1 volume);
Record of Estates, 1898-1930 (1 volume);
Register of Estates [with index], 1880-1885 (1 volume).

 

Probate Registers

1862-1984

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.

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

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Lower Vault, Back Room:
Probate Docket [includes only two entries], 1904-1914 (1 volume);
Probate Journal [with index], vol. 17-55, 1918-1964 (39 volumes);
Probate Order Book [with index], vol. 2, 1890-1896 (1 volume); vol. 8-16, 1896-1918 (9 volumes);
Records Orders [Probate], vol. 6, 1875-1890 (1 volume).

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Lower Vault, Front Room:
Accounts & Distribution Record [Probate], vol. 2, 1890-1892 (1 volume);
Probate Records Order Book, vol. 5, 1863-1875 (1 volume);
Probate Register [title varies-with index], vol. 2-3, 1890-1917 (2 volumes);
Record Accounts [Probate-with index], vol. 5, 1875-1890 (1 volume);
Record of Accounts [Probate-title varies-with index], vol. 4-6, 1890-1901 (3 volumes);
Records Register [Probate-with index], vol. 1, 1872-1889 (1 volume).

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Upper Vault:
Index to Commissioners Records [indexes county court administrative, judicial, probate, and insane commitment actions], vol. A, 1862-1941 (1 volume).

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Trial Court Records Department Office:
Probate Register, vol. 4-7, 1917-1984 (4 volumes);
[Probate Register], vol. 4-7, 1917-1984 (45 sheets of microfiche).

 

Road and Bridge Records

1862-[ongoing]

Series documents the development, construction, maintenance, and improvement of county roads and bridges. Records include bonds, general road and highway maps, petitions to have roads constructed or altered, notices, complaints, vacation records, and correspondence. Information includes road numbers and names and descriptions of the activity occurring on the road. Information concerning county roads may be available on the Integrated Road Information System (IRIS) at the county road office. Technical road survey maps may be found in the series titled Road Maps and Survey Notes.

Information about Baker County roads may also be found in the County Court Journal and related records (County Commissioners Administrative Journals).

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Lower Vault, Front Room:
Baker County Vacation Orders [Road], 1964-1990 (.25 cu.ft.);
County Court Orders [includes road applications and vacations], 1909-1977 (5 cu.ft.);
Market Road Papers, 1922-1930 (.25 cu.ft.);
Miscellaneous [Maps-includes bridge, mining, park, railway, and other subjects-rolled-Bin # 12], ca.1879-1988 (26 maps);
Panhandle Roads [Case Files], 1877-1910 (1 cu.ft.);
Road Department Original Documents [includes road petitions, deeds, correspondence, maps, specifications, and related records-trifolded], ca.1931-ca.1950 (1 cu.ft.);
Road Petitions, 1903-1980 (2.50 cu.ft.);
Roads [Maps-includes market, state highway, and miscellaneous roads-rolled-Bin # 8], ca.1916-2003 (15 maps).

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Upper Vault:
Old Bridge Documents [Burnt River-includes plans and specifications], 1970-1973 (.20 cu.ft.);
Record of County Roads, vol. A, 1864-1872 (1 volume);
Surveyors Record [includes road surveys, establishment orders, and viewers' reports-with index], vol. 2, ca.1885-ca.1954 (1 volume);
[Surveyor's Road Record-includes plats, survey notes, and road viewers' reports], vol. 1, 1872-1974 (1 volume).

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Assessor's Office Map Room:
[Road and Highway Maps-rolled-includes road survey maps], ca.1925-present (ca.300 maps).

Records at the Baker County Road Department Office:
[County Road Card Index-indexes road establishments, vacations, and related actions], ca.1862-present (.50 cu.ft.);
Road Files [County Road Case Files-includes maps, correspondence, permits, and related documents], ca.1940-present (15 cu.ft.).

Records at the Baker County Road Department Office, Upstairs Records Room:
[Bridge Case Files-includes inspection records, photographs, correspondence, and related documents], n.d.-present (8 cu.ft.);
Bridge Plans, ca.1888-present (15 cu.ft.).

 

Road Maps and Survey Notes

1872-[ongoing]

Series documents the surveying and mapping of county roads. Records include road surveyor notes, alignment, profile, and other survey maps, and road registers. Information includes legal descriptions of the roads; road names and numbers; plans and profiles; township, range, and section numbers; dates of activity; and scales. General road maps may be found in the series titled Road and Bridge Records.

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Upper Vault:
Pine Creek-Halfway [County Road Survey Roll Map], 1955 (1 map);
Surveyors Record [includes road surveys, establishment orders, and viewers' reports-with index], vol. 2, ca.1885-ca.1954 (1 volume);
[Surveyor's Road Record-includes plats, survey notes, and road viewer's reports], vol. 1, 1872-1974 (1 volume).

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Lower Vault, Front Room:
Road Plat Book, vol. A, ca.1898 (1 volume).

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Assessor's Office Map Room:
[Road and Highway Maps-rolled-includes road survey maps], ca.1925-present (ca.300 maps).

Records at the Baker County Road Department Office, Upstairs Records Room:
[Road Maps and Surveys], ca.1888-present (ca.500 maps);
State Hwy. Rd. Maps [State Highway Road Maps and Field Notes-includes specifications and contracts], ca.1925-ca.1979 (ca.9 cu.ft.).

Records at the Baker County Surveyor's Office, Vault:
C.M. Foster [Survey Field Book-includes road survey information], 1897-1898 (1 volume).

 

School District Records

1897-1966

Series reports the general and financial statistics of each school district located in the county. Information includes school district number and clerk's name; number of individuals within the district between ages four and twenty; number of teachers employed; number of school houses (owned by the district); number of legal voters; number of libraries and books within each; number of private schools; cash on hand at last report; district tax received from county; state schools funds received; general value of school grounds and furnishings; property values; enrollment; number of students enrolled from outlying districts; school census; and board minutes. Series may also contain school attendance and grade reports and data on students and parents. Records may be titled School District Clerk Annual Report, District Clerk's Book of Records, District Clerk Record Book, or Oregon School Register and Record Book, which is the most comprehensive record of school district activities.

Records listed at the Union-Baker Education Service District Office in Island City are thought to have been moved to the the basement of the InterMountain Education Service District Building in Pendleton. This has not been confirmed in an inventory.

Records at the Baker School District Office, Basement Vault (District Clerk's Record Books):
District Clerk's Book of Records [District No. 17-Muddy Creek], 1917-1921 (1 volume); 1921-1927 (1 volume); 1923-1927 (1 volume); 1927-1929 (1 volume);
District Clerk's Record Book [District No. 27], 1946-1959 (1 volume);
District Clerk's Record Book [District No. 28], 1933-1943 (.35 cu.ft.);
District Clerk's Record Book [District No. 31-Sumpter], 1937-1957 (.20 cu.ft.).

Records at the Baker School District Office, Basement Vault (Miscellaneous Records):
Grades Ledger High School [Baker City-with index], 1897-1902 (1 volume);
Haines Elementary School [Oregon School Register and Record Book-District No. 5J-Muddy Creek], 1958-1961 (2 volumes);
Haines Elementary School [Oregon School Register and Record Book-District No. 17-Muddy Creek], 1950-1958 (1 volume);
High School Grades [Muddy Creek District No. 17 Student Records-with index], 1921-1947 (1 volume);
Mayne's Register of Attendance for High School [Baker High School], 1935-1936 (2 volumes);
Old Records Muddy Creek, Keating, Sumpter, Rock Creek, Etc. [Administrative Records-includes school budgets], 1921-1948 (1 cu.ft.);
Oregon High School Record [Haines High School], 1918-1940 (.20 cu.ft.);
Quarterly Reports Enrollment [includes teacher, principal, and superintendent reports], 1924-1954 (.50 cu.ft.).

Records at the Baker School District Office, Basement Vault (Oregon School Register and Record Books: Districts 1-5J):
Oregon School Register and Record Book [Brooklyn], 1951-1952 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 1-Auburn/Stewart], 1940-1945 (.05 cu.ft.);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 2-Pocahontas], 1939-1944 (.05 cu.ft.);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 3-James], 1917-1923 (1 volume); 1923-1933 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 5], 1934 (1 volume); 1934-1935 (1 volume); 1939-1950 (.20 cu.ft.); 1940-1941 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 5--Baker Junior High], 1939-1940 (1 volume); 1940-1941 (1 volume); 1941-1942 (1 volume); 1942-1943 (1 volume); 1943-1944 (1 volume); 1945-1946 (1 volume); 1946-1947 (1 volume); 1947-1948 (1 volume); 1948-1949 (1 volume); 1949-1950 (1 volume); 1950-1951 (1 volume); 1952-1953 (1 volume); 1953-1954 (1 volume); 1955-1956 (1 volume); 1956-1957 (1 volume); 1957-1958 (1 volume); 1958-1959 (1 volume); 1959-1960 (1 volume); 1960-1961 (1 volume); 1961-1962 (1 volume); 1962-1963 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 5J-Brooklyn School], 1948-1965 (1 cu.ft.);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 5J-Durkee], 1955-1963 (1 volume); 1956-1963 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 5J-Keating], 1960-1962 (.10 cu.ft.); 1962-1963 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 5J-South Baker], 1964-1966 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 5--North Baker], 1922-1923 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 5--South Baker], 1926-1928 (1 volume); 1928-1931 (2 volumes); 1929-1932 (4 volumes); 1931-1935 (1 volume); 1933-1935 (1 volume); 1934-1937 (1 volume); 1934-1939 (1 volume); 1936-1939 (2 volumes);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 5--South Baker and Tiedemann], 1946-1963 (1 cu.ft.);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 5--teacher listed: Baird], 1933-1937 (1 volume); 1938-1939 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 5--teacher listed: Calderwood], 1935-1939 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 5--teacher listed: Elliott], 1937-1939 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 5--teacher listed: Endrup], 1937-1940 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 5--teacher listed: Halley], 1932-1935 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 5--teacher listed: Lawrence], 1932-1936 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 5--teacher listed: Lower], 1933-1937 (1 volume); 1937-1938 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 5--teacher listed: Sheppardson], 1937-1939 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 5--Tiedemann], 1939-1940 (1 volume).

Records at the Baker School District Office, Basement Vault (Oregon School Register and Record Books: Districts 7-38):
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 7-Rock Creek], 1940-1949 (2 volumes);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 14-Pleasant Valley], 1942-1944 (1 volume); 1947-1949 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 17-Muddy Creek], 1917-1921 (1 volume); 1918-1926 (1 volume); 1921-1926 (1 volume); 1926-1931 (1 volume); 1926-1932 (1 volume); 1929-1933 (1 volume); 1931-1938 (1 volume); 1938-1939 (2 volumes); 1940-1942 (1 volume); 1940-1947 (1 volume); 1948-1950 (1 volume); 1950-1956 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 17-Muddy Creek-High School], 1912-1921 (1 volume); 1921-1927 (1 volume); 1933-1938 (1 volume); 1939-1947 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 24-Haines], 1920-1924 (1 volume); 1921-1924 (1 volume); 1922-1926 (1 volume); 1924-1928 (2 volumes); 1926-1930 (1 volume); 1926-1931 (1 volume); 1927-1932 (1 volume); 1928-1932 (1 volume); 1929-1933 (1 volume); 1930-1934 (1 volume); 1931-1936 (1 volume); 1932-1937 (1 volume); 1934-1935 (1 volume); 1934-1938 (1 volume); 1934-1939 (1 volume); 1936-1939 (1 volume); 1938-1939 (1 volume); 1939-1944 (1 volume); 1945-1948 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 31-Sumpter], 1942-1949 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 31/5J-Sumpter], 1957-1964 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 38-Goose Creek], 1940-1943 (.10 cu.ft.).

Records at the Baker Heritage Museum:
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 39], 1903-1918 (1 volume).

Records at the Joseph Building, InterMountain Education Service District Administration Office:
[School Census Records], ca.1906-ca.1932 (1.25 cu.ft.).

Records at the Union-Baker Education Service District Office:
High School and Non-High School Annual Reports, 1945-1958 (1 volume).

 

Superintendent of Schools Records

1886-1975

Series documents the official and financial affairs of the superintendent of schools concerning teachers, students, and schools located in the county. Records include annual statements on the condition of common (public) schools in the county, school district boundary records, school district accounts, and book purchases. Information includes financial information, school curricula, boundary descriptions, and enrollment and attendance data. Superintendent of schools records have been inventoried through 1965.

Records listed at the Union-Baker Education Service District Office in Island City are thought to have been moved to the the basement of the InterMountain Education Service District Building in Pendleton. This has not been confirmed in an inventory.

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Lower Vault, Back Room:
Boundary Board [Records-includes minutes and plats], 1886-1932 (.75 cu.ft.);
Certificate of Transmittal Annual Report of Baker County [School Superintendent], 1931-1940 (.20 cu.ft.);
District Clerk's Annual Reports School Supt. [includes summaries of all districts], 1902-1916 (1 volume);
Record of Eighth Grade Examinations, vol. 1, 1917-1932 (1 volume);
Register of Teachers Examined, vol. 1, 1916-1936 (1 volume).

Records at the Baker Heritage Museum:
Secretary Record Baker County Institute [Teacher Training Meeting Record], 1889-1904 (1 volume).

Records at the Joseph Building, InterMountain Education Service District Administration Office:
Baker County [Record of State Diplomas, State Certificates, and State Normal Diplomas], 1889-1959 (1 volume);
[Record of State Diplomas, State Certificates and State Normal Diplomas-Teacher], 1889-1959 (1 volume);
Record Teacher Secretary Etc. [includes eighth grade examination information], 1932-1983 (1 volume);
Register of Quarterly Examinations [includes eighth grade examinations from 1932-1933], vol. 1, 1888-1947 (1 volume).

Records at the Union-Baker Education Service District Office:
Boundary Board Book Minutes of Meetings [School Boundary], 1928-1949 (1 volume);
Boundary Board [Minutes], 1949-1975 (1 volume);
Minutes of Baker Rural School Board [includes Baker County Intermediate Education District minutes], 1957-1966 (1 volume);
Minutes of Rural School Board, 1947-1957 (1 volume);
Non-High School Board Minutes [includes budgets and reports], 1933-1940 (1 volume); 1943-1947 (1 volume);
Record Library Orders [includes eighth grade examinations for 1914], vol. 1, 1929-1953 (1 volume);
Register of Teachers Certificates and Contracts [with index], vol. 2, 1930-1953 (1 volume);
Register of Teachers Under Contract [with index], vol. 1, 1901-1929 (1 volume);
Register School Officers [includes teachers' certificates and contracts], vol. 1, 1889-1973 (1 volume);
School District Boundary Record, vol. 2, ca.1930-ca.1960 (1 volume);
School Superintendents Record of Annual Reports, 1940-1952 (1 volume); 1953-1968 (1 volume).

 

Surveyor Field Notes and Plats

1850-[ongoing]

Series documents surveys of county land by the county or licensed professional surveyors. Records include log books, field notes, and plats. An index may also be included. Information includes survey dates; who the survey was for; donation land claims; township, range, section, and survey numbers; a history of previous surveys made for the area; descriptions of land, vegetation, and soil; landmarks; metes and bounds of tracts surveyed; and surveyor's names. Plats also include corner restoration marks, scales, dates created and filed, and donation land claim owners.

The Surveyor's Office holds approximately 6,400 filed survey plats.

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Assessor's Office Map Room:
Baker County G.L.O. [General Land Office Survey Field Notes and Plats-copies], ca.1864-ca.1955 (2 volumes);
[Filed Survey Plats], ca.1941-present (ca. 550 plats);
[Surveyor's Field Notes and Corner Remonumentation Records], ca.1941-present (3.50 cu.ft).

Records at the Baker County Surveyor's Office:
Philo H. Anderson Map and Chart List [lists records held at the Baker City Hall], ca.1923-1960 (.05 cu.ft.).

Records at the Baker County Surveyor's Office, Vault:
Baker County Survey Files [Filed Plats-includes corner remonumentation records-by township and range-with index], ca.1941-present (5 cu.ft.);
C.M. Foster [Survey Field Book-includes road survey information], 1897-1898 (1 volume);
[Federal Mineral Surveys], ca.1872-1998 (4 inches of microfiche);
[Field Notes of Former County Surveyor Ira Hoffman], 1899-1930 (40 volumes);
[General Land Office Surveys and Field Notes-includes Bureau of Land Management information], ca.1862-ca.1998 (10 inches of microfiche);
Index to Field Notes of Former Baker County Surveyor Ira Hoffman, 1899-1930 (1 binder);
[Oversized County Survey Plats-includes corner remonumentation records-includes mylars], ca.1941-present (ca.720 plats);
[Subdivision Survey Records], ca.1941-present (1 cu.ft.).

Records at the Baker City Hall, Engineering Office:
Engineering [Philo H. Anderson Maps and Charts-includes Baker County survey information], ca.1923-1960 (7 cu.ft.).

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).

 

Tax Lot Cards

1945-2003

Tax lot cards, which contain official descriptions of real property, are used to track land ownership and lot size and also may serve as a deed reference. Records include tax lot number; the location of the land in reference to township, range, and section; and a description and record of changes to the property, acreage, and land owner.

Since 2003 tax lot information has been maintained on a public access computer in the Assessor's Office. Older tax lot cards have been imaged and are also available.

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Assessor's Office Map Room:
[Official Record of Descriptions of Property-Tax Lot], ca.1945-ca.1993 (10 cu.ft.);
[Parcel Record-Tax Lot], ca.1993-2003 (20 cu.ft.);
[Work Sheet and Assessment Roll-includes tax lot information], ca.1945-ca.1964 (ca.80 binders).

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Upper Vault:
Baker County Tax Rolls [Tax Ledger Cards-includes tax roll and tax lot card information], 1973-1982 (26 reels of microfilm).

 

Water Rights Records

1862-1978

Series documents the authorization by the state and local governments for the use of public waters. Series includes water rights, licenses, and certificates of water rights issued by the state and filed with the county. Records may include alphabetical indexes to the certificates, transcripts, statements, evidence, and other records specifically related to water rights cases heard by circuit and appellate courts. Information includes names of individuals proving water rights; locations of water rights including the township, range, and section number; descriptions of land under such rights; and limitations of appropriations of rights and use of rights (i.e., length of time, usage). Original water rights certificates are filed with the Oregon Water Resources Department.

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Upper Vault:
Book of Record of Water Claims, 1862-1869 (1 volume);
Index to Water Locations Vol. A-B, n.d. (2 volumes);
In Re Burnt River Transcripts [Water Rights], 1918-1919 (4 volumes);
[Mining Laws of Pioneer District-includes mining claims and water rights information], 1862-1871 (1 volume);
Original Evidence [Powder River Water Rights-in locked cabinet], 1918 (1 volume);
P-1472 [Water Rights Transcript of Testimony Salmon Creek], 1940-1941 (1 volume);
Transcripts of Water Records [Rights-transcribed in 1912-with index], 1867-1869 (1 volume);
Water Adjudication Book [Rights-includes several drainages], 1914-ca.1932 (1 volume);
Water Certificate Book, vol. 1-3, 1914-1966 (2 reels of microfilm);
Water Certificates Powder River [with index], vol. 2, 1923-1924 (1 volume);
Water Certificates [with index], vol. 1, 1914-1933 (1 volume);
[Water Right Notice Records], vol. B, 1868-1881 (1 volume);
[Water Rights and Adjudication Records-includes proofs of claims for Pine Creek and Powder River], ca.1912-ca.1978 (11 reels of microfilm);
Water Rights Certificates [with index], 1933-1966 (1 volume);
Water Rights [Notice Records], 1867-1868 (1 volume);
Water Rights Panhandle [Record-recorded from 1902 to 1924], vol. G, 1888-1894 (1 volume);
Water Rights [Record-with index], vol. D-F, 1885-1913 (3 volumes).

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Lower Vault, Front Room:
Burnt River Papers [Circuit Court Water Rights Case], 1921-1925 (.30 cu.ft.);
Pine Valley Water Adjudication [Water Rights Court Case Records], 1929-1932 (.25 cu.ft.);
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, Back Room:
Water Rights Exceptions [and Related Records], 1916-1917 (.35 cu.ft.).

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Assessor's Office Map Room:
State Irrigation Water Maps for Adjudications, 1912 (1 volume).

 

Zoning Records

1970-[ongoing]

Series documents the development and implementation of codes and policies relating to the zoning of county lands and to illustrate and locate the various zoned areas within the county. Records include uniform zone codes and ordinances depicting various zoned lands in the county. Information in codes and ordinances includes definition, code/ordinance numbers, purposes, uses, conditions for use, and changes made to codes/ordinances. Maps include area and/or zone descriptions, dates created, scales, and commissioners' signatures. Areas are typically zoned for residential, industrial, commercial, flood plain, agricultural, timber, public and government, and mineral extraction uses.

Baker County developed an interim zoning ordinance in 1970.

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Planning Department Office:
Co. Plan Comm. [County Planning Commission Documents-includes comprehensive plan, zoning ordinance, and subdivision ordinance], 1981 (1 binder);
[Planning Files-Land Use Action Case Files-includes zoning, subdivision, and partition information], ca.1970-present (110 cu.ft.);
[Planning Files Rolodex Index-indexes land use action case files], ca.1970-1982 (.75 cu.ft.);
Plans & Zoning Amendments [includes ordinance amendments related to the comprehensive plan, zoning ordinance, and subdivision ordinance], 1970-present (2.50 cu.ft.).

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Planning Department Office, Counter:
Baker County Zoning and Subdivision Ordinance, 1983-1999 (.10 cu.ft.);
Baker County Zoning Ordinance [includes subdivision and partition information], 1983-present (1 binder);
Zoning Maps [Current], n.d.-present (5 volumes).

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Lower Vault, Front Room:
Baker County Zoning [Map-rolled-Bin # 11], 1981 (1 map).

Records at the Baker County Road Department Grounds, Planning Records Storage Unit 10:
[Baker County Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Ordinance Development Records], ca.1980-ca.1999 (ca.10 cu.ft.).

Records at the Baker County Web Site:
Baker County Zoning and Subdivision Ordinance, 1983-present (Internet);
Proposed Zoning Ordinance [includes subdivision and partition information], 2010-present (Internet).

Inventory by Gary Halvorson, Senior Archivist
Last Update: July 19, 2010

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