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Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Benton County Records Inventory

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 BentonMaps Web site provides a user interface to view and query tax lot, zoning, survey documents, subdivision and partition plats, addressing, aerial photography, topography, and other digital map layers (GIS data). It also links to scanned images of assessment maps, survey plats, and subdivision and partition plats.

Records at the Avery Land Services Building, Self Help Area:
County Survey Map Index [on assessor's map base], 1855-present (20 volumes);
Field Books [Surveyor-includes roads], vol. 1-113, 1908-1948 (1 inch of microfiche);
GLO Notes [General Land Office/Bureau of Land Management Survey Notes and Plats], ca.1855-ca.1995 (3 inches of microfiche);
GLO Plats [General Land Office/Bureau of Land Management Survey Plats], 1852-1997 (1 volume);
Survey Microfilm [County Survey], no. 1-9381, 1855-2000 (84 inches of aperture cards).

Records at the Avery Land Services Building, Vault:
"City Books" Corvallis Field Survey Books [includes mostly streets], 1880-1941 (87 volumes);
"City Books" Index [to Corvallis Field Survey Books], 1880-1941 (.05 cu.ft.);
County Survey [Galloway Maps], ca.1915-ca.1930 (ca.200 maps);
[County Surveys], no.86-10550, ca.1915-present (ca.10550 plats);
Field Books [Survey-includes roads-title varies], vol. 1-113, 1908-1948 (113 volumes);
Government Field Notes Donation Land Claim [transcribed], vol. 1-4, ca.1853-ca.1859 (4 volumes);
Index of Survey Notes [Field Books-includes roads], 1908-1948 (1 volume);
Miscellaneous [Field Notes-includes roads, parks, and bike paths], ca.1939-ca.1985 (1.25 cu.ft.);
Record Book of Surveys Andrew Porter [Notes-copies], 1889-1891 (1 binder);
Record of Plats [Survey], vol. 3, ca.1909-ca.1912 (1 volume);
Records Surveys [with index], vol. 1, 1855-1891 (1 volume);
Surveyor's Record [with index], vol. 1A, 1902-1909 (1 volume).

Records at the Benton County Courthouse, Clerk's Archive Vault:
Benton County Surveys and Plats [Land Surveys and Subdivision Plats-includes some partition plats and corner restoration surveys], n.d.-ca.2010 (.75 cu.ft. of microfilm reels);
Cruise Benton County [Timber Survey], 1915 (2 volumes);
Public Works [Survey Field Books], vol. 1-113, ca.1908-ca.1948 (2 inches of microfilm jackets);
Survey Field Books, no. 1-24, n.d. (1 reel of microfilm);
Surveys [Plats], no.1702-4588 , n.d. (22 inches of aperture cards).

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).

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