Oregon Historical County Records Guide
Clackamas County Records Inventory
Coroner and Inquest Records
Series records the results of the examination of a corpse by the county coroner at the request of the county sheriff. It also documents the proceedings and results of inquests ordered by the district attorney. Reports include date filed; name, age, sex, race, parentage, and birthplace of deceased; date, place, and time of death; names of undertaker and coroner; testimony; and costs. Early reports were narrative accounts detailing the cause of death. After 1900, a standardized form was used for reporting results. Inquest transcripts include coroner and juror names, signatures, and actions; witness names; testimony; and verdict. Coroner and inquest records have been inventoried through 1965.
Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Coroner's Inquests, 1859-1883 (.10 cu.ft.); 1911-1920 (.10 cu.ft.); 1932-1949 (.75 cu.ft.);
Search for 1860-1883 Clackamas County coroner's records in Oregon Historical Records Index.