Oregon Historical County Records Guide
Clatsop 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 Reports, 1852-1899 (1.50 cu.ft.);
Coroner's Reports [includes examinations and inquests], 1902-1960 (4 cu.ft.);
Search for 1852-1960 Clatsop County coroner's reports in Oregon Historical Records Index.
Records at the Clatsop County Judge Guy Boyington Building, Records Storage Room:
[Coroner's Record], 1905-1909 (1 volume).