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Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Clatsop County Records Inventory

Surveyor Field Notes and Plats

1848-[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.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Land Claim Records [includes some survey maps and descriptions], 1848-1893 (.10 cu.ft.).

Records at the Clatsop County Roads Division Office, Vault:
Copy GLO Notes [General Land Office], ca.1853-ca.1890 (1 cu.ft.);
County Surveyor's Field Books [includes corner restorations], 1935-present (39 volumes);
Crown Zellerbach Field Books [Survey-photocopies], ca.1950-ca.1970 (7 cu.ft.);
Diking District Field Books, vol. 1-38, ca.1913-ca.1937 (38 volumes);
Gelo Parker Field Books, 1881-1935 (80 volumes);
Misc. Field Books [Miscellaneous Survey-includes roads], ca.1873-ca.1938 (ca.30 volumes);
NGW Field Books [Newell, Gossett, and Walsh], ca.1910-ca.1915 (ca.24 volumes);
Parker Figure Book [Survey Notes], ca.1900 (4 volumes);
[Survey Card Index], n.d. (.50 cu.ft.);
Surveyor Record Book [with index], vol. 1-4, no. 1-722, 1894-1957 (4 volumes);
Surveys [Filed], no. 1-10786, 1892-1999 (65 inches of aperture cards); no. 1-12621, 1892-present (ca.12621 maps);
Vacations [actually Donation Land Claim Survey Field Notes-in bottom drawer], ca.1853-ca.1890 (1 volume);
Vacations [actually U.S. Field Notes-General Land Office-in bottom drawer], n.d. (1 volume);

Records at the Clatsop County Surveyor's Office:
Co. Surveyor Dike Dist. NGW Field Books Index [Newell, Gossett, and Walsh], ca.1910-ca.1990 (2 binders);
Co. Surveyor [Field Books-includes corner restoration information], 1935-n.d. (1 inch of microfiche);
County Surveyor Gelo Parker Field Book [Index], n.d. (1 binder);
Diking Dist. [District Field Books], ca.1913-ca.1937 (1 inch of microfiche);
GFP [Parker Field Books], 1881-1935 (2 inches of microfiche);
GLO [BLM Surveys Field Books-General Land Office/Bureau of Land Management] , 1856-ca.1994 (1 inch of microfiche);
GLO Plats [General Land Office], 1856-1915 (1 volume);
GLO Transcribed Notes [General Land Office-with index], ca.1854-ca.1939 (1.75 cu.ft.);
Misc. FB [Field Books-Miscellaneous Survey], ca.1873-ca.1938 (.25 inch of microfiche);
Misc. Notes [U.S. Field Books-United States], ca.1854-ca.1913 (8 volumes);
NGW [Newell, Gossett, and Walsh Field Books], ca.1910-ca.1915 (1 inch of microfiche);
Parker Field Book Index [by quarter section and book number], 1881-1935 (1 binder);
Survey Index [by legal description], 1894-present (1 cu.ft.);
Survey Index [by subdivision], 1894-present (1 cu.ft.);
Survey Index [Visual Reference Map], 1894-present (18 volumes);
Survey Nos. [Filed], no. 1-12598, 1892-present (8 feet of aperture cards).

Records at the Clatsop County Public Services Bldg. 820, Assessment and Taxation Dept. Office, Cartography Area:
GLO Photos [General Land Office Survey Maps], ca.1855-ca.1894 (ca.100 maps).

Records at the Clatsop County Courthouse, Upper Main Vault:
[County Surveyor Field Books-security copy], vol. 1-7, 9-29, ca.1935-ca.1987 (1 inch of microfilm jackets);
[Diking District Field Books-security copy], vol. 1-38, n.d. (1 inch of microfilm jackets);
[Gelo F. Parker Field Books-with gaps-security copy], vol. A-Z, 1-51, 1881-1935 (3 inches of microfilm jackets);
[NGW Field Books-Newell, Gossett, and Walsh-security copy], ca.1910-ca.1915 (1 inch of microfilm jackets);
Record of Diking Districts [includes field notes, reports, and rights-of-way-with index], 1909-1932 (1 volume);
[Surveys-County-security copy], no. 1-8970, 1892-1989 (ca.50 inches of aperture cards).

Records at the Clatsop County Historical Society, Archives:
Miscellaneous Cruisings [Timber Cruise Record-compiled by Crown Willamette/Crown Zellerbach], ca.1912-ca.1942 (1 volume);
[Timber Cruise Survey Books-compiled by Crown Willamette/Crown Zellerbach], ca.1915-ca.1944 (1 volume);
[Timber Cruise Survey Books-compiled by Nease Timber Company], 1913 (4 volumes).

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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