Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Columbia 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 Columbia County Courthouse, Basement Vault:
Coroner's Inquest [includes reports], 1911-1933 (1 cu.ft.);
Coroner's Report [includes inquest records], 1934-1949, 1958 (1 cu.ft.);
Index to Coroner's Inquests, n.d. (1 volume).

Records at the Columbia County Courthouse, Basement Vault, Closet Oak Cabinet:
Coroners Inquest [Records-trifolded], ca.1880-ca.1910 (ca..75 cu.ft.).

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