Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Columbia County Records Inventory

Surveyor Field Notes and Plats


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 Columbia County Courthouse Annex, Surveyor's Office:
Columbia County Survey Index [indexes county surveys, road surveys, subdivision and partition plats, boundary line maps, highway maps, and miscellaneous maps], ca.1873-present (1 binder);
[Filed Survey Plats-includes road surveys], no. 5600-5792, 2008-present (193 plats);
Index of Micro-Filmed Maps [Surveys], ca.1912-1990 (1 binder);
Index to Maps Roll and Flat File [Miscellaneous Maps and Survey Plats Card Index], ca.1900-present (.15 cu.ft.);
Index [to Survey, Road Survey, Miscellaneous Maps, and Field Books], ca.1873-ca.1998 (1 volume);
Lawrence Messner Field Notes [copies], vol. 1-3, 1928-1939 (1 binder);
Miscellaneous Maps Index Alphabetical [Card Index-to Miscellaneous Recorded Maps and Survey Plats], ca.1900-present (.15 cu.ft.);
Original L Maps [Filed Surveys], no. L1-L2316, 1963-1986 (1.50 cu.ft.);
[Record of Surveys-includes road surveys-title varies], vol. A-E, 1880-1913 (5 volumes);
Survey Book A Big Map Book [visually references surveys and road surveys in Record of Survey, vol. A to B], 1880-ca.1895 (1 volume);
Survey Book A Small Map Book [visually references surveys and road surveys in Record of Survey, vol. A], 1880-ca.1890 (1 volume);
Survey Book Index [to Record of Surveys, vol. A to D], 1880-1913 (1 binder).

Records at the Columbia County Courthouse Annex, Surveyor's Old Jail Storage Area:
B [Boundary Line Surveys], no. 1-463, 1900-present (463 plats);
[Filed County Survey Plats-includes road surveys], n.1-5599, ca.1900-2008 (5599 plats);
[Miscellaneous Recorded Maps and Survey Plats-includes town, subdivision, and survey plats, district maps, building plans, road plats, aerial photographs, sewer lines, topographical maps, and other related records and subjects-rolled], ca. 1937-present (ca.600 maps and drawings);
Surveys [Filed-includes road surveys], no. 1-3351, ca.1900-ca.1982 (28 inches of aperture cards); no. L1-L1199, ca.1963-ca.1981 (6 inches of aperture cards).

Records at the Columbia County Courthouse Annex, Surveyor's Office Break Room:
[Clarence Wagner Field Books-Survey], ca.1949-ca.1968 (3 cu.ft.);
[L.J. Van Orshoven Field Books-Survey], ca.1915-ca.1932 (5 cu.ft.).

Records at the Columbia County Courthouse Annex, Vault:
Deed Record [includes Kinder Cemetery Survey], vol. 2, 1902 (1 volume).

Records at the Columbia County Courthouse Annex, Clerk's Office:
Microfilm Survey Books [includes road surveys], vol. A-E, 1880-1905 (6 inches of aperture cards);
Microfilm Survey's [Filed Surveys], no. 1-3658, L1-1999, ca.1912-1990 (4 feet of aperture cards);
Surveyor Drawings [with index], 1883-1969 (7 reels of microfilm).

Records at the Columbia County Courthouse Annex, Assessor's Old Jail Storage Room:
Timber Cruise [Survey Records], 1906-1930 (1 volume).

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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