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Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Coos County Records Inventory - Scrollable Version

The following information is based on a September 2009 inventory:


Main Coos County Web site: http://www.co.coos.or.us/

Assessor's Office: 250 North Baxter St, Coquille, OR 97423;
Clerk's Office and Vault: 250 North Baxter St, Coquille, OR 97423;
Commission on Children and Families Office: 250 North Baxter St, Coquille, OR 97423;
Coos County Annex, Circuit Court Storage (North Bend): No public access. Contact the circuit court;
Coos County Courthouse: 250 North Baxter St, Coquille, OR 97423;
Coos County Courthouse Annex: 201 N Adams St, Coquille, OR 97423;
Coos County North Bend Annex: 1975 Mcpherson St, North Bend, OR 97459;
Coos County Fair Office: 770 4th St, Myrtle Point, OR 97458;
Coos Historical & Maritime Museum: 1220 Sherman Ave, North Bend, OR 97459;
Criminal Court Office (circuit court): 250 North Baxter St, Coquille, OR 97423;
Marshfield High School Vault: No public access. Contact the school district office;
Mental Health Office: 1975 Mcpherson St, North Bend, OR 97459;
Old Jail Storage: No public access. Contact the appropriate office (e.g., circuit court, assessor, etc.);
Oregon Historical Society: 1200 SW Park Ave, Portland 97205;
Oregon State Archives: 800 Summer St NE, Salem, OR 97310;
Planning Department Office: 201 N Adams St, Coquille, OR 97423;
Public Health Office: 1975 Mcpherson St, North Bend, OR 97459;
Room 311 Courthouse (circuit court): 250 North Baxter St, Coquille, OR 97423;
Small Claims/Civil/Probate Court Office (circuit court): P.O. Box 865, North Bend, OR 97459;
South Coast Education Service District Personnel Office: 1350 Teakwood, Coos Bay, OR 97420;
Surveyor's Office: 250 North Baxter St, Coquille, OR 97423;
Tax Collector's Office: 250 North Baxter St, Coquille, OR 97423.



Note: Titles listed in this inventory are exactly as they appear on the outside of a volume, box, drawer, or other container. If the title is only in brackets [ ], the record has no external identifying information. Text inside the brackets includes either exact title information from the inside of the volume, box, etc. or a functional title.

 

Aerial Photographs

1939-2002

Series provides visual documentation of changes made to county lands through development and by natural and man-made disasters. The photographs are taken at intervals along a series of flight paths to attain coverage of all or part of a county. They generally include flight path or township, range, and section numbers; show natural and man-made features; and are produced in black and white or color prints to varying scales. An index by quadrant may also be included.

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Surveyor's Office:
[Aerial Photographs], 1969 (ca.75 photographs);
Aerial Photographs [with flight-line index], 1939-1940 (ca.200 photographs);
Photos [Aerial Photographs], 1942 (ca.500 photographs).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Old Jail Storage, Assessment and Tax Cell:
Aerial Photos, 1950, 1955 (ca.600 photographs); 1962 (ca.300 photographs); 1970-1976 (ca.200 photographs).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse Annex (Owen Building), Planning Department Office:
[Aerial Photographs-with flight-line index], 1986 (ca.2760 photographs); 1992 (ca.2760 photographs); 1997 (ca.2760 photographs); 2002 (6605 photographs).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse Annex (Owen Building), Assessor's Storage Cage:
[Air Photos-Aerial Photographs], 1972 (ca.40 photographs).

 

Animal Bounty Records

1909-1941

Series documents the payment of county and state bounty money to individuals who presented the scalps and other prescribed body parts of targeted predatory animals. The program was intended to control the threat to livestock. Examples of targeted animals include coyote, cougar, mountain lion, panther, wildcat, bobcat, lynx, and wolf. Records include registers, affidavits, certificates, and statements. Information includes claimant and affiant names; kind of animal; number of scalps; date killed or presented; and number, amount, and date of warrant. The records are also referred to as scalp bounty records.

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Bounty Record [Animal], 1909-1914 (1 volume);
County Bounty [Record-Animal-with index], 1921-1941 (1 volume).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Downstairs Archives:
Bounty Reimb. Fr. State [Scalp Bounty Reimbursement from State Records], 1923-1925 (.05 cu.ft.);
Scalp Bounty [Claim Records-Animal], 1923-1929 (.10 cu.ft.).

 

Assessment and Tax Rolls

1854-[ongoing]

Series documents the assessment of real and personal property, the determination of tax liability, and the collection of county taxes. Assessment, tax, and delinquent tax records are variously labeled as rolls, lists, or summaries. Records show property owner; description and value of urban and agricultural land, personal property, and livestock; assessments, equalizations, and taxes due; and notations on payment and delinquency in payment of taxes. Beginning with 1900, counties have only been required to retain permanently those assessment and tax rolls for years ending in "0" and "5."

Current searchable assessment and tax information and maps are available on the assessor's office Web page.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Territorial Assessment Rolls, 1855-1859 (1 reel of microfilm).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Old Jail Storage, Assessment and Tax Cell:
Assessment and Tax Roll [title varies], 1908, 1910-1943 (268 volumes);
Assessment Roll [title varies], 1869-1870, 1882-1883, 1889-1907, 1909, 1919-1920 (88 volumes);
[Coos County Tax Roll Index], 1938 (1 volume); 1943 (1 volume);
Delinquent Tax List, 1892 (1 volume);
Delinquent Tax Roll, 1897, 1899-1900 (5 volumes);
Index [Coos County Tax Roll Index], 1939 (1 volume);
Index to Tax Roll, 1928-1931 (1 volume);
Taxes Collected by Sheriff [Tax Roll], 1895 (1 volume);
Tax Roll, 1906-1907 (3 volumes).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Assessor's Office:
[Assessment Roll Microfiche], 1974-1995 (ca.2 feet of microfiche);
Film Inventory [Microfilm], 1958-ca.1998 (1 binder);
Old Roll Cards [Continuing Assessment Roll Cards], 1943-ca.1974 (31 reels of microfilm).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Tax Collector's Office, Vault:
Microfiche Originals [includes tax roll and related records], 1994-present (7 feet of microfiche);
Rolls [Tax], 1943-1975 (119 reels of microfilm).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Tax Collector's Office:
Tax Roll, 1975-1995 (12 inches of microfiche).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Index to Assessments, 1893 (1 volume).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse Annex (Owen Building), Assessor's Storage Cage:
[Assessment Cards-with building footprint drawings], ca.1920-ca.1950 (ca.10 cu.ft.);
[Assessment Roll-includes related records], 1998-2005 (24 inches of microfiche).

Records at the Coos Historical & Maritime Museum:
[Assessment Roll], 1861 (1 volume);
[Summary of Assessment and Tax Roll], 1950-1951 (.05 cu.ft.);
Tax Roll Town Lots, 1907 (1 volume).

Records at a Related Web Site:
Assessor's Book Abstract [Coos County], 1854 (US GenWeb Project).

 

Assumed Business Names Registers

1913-1964

Series documents the registration of business names with the county clerk or recorder. Information includes assumed business name; description of business; filing date; and business owner, notary public, witness, clerk or recorder, and deputy's name. Series may also include an index arranged alphabetically by business name. Businesses which were registered were typically automotive sales, motorcycle repair, merchandise shops, butchers, and feed stores. Since 1964, assumed business names have been filed with the Secretary of State. Assumed business names have been inventoried through 1964. For more recent records, contact the Secretary of State, Business Registry Section.

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Assumed Business Names [Record-with index], vol. 1-9, 1913-1964 (9 volumes).

 

Attachment Records

1875-1923

Series documents liens placed on real property by the county to satisfy debts. Attachments are ordered by the circuit court and authorize the sheriff to seize or transfer property to satisfy debts such as loans, mortgages, or tax liens. The sheriff will hold the property in trust until the debt is paid or the property is sold. Information includes defendant name, statement of attachment, property description, statement of return when attachment is satisfied, return of execution, dates attachment is issued and returned, court order, and sheriff's signature. Attachment records have been inventoried through 1920.

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Certificate of Attachment [title varies-with index], vol. 1, 1875-1908 (1 volume);
Record of Certificates of Attachment [with index], vol. 2, 1908-1923 (1 volume).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Old Jail Storage:
Sheriff's Execution Docket [includes attachments-with index], vol. 1, 1904-1922 (1 volume).

 

Birth Records

1888-1929

Series documents the recording of births by the county. Records include certificates, affidavits for correction, registers, delayed entry for births and corrected entries. Information includes registration number; child's name, sex, legitimacy, birth date, and birthplace; name, residence, color, age, birthplace, and occupation of father and mother; number of other children born to mother; signature of physician or midwife; filing date; and registrar's signature. Birth records were not required by the state of Oregon until 1903 when the state began to officially register births. Currently these records are filed with the State Registrar, Vital Statistics Section of the Health Division. Birth records have been inventoried through 1920. For information concerning more recent records, contact the State Registrar. Also see Delayed Birth Records series for related records. Access to birth records is restricted for 100 years following the date of birth by Oregon Administrative Rule 333-011-0096.

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
[Birth and Death Records-Record of Births and Deaths-partial reel], 1916-1929 (1 reel of microfilm);
[Birth and Death Records-Record of Births-partial reel], 1906-1925 (1 reel of microfilm);
[Record of Births-Index-partial reel], 1906-1922 (1 reel of microfilm).

Records at the Coos County North Bend Annex, Public Health Office, Vital Records Room:
Record of Births, 1906-1925 (2 volumes);
Record of Births and Deaths, 1916-1929 (1 volume).

Records at a Related Web Site:
Birth List [Coos County-partial], 1888-1905 (US GenWeb Project).

 

Census Records

1860-1920

Series documents the population, property, and agricultural production of the county. Records may include census rolls and abstracts, farm schedules, abstract of assessment and census, enumeration of inhabitants and industrial products, and enumeration of inhabitants and military enrollment. Information includes number of males and females per age category; head of household; name, age, and gender of household members; occupation and relationship of household members to head of household; and description and value of real and personal property. Information may also include nationality, physical description, birthplace, health, and religion of household members and agricultural production statistics.

Records at Related Web Sites:
Federal Census [Coos County], 1860-1880 (US GenWeb Project);
Federal Census [Coos County-Partial Reconstruction],1890 (US GenWeb Project);
Precinct Lists [Coos County], 1900-1920 (US GenWeb Project).

 

Circuit Court Case Files

1853-1987

Series documents cases heard before the circuit courts and the U.S. district courts. U.S. district courts were administered by the federal government during the territorial period and subsequently replaced by the circuit courts upon statehood in 1859. Case files include exhibits, transcripts, indexes, and legal documents such as indictments, subpoenas, fee bills, articles of agreement, bonds, summons, executions, petitions, and injunctions. The case files document civil and criminal actions such as debt, theft, divorce, land claims, arson, murder, rape, assault and battery, and boundary conflicts. Circuit court records continue after 1983 under authority of the state and are maintained by the trial court administrator. Circuit court records have been inventoried through 1983. For information on more recent court records, contact the trial court administrator. Portions of these records may be restricted.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Circuit Court Case Files [Civil-includes divorce cases and a small number of cases related to probate actions], no. 1-9463, 1854-1930 (171.50 cu.ft.);
Circuit Court Case Files [Criminal], no. 1-2463, 1854-1930 (13 cu.ft.).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Criminal Court Office:
Coquille Circuit [Court Case Files-primarily criminal], 1937-1978 (35 reels of microfilm).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Room 311:
CV/DM [Circuit Court Civil and Domestic Case Files], 1974-1979 (63 reels of microfilm);
CV/DM/PB [Circuit Court Civil, Domestic, Criminal, and Probate Case Files], 1979-1987 (184 reels of microfilm).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Old Jail Storage:
Circuit [Court Cases-Civil], no. 11075-33899, 1936-1974 (223 reels of microfilm);
Civil [Circuit Court Case Files], no. 9464-11074, 1931-1936 (29 cu.ft.);
Criminal [Circuit Court Case Files], no. 2464-2810, 1931-1936 (3 cu.ft.);
Direct Index, vol. 2-3, 1926-1978 (2 volumes);
General Criminal Index [Circuit Court Case Files], 1853-1978 (1 volume);
Index to Judgment Rolls, 1854-ca.1917 (1 volume);
Indirect Index [Circuit Court], vol. 2-3, 1941-1978 (2 volumes);
Indirect Index to Judgment Rolls, 1917-1944 (1 volume);
Large Civil Files Wouldn't Fit in File Boxes [Circuit Court Case Files], ca.1932-ca.1946 (4 cu.ft.);
Transcript Index [Circuit Court Case], 1980-1984 (1 volume).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Index to Criminal Cases [Circuit Court and Justice Court], 1854-1936 (1 volume).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Downstairs Archives:
Circuit Court No. 4449 [Curry County vs. Bandon Construction Company-Case File], 1916 (.25 cu.ft.);
Divorce [Registration Copy Books], 1925-1946 (21 volumes);
State or Ore. vs City of Marshfield [Oregon-Circuit Court Case Documents], n.d. (.05 cu.ft.).

 

Circuit Court Dockets

1854-1995

Series records brief entries about the proceedings of court cases. Information includes date; plaintiff and defendant names; cause of action such as larceny, assault, divorce, or receivership; attorney names; and final disposition of the case. Circuit court records continue after 1983 under authority of the state and are maintained by the state court administrator. Circuit court records have been inventoried through 1983. For information on more recent court records, contact the trial court administrator. Portions of these records may be restricted.

Circuit court register of action pages for some years are interfiled with corresponding circuit court case files.

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Old Jail Storage:
Circ. Docket [Circuit Court Register and Fee Book], no. 4300-22000, 1915-1960 (17 reels of microfilm);
Circuit Court Docket Register and Fee Book [documents circuit, county, and probate courts], 1933-1950 (1 volume);
Circuit Court Docket, vol. 4-8, 1893-1919 (5 volumes);
Circuit Court Fee Book [and Register-with index], vol. A, 1854-1882 (1 volume);
Circuit Court Register and Fee Book [title varies-with index], vol. 1-8, 1879-1913 (8 volumes);
Criminal Docket [Circuit Court], no. 2700-5300, 1935-1961 (5 volumes);
Criminal Log & Register [Circuit Court-with index], no. 962-2699, 1913-1935 (2 volumes);
County Law Court [Register-includes circuit court actions-with index], vol. II, 1929-1979 (1 volume);
Docket Ledger Coos Court, 1854-1880 (1 volume);
Judge's Docket [Grand Jury Docket], 1882-1892 (1 volume);
Judges Docket to Circuit and County Court, 1878-1914 (1 volume);
Record Divorces Granted [Circuit Court Register], 1941-1942 (1 volume);
[Register of Actions-Circuit Court], no. 16900-33409, 1952-1973 (36 volumes);
Transcript Docket Register, 1977-1979 (1 volume).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Appeals [Register of the Circuit Court-with index], 1975-1995 (1 volume).

 

Circuit Court Journals

1854-1965

Series records chronological narratives of the proceedings of the court including actions taken such as decrees, judgments, arrangements, sentences, dismissals, and grand jury reports. Information includes plaintiff, defendant, and attorney names; term of court; character and date of case; case number; and date of issue. The term "judgment" refers to judicial decisions regarding the verdict, decision, or judgment rendered by the court and is distinct from those judgments relating to the recovery of court costs and awards (see Judgment and Execution Dockets). Circuit court records continue after 1983 under authority of the state and are maintained by the trial court administrator. Circuit court records have been inventoried through 1983. For information on more recent court records, contact the trial court administrator. Portions of these records may be restricted.

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Old Jail Storage:
Circuit Court Journal, vol. 2-46, 1874-1955 (45 volumes);
District Court [Journal-includes circuit court beginning 1859], 1854-1874 (1 volume).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Downstairs Archives:
Circuit Court Journals, vol. 47-73, 1955-1965 (26 reels of microfilm).

 

Clerk and Recorder Miscellaneous Recordings

1892-1965

Series documents the recording of a variety of legal documents filed in the clerk's or recorder's office. These documents were not required to be filed with the clerk and often included filings such as birth and marriage certificates of individuals who were born or married outside of the county but wanted the document to be filed in their county of residence. Other documents include wills, obligation bonds, quit claims, deeds, conveyances, mortgage satisfactions, agreements, charters, partnership dissolutions, contracts, powers of attorney, liens, leases, marriage licenses, military discharges, ministerial certificates, medical personnel licenses, birth and death certificates, and affidavits of publication. Information includes dates filed, name of individual filing, type of action, and volume and page number where recorded. Series may also include alphabetical indexes of individuals filing a recording. Clerk and Recorder Miscellaneous Recordings have been inventoried through 1965.

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
[Coos County Bar Association Records], 1908-1955 (1 volume);
[Miscellaneous Records-with index], vol. 5-8, 1951-1955 (2 reels of microfilm);
Miscellaneous Record [with index], vol. 2-9, 1892-1965 (8 volumes);
Record [Lumber and Sawmill Workers Union], 1935-1938 (3 volumes).

 

Clerk and Recorder Official Filings

1965-[ongoing]

Series documents the filing of transactions, authorized by statute, with the clerk or recorder of the county for the purpose of making the transaction a matter of public record. Information includes dates filed, type and description of transactions, filing numbers, names of parties involved, amounts charged or assessed, and clerk or recorder's signatures. Series may also include alphabetical indexes that contain volume and page numbers where recorded and names of individual filing transactions. Transactions include records that were previously maintained separately, such as mortgages; deeds; military service records; federal, mechanic's, and road improvement liens; mining claims; satisfactions; judgment assignments; notarial commissions; medical and ministerial licenses; oaths; and affidavits of publication. This series is commonly referred to as the Book of Records.

Since 1965 deeds, mortgages, mining claims, and water rights have been recorded into the clerk's Book of Records. Military discharge records were included with the Book of Records from 1965 until a 2009 law change. They are now being retrospectively placed into a separate record series. Since 1990 the Book of Records has been indexed on a computer accessible in the clerk's office. Since 1998 documents have been imaged and are available on computer in the clerk's office.

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
[Book of Records-title varies], 1965-present (500 reels of microfilm);
[Name Index-Rolodex to Book of Records], 1965-1990 (1.75 cu.ft.);
Number Index [to Book of Records-title varies], 1965-1990 (194 volumes).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
[Book of Records-title varies], 1965-present (500 reels of microfilm).

 

Corner Survey Records

1857-[ongoing]

Series documents the establishment and/or restoration of survey corners or monuments by the county surveyor or registered land surveyors. Records include maps, field survey restoration notes, historical notes, and indexes. Information includes description of corners; existing markers; descriptions of new markers and any changes made to the locations; property owners; township, range, and section numbers; donation land claim information; date the new markers were set; and surveyor's signatures.

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Surveyor's Office:
Corner History Sheets [Survey], ca.1857-present (2 cu.ft.);
[Corner Survey Color Coded Wall Index Map], n.d. (1 map);
[Private or Public Cornerstone Restoration and Bearing Tree Record], vol. 1-26, 1886-present (26 volumes);
Remonumentation Cards, 1970-1983 (.10 cu.ft.);
Surveyors Record BT [Bearing Tree-Corner Survey-title varies], vol. 1-6, 1885-present (6 volumes).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Surveyor's Drafting Office:
[County Surveyor Field Books-includes corner survey notes], 1967-present (96 binders).

 

Coroner and Inquest Records

1875-1958

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 Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Index to Inquest [Coroner], 1875-1920 (1 volume).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Inquest Records [Coroner's Records-alphabetical arrangement-with index], 1874-1958 (3.50 cu.ft.).

 

County Budgets

1922-[ongoing]

Series documents the annual allotment of funds for county government operations as agreed to by the board of commissioners. Information includes total amount of funds budgeted for each office. Later budgets may include organizational charts and a narrative of each county office function.

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Budget County [Coos], 1939-1948 (1 volume).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
[Budgets-Coos County], 1925-1980 (2 reels of microfilm);
[Coos County Budget], 1944-1949 (7 volumes).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Downstairs Archives:
Budget and Tax Matters [includes county budgets], 1932-1969 (1 cu.ft.);
Clerk Miscellaneous [Coos County Budget], 1971-1980 (.25 cu.ft.);
Coos County Adopted Budget, 1982-present (1 cu.ft.);
County Budget, 1922 (.10 cu.ft.).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Tax Collector's Office:
Adopted Budget Coos County, 1984-present (19 volumes).

 

County Commissioners Administrative Journals

1854-[ongoing]

Series documents all administrative actions of the board of county commissioners and the county court. In most counties, the board of county commissioners has assumed the administrative duties and responsibilities of the county court. Administrative actions include levying taxes; budgeting; approving appropriations; appointing county officials; approving officials bonds and annual reports; receiving petitions and remonstrances concerning county roads; defining and establishing county roads; calling bond elections for the construction of county buildings; compiling jury lists and conducting hearings; approving salaries and expenses of county officials; confirming elections; and issuing licenses for such things as liquor, ferries, warehouses, and groceries. The series may be referred to as the County Court Administrative Journal, Commissioner's Minutes, County Court Docket, or Board of Commissioners Meeting Records.

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Board of Commissioners Coos County [Journal], 1854-1859 (1 volume);
Board of Commissioners Coos County [Journal-photocopy], 1854-1859 (1 binder);
BOC [Board of Commissioners Filings-includes minutes, orders, resolutions, agreements, contracts, correspondence, and related records], 2008-present (3 cu.ft.);
[BOC Filings-Board of Commissioners-includes minutes, orders, resolutions, agreements, contracts, correspondence, and related records], 1965-2003 (84 reels of microfilm);
B.O.C. Index [Index to Commissioners' Proceedings-also indexes orders and resolutions], no. 100-1100, ca.1967-2001 (2 volumes);
[Commissioners Meetings-Records], 1963-1985 (4 reels of microfilm);
County Court Journal Index, vol. 1-3, 1947-2001 (3 volumes);
County Court Journal [volumes 10-18 with index], vol. 1-28, 1859-1965 (28 volumes);
Filing Miscellaneous Proposals & Specifications [Index to Commissioners Proceedings], ca.1971-2001 (1 volume);
Index Cities Special Districts Special Elections [includes index to commissioners proceedings-refers to orders, ordinances, and resolutions], ca.1938-2001 (1 volume).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Downstairs Archives:
[Board of Commissioners Filings-includes minutes, orders, resolutions, agreements, contracts, correspondence, and related records], 1966-2007 (50 cu.ft.);
County Court Orders [includes related administrative records], 1941-1965 (5 cu.ft.);
County Court Orders Prior to 1949 [Board of Commissioners Administrative Records]. ca.1931-1948 (5 cu.ft.);
County Court Proceedings [includes mostly orders], 1937-1940 (1 cu.ft.);
Orders [Board of Commissioners-includes related administrative records], 1966-1981 (1 cu.ft.);
State Boards & Commissions [Board of Commissioners Administrative Records-includes correspondence, reports, and related documents]], ca.1931-ca.1948 (2.50 cu.ft.).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse Annex (Owen Building), Planning Department Office:
Board of Commissioners Hearings on Comprehensive Plan, 1981 (1 binder);
BOC Hearing Minutes [Board of Commissioners-Minutes related to planning issues], 1977 (1 binder); 1990-present (9 binders).

 

County Commissioners Orders, Ordinances, and Resolutions

1854-[ongoing]

Series documents orders, ordinances, and resolutions passed by the board of county commissioners and the county court regulating and establishing guidelines for specific activities within the county. Information includes activity covered by order, ordinance, or resolution; administrative action number; who introduced; findings of fact; conclusions; recommendations; date heard; and hearings officer name and signature. Activities include noise abatement, nuisances, zoning, animal control, solid waste management, land division regulations, elections, comprehensive plan, and road and bridge use limits.

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
BOC [Board of Commissioners Filings-includes minutes, orders, resolutions, agreements, contracts, correspondence, and related records], 2008-present (3 cu.ft.);
[BOC Filings-Board of Commissioners-includes minutes, orders, resolutions, agreements, contracts, correspondence, and related records], 1965-2003 (84 reels of microfilm);
B.O.C. Index [Index to Commissioners' Proceedings-also indexes orders and resolutions], no. 100-1100, ca.1967-2001 (2 volumes);
Coos County Code, 1991-present (1 binder);
Coos County Comprehensive Plan [Ordinance], 1987 (.45 cu.ft.);
County Court Orders Contracts Vacations [Rolodex Index Cards], ca.1906-ca.1983 (.25 cu.ft.);
Index Cities Special Districts Special Elections [includes index to commissioners proceedings-refers to orders, ordinances, and resolutions], ca.1938-2001 (1 volume);
Index to County Roads [includes road maps and register information about petitions, orders, survey field notes, viewers reports, and related records], no. 661-1067, 1916-1992 (1 volume);
Index to County Roads [indexes petitions, orders, reports, field notes, deeds, and related records], no. 1-660, 1854-1915 (1 volume);
Ordinance [County-includes comprehensive plan information-with index], no. 1-66, ca.1960-present (5 cu.ft.);
Ordinances County and Cities [Index], vol. 4, 1960-ca.1991 (1 volume);
[Road Case Files-includes road survey plats and notes, petitions, orders, road viewers reports, and related records], no. 24-273, 1868-1893 (6 cu.ft.).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
[Road Case Files-includes road survey plats and notes, petitions, orders, road viewers reports, and related records], no. 274-363, ca.1893-ca.1903 (1 cu.ft.).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Downstairs Archives:
[Board of Commissioners Filings-includes minutes, orders, resolutions, agreements, contracts, correspondence, and related records], 1966-2007 (50 cu.ft.);
Comprehensive Land Use [Planning Documents-includes versions of the county comprehensive plan, zoning ordinance, land development ordinance, and related documents-File No. 802-boxes 13 to 15], 1982-2001 (6 cu.ft.);
County Court Orders [includes related administrative records], 1941-1965 (5 cu.ft.);
County Court Orders Prior to 1949 [Board of Commissioners Administrative Records]. ca.1931-1948 (5 cu.ft.);
County Court Proceedings [includes mostly orders], 1937-1940 (1 cu.ft.);
Orders [Board of Commissioners-includes related administrative records], 1966-1981 (1 cu.ft.);
Road Cases [Files-includes plats, petitions, orders, bids, notices, contracts, reports, and related records], no. 364-1067, 1904-1992 (6 cu.ft.).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Surveyor's Office:
Land Development Ordinance [and Zoning-includes subdivision and partition information], 1992 (2 binders);
Zoning and Land Development Ordinance [includes subdivision and partition information], 1985 (1 binder).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse Annex (Owen Building), Planning Department Office:
Administrative Record for Adoption of Amendments to the Coos County Comprehensive Plan and Zoning & Land Development Ordinance, 1985 (1 binder);
CCZLDO [Coos County Zoning and Land Development Ordinance-includes subdivision and partition information], 1984 (1 binder); 1991 (1 binder);
Coos County Code, 2004 (1 binder);
Coos County Comprehensive Plan [Codified], vol. I-III, 2003 (3 binders);
Coos County Comprehensive Plan Policies Ordinance, 1978 (1 volume);
Coos County Interim Zoning Ordinance, 1975 (1 volume);
Coos County Land Development Ordinance [includes subdivision and partition information], 1974 (1 binder);
Coos County Zoning and Land Development Ordinance [includes subdivision and partition information], 1985-present (1 binder); 1991-2001 (1 binder);
Interim Ordinance Background [Records-Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Ordinance], 1974-1978 (8 binders);
Orders [Board of Commissioners], 1984-present (1.50 cu.ft.);
Original Coos County Zoning and Land Development Ordinance [includes subdivision and partition information], 1998-2000 (.40 cu.ft.);
Subdivisions [Regulations-Ordinances], 1962 (1 binder).

Records at the Coos County Web Site:
Coos County Land Development and Zoning Ordinance [includes subdivision and partition information], n.d.-present (Internet).

 

County Comprehensive Plans

1960-[ongoing]

Series documents the development and revision of a plan for the use of lands within the county. Series includes plans for transportation, energy, housing, population and economics, public facilities and services, urbanization, natural resources, greenways, recreation, agricultural and forest lands, land capability, resource quality, floodplains, landmarks, historic property, rural community center designation, and natural areas. Each plan includes background information about the subject; supporting documentation such as maps, charts, and diagrams; and a narrative description of each aspect of the plan and how it is to be implemented. Series may also include an overall "comprehensive plan" which contains both historical and current looks at county land practices and defines goals and policies adhered to during the creation and implementation of the plan.

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Coos County Comprehensive Plan [Ordinance], 1987 (.45 cu.ft.);
Ordinance [County-includes comprehensive plan information-with index], no. 1-66, ca.1960-present (5 cu.ft.).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Downstairs Archives:
Comp Plan Maps [Draft County Comprehensive Land Use Plan-rolled], 1980-1983 (ca.30 maps);
Comprehensive Land Use [Planning Documents-includes versions of the county comprehensive plan, zoning ordinance, land development ordinance, and related documents-File No. 802-boxes 13 to 15], 1982-2001 (6 cu.ft.).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse Annex (Owen Building), Planning Department Office:
Administrative Record for Adoption of Amendments to the Coos County Comprehensive Plan and Zoning & Land Development Ordinance, 1985 (1 binder);
Board of Commissioners Hearings on Comprehensive Plan, 1981 (1 binder);
[Comprehensive Plan Development and Reference Maps-includes bird sites, watersheds, dam sites, beaches and dunes, natural hazards, big game, wetlands, mixed use, 100-year floodplain, minerals, and others-with index-18 drawers], ca.1980-ca.2002 (ca.2500 maps);
Comprehensive Plan Draft Notebook, 1979-1980 (1 binder);
Comprehensive Plan Record of Adoption, no. 1-3, 1984 (3 binders); no. 1-3, 1985 (3 binders);
Coos County Comprehensive Plan Background Document No. 1, 1977-1978 (1 volume);
Coos County Comprehensive Plan [Codified], vol. I-III, 2003 (3 binders);
Coos County Comprehensive Plan Goal 5 Element [Wall Map], 2002 (1 map);
Coos County Comprehensive Plan Policies Ordinance, 1978 (1 volume);
Interim Ordinance Background [Records-Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Ordinance], 1974-1978 (8 binders);
Original Coos County Comprehensive Plan [includes periodic review records], 1985-1999 (2.50 cu.ft.);
Periodic Review [Comprehensive Plan Review Records], 1994-2001 (13 binders);
Regional Citizen Advisory Committee Minutes Comprehensive Plan of Coos County, 1975-1977 (1 binder);
Regional Planning Groups Minutes [Comprehensive Plan Development], 1980 (1 binder).

 

County Court Case Files

1859-1943

Series documents the actions of the county court in civil and some criminal cases. Records include complaints, judgments, decrees, summonses, warrants, affidavits, writs, and an index. County court cases include spousal support, employment compensation, satisfaction of judgments, and divorce. Information includes judge, plaintiff, defendant, and attorney names; case type; and filing dates of actions and decrees.

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Downstairs Archives:
County Law [Case Files], no. 1-305, 1859-1943 (1.50 cu.ft.).

 

County Court Judicial Journals

1859-1979

Series records the proceedings of the county court for civil and some criminal cases. Information includes judge, plaintiff, defendant, and attorney names; trial date; memorandum of subsequent proceedings; and fees charged. Cases include citizenship petitions, legal changes to name, commitments, and writs of habeas corpus. Portions of these records may be restricted.

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Law Journal County Court, vol. 2, 1925-1955 (1 volume).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
County Court Law Docket, vol. 1, 1859-1921 (1 volume).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Old Jail Storage:
County Law Court [Register-includes circuit court actions-with index], vol. II, 1929-1979 (1 volume);
Judges Docket to Circuit and County Court, 1878-1914 (1 volume).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Old Jail Storage:
Circuit Court Docket Register and Fee Book [documents circuit, county, and probate courts], 1933-1950 (1 volume);
Law Journal County Court [includes naturalization petitions and orders for period of 1881 to 1899-with index], 1859-1922 (1 volume).

 

County Fair Records

1912-[ongoing]

Series documents the preparation and organization of the county fair by the county fair board (including any predecessor group) and other county officials. Records include fair board minutes, reports, and annual premium lists and publications. Minutes and reports include information pertaining to county fair employment, budgets, sponsorship, capital improvements to fairgrounds, and event scheduling throughout the year. Annual premium lists and/or publications may include county fair history, names of fair officers, general fair rules and regulations, event schedules, exhibit lists, and photographs.

Records at the Coos County Fairgrounds, Fair Office:
Minutes & Financial [Fair Board Minutes-includes related records-title varies], 2008-present (2 binders).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, County Fair Records Storage Room:
Note: The information about records listed in this location is based on a county staff interview and was not visually confirmed in the inventory visit.
Fair Board Minutes, 1944-1952, 1957-2007 (2 cu.ft.);
[Fair Premium List-includes some fair guides], 1947-1959, 1961-present (51 volumes);
History of Coos County Fair, 1912-1993 (1 volume).

 

County Officials Reports

1923-1965

Series reports the activities of county officials to the county court or board of county commissioners. Series may include reports by the treasurer, surveyor, clerk, roadmaster, assessor, sheriff, school superintendent, and county nurse or doctor. Reports summarize the activities of county officials and their staff as they perform their official duties.

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Downstairs Archives:
Annual Statement [includes semi-annual reports of clerk, sheriff, treasurer, and relief committee], 1929-1965 (.35 cu.ft.);
[County Clerk's Quarterly Reports], 1923-1926 (.05 cu.ft.);
[County Farm Department-Reports], 1931-1944 (.25 cu.ft.);
[County Nurse's Reports], 1923-1930 (.10 cu.ft.);
Ferry Reports, 1923-1928 (.05 cu.ft.);
Head and Meat Inspect. Reports [Inspector], 1923-1944 (.10 cu.ft.);
Health Officer's Report [District Attorney's Report], 1923 (.05 cu.ft.);
[Juvenile Officer's Report], 1923 (.05 cu.ft.);
[Miscellaneous Official Reports], 1923-1930 (.10 cu.ft.);
Progress Timber Reports [Cruise], 1925-1928 (20 volumes);
Reports [Clerk's-oversized volume], 1932-1945 (1 volume);
Reports of County Cruise by County Assessor [Timber], 1925-1928 (.10 cu.ft.);
[Superintendent of Poor Farm and County Infirmary Reports], 1923-1944 (.20 cu.ft.).

 

Death Records

1906-1929

Series documents the recording of deaths in the county. Records include registers and certificates. Information includes registration number; place and date of death; name, sex, color, birth date and place, age, and marital status of the deceased; names and birthplaces of parents; primary and contributory cause of death; physician, registrar, and informant signatures; filing date; and date and place of burial. Death records were not required by the state of Oregon until 1903 when the state began to officially register deaths. County death records have been inventoried through 1920. Access to death records is restricted for 50 years following the date of death by Oregon Administrative Rule 333-011-0096. Contact the Oregon State Archives for access to state death certificates that are more than 50 years old. Contact the Oregon Center for Health Statistics for access to more recent death certificates.

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
[Birth and Death Records-Record of Births and Deaths-partial reel], 1916-1929 (1 reel of microfilm);
[Birth and Death Records-Record of Deaths-partial reel], 1906-1922 (1 reel of microfilm);
[Index to Clerk's Record of Deaths-partial reel], 1906-1922 (1 reel of microfilm).

Records at the Coos County North Bend Annex, Public Health Office, Vital Records Room:
Record of Births and Deaths, 1916-1929 (1 volume);
Record of Deaths, 1906-1922 (1 volume).

 

Deeds and Indexes

1854-1984

Series documents the ownership of land. Series includes deeds, land sales contracts, quit claim deeds, homestead exemption claims, corporate certificates, agreements, correction deeds, special assessments of unzoned farmland, easements, and indirect and direct deed indexes. Information includes grantor and grantee name; recording and filing dates; property descriptions; title warranties; consideration amounts; witness and recorder names; and volume and page numbers of where recorded.

Since 1965 deeds have been recorded in the clerk's Book of Records (Clerk and Recorder Official Filings).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
[Deed Books], vol. A, 1-20, 1854-1891 (14 reels of microfilm); vol. 77-213, 1913-1951 (40 reels of microfilm);
Deed Record [includes volume 254A-title varies], vol. A, 2-319, 1854-1965 (320 volumes);
Deeds [to Coos County], 1916-1984 (2 cu.ft.);
[Index to Coos County Records-Deeds and Mortgages], 1854-1940 (29 volumes);
Index to Deeds Direct [title varies], vol. 1-6, 1940-1965 (6 volumes);
Index to Deeds Indirect [title varies], vol. 1-6, 1940-1965 (6 volumes);
Index to Deeds, vol. 1-4, 1854-1907 (4 volumes);
Index to Name/Numbers [Deeds and Mortgages], 1854-1940 (2 volumes).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
[Deed and Mortgage Index], n.d. (1 volume);
Deed Index [to Deed Record-title varies], vol. A, 1854-1871 (1 volume); vol. 4, 1874-1875 (1 volume); vol. 10, 1880-1900 (1 volume);
Deeds to Coos Co. [County], ca.1904-ca.1930 (.50 cu.ft.);
Old Deed Index Book Records [Index to Deeds Direct and Indirect], 1941-1965 (6 reels of microfilm);
Old Deed Index Book Records [Index to Name/Numbers], 1854-1940 (2 reels of microfilm);
Old Deed Index Book Records [Number Index], 1854-1940 (35 reels of microfilm).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Downstairs Archives:
Deeds 35MM Reel to Reel, vol. A, 2-319, 1854-1965 (72 reels of microfilm);
Deeds, Mortgages, 1854-ca.1921 (.35 cu.ft.).

 

Delayed Birth Records

1860-1977

Series documents birth records generated by a court in response to a petition. Records may include petitions, decrees or orders, affidavits of correction, registers, and certificates. If the information provided with the petition met the requirements of the court, a decree was issued that served as a legal birth document. Most petitions were filed decades after the actual birth. They were filed in the county of residence at the time of petition, not necessarily in the county of birth. Dates listed in brackets document the range of actual birth dates. Date ranges for court actions such as petitions and decrees are also included. Also see Birth Records series for related records. Access to birth records is restricted for 100 years following the date of birth by Oregon Administrative Rule 333-011-0096.

Delayed birth registration information is also recorded in the Circuit Court Journals from circa 1943 to circa 1965.

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
[Delayed Birth Records-includes applications, affidavits, and certificates-documents births from ca.1860 to ca.1920-partial reel], no. 1-276, 1939-1943 (1 reel of microfilm);
[Delayed Birth Records-includes petitions, decrees, affidavits, and related records-documents births from ca.1860 to 1920-partial reel], no. 1-1000, 1943-1956 (1 reel of microfilm);
Index to Delayed Birth Records [indexes births from ca.1860-ca.1920], 1939-1944 (1 binder). 

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Applications for Delayed Birth Certificates [does not include birth dates], 1939-1944 (1 volume);
Index Circuit Court Birth Record, vol. 1, 1943-1977 (1 volume).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Downstairs Archives:
Birth Registrations [includes applications, petitions, and decrees for births from ca.1860-ca.1920], 1939-1956 (2.50 cu.ft.).

 

Dower Records

1895

Series documents the division of property to be awarded to the widow or widower of a deceased spouse as determined by commissioners appointed by the county court. Information includes a description of the division of land based on survey results, commissioners' names, and report and recording dates. Reports may also include surveyor's names and fees charged.

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Appointments of Admeasurers of Dower, 1895 (1 volume).

 

Election Poll Books

1906-1914

Series documents the registration of voters and the compilation of election results. Records may include the election poll books and/or the election voter register. Information includes elector's name and party affiliation, and in some cases, physical description, occupation, naturalization information, and names of parents and spouse. Election poll books and voter registration records have been inventoried through 1930. For information on more recent records, contact the Secretary of State, Elections Division, the county clerk, or the local elections official.

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
General County Register, vol. 1-3, 1914 (3 volumes);
Official Register of Electors, 1906, 1910-1912 (3 volumes).

 

Election Voting Abstracts

1908-1981

Series documents the tabulation and reporting of election results for the county. Records include voting abstracts and the record of election. Information includes election date; precinct name and number; office; precinct and total votes; victory margin; winning candidate; county clerk, board of canvasser, and justice of the peace signatures; ballot number; summation of votes; and election board's decision. Election voting abstracts have been inventoried through 1960. For information on more recent records, contact the Secretary of State, Elections Division, the county clerk, or the local elections official.

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Election Record, vol. 1-2, 1908-1975 (2 volumes).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
[Election Record Books], vol. 1-3, 1908-1981 (1 reel of microfilm);
Election Record [includes abstracts of vote, notices, petitions, ballots, correspondence, expenditure statements, and related records], 1916-1972 (4 reels of microfilm).

 

Farm Name Registration Records

1911-1962

Series documents the application for and registration of farm names with the county clerk or recorder. Records may include registers, original applications, or certificates. Information includes owner's name and address; farm name, location, and description; and date and number of application and final application. Series may also include an index arranged either alphabetically by name of owner or by farm name. Farm name records have been inventoried through 1964.

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Farm Names [Register], vol. 1, 1911-1950 (1 volume).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Downstairs Archives:
Farm Names Reg. [Registration], no. 1-146, 1911-1962 (.25 cu.ft.).

 

Federal Land Grant Records

1857-2001

Series records ownership of county lands obtained from the federal government. Series includes records of land grants administered under a variety of federal programs such as donation land claims and homesteads. Donation land claims are the most common type of federal land grant in Oregon that is documented in this inventory project. Donation land claims resulted from an act of the 1850 Congress under which citizens of the United States, or those who filed a declaration of intention prior to December 1, 1850 and had resided upon or cultivated the land for four consecutive years, were granted a specified amount of acreage in the Oregon Territory. Donation land claims were unique in that acreage granted to married couples was divided evenly. Half of the acreage was placed in the husband's name while the other half was placed in the wife's name. Records include plats, indexes, and survey notes. Information includes township, range, and section numbers, names of donation land claim holders and claim numbers, claim dates, acreage, and descriptions of surveys.

Under the Homestead Act of 1862, settlers were given 160 acres of land in the public domain if they built a home on the land, resided there for five years, and cultivated the land. A complete homestead entry file includes such documents as the homestead application, homestead proof, and final certificate authorizing the claimant to obtain a land patent.

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Surveyor's Office:
G-101 Donation Land Claims [Survey Notes-with index], 1858-1871 (1 volume);
[U.S. Government Surveys-General Land Office/Bureau of Land Management-includes donation land claim information], ca.1857-2001 (66 volumes).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
[Book of Maps-includes land ownership and Donation Land Claim information], ca.1901 (1 volume).

Records at a Related Web Site:
Search Land Patents [includes patent and legal land descriptions and some document images], ca.1864-ca.1957 (BLM GLO Web site).

 

Foreclosure Records

1875-1932

Series documents the activities of the sheriff and other county officials relating to the foreclosure of property in order to satisfy creditors in cases involving delinquent taxes, mortgage payments, or court judgments. Records include correspondence, sheriff's deeds and foreclosure sale records, circuit court case transcripts of foreclosure hearings, writs of execution, certificates of sale of real property, judgment orders, receipts, tax redemption records, delinquent tax sales, and tax sale certificates. Foreclosure records have been inventoried through 1920.

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Certificates of Sale to Coos County [Tax Sales], 1899-1909 (.35 cu.ft.);
Certificates of Tax Delinquency [title varies], 1908-1914 (20 volumes);
[Examiners Register-also includes certificates of tax redemptions, registrations of dentists and optometrists, licenses to sell opium and morphine, and a small number of civil war discharge records-with index], 1875-1906 (1 volume).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Tax Deeds [vol. 37 of Deed Record-with index], 1902-1910 (1 volume).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Downstairs Archives:
Certificates of Delinquency, 1917-1932 (1 volume);
[Sheriff's Return of Land Sold for Tax], 1887-1907 (.50 cu.ft.).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Old Jail Storage, Assessment and Tax Cell:
Delinquent Tax Sale Record, vol. 3, 1907-1918 (1 volume);
Index Delinquent Sales Land, 1916 (1 volume);
Record of Delinquent Tax Sales [with index], 1893-1900 (1 volume);
Register of Certificates of Delinquency Other Than County, 1910-1915 (5 volumes);
Register of Delinquent Receipts, vol. 1, 1908 (1 volume).

 

Health and Human Services Records

1907-[ongoing]

Series documents the activities of the county health and human services programs operated by the county. Series includes narrative or statistical monthly, quarterly, and annual reports or minutes discussing program goals, objectives, and accomplishments. Program areas include public and mental health; juvenile services; adult and family services; women, infant, and child (WIC) services; alcohol and drug abuse; and developmental disabilities. In 1994 the name of the Children and Youth Services Commission was changed to the Commission on Children and Families.

Coos County does not have a separate county public health advisory board. The board of commissioners makes public health related decisions on an as-needed basis.

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Second Floor Hallway, Commission on Children and Families Office Records Storage Closet:
CCF Agenda Packets [Commission on Children and Families Records-includes minutes-title varies], 1994-present (16 binders);
[Juvenile Services Commission and Children and Youth Services Commission Records-includes minutes], 1980-1993 (11 binders).

Records at the Coos County North Bend Annex, Mental Health Director's Office:
Coos County Mental Health Advisory Board [Minutes], 2004-present (1 binder);
MHA [Mental Health Advisory Board Minutes], 1997-2004 (1 binder).

Records at the Coos County North Bend Annex, Mental Health Archives Room:
MHAB Minutes [Mental Health Advisory Board Meeting Records-includes minutes], ca.1986-1997 (ca.40 cu.ft.).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Record of Contagious Diseases, 1907-1923 (1 volume).

 

Insane Commitment Records

1893-[ongoing]

Series documents the examination, commitment, and release of mentally ill persons to and from the state's mental institutions. Series contains statements of complaint and commitment recorded by the county clerk or recorder and includes petitions to have an individual committed; physicians certification that an individual is insane; delivery warrants authorizing a county official (usually the sheriff) to take the individual to the state hospital; patient discharges; paroles or transfers; indexes; and correspondence. Information includes patient and family names, date committed, reason, physical description, and a brief family history. This series may also be known as the Insane Record, Mental Illness Record, and Mentally Ill and Feeble Minded Record. By 1968, in most counties, the commitment of the mentally ill or deficient had become the responsibility of the circuit court. Access to these records may be restricted for 75 years by Oregon Revised Statute 192.496.

Coos County joined the Oregon Judicial Information Network (OJIN) in 1987.

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Downstairs Archives:
Mental [Commitment Case Files], no. 1-1083, 1893-1945 (2.65 cu.ft.).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Old Jail Storage:
Circuit Court M [Mental Commitment Records], no. 1083-ca.3475, 1945-1987 (20 cu.ft.);
Insane & Feeble-Minded and T.B. Patients and Deformed Children [Index], 1893-ca.1957 (1 volume);
Record of Mentally Ill and Mentally Deficient, 1957-2001 (1 volume).

Records at the Coos County North Bend Annex, Small Claims/Civil/Probate Court Office:
[Mental Commitment Case Files], no. 5479-5828, 2007-present (2.50 cu.ft.).

Records at the Coos County North Bend Annex, Trial Court Storage:
ME [Mental Commitment Case Files-with early gaps], no. 1970-5478, ca.1987-2007 (17 cu.ft.).

 

Judgment and Execution Records

1860-1939

Series records official decisions by the court and subsequent instructions to the sheriff to recover costs and awards related to debt, divorce, and other civil cases. The record serves as the official notice of the existence of a lien. Information includes title and case number; names of plaintiff, creditor, defendant, debtor, and attorney; amount of judgment; description of property levied on; writ of execution; disposition of case; decisions on appeals; dates docketed and satisfied; and volume and page numbers where recorded. Records may include judgment dockets, execution dockets, and fee books. Judgment and execution records have been inventoried through 1920.

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Old Jail Storage:
Circuit Court Judgment Docket [title varies], vol. 3-7, 1877-1924 (5 volumes);
County Court Judgment Docket, vol. 1, 1893-1939 ( 1 volume);
Docket County Court [Judgment], 1860-1887 (1 volume);
Execution Docket [with index], vol. 2, 1873-1899 (1 volume); vol. 3, 1899-1931 (1 volume);
Sheriff's Execution Docket [includes attachments-with index], vol. 1, 1904-1922 (1 volume).

 

Justice Court Case Files

1929-1940

Series documents criminal and civil cases brought before the courts of the justices of the peace. Records include grand jury indictments, complaints, judgments by confession, transcripts of judgment entries and dockets, statements of witnesses, arrest warrants, subpoenas, bills for court costs and fees, petitions for appointment of justices of the peace and constables, petitions establishing justice districts, and marriage records. Cases heard include disturbing the peace, illegal liquor sales, assault, larceny, trespassing, fraud, vagrancy, and burglary. Justice court records have been inventoried through 1940. For information on more recent records, contact the local justice court.

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Downstairs Archives:
Bound-over for Justice Court [3rd District Case Records], 1929-1940 (.25 cu.ft.);
Justice Court Criminal Transcripts [various districts], no. 1-1231, 1932-1936 (1 cu.ft.).

 

Justice Court Dockets

1854-1955

Series documents criminal and civil cases brought before justice of the peace courts. Dockets include defendant, plaintiff, attorney, witness, and juror names; action dates and nature of cases; judgments; and statements of costs. Actions include complaints, summonses, appearances, testimonies, bonds, judgments, pleas, fines, jail terms, marriages, and writs of attachment. Civil and criminal cases include larceny, burglary, recovering money or personal property, trespassing, hunting out of season, and illegal voting. Justice court records have been inventoried through 1940. For information on more recent records, contact the local justice court.

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Index to Criminal Cases [Circuit Court and Justice Court], 1854-1936 (1 volume);
Justice Docket [District 10-with index], 1917-1932 (1 volume);
[Justice Docket-District 8-with index], 1915-1933 (1 volume).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Old Jail Storage:
Justice [Court Civil Docket], 1935-1955 (1 reel of microfilm).

Records at the Oregon Historical Society:
Mss. 1257 [Whales Bay Precinct Justice Court Docket-in 1856 entries change from Coos to Curry County], 1854-1865 (1 volume).

 

Land Subdivision Records

1868-[ongoing]

Series documents the subdividing and partitioning of land within the county. Records include survey notes, correspondence, photographs, satisfaction of agreements, maps of subdivided and partitioned land, and contracts and permits. Information includes subdivision names; lot, street, and alley dimensions; and township, range, and section numbers of land to be subdivided or partitioned.

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
[Filed Plats-Towns, Subdivisions, and Partitions], 1868-present (1114 maps);
Index of Plats, 1868-1990 (1 volume);
Major/Minor Partitions Subdivisions [Register], 1991-present (1 volume);
Plat Book Alpha [Subdivision-alphabetical arrangement], ca.1888-ca.1908 (1 volume);
Plat Index [Major and Minor Partitions], 1980-1990 (1 volume);
Record of Condominiums, vol. 1, 1981-1992 (1 volume);
Record of Major Partitions, vol. 1, 1983-1987 (1 volume);
Record of Minor Partitions [title varies], vol. 1-2, 1983-1987 (2 volumes).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Downstairs Archives:
Comprehensive Land Use [Planning Documents-includes versions of the county comprehensive plan, zoning ordinance, land development ordinance, and related documents-File No. 802-boxes 13 to 15], 1982-2001 (6 cu.ft.).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Surveyor's Office:
Land Development Ordinance [and Zoning-includes subdivision and partition information], 1992 (2 binders);
Partition Plats, 1990-present (10 volumes);
Plat Index [Subdivision Card Index], ca.1868-present (.15 cu.ft.);
Town Plats [Card Index], 1868-present (.50 cu.ft.);
Town Plats [Public Research Copies], n.d.-present (6 cu.ft.);
Subdivision Plats, vol. 13-14, 2005-present (2 volumes);
Zoning and Land Development Ordinance [includes subdivision and partition information], 1985 (1 binder).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Surveyor's Drafting Office:
Plat Index [Subdivision and Partition], ca.1868-present (1 binder);
Record of Condominiums, vol. 1, 1981-present (1 volume);
Town Plats [title varies], vol. 5-12, 1924-2000 (8 volumes).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Surveyor's Office Storeroom:
Major Partitions Minor Partitions [Plats], 1972-1994 (6 inches of aperture cards);
Partitions [Plats], 1990-2001 (8 inches of aperture cards);
Subdivisions [Plats], vol. 1-13, 1868-2001 (10 inches of aperture cards).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse Annex (Owen Building), Planning Department Office:
Administrative Record for Adoption of Amendments to the Coos County Comprehensive Plan and Zoning & Land Development Ordinance, 1985 (1 binder);
CCZLDO [Coos County Zoning and Land Development Ordinance-includes subdivision and partition information], 1984 (1 binder); 1991 (1 binder);
Coos County Land Development Ordinance [includes subdivision and partition information], 1974 (1 binder);
Coos County Zoning and Land Development Ordinance [includes subdivision and partition information], 1985-present (1 binder); 1991-2001 (1 binder);
[Land Use Action Case Files-includes subdivision and partition information], ca.1975-present (250 cu.ft.);
Original Coos County Zoning and Land Development Ordinance [includes subdivision and partition information], 1998-2000 (.40 cu.ft.);
Subdivisions [Regulations-Ordinances], 1962 (1 binder).

Records at the Coos County Web Site:
Coos County Land Development and Zoning Ordinance [includes subdivision and partition information], n.d.-present (Internet).

 

Land Title Registers

1854-1972

Series records the ownership of land within the county. Records may include title registers, land indexes, land registration registers, torrens registry of titles, indexes to registered land, certificates of title, town lot indexes, ownership registers, and plat books. Information includes parties involved, land descriptions, dates, number and nature of titles, subdivisions, title holders, terms, discharge dates, and registrar's signatures. The torrens system of land registration was abolished in 1972 by Oregon law. Additional land ownership records may be found in Deeds and Indexes.

From 1965 to circa 1972 torrens title registrations were included in the clerk's Book of Records (Clerk and Recorder Official Filings).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Document Files of Registered Lands [Torrens], no. 122-1030, ca.1909-ca.1972 (1 cu.ft.);
Land Registration Docket, vol. 1, 1909-1928 (1 volume);
Land Registration Index of Registered Owners, vol. 1, 1909-1965 (1 volume);
Present Owner Book, 1854-1904 (1 volume);
Record of Instruments Papers Received & Filed Registered Land, vol. 1, 1909-1972 (1 volume);
Register of Titles [title varies], vol. 1-3, 1909-1965 (3 volumes).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
[Book of Maps-includes land ownership and Donation Land Claim information], ca.1901 (1 volume);
Tract Index Lands, n.d. (1 volume);
Tract Index Lots, n.d. (1 volume).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Downstairs Archives:
Certificate of Title Torrens, 1934-1935 (.30 cu.ft.);
Land Registration of Title, 1909-1928 (.40 cu.ft.).

Records at the Coos Historical & Maritime Museum:
Coos County Lot Book, 1916-1919 (2 volumes);
[Lot Books Coos County], 1928-1943 (9 volumes).

 

Maps, Plans, and Drawings

1900-[ongoing]

Series provides a visual representation of the county and of physical structures constructed on county lands. Series includes maps, plans, and drawings that vary in size, scale, and date. Included are maps, plans, and drawings of counties and cities, election precincts, courthouses and other county buildings, cemeteries, rivers, Indian reservations, school districts, construction projects, and soil classifications. General road maps may be found in the series titled Road and Bridge Records. Technical road survey maps may be found in the series titled Road Maps and Survey Notes.

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Metsker's Atlas of Coos County, Oregon [also documents roads and road districts], 1958-1975 (4 volumes).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Downstairs Archives:
Copy of Cruise [Cruise-Timber], 1926-1928 (1 volume);
[Miscellaneous Rolled Maps and Plans-includes county jail, Coos Bay Estuary Management Plan, Coos Bay Estuary shoreline maps, coastal shoreliine inventory, county courthouse remodel, wildlife habitat, school districts, bridges, county buildings, ports, city precincts, roads, service districts, and others], ca.1900-ca.2000 (ca.500 maps and plans);
Progress Timber Reports [Cruise], 1925-1928 (.30 cu.ft.).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Assessor's Office:
[Assessor's Plat Books], ca.1979-present (32 volumes);
Soil Maps, n.d. (ca.100 maps);
State Mapping [Miscellaneous Maps-includes assessor plats, timber cruise, and land and lot books], ca.1926-ca.1974 (19 reels of microfilm).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse Annex (Owen Building), Assessor's Storage Cage:
[Assessor's Maps], ca.1991-ca.1995 (30 inches of aperture cards).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Surveyor's Office:
Metsker's Atlas of Coos County Oregon, 1958 (1 volume); 1975 (1 volume);
Miscellaneous Maps [includes roads, subdivisions, fire districts, school district, and cities], ca.1930-ca.1980 (ca.100 maps);
Quadrangle Maps [U.S. Geological Survey], ca.1970-ca.1990 (ca.50 maps).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Surveyor's Office Storeroom:
[Metsker's Atlas of Coos County Oregon], 1941 (.50 inch of aperture cards).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse Annex (Owen Building), Planning Department Office:
Coos County Fire Districts [Wall Map], 2000 (1 map);
County Floodplain Plat Maps, n.d.-ca.1985 (9 inches of aperture cards);
Estuary [Maps], n.d.-ca.1985 (3 inches of aperture cards);
[Flood Insurance Rate Map-Federal Emergency Management Agency], 1984 (.35 cu.ft.);
Geological Survey Maps [U.S. Geological Survey], 1970-ca.1986 (ca.100 maps);
[Miscellaneous Map Drawer Maps-includes Coquille River Estuary Management Plan (CREMP); soils, shorelands, habitat, wetlands, and other topics], ca.1982-ca.1990 (ca.150 maps);
[Miscellaneous Maps-includes wetlands, shoreland, fish and wildlife, mineral, and other topics], n.d.-ca.1985 (ca.9 inches of aperture cards);
Natural Hazard Plat Maps, n.d.-ca.1985 (5 inches of aperture cards);
Wetland Plat Maps, n.d.-ca.1985 (5 inches of aperture cards).

Records at a Related Web Site:
Tax Assessment GIS Maps [select county], n.d.-present (Internet).

 

Marks and Brands Records

1857-1945

Series documents the registration of marks and brands by livestock owners and logging interests in order to clearly establish ownership. Records include registers and certificates. Information includes owner's name and address; diagram of animal showing location and style of mark and brand; written description of mark and brand; and filing date. Types of livestock registered include horses, cattle, sheep, pigs, and poultry. Log brands are also documented.

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Log Brand Book [with index], vol. 3, 1920-1942 (1 volume);
Log Brands & Stock Marks [Record-with index], vol. 2, 1857-1920 (1 volume);
Record of Stock Brands, 1915-1945 (1 volume).

 

Marriage Records

1853-1961

Series documents the recording of marriages by the county and includes applications, marriage certificates and licenses, and indexes to marriage records. Information includes the names and residences of bride and groom; justice of the peace, minister, or name of individual officiating; fees charged; date filed; volume and page numbers where recorded; certificate number; date and place of marriage; and signatures of witnesses and county officials. Beginning in 1906 marriages have been officially registered with the state of Oregon. Currently these records are filed with the State Registrar, Vital Statistics Section of the Health Division. Marriage records have been inventoried through 1960.

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Index to Marriage Records [printout from computer database], 1854-1948 (4 binders);
Marriage Records [Early Marriage Records], 1854-1913 (5 reels of microfilm);
Marriage Records [Marriage Book], vol. A, 1-17, 1855-1961 (15 reels of microfilm);
Marriage Records [Marriage Licenses-includes certificates, returns, affidavits, and medical certificates], no. AA1-A3838, 1-14781, 1854-1961 (29 reels of microfilm);
Marriage Record [title varies-with index], vol. 1-17, 1864-1961 (17 volumes).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Marriages Book A [with index], 1855-1868 (1 volume).

Records at the Coos Historical & Maritime Museum:
[Marriage Records-some include applications, affidavits, certificates, and returns], 1853-1929 (5 cu.ft.).

Records at a Related Web Site:
Marriage List [Coos County], 1854-1900 (US GenWeb Project).

 

Married Women's Property Registers

1869-1891

Series documents property held by women independently and separately from their husbands. Registration of property usually is in relation to a marriage or divorce settlement. Information includes a description of property (land, livestock, and farm and household goods) to be considered separate and declarations stating that the woman in question is not responsible for her husband's debts.

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Old Jail Storage:
Records of Married Women's Separate Property [with index], vol. H, 1869-1891 (1 volume).

 

Medical Profession Registration Records

1875-1965

Series documents the registration of individuals in compliance with the requirements of relevant Oregon boards of examiners to practice a medical profession in the state. Professions registered include physicians, surgeons, osteopaths, naturopaths, dentists, nurses, druggists, chiropractors, chiropodists, optometrists, and veterinarians. Records include registers, certificates, and licenses. Information includes name of registrant; name of school; graduation date; names of members of the examining board; licensing and recording dates; and licensing or registration numbers.

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Dental Record [Registration-with index], vol. 1-2, 1902-1953 (2 volumes);
[Examiners Register-also includes certificates of tax redemptions, registrations of dentists and optometrists, licenses to sell opium and morphine, and a small number of civil war discharge records-with index], 1875-1906 (1 volume);
Medical Certificates [Record-includes chiropractors, chiropodists, naturopaths, veterinarians, and optometrists-with index], 1923-1965 (1 volume);
Optometry Record [Registration], vol. 1, 1905-1950 (1 volume);
Record of Medical Certificates [Physicians], vol. 1, 1906-1923 (1 volume);
Record of Registered Nurses [with index], vol. 1, 1911-1923 (1 volume);
Registered Nurses [Record-with index], vol.2, 1925-1965 (2 volume).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Downstairs Archives:
Physicians Certification [Records], 1895-1919 (.05 cu.ft.).

 

Military Records

1875-[ongoing]

Series lists those eligible for military service and records the discharge dates of those who served in the military. Series includes eligibility, enlistment, discharge registers, or muster rolls, and may include alphabetical indexes. Information includes name of individual serving or eligible for service; enlistment and discharge dates and codes; residences at birth and enlistment; occupations and ages at time of enlistment; branches of service; precinct numbers; service records including commendations; physical condition, education and types of jobs performed while in service; and rank at discharge. Access to military discharge records may be restricted for 75 years by 2009 Oregon Legislative Assembly SB 618.

Before 1946 military discharges were filed in the Miscellaneous Record (Clerk and Recorder Miscellaneous Recordings). Military discharge records were included with the Book of Records (Clerk and Recorder Official Filings) from 1965 until a 2009 law change. They are now being retrospectively placed into a separate record series.

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
[Discharge Records-Card Index], 1946-ca.2008 (1 cu.ft.);
[Examiners Register-also includes certificates of tax redemptions, registrations of dentists and optometrists, licenses to sell opium and morphine, and a small number of civil war discharge records-with index], 1875-1906 (1 volume);
Honorable Discharge Record [title varies-with index], vol. 1-11, 1946-1964 (11 volumes);
[Honorable Discharge Record-with index], vol. 1-11, 1946-1964 (4 reels of microfilm).

Records at the Oregon Historical Society:
Mss. 1514 [Muster Roll], 1894 (.05 cu.ft.).

 

Mining Claim Records

1866-1965

Series documents actions filed with the county related to mineral interest claims. Types of actions include mineral rights and royalty assignments, mineral interest claims, lease releases, interest stipulations, corrections, bills of sale and conveyance assignments, and location notices. Information includes names of involved parties; action types and dates; and volume and page numbers. The series may also include copies of claim location notices giving descriptions and details of individual claims.

Since 1965 mining claims have been recorded in the clerk's Book of Records (Clerk and Recorder Official Filings).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
[Mine Index Cards], ca.1932-n.d. (.10 cu.ft.);
Mines [Record-with index], vol. 1-2, 1866-1905 (2 volumes); vol. 9, 1962-1965 (1 volume);
Mining Record [with index], vol. 3-8, 1905-1962 (6 volumes).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Record of Lien Claims on Mines and Affidavits [with index], vol. 1-2, 1909-1940 (2 volumes).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Downstairs Archives:
Patents to Mines Deeds Location [Deeds to Mining Claim], 1894-1895 (.05 cu.ft.).

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).

 

Mortgage Records

1854-1965

Series documents the written interest in land providing security for the performance of a duty or payment of a debt. Records include mortgages; trustee's deeds of reconveyance; indexes, both by mortgagor and mortgagee name; and satisfactions. Information includes mortgagor and mortgagee names, property descriptions, mortgage terms, witness names, certifications, recording and satisfaction dates, volume and page numbers where recorded, and recorder's signature. Series also includes executor/executrix information when mortgages were transferred through wills and mortgages of land to individuals under the provisions of the Donation Land Act of 1850.

Since 1965 mortgages have been recorded in the clerk's Book of Records (Clerk and Recorder Official Filings).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Abstract of Unsatisfied Instruments, 1882-1892 (1 volume);
[Deed and Mortgage Index], n.d. (1 volume);
Mortgages [title varies-some with index], vol. 1-3, 5-29, 1873-1913 (28 volumes);
School Land Mortgages [with index], vol. 4, 1883-1911 (1 volume).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
[Index to Coos County Records-Deeds and Mortgages], 1854-1940 (29 volumes);
Index to Mortgages [Direct], vol. 1-3, 1940-1965 (3 volumes);
Index to Mortgages [Indirect], vol. 1-3, 1940-1965 (3 volumes);
Index to Name/Numbers [Deeds and Mortgages], 1854-1940 (2 volumes);
Mortgage Record [includes volume 146A], 30-202, 1913-1965 (174 volumes).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Downstairs Archives:
Deeds, Mortgages, 1854-ca.1921 (.35 cu.ft.);
Mtgs. [Mortgage Record], vol. 134-202, 1954-1965 (28 reels of microfilm).

 

Naturalization Certificates

1907-1929

Series documents the granting of United States citizenship to petitioners. Records include applications, witness affidavits, court findings granting or denying citizenship, certificates, and indexes. Declarations of intention may also be included. Information includes name, age, and residence of applicant; applicant's dependents; date of filing of declarations of intention and petitions; and volume and page numbers where papers are recorded.

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Certificates of Naturalization [Stub Books], vol. 1-14, 1907-1929 (14 volumes);
Index to Naturalization Certificates [indexes vol. 1-14], 1907-1929 (.05 cu.ft.).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Naturalization Information [Certificates of Naturalization], vol. 1-14, 1907-1929 (1 reel of microfilm).

 

Naturalization Declarations of Intention

1859-1980

Series documents the process taken by applicants for United States citizenship in declaring their intention to become United States citizens. Information may include applicant's name, age, physical description, place and date of birth, method of immigration, date and port of entry, names and ages of wife and children, and renunciation of allegiance to foreign governments. Declarations of intention may also be attached to naturalization petitions or naturalization certificates.

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Declaration of Foreigners to Become Citizens of the United States, 1876-1884 (1 volume);
Declaration of Intention [title varies], vol. A, 1-8, 1881-1969 (9 volumes);
Index to Naturalization, ca.1859-1980 (1 volume).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Naturalization Information [Declaration of Foreigners], 1876-1884 (1 reel of microfilm);
Naturalization Information [Record of Intention], vol. A, 1-8, 1881-1969 (2 reels of microfilm).

 

Naturalization Petitions and Orders

1859-1981

Series documents the application for United States citizenship by aliens. Information includes name, residence, and occupation of applicants; place and date of birth; emigration place, date, and vessel; declaration of intention dates; name, birthplace, and birth date of dependents; and renunciation of allegiance to foreign governments. Accompanying the petitions are witness and petitioner affidavits, oaths of allegiance, court orders admitting or denying citizenship, declarations of intention, depositions, and certificates of arrival.

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Citizenship Register Final, vol. 1, 1897-1903 (1 volume);
Depositions [Naturalizations], vol. 1, 1937-1957 (1 volume);
Index to Naturalization, ca.1859-1980 (1 volume);
Journal of Naturalization Final Papers, vol. 2, 1903-1906 (1 volume);
Naturalization [County Court Petitions and Orders-photocopies-with index], 1881-1899 (1 volume);
Naturalization Court Orders, 1929-1981 (1 volume);
Petition and Record [title varies], vol. 1-17, 1906-1980 (17 volumes);
Transfers [Naturalization Petitions from Other Courts], 1966-1971 (1 volume).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Naturalization Information [Citizenship Register Final], vol. 1, 1897-1903 (1 reel of microfilm);
Naturalization Information [Court Orders], 1929-1981 (1 reel of microfilm);
Naturalization Information [Depositions], vol. 1, 1937-1957 (1 reel of microfilm);
Naturalization Information [Journal of Naturalization Final Papers], vol. 2, 1903-1906 (1 reel of microfilm);
Naturalization Information [Petition and Record], vol. 1-17, 1906-1980 (6 reels of microfilm);
Naturalization Information [Transfers-includes naturalization petitions from other courts], 1966-1971 (1 reel of microfilm).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Old Jail Storage:
Law Journal County Court [includes naturalization petitions and orders for period of 1881 to 1899-with index], 1859-1922 (1 volume).

 

Pension and Relief Records

1913-1944

Series documents financial assistance approved by the county court for widows, mothers, dependent children, orphans, the elderly, and indigents. Information includes applicant name and address, children's names and birth dates, amount of pension or monthly support payment, and county court order. Because the provision of relief became primarily a state and federal function in the 1930s, records are inventoried through 1939.

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Index to Widow's Pensions, Indigents, and Indigent Soldiers, ca.1920-1931 (1 volume);
Record of Commitments and Discharges at the County Infirmary, 1926-1930 (1 volume).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Downstairs Archives:
Applications for Widow's Pensions, 1913-1931 (.35 cu.ft.);
[County Farm Record of Purchases & Groceries], ca.1923-1944 (.40 cu.ft.);
Dependent Mother's Petitions [includes some indigent petitions-title varies], 1914-1939 (1 cu.ft.);
[General Assistance Records-Coos County], 1936-1939 (.10 cu.ft.);
Indigents [and Widow's Petition Reports], 1926-1927 (.20 cu.ft.);
T.B. Applications [for Admission to State Tuberculosis Hospital], 1925-1932 (.20 cu.ft.).

 

Planning Commission Minutes

1960-[ongoing]

Series documents the discussions and activities of the county planning commission as recorded in the minutes and agendas. Topics discussed include the creation, amendment, and appeal of zoning ordinances and county land use laws; county comprehensive plans; and election or appointment of planning commission members.

Records at the Coos County Courthouse Annex (Owen Building), Planning Department Office:
Hearings Body Minutes [Planning Commission], 1989-present (19 volumes);
PC Minutes [Planning Commission-title varies], 1960-1984 (22 binders).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Planning Commission [Orders], 1975-1977 (.20 cu.ft.).

 

Prisoner Registers

1893-1896

Series tracks individuals incarcerated in the county jail. Information includes prisoner identification number; date entered; name, address, age, birth date, height and weight, eye and hair color, and nationality of prisoner; arrest date; arresting officer; crime committed; sentence; bail; court; release date; and remarks. Prisoner registers, which may also be referred to as jail lists, have been inventoried through 1965. Access to portions of these records may be restricted for 25 years after termination of custody by Oregon Revised Statute 192.496 (3).

Records at the Coos Historical & Maritime Museum:
[Jail Register], 1893-1896 (1 volume).

 

Probate Case Files

1852-[ongoing]

Series documents actions taken on probate cases brought before the county, district, or circuit court for settlement. Records include wills, receipts, claims, vouchers, petitions to sell, notices of annual accounting, final estate accounting reports, appraiser's affidavits, bills of sale, inventories, fee bills, appraisals, administrator and appointment certificates, and appraiser oaths. Over the years probate jurisdiction has been transferred from the county court to the circuit court in most counties. However, the county courts in Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Malheur, Sherman, and Wheeler Counties continue to hear probate cases. Portions of these records may be restricted.

Coos County joined the Oregon Judicial Information Network (OJIN) in 1987.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Probate Estate & Guardianships [Case Files], no. 1-469, 1854-1901 (10.50 cu.ft.); no. 2492-2771, 1927-1929 (4 cu.ft.).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Room 311:
[Civil Probate-Circuit Court Case Files], 1987-1994 (64 reels of microfilm);
PB [Probate Case Files], no. 3917-9377, 1942-1979 (74 reels of microfilm);
[Probate-Small Estate Case Files], no. SE1-SE149, 1973-1979 (1 reel of microfilm).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Old Jail Storage:
Probate [Case Files] no. 1-3375, 1852-1936 (57 reels of microfilm); no. 2273-3632, 1930-1939 (15 cu.ft.);
[Probate Case Files], no. 7901-9377, 1970-1979 (18 reels of microfilm);
Probate Index [indexes probate case files], 1852-1979 (1 volume);
Probate Index [Rolodex Card Index], 1979-1987 (.75 cu.ft.);
Probate Out of Order [Case Files-includes large files with no sequence], ca.1914-ca.1937 (8 cu.ft.).

Records at the Coos County North Bend Annex, Small Claims/Civil/Probate Court Office:
[Closed Probate Case Files-includes guardianships and conservatorships], 2000-present (60 cu.ft.);
[Open Probate Case Files], 1970-present (10 cu.ft.).

Records at the Coos County North Bend Annex, Trial Court Storage:
PB [Probate Case Files], no. 3633-4289, 1940-1946 (8 cu.ft.);
[Probate Case Files], 1995-1999 (.30 cu.ft.).

 

Probate Estate Records

1903-1913

Series documents information recorded about estates probated in the county or circuit courts. Information includes deceased party's name; recording and death dates; residence; name and address of executors, administrators, or trustees; estimated values of real and personal property; inventory and appraisal dates; the estate's value according to the appraisals and to the county court; and the names and relationship of heirs. Over the years probate jurisdiction has been transferred from the county court to the circuit court in most counties. However, the county courts in Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Malheur, Sherman, and Wheeler Counties continue to hear probate cases.

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Old Jail Storage:
Record of Estates, 1903-1913 (1 volume).

 

Probate Registers

1854-1965

Series records the actions taken by the county's probate court. Information includes case numbers, estate or deceased's name, administrator's or executor's name, dates and types of papers filed, and memoranda and court orders listed by dates of appointment of administrator or executor. Series may also be referred to as probate journals, dockets, or records of actions. Over the years probate jurisdiction has been transferred from the county court to the circuit court in most counties. However, the county courts in Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Malheur, Sherman, and Wheeler Counties continue to hear probate cases. In 1986 circuit courts with probate jurisdiction began recording basic case information on the Oregon Judicial Information Network (OJIN). This network functionally replaced probate dockets and journals previously maintained by the courts. The transition to full use of OJIN by all circuit courts in Oregon took approximately two years. Contact the trial court administrator for access to OJIN. Portions of these records may be restricted.

Probate court register of action pages for some years are interfiled with corresponding probate case files. Coos County joined the Oregon Judicial Information Network (OJIN) in 1987.

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Old Jail Storage:
Circuit Court Docket Register and Fee Book [documents circuit, county, and probate courts], 1933-1950 (1 volume);
Estates Probate Docket Register and Fee Book, vol. 5, [with index], 1916-1965 (1 volume);
Index for Small Estates Affidavits [Probate Court Register], 1971-1978 (1 volume);
Probate Court Docket [Indexes], vol. 14, 1944-1961 (1 volume);
Probate Court Docket Register and Fee Book, vol. 7-11, 1922-1965 (5 volumes);
Probate Court Journal [with index], vol. B, 3-28, 1859-1955 (26 volumes);
Probate Fee Book [and Docket-with index], vol. 3-4, 1902-1915 (2 volumes);
Probate Ledger Administrator Journal, 1859-1886 (1 volume);
Probate Ledger [with index], vol. 1, 1891-1898 (1 volume);
Register of the Probate Court, vol. 6, no. 1551-1827, 1919-1965 (.25 cu.ft.).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Probate Book Minutes [Original], vol. A, 1854-1858 (1 volume);
Probate Minute Book [Work Copy], vol. A, 1854-1859 (1 volume).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Downstairs Archives:
Probate Court Journals, vol. 29-52, 1955-1965 (23 reels of microfilm).

 

Road and Bridge Records

1854-[ongoing]

Series documents the development, construction, maintenance, and improvement of county roads and bridges. Records include bonds, general road and highway maps, petitions to have roads constructed or altered, notices, complaints, vacation records, and correspondence. Information includes road numbers and names and descriptions of the activity occurring on the road. Information concerning county roads may be available on the Integrated Road Information System (IRIS) at the county road office. Technical road survey maps may be found in the series titled Road Maps and Survey Notes.

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
County Road Book [with index], vol. 1, 1926 (1 volume);
[Road Case Files-includes road survey plats and notes, petitions, orders, road viewers reports, and related records], no. 274-363, ca.1893-ca.1903 (1 cu.ft.).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Alias Road Case Titles Alphabetical Index, n.d. (1 volume);
County Court Orders Contracts Vacations [Rolodex Index Cards], ca.1906-ca.1983 (.25 cu.ft.);
County Road Right of Ways [Register-with index], n.d. (1 binder);
Index to County Roads [includes road maps and register information about petitions, orders, survey field notes, viewers reports, and related records], no. 661-1067, 1916-1992 (1 volume);
Index to County Roads [indexes petitions, orders, reports, field notes, deeds, and related records], no. 1-660, 1854-1915 (1 volume);
Metsker's Atlas of Coos County, Oregon [also documents roads and road districts], 1958-1975 (4 volumes);
[Road Case Files-includes road survey plats and notes, petitions, orders, road viewers reports, and related records], no. 24-273, 1868-1893 (6 cu.ft.);
Road Cases [Files], no. 24-1056, 1868-1979 (20 reels of microfilm);
Road Case Titles Alphabetical Index, n.d. (1 volume);
Road Index File [Rolodex], ca.1854-ca.1994, (.35 cu.ft.);
Road Index [indexes road nos. 831-1058], ca.1930-ca.1980 (1 volume);
Road Index No. B [Right of Way Register], no. 100-221, n.d. (1 binder);
Road Records Research Summary [documents road legal establishment, right-of-way, width, etc.], 1978-1979 (1 volume);
Roadway and Traffic Safety Management Plan [includes maps], 1979 (1 volume);
Vacation of Plats [includes water rights and location records as well as road vacation records], 1892-1935 (.40 cu.ft.);
Vacations [includes roads], 1998-present (1.25 cu.ft.);
Vacations [Register-includes road vacations-with index], 1946-1992 (1 volume).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Downstairs Archives:
[Miscellaneous Rolled Maps and Plans-includes county jail, Coos Bay Estuary Management Plan, Coos Bay Estuary shoreline maps, coastal shoreliine inventory, county courthouse remodel, wildlife habitat, school districts, bridges, county buildings, ports, city precincts, roads, service districts, and others], ca.1900-ca.2000 (ca.500 maps and plans);
Misc. Road Matters [includes location, repair, and maintenance], 1926-1932 (.10 cu.ft.);
Road Case Files [includes petitions and related records], ca.1947-ca.1983 (.60 cu.ft.);
Road Cases [Files-includes plats, petitions, orders, bids, notices, contracts, reports, and related records], no. 364-1067, 1904-1992 (6 cu.ft.);
Road Dist. Meetings [District Meeting Records], 1917-1930 (.25 cu.ft.);
Road Specific [Road and Bridge Construction Proposals], 1926-1937 (.50 cu.ft.);
Vacations [includes roads], 1946-1983 (2.75 cu.ft.);
[Vacations-includes roads], 1983-1998 (2.50 cu.ft.).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Surveyor's Office:
Posted Vacations [Index to Road-cards], n.d. (.10 cu.ft.);
Vacations Not Posted [Index to Road-cards], n.d. (.10 cu.ft.).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse Annex (Owen Building), Planning Department Office:
County Counsel Vacations [Records-includes roads], no. 425-646, 1983-present (5 cu.ft.);
County Road System [Wall Map], 1979 (1 map).

Records at the Coos Historical & Maritime Museum:
[Coos County Road Advisory Board Record], 1919-1928 (1 volume).

 

Road Maps and Survey Notes

1854-[ongoing]

Series documents the surveying and mapping of county roads. Records include road surveyor notes, alignment, profile, and other survey maps, and road registers. Information includes legal descriptions of the roads; road names and numbers; plans and profiles; township, range, and section numbers; dates of activity; and scales. General road maps may be found in the series titled Road and Bridge Records.

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Surveyor's Office:
County Roads by Township [Card Index], ca.1914-present (.15 cu.ft.);
County Roads [Card Index], ca.1914-present (.10 cu.ft.);
Index to Road Maps, no. 1-1067, ca.1854-ca.1985 (1 volume);
Road Survey Maps [with index], 1914-1988 (ca.550 maps);
Road Surveys [with index], vol. 1-3, 1881-1923 (3 volumes);
State Highway [Card Index], 1927-present (.10 cu.ft.);
State Highway Survey Maps [with index], ca.1919-1988 (ca.100 maps).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Surveyor's Office Storeroom:
Road Maps, ca.1915-ca.1985 (8 inches of aperture cards).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Surveyor's Drafting Office:
Road Maps, no. 1-793, ca.1914-present (ca.793 maps);
[Road Survey Field Books], ca.1921-n.d. (108 volumes);
State Highways [Maps], no. T1-T147, ca.1927-present (ca.147 maps).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Index to County Roads [includes road maps and register information about petitions, orders, survey field notes, viewers reports, and related records], no. 661-1067, 1916-1992 (1 volume);
Index to County Roads [indexes petitions, orders, reports, field notes, deeds, and related records], no. 1-660, 1854-1915 (1 volume);
[Road Case Files-includes road survey plats and notes, petitions, orders, road viewers reports, and related records], no. 24-273, 1868-1893 (6 cu.ft.).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Downstairs Archives:
Misc. Road Matters [Road Survey Field Notes], 1921-1923 (.10 cu.ft.);
Road Cases [Files-includes plats, petitions, orders, bids, notices, contracts, reports, and related records], no. 364-1067, 1904-1992 (6 cu.ft.).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Index to Road Map Book No.1, n.d. (1 volume);
[Road Case Files-includes road survey plats and notes, petitions, orders, road viewers reports, and related records], no. 274-363, ca.1893-ca.1903 (1 cu.ft.).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse Annex (Owen Building), Planning Department Office:
Road Maps [Engineering], ca.1974-ca.1983 (ca.50 maps).

 

School District Records

1881-1977

Series reports the general and financial statistics of each school district located in the county. Information includes school district number and clerk's name; number of individuals within the district between ages four and twenty; number of teachers employed; number of school houses (owned by the district); number of legal voters; number of libraries and books within each; number of private schools; cash on hand at last report; district tax received from county; state schools funds received; general value of school grounds and furnishings; property values; enrollment; number of students enrolled from outlying districts; school census; and board minutes. Series may also contain school attendance and grade reports and data on students and parents. Records may be titled School District Clerk Annual Report, District Clerk's Book of Records, District Clerk Record Book, or Oregon School Register and Record Book, which is the most comprehensive record of school district activities. School district records have been inventoried through 1965. Access to student records may be restricted by state or federal law.

Contact the personnel office of the South Coast Education Service District at 541-269-4520 for access to ESD microfilm stored at the Marshfield High School vault. Contact the Coos Bay School District office at 541-267-1405 for access to other school records located in the vault.

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
District Clerk's Record Book [Floras Creek-District. No. 39], 1929-1943 (1 volume);
School Dist. Record Book Statements, Etc. [District Clerk's Record Book-District No. 88], 1934-1941 (1 volume).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
[Coos County I.E.D.-Intermediate Education District-School Census Records-includes various districts], 1909-1934 (5 reels of microfilm);
School Notices and Levies [Tax Records-includes budget information], 1919-1920 (.50 cu.ft.);
Special School Levies [Tax Records-includes budget information], 1915-1919 (.50 cu.ft.).

Records at the South Coast Education Service District Personnel Office, Closet:
[Clerk's Annual Census Reports-various districts], 1909-1964 (57 volumes);
District Clerk's Record Book [District No. 16], 1906-1909 (1 volume); 1909-1916 (1 volume);
District Clerk's Record Book [District No. 82], 1920-1922 (1 volume);
District Clerk's Record Book [District No. 89], 1923-1929 (1 volume);
Gill's School Register [no district given], 1888 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 4-Riverton], 1919-1926 (1 volume); 1920-1924 (1 volume); 1924-1930 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 14], 1889-1891 (1 volume); 1892-1893 (1 volume); 1894-1895 (1 volume); 1897-1898 (1 volume); 1907-1910 (1 volume); 1910-1912 (1 volume); 1911-1915 (1 volume); 1913-1915 (1 volume); 1916-1921 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 55], 1912-1913 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 58-Sunnyside], 1916-1920 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 79], 1929-1937 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 88], 1936-1939 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 89], 1926-1928 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [no district given], 1900-1901 (1 volume); 1917-1918 (1 volume);
[Oregon Teacher's Annual Reports-various school districts], 1931-1935 (.25 cu.ft.);
Teachers Quarterly Reports [various school districts], 1953-1957 (.30 cu.ft.);
[Teacher's Register-Oregon School-District No. 25], 1881-1888 (1 volume).

Records at the Marshfield High School, Chet Haliski Fitness Center Vault (School Register and Record Books):
Charleston School District [Oregon School Register and Record Book-District No. 91-Charleston], 1937-1939 (1 volume); 1939-1940 (1 volume); 1940-1941 (1 volume); 1941-1942 (1 volume); 1942-1943 (1 volume); 1943-1944 (1 volume); 1944-1945 (1 volume); 1945-1946 (1 volume); 1946-1947 (1 volume); 1947-1948 (1 volume); 1948-1949 (1 volume); 1949-1950 (1 volume); 1950-1951 (1 volume); 1951-1952 (1 volume); 1952-1953 (1 volume); 1953-1954 (1 volume); 1954-1955 (1 volume); 1955-1956 (1 volume); 1956-1957 (1 volume); 1957-1958 (1 volume); 1958-1959 (1 volume); 1959-1960 (1 volume);
Empire Dist. # 6 [Oregon School Register and Record Book-wooden cover], 1939-1946 (1 volume); 1946-1951 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 1], 1908-1913 (1 volume); 1913-1916 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 6-Empire], 1919-1926 (1 volume); 1921-1925 (1 volume); 1929-1933 (1 volume); 1935-1937 (1 volume); 1944-1945 (1 volume); 1948-1952 (1 binder); 1952-1953 (2 binders);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 6-Empire-Grade 5], 1937-1939 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 6-Empire-Grades 1 to 2], 1934-1938 (1 volume); 1953-1954 (1 binder);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 6-Empire-Grades 1 to 8], 1951-1952 (1 binder);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 6-Empire-Grades 3 to 4], 1953-1954 (1 binder);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 6-Empire-Grades 3-5], 1929-1933 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 6-Empire-Grades 5 to 8], 1953-1954 (1 binder);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 6-Empire-Grades 7-8], 1930-1935 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 6-Empire-Teacher Balch], 1939 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 6-Empire-Teacher Beckham], 1937-1939 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 6-Empire-Teacher Keating], 1937-1939 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 6-Empire-Teacher Kelley], 1934-1938 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 6-Empire-Teacher Velde], 1937-1938 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 7], 1906-1910 (1 volume); 1913-1920 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 36-Coos River], 1935-1939 (1 volume); 1936-1939 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 36-Coos River-All Grades], 1902-1912 (1 volume); 1913-1919 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 36-Coos River-Grades 1 to 2], 1930-1933 (1 volume); 1930-1934 (1 volume); 1936-1939 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 36-Coos River-Grades 1 to 3], 1914-1918 (1 volume); 1918-1922 (1 volume); 1922-1928 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 36-Coos River-Grades 3 to 4], 1924-1930 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 36-Coos River-Grades 4 to 6], 1919-1922 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 36-Coos River-Grades 5 to 6], 1924-1928 (1 volume); 1930-1936 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 36-Coos River-Grades 7 to 8], 1918-1922 (1 volume); 1922-1927 (1 volume); 1928-1932 (1 volume); 1932-1938 (1 volume); 1938-1939 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 36-Coos River-High School], 1917-1922 (1 volume); 1922-1927 (1 volume); 1927-1931 (1 volume); 1931-1933 (1 volume); 1933-1935 (1 volume); 1935-1937 (1 volume); 1937-1939 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 45-Allegany], 1901-1908 (1 volume); 1926-1933 (1 volume); 1933-1936 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 45-Allegany-All Grades], 1938-1939 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 45-Allegany-Grades 1 to 3], 1936-1939 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 45-Allegany-Grades 1 to 8], 1940-1943 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 45-Allegany-Grades 4 to 10], 1936-1939 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 45-Allegany-Intermediate Grades], 1935-1939 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 49-Eastside], 1925-1939 (1 volume); 1938-1939 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 49-Eastside-Grades 1 to 2], 1931-1937 (1 volume); 1937-1939 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 49-Eastside-Grades 3 to 4], 1928-1934 (1 volume); 1934-1939 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 49-Eastside-Grades 5 to 6], 1932-1938 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 51-Greenacres], 1948-1949 (.05 cu.ft.);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 76], 1907-1912 (1 volume); 1922-1924 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 86], 1913-1918 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [District No. 91-Charleston], 1926-1931 (1 volume);
Oregon School Register and Record Book [no district given], 1906 (1 volume); 1908-1912 (1 volume);
[School Register-District No. 6], 1941-1944 (1 volume); 1944-1947 (1 volume); 1947-1949 (1 volume).

Records at the Marshfield High School, Chet Haliski Fitness Center Vault (Other Records):
Budget School Dist 9 [District], 1962-1969 (1 volume);
Bunker Hill 85 [District Clerk's Record Book-District No. 85], 1950 (1 volume);
District Clerk's Record Book [District No. 6-Empire], 1937-1945 (.05 cu.ft.);
District Clerk's Record Book [District No. 36-Coos River], 1923-1925 (1 volume); 1926-1929 (1 volume); 1930-1931 (1 volume); 1932-1933 (1 volume);
District Clerk's Record Book [District No. 36-Coos River-includes related records], 1933-1950 (1 volume);
District Clerk's Record Book [District No. 40], 1913-1914 (1 volume); 1915-1916 (1 volume);
District Clerk's Record Book [District No. 45-Allegany], 1900-1901 (1 volume); 1902-1907 (1 volume); 1908-1914 (1 volume); 1920-1922 (1 volume); 1928-1930 (1 volume); 1929-1934 (1 volume);
District Clerk's Record Book [District No. 49-Eastside], 1931-1933 (1 volume); 1950 (.05 cu.ft.);
District Clerk's Record Book [District No. 51-Greenacres], 1943-1946 (.05 cu.ft.).

Records at the Marshfield High School, Chet Haliski Fitness Center Vault, ESD Microfilm Storage:
Census Student [Records-various school districts-reels 101-105, 106, 108, 110, 112-114], 1938-1970 (11 reels of microfilm);
Financial Report & Census Annual ESD [School-reels A-J], 1909-1970 (10 reels of microfilm);
Financial Reports Annual District Clerk's [School-reels 13-15], 1916-1977 (3 reels of microfilm);
Reports Annual [includes school district clerk, district high school, and non-high school-reel 15], 1915-1959 (1 reel of microfilm);
Reports District Annual [School-reel 22], 1950-1960 (1 reel of microfilm);
Reports Teachers' [School-reel 7A], 1936-1963 (1 reel of microfilm).

 

Superintendent of Schools Records

1878-1968

Series documents the official and financial affairs of the superintendent of schools concerning teachers, students, and schools located in the county. Records include annual statements on the condition of common (public) schools in the county, school district boundary records, school district accounts, and book purchases. Information includes financial information, school curricula, boundary descriptions, and enrollment and attendance data.

Contact the personnel office of the South Coast Education Service District at 541-269-4520 for access to ESD microfilm stored at the Marshfield High School vault. Contact the Coos Bay School District office at 541-267-1405 for access to other school records located in the vault.

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
School Land Mortgages [with index], vol. 4, 1883-1911 (1 volume).

Records at the South Coast Education Service District Personnel Office, Closet:
Apportionment of School Funds [Record], vol. 1, 1909-1925 (1 volume);
Apportionment Record, 1948-1965 (1 volume);
Boundaries DBB [School District Boundary Board Records-with index], 1882-1899 (1 volume);
Coos County School Boards Association [Meeting Records], 1946-1959 (1 binder);
County School Superintendent's Register and Record Book, 1888-1889 (2 volumes); 1891 (1 volume); 1892 (1 volume); 1893 (1 volume); 1894 (1 volume); 1895 (1 volume); 1896 (1 volume); 1897 (1 volume); 1898 (1 volume); 1900-1901 (1 volume); 1905-1914 (7 volumes); 1910-1911 (2 volumes); 1912-1913 (1 volume); 1913-1914 (1 volume); 1914 (1 volume); 1916 (1 volume);
DBB [School District Boundary Board-Description of School District-includes plats], 1913 (1 volume);
DBB [School District Boundary Board Records], 1892-1913 (1 volume);
District Boundary Board Orders, 1920-1924 (.40 cu.ft.);
[Proceedings of District Boundary Board], 1913-1935 (1 volume);
Record of Eighth Grade Examinations, vol. 1-3, 1915-1957 (3 volumes); 1963-1964 (1 volume);
Record of Eighth Grade Exams, 1930-1962 (1 volume);
Record of School Books Purchased [includes one page only], vol. 1, 1906 (1 volume);
Record of Schools [County School Superintendent's], vol. 1, 1908-1914 (1 volume);
[Records and Accounts of County School Superintendent], 1878-1883 (1 volume);
Register of State Certificates and Diplomas [with index], vol. 1, 1900-1926 (1 volume);
Register of Teachers State Certf. [Certification-with index], vol. 2, 1926-1935 (1 volume);
Register of Teachers Under Contract, vol. 1-2, 1901-1934 (1 volume);
Registration of Teachers Contracts and Certificates, 1935-1945 (1 volume);
Reorganization Folder [School District-includes various districts], 1959-1960 (.40 cu.ft.);
School Directory, 1924-1947 (1.75 cu.ft.);
School District Boundaries [Record-includes plats], 1902-1914 (1 volume);
School Superintendent's Account Book, vol. 1, 1899-1913 (1 volume);
School Superintendent's Record of Annual Reports, 1951-1968 (1 volume).

Records at the Marshfield High School, Chet Haliski Fitness Center Vault:
[School Boundary Maps-on Metsker's Map Base], ca.1958 (1 volume).

Records at the Marshfield High School, Chet Haliski Fitness Center Vault, ESD Microfilm Storage:
Boundary Board District [School-reels 4A, 5A, 6, 8, 107, 116], 1925-1960 (6 reels of microfilm);
Boundary Descriptions/Mergers [School-reel 5], 1918-1938 (1 reel of microfilm);
Boundaries District [School-reel 107], n.d. (1 reel of microfilm);
Minutes Rural Board [School-reel 2], 1947-1964 (1 reel of microfilm);
Minutes Rural School Dist [District-reel 116], 1962-1964 (1 reel of microfilm).

Records at the Coos Historical & Maritime Museum:
[Directory School Officers and Teachers], 1918-1962 (.30 cu.ft.);
[Value of School District for the Year-Register], 1935-1953 (1 volume).

 

Surveyor Field Notes and Plats

1857-[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.

The Survey Research System is a searchable database that includes survey plats and field notes, road survey, corner surveys, subdivision and partition plats, and related information. The system is available on a public access computer in the surveyor's office and is also for sale on CD.

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Surveyor's Office:
Bessee [Survey Field Books], vol. 1-28, 1926-ca.1936 (28 volumes);
Bessee [Survey Field Books-with index], vol. A-Z, 1A-1V, 1936-1950 (48 volumes);
BLM Fiche Notes [Bureau of Land Management Microfiche], ca.1857-ca.1998 (6 inches of microfiche);
Buckingham and Gettins [Coos County Surveyor Field Books-with index], 1906-1918 (.50 cu.ft.);
Buckingham [Coos County Surveyor Field Books-with index], 1916-1949 (81 volumes);
Buckingham Gettins Microfilm Reels [Survey Field Boos-includes Seelander and Gould], ca.1908-ca.1924 (13 reels of microfilm);
Cathcart [Coos County Surveyor Field Books-with index], 1873-1923 (72 volumes);
Coast Mer. [Meridian-Survey Notes], ca.1857 (1 volume);
G-101 Donation Land Claims [Survey Notes-with index], 1858-1871 (1 volume);
E.L. Robinson [Coos County Surveyor Field Books-with index], 1904-1917 (6 volumes);
[Filed Surveys-Originals], 1912-present (13422 plats);
[Filed Surveys-Public Research Copies], 1912-present (13422 plats);
Flanagan's Maps and Notes [Coos County Surveyor Field Books-with index], 1957-1976 (8 volumes);
Gould [Coos County Surveyor Field Books], 1908-1953 (82 volumes);
Index Book [Survey-by township and range], vol. 1-3, n.d. (3 volumes);
Index to Surveyor Record [Section Corners, Quarters, and Sixteenths], vol. 1-3, 1873-present (3 volumes);
Index to Surveyor Record Sections 1, 1873-1970 (1 volume);
Index to Survey Records, 1873-1920 (1 volume);
J.B. Gearhart [Coos County Surveyor Field Notes-with index], 1950-1988 (29 volumes);
J.N. Gearhart [Coos County Surveyor Field Notes-with index], 1916-1964 (90 volumes);
Microfiche Original Govt. Survey Notes and Plats [Bureau of Land Management], ca.1857-ca.1998 (1 binder of microfiche);
Original Government Surveys, ca.1857-present (2 volumes);
[Plat Index to Surveyor's Record], ca.1857-present (1 volume);
Platt Index to Surveyor's Record, vol. 1, ca.1857-ca.1989 (1 volume);
[Private and Public Survey Notes-photocopies], vol. A-J, 1873-1928 (9 volumes);
[Private and Public Survey Notes], vol. A-J, 1873-1928 (9 volumes); vol. X, 1860-1862 (1 volume);
R.L. Cavanaugh [Coos County Surveyor Field Books-with index], 1910-1951 (5 volumes);
Seelander [Coos County Surveyor Field Books], 1922-1924 (2 volumes);
Stephens [Coos County Surveyor Field Books-with index], 1947-1980 (1.25 cu.ft.);
Townships [Filed Survey Card Index], 1912-present (.25 cu.ft.);
[U.S. Government Surveys-General Land Office/Bureau of Land Management-includes donation land claim information], ca.1857-2001 (66 volumes).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Surveyor's Drafting Office:
Copy U.S. Field Notes [includes donation land claim information-title varies], ca.1857-n.d. (34 volumes);
[County Surveyor Field Books-includes corner survey notes], 1967-present (96 binders);
Seelander Maps, ca.1922-n.d. (ca.250 maps).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Surveyor's Office Storeroom:
Buckingham Robinson Cathcart Gearhart [Survey Maps], n.d. (4 inches of aperture cards);
[Filed Surveys], 1912-2001 (10 feet of aperture cards);
Seelander [Survey Maps], n.d. (2 inches of aperture cards).

Records at the 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).

 

Tax Lot Cards

1944-[ongoing]

Tax lot cards, which contain official descriptions of real property, are used to track land ownership and lot size and also may serve as a deed reference. Records include tax lot number; the location of the land in reference to township, range, and section; and a description and record of changes to the property, acreage, and land owner.

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Assessor's Office:
[Official Records of Descriptions of Real Properties], 1976-present (108 binders);
[Tax Lot Cards], 1944-1977 (7 reels of microfilm).

 

Water Rights Records

1899-1965

Series documents the authorization by the state and local governments for the use of public waters. Series includes water rights, licenses, and certificates of water rights issued by the state and filed with the county. Records may include alphabetical indexes to the certificates, transcripts, statements, evidence, and other records specifically related to water rights cases heard by circuit and appellate courts. Information includes names of individuals proving water rights; locations of water rights including the township, range, and section number; descriptions of land under such rights; and limitations of appropriations of rights and use of rights (i.e., length of time, usage). Original water rights certificates are filed with the Oregon Water Resources Department.

Since 1965 water rights have been recorded in the clerk's Book of Records (Clerk and Recorder Official Filings).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Water Power Record [Water Rights-with index], vol. 1-3, 1899-1965 (3 volumes).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
Water Power Record [Water Rights-with index], vol. 2-3, 1913-1965 (1 reel of microfilm).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Downstairs Archives:
Canc. of Water Rights [Cancellation], 1964-1965 (.05 cu.ft.).

 

Zoning Records

1964-[ongoing]

Series documents the development and implementation of codes and policies relating to the zoning of county lands and to illustrate and locate the various zoned areas within the county. Records include uniform zone codes and ordinances depicting various zoned lands in the county. Information in codes and ordinances includes definition, code/ordinance numbers, purposes, uses, conditions for use, and changes made to codes/ordinances. Maps include area and/or zone descriptions, dates created, scales, and commissioners' signatures. Areas are typically zoned for residential, industrial, commercial, flood plain, agricultural, timber, public and government, and mineral extraction uses.

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Office:
[Zoning Plat Books], 1964-1975 (6 volumes).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Downstairs Archives:
Balance of County Zoning Maps, ca.1980-1984 (ca.60 maps);
Comprehensive Land Use [Planning Documents-includes versions of the county comprehensive plan, zoning ordinance, land development ordinance, and related documents-File No. 802-boxes 13 to 15], 1982-2001 (6 cu.ft.).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse Annex (Owen Building), Planning Department Office:
Administrative Record for Adoption of Amendments to the Coos County Comprehensive Plan and Zoning & Land Development Ordinance, 1985 (1 binder);
CCZLDO [Coos County Zoning and Land Development Ordinance-includes subdivision and partition information], 1984 (1 binder); 1991 (1 binder);
Coos County Zoning and Land Development Ordinance [includes subdivision and partition information], 1985-present (1 binder); 1991-2001 (1 binder);
Coos County Interim Zoning Ordinance, 1975 (1 volume);
Interim Ordinance Background [Records-Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Ordinance], 1974-1978 (8 binders);
List of Amendments to the Interim Zoning Map, 1975 (1 binder);
Original Coos County Zoning and Land Development Ordinance [includes subdivision and partition information], 1998-2000 (.40 cu.ft.);
Zoning Admin Public Hearings [Administration Records], 1979-1985 (13 binders);
[Zoning Maps -Interim-flat], 1975-1983 (ca.1500 maps);
[Zoning Maps-Interim-in binders], 1975-1983 (13 binders);
[Zoning Maps-mylar], 1985-present (ca.20 maps);
Zoning [Maps-rolled], 1983-1985 (36 maps).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Surveyor's Office:
Land Development Ordinance [and Zoning-includes subdivision and partition information], 1992 (2 binders);
Zoning and Land Development Ordinance [includes subdivision and partition information], 1985 (1 binder).

Records at the Coos County Web Site:
Coos County Land Development and Zoning Ordinance [includes subdivision and partition information], n.d.-present (Internet).

Inventory by Gary Halvorson, Senior Archivist
Last Update: October 8, 2009

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