Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Crook County Records Inventory

Coroner and Inquest Records


Series records the results of the examination of a corpse by the county coroner at the request of the county sheriff. It also documents the proceedings and results of inquests ordered by the district attorney. Reports include date filed; name, age, sex, race, parentage, and birthplace of deceased; date, place, and time of death; names of undertaker and coroner; testimony; and costs. Early reports were narrative accounts detailing the cause of death. After 1900, a standardized form was used for reporting results. Inquest transcripts include coroner and juror names, signatures, and actions; witness names; testimony; and verdict. Coroner and inquest records have been inventoried through 1965.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Coroner Inquests, 1883-1904 (.15 cu.ft.);
Search for 1883-1904 Crook County coroner's reports in Oregon Historical Records Index.

Records at the Crook County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Coroner's Inquest [Records-trifolded], 1902-1950 (.30 cu.ft.);
John Legin Exhibit [Inquest Record], 1909-1910 (.05 cu.ft.).

Records at the A.R. Bowman Museum, Library:
Oregon Archives of Crook County [Abstracts-of coroner's reports, assessment, delayed birth, marriage, and other records-from records held at the Oregon State Archives], ca.1870-ca.1921 (1 binder).

Records at a Related Web Site:
Coroner's Reports [Abstracts], 1882-1950 (US GenWeb Project).


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