Oregon Historical County Records Guide
Deschutes County Records Inventory
Mining Claim Records
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.
Beginning in 1983 mining claims were recorded in the clerk's Official Record (Clerk and Recorder Official Filings). The Web-based Deschutes County Local Area Virtual Atlas (LAVA) includes GIS maps related to surface mining impact areas. The Web-based Deschutes County Clerk's Office Recording System Web Query includes searchable access to mining claim information beginning in 1985.
Records at the Deschutes Services Center, Clerk's Office Research Room:
G.L.O. Plats [General Land Office and Bureau of Land Management-includes mineral surveys], ca.1869-1986 (1 volume);
Record of Mines [with index], vol. 1-2, 1919-1978 (2 volumes); vol. 1-3, 1919-1982 (1 reel of microfilm).
Records at the Deschutes County Road Department Building, Surveyor's Office:
GLO [General Land Office and Bureau of Land Management Plats and Notes-includes mineral surveys], 1869-1986 (2 inches of aperture cards);
GLO Plats By Township & Range [General Land Office and Bureau of Land Management Plats and Notes-includes mineral surveys], 1869-1986 (1 volume).
Records at a Related Web Site:
Online Land Records [includes various federal land survey records related to Oregon such as survey plats and field notes, mineral surveys, and historical indices], ca.1850-present (Bureau of Land Management).