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Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Douglas County Records Inventory

County Commissioners Administrative Journals

1851-[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 Douglas County Courthouse, Clerk's Genealogy Room:
County Court Journal Daily Recordings [serves as register-title varies], 1958-1972 (2 volumes);
County Court Journal [title varies], vol. 1-20, 1853-1954 (20 volumes);
County Journal [Umpqua County-administrative], vol. C, 1860-1863 (1 volume);
Index to County Court Proceedings [title varies], vol. 1-4, 1853-1979 (4 volumes).

Records at the Douglas County Courthouse, Clerk's Archives Storage Room:
Commissioners Proceedings [Paper Version-documents various subjects-title varies], ca.1944-present (ca.150 cu.ft.);
County Court [Administrative Journal Papers], 1911-ca.1979 (11 cu.ft.);
County Court Journal [Commissioners Proceedings], vol. 1-371, 1853-2013 (316 reels of microfilm);
County Court Journal [Douglas County Journal], vol. 1-3, 1853-1881 (1 reel of microfilm);
County Court Journal Indexes [Commissioners Proceedings Umpqua County], vol. A-B, 1851-1860 (1 reel of microfilm);
County Court Journal Indexes [Journal and Index], 1980-2001 (13 reels of microfilm);
County Court Journal Indexes [to Journal], vol. 1-4, 1853-1979 (1 reel of microfilm);
County Court Journal Indexes [Umpqua County Court Journal], vol. A-C, 1852-1863 (1 reel of microfilm);
County Court Journal, vol. 1-28, 1853-1966 (17 reels of microfilm);
Proceedings of the Board of County Commissioners for Umpqua County [in manila envelope], vol. A, 1851-1852 (.05 cu.ft.).

Records at the Douglas County Courthouse, Clerk's Records Vault 115:
County Board [Journal of Commissioners of Umpqua County], 1852-1860 (1 volume).

Records at the Oregon Historical Society:
Mss. 1259 [Douglas County Board of Commissioners Minutes-transcription of original], 1853-1867 (1 reel of microfilm);
Mss. 1259 [Umpqua County Commissioners Journal Minutes-transcription of original], 1851-1860 (1 reel of microfilm).

Records at a Related Web Site:
County Journal [County Court Journal-Administrative-includes document images], vol. 1-13, 1853-1939 (familysearch.org);
County Journal Index [Index to County Court Proceedings-includes document images], vol. 1-2, 1853-1940 (familysearch.org).

 

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